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Guitar Master Class Series: Amadeus Duo

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 10:00am
$10 (Free to UW students and faculty), Notecard
Amadeus Guitar Duo
Amadeus Guitar Duo (Photo courtesy the artist)

The renowned Amadeus Duo leads a guitar master class with students of Michael Partington.

Series Background:

Seattle Classical Guitar Society International Master Class Series:

The University of Washington and faculty artist Michael Partington host this series of master classes for students and young professional artists. Classes follow performances the previous night at the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. All classes are open to the public for observation.


Amadeus Duo, guitar

Dale Kavanagh (Canada) and Thomas Kirchhoff (Germany) have been playing together since 1991 and have given more than 950 concerts in more than 50 European countries and North, Central and South America and Asia. Critics and audiences acknowledge the young musicians bubbling temperament in virtuoso recital, their highly sensitive creative ability in musical phrasing and articulation, and their great guitar-tone, which fills large auditoriums with a warm, rich sound.

Beside their work in chamber music programs they often take place in concerts with large orchestras and perform compositions for two guitars and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo, Gheorghe Zamfir, Sérgio Assad, Harald Genzmer, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime M. Zenamon, Roland Dyens and Antonio Vivaldi and Joseph Haydn. The Amadeus Guitar Duo performs regularly with The Prague- Munich and Mannheimer Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonia Hungarica, The President Orchestra Ankara,The Philharmonic State Orchestra Halle, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, The International Philharmonic Orchestra and The Kurpfälzische Kammerorchester Mannheim, The Mainzer Chamber Orchestra and the Thuringen Philharmonic Orchestra. They have been called the specialists for guitar and orchestra.

Twelve records (Haenssler-Classic, FONO) and regular radio and television broadcasts (BBC, CBC, ZDF, WDR, TRT, RTL a.o.) in many countries certify the high quality of the Amadeus Guitar Duo.

Prominent Composers have dedicated work to Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff. Among them are concertos for two guitars and orchestra by Roland Dyens, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime Zenamon, the Cologne composer Christian Jost and Gerald Garcia of Oxford and many compositions for guitar-duo by Stephen Dodgson, Harald Genzmer, Jaime M. Zenamon, Christian Jost and Martin Herchenröder. All works are published at Schott‘s, Mainz - Edition Margaux, Berlin - Verlag Hubertus Nogatz, Essen and Edition Peters, Frankfurt.

They are invited to play in China, USA, Canada, Italy, England, Austria, Turkey, Poland and Rumania in the season 2011/2012. They are both teaching at the Musikhochschule in Detmold and have established one of the biggest classical guitar festivals in the world.

Together with their daughter Melissa-Rachel, Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff are living in Iserlohn/Germany. They play exclusively D'Addario strings and guitars by Stephen Connor, Boston and Antonius Muelle, Germany.

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