Andrew Blanch (Classical Guitar), Ariel Nurhadi (Classical Guitar)
Tango Suite for 2 guitars – Astor Pantaleón Piazolla (1921-1992)
Mosstrooper Peak for two guitars – Nigel Westlake (1958-)
Sunday 3 March 2019, 0am
Kettering Community Hall
Tickets available at door $15.00
Stay for the post-concert afternoon tea, meet and chat with the musicians.
Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi have been playing as a guitar duo since 2014. As a duo, they have been
described as "two stunning young guitarists...virtuosic" (Sydney Arts Guide) and have been praised for
their "dazzling guitar playing" (ArtsHub). Their performances have taken them around Eastern Australia,
and they also collaborate with Australia's celebrated baritone Josè Carbò in a group called The Josè Carbò
Their current duo project entitled `Alchemy', is named after the very first piece they learnt together, by the
late great Australian guitarist and composer Phillip Houghton. Alchemy is something of a `world-tour',
featuring some of the finest music written/arranged for guitar duet, with masterpieces from France, Spain,
Brazil, Argentina, USA, and Australia, including Phil's acclaimed `Three Duets' that encapsulates Alchemy.
Andrew Blanch is recognised as one of Australia's leading young classical
guitarists. He made his solo recital debut at the Sydney Opera House in
2017 to critical acclaim and to date his career has taken him around the
world. His debut CD Spanish Guitar Music "secured this young musician's
place amongst a glittering Australian classical guitar constellation" (Limelight
In addition to his work with the The José Carbó Trio, Andrew's 2018engagements include: concerto soloist in Nigel Westlake's Antarctica Suite with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra
conducted by the composer, invited artist to perform and adjudicate at the 3rd Biennial New Zealand Guitar
Competition in Wellington, and a solo European tour including concerts in the UK, Italy and Spain, where he is a
featured artist performing and giving masterclasses at the Festival Guitarra Maestro Joaquin Rodrigo.
Andrew is a graduate of Timothy Kain's renowned guitar class at Australian National University and won ten major
competition prizes including First Place in both the Melbourne International Guitar Competition (2016) and the
Whitworth-Roach Classical Music Competition (2015). (www.andrewblanch.com)
Melbourne-born Ariel Nurhadi is a Sydney-based classical guitarist. His diverse
collaborations to date have included Llewellyn Quartet, an opera production of
Dido and Aeneas, the clarinet-guitar ensemble Duo Divan and Canberra's
2015 Voices in the Forest with José Carbó and Diego Torre of Opera Australia.
Ariel's first solo album will feature works by Federico Moreno-Torroba, Manuel
Ponce, Joaquin Turina, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Alexandre Tansman,
as well as a collection of Catalan folksongs arranged by guitarist Miguel Llobet.
Ariel's 2018 engagements include a tour of Australia with The Josè Carbò Trio, a tour of New Zealand with guitarist
Andrew Blanch and Ariel will also adjudicate and perform at the 3rd Biennial New Zealand Guitar Competition,
Wellington, New Zealand.
Ariel is a graduate of Timothy Kain's renowned guitar class at the ANU, which he completed with first-class honours
before being accepted into a PhD program under the auspices of the competitive Australian Postgraduate Award.
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