This week, Costin Soare, one of the most appreciated and active Romanian guitarists, will begin the tour called “From Paganini to Piazzolla”, which will start in Hungary and will end in Romania at the end of April.
The first two concerts will be held in Hungary, under the aegis of the Romanian Cultural Institute. Thus, on April 12, starting at 18.00, Costin Soare will perform a concert at the Romanian Cultural Institute of Budapest (1146, 5 Izsó Street), and on Saturday, April 14, starting at 18.00, he will perform the second concert at the Szeged Branch of the Romanian Cultural Institute (6720, Szeged, Dugonics tér 2). Under a project of the Kitharalogos Cultural Association, guitarist Costin Soare proposes in this tour a program that starts from Niccolò Paganini’s music – the famous Italian violinist who was also a passionate guitarist, which is less known – and reaches the world of the one who reinvented the tango of the 20th century, Astor Piazzolla. Thus, being invited, at these concerts, into a musical journey in the world of romanticism and neo-romanticism of the early 20th century, the audience can also listen to works of composers such as Francisco Tárrega, Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albeniz, Heitor Villa-Lobos, oscillating between virtuosity and delicacy, between intense energy and intimacy. As announced by the organizers of the tour, in the opening of four of the ten recitals, there will be concerts performed by young instrumentalists who are getting famous, one of the association’s objectives being to promote the young generation of guitarists, in the context in which Kitharalogos will provide them with strings and other accessories for their instrument.
After the two concerts from Hungary, the concerts will continue in Romania. The schedule of the tour will be as follows: Sf. Gheorghe – April 16, at 19.00, at the Arcus Culture Center; Focsani – April 17, at 19.00, at the “Maior Gh. Pastia” Athenaeum; Bucharest – April 21, at 19.00, at the Cervantes Institute; Bacau – April 23, at 17.00, at the “George Apostu” Culture Center; Brasov – April 25, at 19.00, at the “Sergiu T. Chiriacescu” Aula of the Transilvania University of Brasov; Medias – April 26, at 19.00, at the Schuller House; Bistrita – April 27, at 19.00, at the Synagogue; Bran – April 28, a 19.00, at the Music Hall of the Bran Castle.
Costin Soare is one of the most appreciated and active Romanian artists, combining the concert career with the pedagogical one. He is a teacher at the “Dinu Lipatti” National College of Arts from Bucharest and an associate professor at the National Music University of Bucharest; he is also the Artistic Director of the “Guitar Evenings” International Festival, a successful event that reached its seventh edition, where top guitarists from around the world are performing. Having an experience consisting in five national tours so far – “De la Bach la Beatles” (2017), the promoting tour of the CD “Twenty Shades of Music” – along with the flautist Ion Bogdan Stefanescu (2017); “Muzica in palatele Romaniei”(2016); „Armonii pascale”(2015) – along with actress Daniela Nane; „Nocturne si dansuri”(2013), two CDs – one of them released in 2017, namely “Twenty Shades of Music” – along with flautist Ion Bogdan Stefanescu, and the other one a solo album, released in 2014, called “Nocturne si dansuri” -, being a permanent member of two chamber ensembles – along with flautist Ion Bogdan Stefanescu and mezzosoprano Claudia Codreanu, guitarist Costin Soare is a relentless promoter of classical music of high quality by means of an instrument and repertoire appreciated by the general public. We also have to mention that for his activity carried out in 2016 – the tour called “Muzica in palatele Romaniei” and the organization of the “Guitar Evenings” International Festival, the 6th edition -, Costin Soare was one of the nominees of the Classical Music Section of the “Matei Brancoveanu” Award Gala organized by the Alexandrion Foundation.