SUNDAY 26TH MARCH
Old Masonic Hall
MöLLER-FRATICELLI GUITAR DUO
Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
- Ich Denke Dein
Three Argentinian Tangos
Justo T. Morales(1877-1953) - Argentina (Milonga)
Federico Spreafico (1871-1958) - A ti solita! (Habanera)
Julio S. Sagreras (1879-1942) -Tango
Five Chinese Impressions:
- 镜花水月 "Moon and flower reflected in water"
- 春风化雨 "Gentle spring rains and breeze"
- 落英缤纷 "Flower petals perpetually moving in the air"
- 昙花一现 "The nocturnally blossoming dessert flower"
- 昙花一现 "Grains at harvest is the farmer joy"
Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856)
- Wasserfahrt am Traunsee
The Night Flame
Johannes Möller & Laura Fraticelli
The Swedish guitarist and composer Johannes Möller has captivated audiences throughout the world with charismatic and soulful performances. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the GFA Concert Artist Competition, considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world.As a performer, Johannes’s artistry has reached well beyond the usual guitar circles. This was confirmed in March 2008 when he won the Dutch Vriendenkrans Concours while competing against performers in all instrumental categories. As a part of this award his name has been engraved on a metal plate that can be seen in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2009, he won a “European Guitar Award” for his guitar solo compositions.Johannes has earned a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the Royal College of Music in London where he studied guitar with Gary Ryan and Carlos Bonell and composition with William Mival. He has received a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where he studied with Zoran Dukic. He also received a scholarship for excellent students from the Royal Conservatoire that allowed him to study privately with Pavel Steidl in Czech Republic as well as composition lessons with Dusan Bogdanovic in the USA. He completed a second Masters degree at the Conservatoire in Amsterdam where he studied guitar with Lex Eisenhardt and composition with Richard Ayres.
Being born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Laura Fraticelli studied with Walter Ujaldón and Eduardo Fernández. The love for music gave her the courage to emigrate to Europe where she continued her studies at the Royal College of Music in London and then later at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she was accepted in the class of the rename guitarist Zoran Dukic. She has been praised for her beautiful tone and passionate interpretations. "When Laura plays the guitar it sounds as if the strings are made of velvet. Exquisite and sensitive, yet distinct" (Vimmerby Tidning, Sweden)
Duo Möller-Fraticelli performed throughout Europe, North and South America as well as on radio and TV. The Duo have released a recording with the works of Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) for the Naxos label.
Kenneth Keaton from the American Record Guide commented on the duo's new album:
"...simply the finest Mertz I've ever heard. This is tastefully played, often with heartrending beauty;"
and Rick Anderson from CD HotList:
"The playing of Johannes Möller and Laura Fraticelli is exquisite throughout. This is one of the loveliest albums I've heard in 2014, in any genre."