Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 | 8PM
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. MAP
$30 General admission | $25 seniors & Students
Tickets will be held at the door for pickup
Seating is not reserved
“Here was 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)
Born in the small town of Rakovnik, near Prague, Czech Republic, Pavel Steidl began his music studies at the Prague Conservatoire before becoming a student of the guitarist -composer, Štepán Rak. One of the most widely celebrated classical guitar virtuosos of his generation, he began his professional career after winning first prize at the Radio France International Guitar Competition in 1982. Since then he has appeared in more than thirty countries all over the world, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, the UK and the USA. A musician of unique artistry and boundless energy, Pavel Steidl’s highly expressive performances of rare 19th-century guitar literature on authentic instruments add a special dimension to his recitals. He is also well known for his interpretations of Baroque music, especially the music of the Czech composer Jan Antonín Losy.
In addition to his performance activities, Pavel Steidl is a highly respected teacher and a thoughtful composer for the guitar; his compositions often feature on his concert programs.
Pavel Steidl plays many instruments, but mainly Francisco Simplicio (1926) and Franz Butcher (2008), romantic guitar: copies of J.G.Stauffer guitar made by B.Kresse and an original instrument from the beginning of the 19th century Nikolaus G.Ries circa 1830.
His recordings include Luigi Legnani: 36 Caprices op 20, Fantasia op 19 and Napoléon Coste: Guitar Music vol 3, both on Naxos; Paganini: Sonate & Ghiribizzi for Guitar and J K Mertz: Barden-Klänge (Frame); and Guitar Music of the 18th and 19th Centuries (Panton).