FERNANDO ESPÍ CONCERT
6.30 pm, Saturday 16 December
Friday 14 December
Sunday 16 December
The brilliant success of guitarist Fernando Espí is the result of his an innate musical sensitivity, combined with a solid technical grounding. Considered by the classical music press to be ‘one of the greatest Spanish classical guitarists’ (Ritmo), and ‘an emerging new talent…an outstanding guitarist of the new generation’ (Classical Guitar), he has also been considered ‘amongst the most shining interpreters of the six strings’ (Scherzo).
Fernando completed his advanced studies at the Alicante Conservatoire under the tutelage of Maestro José Tomás, winning the Extraordinary End-of-Course Prize in 1997. He has obtained a professional qualification in Performance in early plucked-string instruments and he is also a graduate in Science and Music History.
Fernando has been a prize-winner at major national and international guitar competitions, including the Jeunesses Musicales of Spain (First Prize), the Princess Cristina Guitar Competition at the Guerrero Foundation in Madrid (Third Prize and Best Spanish Performance Prize), the José Tomás International Guitar Competition of Petrer (Second Prize), the Luys Milán International Guitar Competition (First Prize) and the Francisco Tárrega Competition of Benicasim (Second Prize and Best Tarrega’s Piece Performance).
Fernando’s concert career has taken him all over Spain, performing as a soloist at major festivals and at venues such as the National Auditorium in Madrid, Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada or the Palau de la Música in Barcelona and Valencia. He has also played at halls and festivals in more than thirty countries across Europe, America, North of Africa and Asia, collaborating with official entities like the Spanish Cervantes Institute or the UNESCO World Youth Choir.
Fernando combines a busy concert career with teaching masterclasses as part of various guitar courses and festivals. He is also Artistic Director of the International Guitar Festival “Ciutat de Xixona” and has created his own record label, 6×8. His recordings have received high critical acclaim from the classical music press. These days he is teacher at the Superior Conservatory “Manuel Massotti” of Murcia (Spain).
“With extreme precision and a great sense of nuance, Fernando Espí plunged the entire auditorium into a state of total euphoria”
Diario L’Orient-Le Jour
“…a soiree filled with fantasy and art. The guitarist Fernando Espí demonstrated this excellent technique which amasses to a great sensibility and professionalism. The audience rewarded him with a prolonged ovation.”
Diario de Burgos
“Fernando Espí’s technique was great…We were mesmerized by the lovely sound of his guitar”.
“He delighted to the public with an impeccable execution in all the aspects. Those that we had the privilege to appreciate it, we left with the sensation to have received a bath of inner beauty”
“The interpretative tone remains at he ideal (if not idyllic) level to be expected thanks to the talent of the young guitarist Fernando Espí. An essential disc for any music-lover”
Melómano, Guitar Pieces by Francisco Tárrega CD
“Fernando Espí locates itself with this recording between the most shining interpreters of the six strings. Its sensitivity only can be compare to the security of its technique, and its virtuosity to its poetic touch… It is a disc without waste that allows to appreciate its interpretative high altitude…”
Scherzo, Guitar Transcriptions by Francisco Tárrega CD
“Fernando Espí adopts a historically informed approach. The results are sometimes beautiful, sometimes exciting…”
Gramophone, Guitar Transcriptions by Francisco Tárrega CD
“…an engaging and varied survey of the 16th-century guitar-family repertory -as well as a splendid calling card for a very gifted and promising performer, whose playing is musical and confident throughout. The sound are wonderfully clear and resonant….specially charming”
Early Music, Dezidle al Cavallero CD
Fernando’s concert at the Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival is presented by the Embassy of Spain in India & the Instituto Cervantes New Delhi.