GUESTS OF THE SARAJEVO INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL 2022

Margarita Escarpa trained at the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid”. She studied with Valentín Bielsa, Demetrio Ballesteros, Gerardo Arriaga, Miguel Ángel Girollet and David Russell, and was subjected to the influence of some of the best modern performers. She completed her academic education graduating with the Extraordinary Prize, and a short time later received her Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid”.

She has been awarded two national and eight international prizes including first prize at the 20th Solo Guitar Competition organized by the Guitar Foundation of America. The combination of these prizes and her talent has provided her with the opportunity to regularly participate in some of the most important music festivals in Europe, Asia and America. Specialist critics and audiences enthusiastically acclaim her artistic sensitivity and her technical competence, both guided by her extensive musical training.

As a soloist, Margarita has recorded compact discs for RTVE, Ópera Tres, Naxos, GHA Records and Maricam Studio.
She presently teaches at the Vigo Conservatory in Spain, where she continues perfecting her technique with her pupils.

Margarita plays with a George Lowden ‘s guitar (North Ireland) and with a Matthias Dammann’s guitar (Germany), and uses D’Addario strings.

Nairuz is a fusion between flamenco and sufi music. It is a dialog of different music traditions which share a similar music core. With flamenco guitar adjusted to sound like an oud in combination with turkish ney and vocal which performs beautiful poetry of great sufi artists and mystic movements of flamenco dance, Nairuz presents a new music and spiritual dimensions. The meaning of the name Nairuz symbolises birth of the spring, the beginning of the nature rising so this, our Nairuz is one unique musical performance which shows our soul parts to the audience.

The author of Nairuz is Bosnian flamenco guitarist, Mirza Redzepagic. He is one of the few flamenco guitarist in his country and
region. After he studied classical guitar at Music Academy of Sarajevo, he specialised flamenco guitar in Madrid and Granada.
Beside guitar, Mirza plays an oud which puts him in the spotlight of this instrument in his region, as the only one who plays it. His
performing opus includes different music styles as flamenco, classical, ethno, Balkan and maqam music. He gives concerts regulary in his country and abroad and recently played in Jazz Fest Sarajevo 2018, Ethno Fusion Fest Belgrade 2018, Approdi Festival Trieste 2018, Ankara Flamenco Festival 2017, famous Croatian hall Lisinski in Zagreb 2017, Pocket Teatar Ljubljana 2018 etc.

Nairuz had it’s premiere at 22nd Jazz Fest Sarajevo and it was rated as a highly successful concert by the words of Francesco Martinelli, music critic for the respected New York City Jazz Record Magazine (December 2018, Issue 200 – page 51) ‘’The evening was framed by two sets with guitarist Mirza Redžepagić. The first was a duo with Israeli/Mexican contrabassist Daniel More dedicated to improvisations and classic Arabic compositions in different maqams. The second and final of the evening saw the singer Almedin Varošanin join in a brilliant combination of Sufi songs and flamenco rhythms. The last song, a Yunus Emre text set to an original melody, was especially successful.’’

Cristina Galietto is a 20-year-old classical guitarist from Naples in Italy, whose guitar playing has taken her to many countries in Europe, where she has given concerts, participated in masterclasses with artists such as Aniello Desiderio and Carlo Marchione. Among the numerous international competitions that she has won, the highlights include winning First Prizes at: Rago International Guitar Competition in Stuttgart, International Competition for Young Guitarists ‘Andrés Segovia’ in Monheim am Rhein and the Uppsala International Guitar Festival competition in Sweden. She began her musical studies at the age of seven with his father, a guitar teacher and then attended the Music High School ‘Margherita di Savoia’ in Naples studying with Enzo Amat. She completed her studies at the Conservatory of Music ‘San Pietro a Majella’ of Naples and the Conservatory of Music ‘Domenico Cimarosa’ in Avellino in the class of Lucio Matarazzo with honours and a special mention and is currently studying with Paolo Pegoraro and Lukasz Kuropaczewski at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, in Graz.
Her new album Avant l’Aube, released at the end of 2020 (Timespan recordings), features music by composers such as Joaquín Rodrigo, Domenico Scarlatti and Alexis Rago, all of whom are representative of an intimate, delicate and passionate musical feel – characteristics that stand out in her playing and to which her audience are drawn.

The Turkish guitarist Özberk Miraç Sarıgül was born in 2000. From a young age, he began performing not only as a soloist but also with orchestra, including performances of the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and the Fantasía para un Gentilhombre by Joaquín Rodrigo with BGSO in 2019. As a soloist, he plays a broad range of repertoire, from the Elizabethan music of John Dowland, to the Baroque music of J.S. Bach to more contemporary music by Joaquín Rodrigo, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Joaquín Turina.
In 2018, Özberk Miraç Sarıgül was selected for the prestigious 8th Donizetti Classical Music Awards for ‘Under 18, Musician of the Year’ in Turkey. He has won prizes in many national and international competitions, winning First Prize at the International Istanbul Guitar Festival Competition, at the Estonia Lions – Thomas Kuti European Classical Guitar Competition and at the Florida Guitar Foundation’s Virtual Competition Intermediate Division in 2020. Sarıgül is currently studying in Bilkent University Music and Performing Arts Faculty with Kağan Korad and has had masterclasses with leading guitarists such as Leo Brouwer, Pepe Romero, Aniello Desiderio, Hopkinson Smith, David Russell and Hubert Käppel. Özberk Miraç Sarıgül has performed in duo with Mesut Özgen at the Türkiye Gitar Buluşması Festival, as well as being invited as soloist to perform there and at other festivals.

Jonas Egholm, was born in 1997 and started playing the guitar at the age of seven. As a ten-year old, he went on his first concert tour in Denmark and Germany as part of winning the First Prize in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s competition for young musicians. He is currently finishing his Masters in classical guitar at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen with proffesors Jesper Sivebæk and Per Pålsson. Jonas has performed as a soloist with the South Denmark Philharmonic Orchestra, Vejle Symphony Orchestra and Fredericia City Orchestra, He regularly performs at music events and festivals in Denmark, China, Japan, Germany, Sweden and the Faroe Islands; he has upcoming concerts and tours in France, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, Faroe Islands and more. In January 2020, he will start the intenstive Master in Classical Guitar Performance course at the University of Alicante, Spain, where he will study under David Russel, Manuel Barrueco, the Assad Brothers, Ignacio Rodes and Ricardo Gallén, among others.