ALVARO PIERRI - Guitar
Alvaro Pierri is internationally acclaimed as a leading personality in the world of the guitar. Press reviews around the world praise “his masterly thought-out interpretations”... “the breathtaking phrasing”...and “the unmatched musical colour spectrum that he creates on the guitar” . Alvaro Pierri was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, into a family of musicians. He received his early musical education from his mother, Ada Estades, on the piano and his aunt, Olga Pierri, on the guitar. Later he studied with Abel Carlevaro, the composer Guido Santorsola and also at the Uruguayan National Institute of Musicology.
From the age of 11 he was already winning prizes in international guitar competitions, including 1st Prize in the International Guitar Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1st Prize in the International Guitar Competition in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and the Gold Medal at the 18th International Competition by France Musique/Radio France in Paris.
Pierri’s debut in the USA took place in New York and received outstanding reviews: … “Mr. Pierri revealed an artistic maturity not commonly encountered” … “compared to artists as Segovia, Bream, Williams” … “brilliant, sensitive, versatile, breathtaking” (New York Times & Continental Reviews). In 1983 he made his debut in Germany with the string soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and he subsequently appeared on numerous radio and television programmes in Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Denmark, Canada, Korea and Japan.
As a musician popular with both the public and the critics, Pierri is a regular guest at the major concert houses of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Contemporary composers such as Leo Brouwer, Guido Santorsola, Jacques Hétu, Astor Piazzolla, Abel Carlevaro, Carlo Domeniconi and Terry Riley have written major works for Alvaro Pierri and in each case he has premiered them brilliantly. His manifest love of chamber music has resulted in collaborations with major musical figures including Astor Piazzolla, Hatto Beyerle, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Ernö Sebestien, Regis Pasquier, Philippe Müller, Leo Brouwer, Alcides Lanza, Terry Riley, Tracy Silverman, Maureen Forrester, Eduardo Fernandez, the Cherubini Quartet and the Turtle Island String Quartet, and he has also worked with conductors such as Pinchas Steinberg, Charles Dutoit, Wojciech Rajski, Mario Bernardi and Yannick Nezet-Séguin.
Alvaro Pierri’s CDs have been released by Metropole-Polydor (France), Blue Angel-2001 (Germany), Milan Records (Canada), Analekta (Canada), Amplitude (Canada), Madacy (Canada), HOMA (Japan) and The Alpha Omega Sound (Hong Kong). His discography includes solo recordings, chamber music, guitar concerts and electro-acoustic music. Several of his CDs have been honoured with prices and nominations and he has already received twice the coveted Canadian FELIX award for the best classical CD of the year. Recently “Pioneer Classics Japan” brought out a DVD featuring Spanish and South American guitar music, and “Deutsche Grammophon” re-issued a DVD of Astor Piazzolla’s Double Concerto with Alvaro Pierri performing in duo with Astor Piazzolla.
Alvaro Pierri is also an internationally acclaimed teacher. Many of his students have won major international guitar competitions. He was professor at the University of Santa Maria in Brazil and subsequently ran a guitar class at McGill University and the UQAM (Academy of Music) in Montreal. In 2002 he was appointed professor at the famous Academy of music in Vienna (today University of Music and Performing Arts).
Pierri gives master classes at major music festivals such as the New York Manhattan Masters, GFA Guitar Foundation of America, Québec FIG, the SIG Séminaire International de Guitare in Paris and Bordeaux, in Barcelona, at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, the Wiener Meisterkurse, the Villa Musica in Mainz, and also in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and at The Joy of Music Festival in Hong Kong. In recognition of his outstanding artistic talent and career and his permanent enriching contribution to the culture, in 2008, Alvaro Pierri was awarded the honorary citizenship of his hometown Montevideo.
The Alpha Omega Sound, the recording label of The Chopin Society of Hong Kong Ltd., has released Alvaro Pierri’s first of a series of recordings he is planning to record under this label. The CD has been entirely recorded by Mr. Pierri at Abbey Road Studios in London.
With the present CD, Alvaro Pierri is embarking on a long term project with The Alpha Omega Sound, to record a comprehensive series of sonatas specifically composed for guitar and spanning the 19th to the 21st centuries. The collection, which will not necessarily be issued in chronological order of the compositions, will not contain transcriptions or shorter pieces but will focus exclusively on the superb body of music specifically composed and developed in a sonata form for the guitar.
阿爾瓦羅 • 皮耶里 - 結他大師
鐘愛室內樂。與他合作過的著名音樂家和樂團包括有：阿斯托爾·皮亞佐拉､哈托·巴耶勒､ 法蘭克·彼得·齊瑪曼､塞巴斯蒂安､ 雷吉斯·巴斯基耶､菲利曾·穆勒､萊奧·布勞威爾､藍撒､特里·賴利､崔西·席佛曼﹑莫蓮·弗雷斯特､費南德滋﹑凱魯比尼弦樂四重奏､龜島弦樂四重奏，他亦曾和著名指揮家如：祖克曼､斯坦伯格､迪圖瓦､拉耶斯基､貝納迪和雅尼克合作表演。 皮耶里的唱片曾獲世界各大品牌如法國寶麗多﹑德國藍天使-2001﹑加拿大米蘭唱片﹑加拿大Analekta﹑加拿大Amplitude﹑加拿大Madacy﹑日本HOMA和香港The Alpha Omega Sound 發行。他的唱片曲目包括有結他獨奏､室樂､結他音樂會和電聲音樂。他已有數張唱片獲提名及獎項，如他兩次榮獲加拿大Felix年度最佳古典音樂CD獎。他的最新DVD 「日本先鋒古典」涵蓋了西班牙和南美的結他音樂，而德國留聲機重新發行了一張他和阿斯托爾·皮亞佐拉以二重奏方式表演的協奏曲DVD。
香港蕭邦社旗下錄音公司The Alpha Omega Sound已發行了皮耶里系列演奏作品，這些唱片全部由皮耶里在倫敦愛彼路錄音室錄製完成。
此外，皮耶里亦和The Alpha Omega Sound唱片公司有長期合作項目，計劃錄製由十九世紀跨越至廿一世紀期間，專為結他創作的奏鳴曲。這項收藏式特別CD錄音計劃，不會按作曲時間先後排序，不包含樂章簡介，不縮短樂章，但會非常專注於結他奏鳴曲的發展史和音樂精華。