Young guitarist to London

 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:England, London

Norwegian guitarist Jørgen Skogmo is one of the musicians who are taking part in this year’s International Classical Guitar Festival of London and will play a free concert in the Bolívar Hall on 12 March.

Having studied guitar and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees, Skogmo (born in Norway in 1982) has since performed extensively. He has given performances in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Opera House and, as part of a 'Composer Portrait' Prom broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the Royal Albert Hall.

As guitarist he has recorded for René Gruss Records with violinist David Frühwirth and as mandolinist he was invited to record with the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI Records. During the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall he performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain directed by Sir Simon Rattle and broadcast on BBC2 Television.   

Skogmo has also achieved success in the competitive field both nationally and internationally including first prizes in the Admira Young Guitarist of the Year Competition in Bath and the Ivor Mairants International Guitar Competition in London. He was awarded third prize in the IV Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Clasica 'Julian Arcas' (Almeria, Spain) and in 2005 he was a finalist and 'Premio del Publico' prize winner in the XXXIV Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Classica 'Francisco Tarrega' (Benicassim, Spain).

The International Classical Guitar Festival of London has been run by the Venezuelan Embassy since 1996. The festival is run in cooperation with other embassies and cultural institutes, and includes artists from all continents. It is non-competitive and aims to provide guitarists who have not had the opportunity to perform in London, the occasion to do so before a well-informed, cosmopolitan and musical audience. It consists of 12 concerts, six of which are given by international artists and six by the best students from the eight main Music Academies of Great Britain. This year’s festival runs from 5-23 March – for more information, click here.

Jørgen Skogmo, guitar
12 March 12, 7.30pm
Bolívar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, Fitzrovia, London
Free entrance, no booking necessary

Antonio Lauro (1917-1986): Variaciones sobre una canción infantil
Hans Werner Henze (b. 1926): Drei Tentos
Agustín Barrios (1885-1944):  La Catedral
Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989): Sonatina op. 51
Nikita Koshkin (f. 1956): Three Stops on the Road
Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996): Equinox
Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999): Invocación y Danza
Antonio Ruiz-Pipo (1934-1997): Canción y Danza

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Norwegian guitarist Jørgen Skogmo is taking part in this year’s International Classical Guitar Festival of London.

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