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Guitar Masterpieces

by Alen Garagic

Defined by critics as "...a sublime artist and an excellent performer, who does with the guitar what a pianist does with the piano, expressing rhythmical, dynamic, harmonic and tone contrasts, as well as the different chiaroscuros that composers have captured in their scores.The evenings works were offered with admirable musicalrichness..." (JoséLuísLópez,DiarioABC).

He was born on November 30, 1978 in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and started playing guitar at the age of 13 at the Secondary School of Music in Tuzla. He continued his musical education at the Royal Conser vator y in The Hague (Holland) where he studied under Professor Zoran Dukic. Afterwards he continued his studies under Professor Alex Garrobé at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain). He also studied under Professor Franz Halasz at the Hochshule für Music in Nuremberg, (Germany).

He has been giving concerts in many European and American countries and has been invited to festivals such as the "José Tomas" in Alicante (Spain), the "Antonio Lauro" in Ankara (Turkey), the "Fabricio Caroso" in Latina (Italy), the "Andrés Segovia" in Linares (Spain), the Guitars of the World in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the International guitar festival in Amsterdam (Holland), the Masters in Seville (Spain), the International music festival in Toledo (Spain), the International guitar festival in Madrid (Spain), the International music festival in Lisbon (Portugal) etc.

He has performed at important venues, such as the National Auditorium in Madrid (Spain), L'Auditori and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona (Spain), Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul (Korea),Theatre Monumental with the Spanish Radio and Television orchestra in Madrid (Spain), Gasteig Kulturzentrum Munchen (Germany)...

He has won more than twenty prizes in international competitions, among them the first prize in the JoséTomás International guitar competition in Alicante, first prize in the Andrés Segovia International guitar competition in Linares, first prize in the Velez-Málaga International guitar competition and the first prize at the most important Spanish competition, patronized by the Royal Family, the Princess Cristina International guitar competition, Guerrero Foundation in Madrid.

Since 2007 he is artistic director of ARTPEGI Productions based in Barcelona (Spain). In 2014 he has become Artistic Director of Divya Records based in Ljubljana (Slovenia). He is currently teaching at British International Music School in Ljubljana (Slovenia).