The November 2008 issue of Classical Guitar Magazine features Morgan Szymanski on its cover and includes a three page interview with photos. Interviewed by Oliver McGhee, the interview includes discussions on technique, life as a musician, influences and future plans.

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This year saw the fruition of collaborations with distinguished artists, instrumentalists and orchestras, leading to a varied output of repertoire and performances. Collaborations in 2008 included performances with John Williams (guitar), the Sacconi Quartet, Odeion Quartet (South Aftrica), Gemma Rosefield (‘cello), Alison Balsom (trumpet), Clara Andrada (flute), Ruth Rogers (violin), Mark Padmore (tenor), Machaca, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Cadogan Hall and Fairfield Halls), Southbank Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony and the CBSO Youth Orchestra.

Recordings included the release of ‘Songs in Time of War’ – the music of Alec Roth on the Signum Label (www.signumrecords.com)) with Mark Padmore, Phillipe Honore and Alison Nicholls. Morgan also recorded Heitor Villa-Lobos’s ‘Prelude No.1’ for Ginkgo Music (www.ginkgomusic.com), project Tropical Forest Ecuador. Profits from this CD will go towards the preservation of the Ecuatorian rain forest.

Premieres included the world premiere of Morgan Szymanski’s ‘Zambezi Sarabande’, for children’s choir, massed marimbas and guitars and string quartet – performed at the closure of the Bulawayo Music Festival in Zimbabwe. The collaboration between Morgan Szymanski and ODuo, which already includes a wealth of repertoire by Piazzolla, Machado, Brouwer, Ponce and Lauro led to the creation of a new piece for guitar and percussion: ‘Los Ambulantes’ by Stephen McNeff. ‘Los Ambulantes’ are the street vendors, jugglers, clowns, musicians, acrobats and dancers that live on the streets of Mexico City. The work was premiered at the Wigmore Hall, and was performed at the Mexico tour of Machaca, to critical acclaim. The arrangements of ‘Five English Folk Songs’ by Alec Roth for tenor and guitar were premiered at a concert for the Rochdale Music Society with Mark Padmore.

During the first half of 2008 Morgan Szymanski will be involved in series of projects involving chamber music, concerti and solo recitals. January sees performances with the Saconni Quartet, performing Alec Roth’s Quintet for Guitar and Strings (especially written for the Saconni Quartet and Morgan Szymanski) as well as Simone Iannarelli’s Valzer Brillante (both recorded on Machaca – Mano a Mano) as well as works by Vivaldi, Giuliani and Boccerini.Other chamber music projects include a collaboration with the ODuo (Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell) performing works by Ponce, Piazzolla, Bellinati and Lauro as well as the World Premiere of a new work especially written for the trio by Stephen McNeff. This work entitled ‘Los Ambulantes’ is inspired on the street vendors of Mexico City and will be premiered at the Wigmore Hall (10th of March). The trio will also be performing at St. George’s in Bristol. Other collaborations include recitals with Clara Andrada (flute), Gemma Rosefield (cello), Alison Balsom (trumpet), Ruth Rogers (violin), Laura Mitchell (soprano) and Mark Padmore (tenor).Morgan will be performing Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall (26th of February) and Fairfield Halls (7th June) and makes his debut with Southbank Sinfonia, (7th and 8th of March) and the Colne Philharmonic Orchestra (15th of March). April will see a series of solo recitals in Mexico as well as concerts with Machaca for the Festival de México en el Centro Histórico and the Anglo-Mexican Foundation (13th, 15th and 17th of April), whilst May sees a return visit to Zimbabwe, with concerts in Harare and the Bulawayo Festival.

This autumn Morgan Szymanski will be performing Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (14th of November, Wolverhampton), the Hallé (17th of November, Manchester) and the Orchestra of the Swan (17th of October, Stratford-on-Avon; 19th of October, Bedworth; 21st of October, Birmingham).

He will also be performing at the London International Guitar Festival in a tribute to Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro (10th of October) and a tribute to Andrés Segovia with Carlos Bonell (24th of October) at London’s Bolivar Hall.

Chamber music projects include two concerts with the ODuo (11th of September, Rye Festival; 18th of October, Stratford-on-Avon) and a duo recital with violinist Ruth Rogers (30th of November, London). Morgan will also be taking part in a new recording of the works of Alec Roth. Solo recital dates include concerts in Loughborough, Rye, Hertfordshire, and Bracknell.

For further information please consult the concert diary.

This year Morgan Szymanski makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing Joaquin Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ in May, as well as the launch of his new CD, Machaca – Mano a Mano, in the Purcell Room in London’s South Bank during London’s Latin American Music Festival ‘La Linea’ 2007.

Other exciting projects include the performance of Alec Roth’s ‘Quintet for Guitar and Strings’ with the Sacconi Quartet at the Bangor New Music Festival as well as concerto’s with the Hallam Sinfonia in Sheffield, the Charities Philharmonia in London’s St. John’s Smith Square and the Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra.

Solo recitals include London’s Blackheath Halls, the Hollywell Rooms in Oxford and festivals in France, Mexico and the UK.

Chamber music projects include work with Machaca, Ruth Rogers, Gemma Rosefield, Laura Mitchell, Phuong Nguyen and the ODuo amongst others as well as duo recitals with his former teacher, Carlos Bonell.

1st-10th Tour of Ireland with Soprano Laura Mitchell.  

Wednesday 1st:  St John’s Arts Centre, Co Kerry.

Promoter: Irish Music Network. Programme to include music by Falla, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Brouwer and Lauro.  

Thursday 2nd: The Coach House, Dublin Castle.

Promoter: Irish Music Network. Programme to include music by Falla, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Brouwer and Lauro.  

Friday 3rd: Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely.

Promoter: Irish Music Network. Programme to include music by Falla, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Brouwer and Lauro.    

Saturday 4th: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.

Promoter: Irish Music Network. Programme to include music by Falla, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Brouwer and Lauro.    

Monday 6th: Church of Ireland, Clifden Galway.

Promoter: Irish Music Network. Programme to include music by Falla, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Brouwer and Lauro.    

Tuesday 7th: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar.

Promoter: Irish Music Network. Programme to include music by Falla, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Brouwer and Lauro.    

Wednesday 8th: St. Mary’s Church, Navan.

Promoter: Irish Music Network. Programme to include music by Falla, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Brouwer and Lauro.    

Thursday 9th: St. Michael’s Theatre, New Ross.

Promoter: Irish Music Network.

Programme to include music by Falla, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Brouwer and Lauro.    

Saturday 18th: Concerto with the Basingstoke SO, The Anvil, Basingstoke.

Morgan Szymanski – Guitar
Promoter: Young Concert Artists Trust; Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra.
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez  

Saturday 25th: Concerto with the Ealing Symphony Orchestra.

Morgan Szymanski – Guitar
Promoter: Young Concert Artists Trust; Ealing Symphony Orchestra.
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

Monday 9th: Duo Concert with Olly Cox (ODuo). Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury.

Morgan Szymanski – Guitar, Olly Cox– Percussion.

Promoter: University of Kent.
Programme to include music by JS Bach, Machado, Brouwer, Lauro and Bellinati.  

Saturday 14th: Solo recital, Little Missenden Festival.

Programme to include music by Giuliani, Iannarelli, Barrios, Piazzolla, Tarrega and Albeniz.  

Monday 16th: Solo Recital, Stratford Festival, Shakespeare House.

Programme to include music by Giuliani, Iannarelli, Barrios, Piazzolla, Tarrega and Albeniz.  

Saturday 21st: Concert with ODuo at Marianischersaal in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Promoter: Ursula Jones Programme to include music by Bellinati, Piazzolla, Lauro, Brouwer and Machado.  

Sunday 22nd: Concert with ODuo at Music School in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Promoter: Ursula Jones Programme to include music by Bellinati, Piazzolla, Lauro, Brouwer and Machado.  

Monday 23rd: Yellow Lounge Evening at the Casineum in Lucerne with ODuo. Gesellschaft fur Kammermusik Marianischer Saal

Promoter: Ursula Jones Programme to include music by Bellinati, Piazzolla, Lauro, Brouwer and Machado.  

Tuesday 24th: Concert with ODuo in Aarau, Switzerland.

Promoter: Ursula Jones Programme to include music by Bellinati, Piazzolla, Lauro, Brouwer and Machado.  

1st- 24th: Tour of Mexico.


Wednesday 6th: Duo Concert with Guatemalan guitarist Jose Augusto Mejia. Programme to include music by Falla, Ponce, Carulli, Machado, Barrios and others. Embassy of Guatemala, Mexico City.

Friday 8th: Solo recital- UNAM Guitar Festival, Escuela Nacional de Música, Coyoacan, Mexico City.

Saturday 9th: Solo Recital – Auditorio Manuel M. Ponce Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.

11th-17th: Concerts in Taxco, Chilpancingo and Acapulco (dates to be confirmed).

18th – 22nd: Concerts in Colima and Valle de Bravo (dates to be confirmed).
 
Sunday 24th: Concert in Zacatecas, Auditorio del Museo de Arte Abstracto “Manuel Felguérez?, 12pm.
 

  

 

Tour of Mexico- September 2006

Concerts in Mexico City, Taxco, Zacatecas, Colima, Acapulco, Valle de Bravo and others.

October-

9th-Concert with Oliver Cox (percussion), Canterbury.

14th – Solo recital for the Little Missenden Festival.

16th – Solo recital, Stratford Festival.

21-23- Concerts with ODuo in Switzerland.

November 1-14

Tour of Ireland with soprano Laura Mitchell.

November 18 – Concerto, Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra.

November 25th – Concerto, Ealing Symphony Orchestra.

December 3rd – Recital, Little Gaddeston.

December 16th – Recital, Stamford Arts Centre.

 

Machaca’s debut in Mexico was made possible thanks to the support of the Anglo-Mexican Fundation and the Mexico City Festival. Performances included the Zinco Jazz Club, Museo Nacional del Virreinato, Mexico City Festival, CENART, the Mexico City Metroplitan Cathedral and Valle de Bravo.