GUITAR GEMS FESTIVAL 2008
On the week
between 26-30 of October I was invited to give a lecture on
the art of guitar construction, and to be a judge in the
international classical guitar competition, guitar gems, by the
founder and artistic director - Mr. Alexei
Belousov. Friends, it was not a simple task. Here's why:
competitors, from ten different countries, Cuba, France, Armenia and
Japan to name a few.
Next to me, on
the judging board were names like
Roman Viazovskiy (Germany)
Sandor Szilvagyi (Hungary),
(Israel) . This page is too small to express my respect and
appreciation to all the names above. However, I would like to share
with you my discovery and exposure to two guitar players that I
heard on the competition. And for the first time in a guitar review
I am not going to say what place or prize they won.
Because for me,
and I repeat – for me, those two guitar players are much more then a
number, or a category.
He started with pieces by Giuliani and Rodrigo. Unbelievable. I
couldn’t express my feeling when he played. Compress emotion
that explode from the strings, like a prima ballerina on the
neck of the guitar. Clean and polished like a diamond of 100
On the second part he played pieces by Tarrega and Villa Lobos.
Again, he delivered the music with all the spices needed. His
right hand fingers pluck the guitar with absolute balance and
extreme vocabulary . I can say and say but at some point I need
to stop. I don’t know where is Kazakhstan, but for sure, the
government of Kazakhstan needs to announce Aristanov Kariat as a
Pictures will be added soon.
A young man in his twenties.
After sitting on his chair, and breathing deep, the hurricane
started.. Full power like a drummer, that’s taking you from
extreme to extreme, with no rest.
Right and left hands in full
coordination . I felt that if I light a match in the theater,
the place will go on fire. This guy is solid T.N.T. All of
you around the world, remember these two names. Finally if I
could put Mr Kairat and Mr Arcyom in one theater together, we’ll
have an earthquake.