Chiawei Lin (left) and Anton Baranov.
The beautiful Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York NY was once again filled with the stirring sounds of classical guitar on October 23, 2014, courtesy of the D’Addario Foundation’s Performance Series. Attendees were treated to impressive displays of technical musicianship from Chiawei Lin and Anton Baranov. The Retailer‘s Assistant Editor Anthony Vargas was in attendance, as well as several members of the music press and representatives from charities and organizations associated with the D’Addario Foundation.
The performance marked the United States debut of Lin, a Taiwan native born in 1988 who has already earned several international distinctions in his young career. He most recently earned first place honors at both the Koblenz International Guitar Competition in 2013 and the 2014 Iserlohn Competition. Highlights of Lin’s performance included his energetic renditions of Marek Pasieczny’s The Tango Impressions and Carlos Moscardini’s Suburbio.
Baranov, a D’Addario artist since 2013, has won more than 15 international guitar competitions. Guitarist Roland Dyens described him as “one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.” His mastery of the instrument was on full display during his interpretations of Luigi Legani’s Pot-Pourii, Yuri Smirnov’s St. Petersburg Etchings and Guido Santorsóla’s Sonata Italiana. Baranov recently recorded his first album for the Naxos label, and is scheduled to embark on a 50-city concert tour that includes performances in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Brazil.
Following the recital, attendees were treated to an Artists Reception and cocktail hour.
The next event in the Performance Series is scheduled for April 30, 2015, at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and will feature D’Addario artist Marko Topchii.