The excellent Spanish guitarist Andrea Gonzales Caballero earned her nickname “the female voice of a Spanish guitar”. The guitarist acquaints the audience with the energetic, turbulent, yet melancholic and gentle work of her compatriots.
ANDREA GONZALES CABALLERO
OperaWorld magazine described Andrea Gonzalez Caballero as “the female voice of a Spanish guitar”. Andrea is a laureate of several prestigious international guitar competitions: she won first prize and special prize at the Fernando Sora International Guitar Competition 2011 (Rome) and the first prize at the Alhambra 2016 International Guitar Competition (Valencia) as the youngest participant ever.
The BBC magazine described the guitarist as one of the current rising stars of classical guitar. Andrea has taken part in numerous international competitions and concert tours around the world. Recent successes include appearances at the Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), the National Auditorium and the Juan March Foundation (Madrid) and concerts with the Sinfonietta Ratingen and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen (Germany). The International Guitar Foundation in London chose her as a soloist for international music festivals, such as the London Guitar Festival, having the UK debuts at locations like King’s Cross (London) or Sage Gateshead (Newcastle).
The CD released by Naxos in 2017, featuring both contemporary guitar works and compositions by well-known authors as B. Britten, I. Albéniz and F. Tárrega, was critically acclaimed as “a decent, elegant and impressive word for music” (Golden Melomano distinction by music magazine Melomano).
Andrea has been supported by “Alexander von Humboldt Foundation”, “DAAD” (German Academic Exchange Service), “AIE” (Society of Performing Artists of Spain) and “Provincial Council of Guipuzcoa” to study at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany), where she graduated with honors.
Jiří Partyka, born in Valtice, enrolled in the violin department at the Conservatory in Brno under Professor Jiří Besperát. These studies were followed by studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the master class of Professor Jindřich Pazdera. In 1998, he performed as soloist on the Brno Chamber Orchestra’s tour throughout the USA. As a concert master, he has worked with the Talich Chamber Orchestra and also as a guest concert master with the Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic. He currently holds the post of a concert master of the St. Gellért Academy Orchestra in Szeged in Hungary. He was from 2004 to 2020 a member of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra in Prague as a first deputy concert master. In 2014, he performed with the Pavel Haas Quartet at a festival in Glasgow. Jiří Partyka is the founder and the artistic director of the LEDNICE|VALTICE MUSIC FESTIVAL (LVHF).
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