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“Both of these musicians played with a great deal of excitement and spirit, and their sense of ensemble was well-nigh perfect. It was absolutely gorgeous playing. They played so very well together, their dynamics and phrasing were so good… the musical world needs performers such as these two.” — Opus Colorado [September 2011]
“…the kind of musician that seems to have disappeared long ago, Aniello Desiderio sweeps away the audience with enthusiasm—as the great virtuosi, Paganini, Regondi or Giuliani of the 19th century did—racing through breath-taking changes of register, acrobatic arpeggios and scales of extraordinary brilliance and elegance like a Ferrari.” – Stuttgarter Zeitung
3 Youth competitors will play 15 minutes of free repertoire that must include at least 2 contrasting works.
“Here we have a guitarist who knew how to laugh with the music and share the joke with his audience. But behind the entertainer lies a serious artist, whose extended composition in memory of Jana Obrovska proved fully capable of stirring emotions at the other end of the scale. Never was a standing ovation more richly deserved. Pavel Steidl had won the hearts and minds of a capacity crowd.” – Classical Guitar Magazine