Works for Solo Guitar
Toru Takemitsu, born in 1930 in Tokyo, and thus a contemporary of the avant-garde generation of Berio, Boulez and Stockhausen, was first and foremost a remarkable "self-made man," open to all forms of music and to engaging with other arts -- above all painting. Toshi Ichiyanagi acquainted the composer with the European avant-garde and Fumio Hayasaka introduced Takemitsu to the film director Akira Kurosawa, for whom Takemitsu produced several scores to film plots. Takemitsu taught composition at Yale University and received numerous invitations for visiting professorships from universities in the USA, Canada and Australia. He died in Tokyo on February 20, 1996. Toshio Hosokawa was born in Hiroshima in 1955. Between 1976 and 1986, he lived in Germany, studying music composition with Isang Yun and Klaus Huber. In 1980, Hosokawa participated for the first time in the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. Since then, his career developed mainly in Europe and Japan, gaining international worldwide reputation as one of the leading Japanese composers. Many of his compositions were performed for the first time by major orchestras under the direction of leading conductors, like Kazushi Ono, Valery Gergiev, Franz Welser-Möst and Sir Simon Rattle, and many others, becoming part of important repertoires in each genre. Marco Del Greco is regarded as one of the most important classical guitar player of his generation. Born in Rome in 1982, he received his musical training in Carlo Carfagna's class at the Conservatorio "S. Cecilia" in Rome, where he graduated with "menzione d'onore." He post-graduated with a Master's Degree in concert performance with the highest honors at the Hochschule für Musik of the Basel Music Academy, Switzerland, under the lead of Stephan Schmidt. He won numerous prizes in international guitar competitions. Marco Del Greco is currently guitar professor at the Conservatorio Fausto Torrefranca in Vibo Valentia (Italy) and Artistic Director of the Rome Guitar Festival. Toshio Hosokawa: "Marco Del Greco is one of my favorite guitar players today. I met him for the first time in February 2013, when I stayed at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He played my "Serenade" with deep understanding and sensitive articulate technique. I was really moved by the great beauty of his singing guitar. Marco loves the music of my mentor Toru Takemitsu and he plays Takemitsu's great guitar music mysteriously and intimately. For this reason I am sure that the audience will love Takemitsu's performance. I am very glad that a talented musician like Marco will make the Takemitsu's sensitive, beautiful music known and loved by the next new generations."