Paul Galbraith performs Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.
TARPON SPRINGS - Internationally renowned as a brilliant innovator of the classical guitar for over 30 years, Paul Galbraith performs Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.
Known for expanding the technical limits of his instrument, and his stunning repertoire, his critically acclaimed recordings of works by Bach, Haydn and Brahms, along with his own arrangements of folk tunes have been Grammy nominated and highly regarded throughout the world.
Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center is located inside City Hall at 324 Pine St. Tarpon Springs, FL 34689. Tickets are $24, $20 Members and Students. Call the box office 727-942-5605 or purchase online at www.tarponarts.org.
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Lute Suite, BWV in 995 in G minor
- Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), Harp Sonata (1939)
- Manuel Ponce (1882-1948), 20 Variations and Fugue on “Las Folias de Espana'” - Miguel Llobet (1878-1938), El Testament d'Amelia, Trad. Catalan
All works arranged for eight-string guitar by Paul Galbraith
Galbraith’s recording of the Complete Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas (Delos) was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award in the category of Best Solo Instrumental Album. This two CD set was also chosen as one of the two best CDs of 1998 by Gramophone Magazine, which called it “a landmark in the history of guitar recordings.” It received a “Four Star” rating in Stereo Review, and reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s classical charts.
Galbraith gave a nationally-televised closing-night performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez at the 2010 Scottish Proms with the BBC Scottish Orchestra. He was invited by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) to perform a special “Tribute to Glenn Gould” concert for Canada-wide broadcast at the Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the great pianist’s death. Galbraith has been featured twice on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and numerous times on “Performance Today.”
Galbraith's unique playing position was first revealed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989. His guitar is supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. The instrument has two extra strings, one high, one low. Both the guitar's extraordinary design and Galbraith’s playing style are considered groundbreaking development in the history of the instrument, increasing its range to an unprecedented extent.
Galbraith made his New York début at the Frick Collection, receiving a rave review in the New York Times; a subsequent NYC engagement on Lincoln Center’s “Great Performances” series was sold out, and he has twice given solo recitals at the 92nd Street Y. Recent and forthcoming North American recitals include NYC, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Portland Seattle, Miami, Baltimore, Buffalo, Milwaukee, San Antonio, San Juan (Puerto Rico), and Cuernavaca (Mexico). In addition, tours of the UK, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Israel and Turkey are among Mr. Galbraith’s international activities. He has performed at numerous Bach Festivals, including those of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver and Carmel.
At the age of 17, Galbraith won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition. Andrés Segovia, who was present, called his playing "magnificent." This award helped launch an international career including engagements with some of the finest orchestras in Britain and Europe (Royal Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Scottish Baroque Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra among them). He toured the U.S. as soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and performed in Prague’s Dvorák Hall with the National Chamber Orchestra of Chile. In the USA he has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, among others. Galbraith and the St. Petersburg String Quartet gave the World Premiere at Stanford University of a work that they co-commissioned from the acclaimed Georgian composer Zurab Nadarejshvili.
Born in Scotland and now residing near Basel, Switzerland, Galbraith has lived in Malawi, Greece, London and for 15 years, Brazil, where he co-founded the Brazilian Guitar Quartet.