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Guitar Masterpieces from Bach to Barrios
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 620953417726
  • Item #: 146627X
  • Release Date: 1/25/2011
  • Rank: 1000000
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Guitar Masterpieces from Bach to Barrios on CD

"Rigorous discipline and sheer determination allowed her to face obstacles that one could arguably have deemed impossible to surmount. In the actual guitar world, her name is synonymous with artistic integrity, courage and personal success.' -Oscar Ghiglia Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ioana Gandrabur started playing piano at the age of five. At twelve she discovered the guitar and felt an immediate connection with this instrument. She began to study with Liviu Georgescu and Petre Fartatescu and after only two years, won the Romanian National Guitar Competition in the adult category. She is the youngest winner in the history of this competition. At the age of 16, Ioana Gandrabur immigrated to Canada. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal under the direction of Jean Vallières and graduated with honours. After receiving a full scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, she traveled to Germany for postgraduate studies at the Musikhochschule in Köln (Germany) with Hubert Käppel, at the Musikakademie in Basel (Switzerland) with Oscar Ghiglia and finally the Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany) with Joaquin Clerch. She received degrees from each of these schools. Ioana Gandrabur won the following international competitions: 1996- International Guitar Competition "Nürtingen" (Germany) 1997- International Guitar Competition "Frechen" (Germany) 1999- International Guitar Competition "Rene Bartoli" (France) 2000- International Guitar Competition "Havana" (Cuba) She has also obtained numerous prizes in prestigious competitions such as "Gargnano" (Italy), "Printemps de la guitar" (Belgium), "Joaquin Rodrigo" (Spain) and "Guitar Foundation of America" (Canada). Ioana Gandrabur is an internationally aclaimed guitarist. She performs concerts, both solo and with orchestra, in countries such as Canada, France, Germany, Romania, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Austria, and the USA. She also teaches master classes internationally in countries including Germany, Mexico, Romania and the USA and has made several recordings on radio and television. Ioana Gandrabur currently lives in Montreal, Canada. Musical compositions are in some ways like people: over the years, some you forget, others you keep in touch with and few become friends for life. Similarly in learning repertoire there are pieces that don't make a lasting impression, some you are happy to have learned but you are not particularly attached to and again others stay with you all your life and you always include them with pleasure in recital programs. For my first CD I have selected some of my 'musical best friends' chosen amongst corner stones of the classical guitar repertoire from baroque to music of our times.