Music : Eleftheria Kotzia Guitar Recital. Friday 26th April 19:30

Eleftheria Kotzia presents an evening of guitar music from around the world, from the intoxicating rhythms of South America to the Mediterranean folk inspired guitar standards from Greece, her native country, Persia, France (French Songs) and the soulful music of Spain. Sir John Tavener’s ‘Chant’ for solo guitar combines voice and guitar playing, in his unique sound world.

Doors 7.30 | music 8pm | entry £10 cash

Described by USA Review as doing for the Greek soul what flamenco does for the Spanish, Eleftheria Kotzia has toured regularly in Europe, Canada, the United States, South America, North Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Far East.

Kotzia is the 1st prize winner of the Milan International Guitar Competition.

She has given recitals at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, including the Merkin Concert Hall and the Carnegie Recital Hall (New York), the Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), The Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre (London), the Megaron Concert Hall (Athens), Les Halles and the Amphitheatre Richelieu in the Sorbonne (Paris), the Jubilee Hall – Raffles Hotel (Singapore), The Rudolfinum (Prague).

Composers Domeniconi, Bogdanovic, Dodgson, Duarte, McGuire, Vasquez, influenced by the Greek musical heritage have dedicated works to Eleftheria. She has presented numerous works by Greek composers and has premiered and recorded René Eespere’s guitar concerto.

Eleftheria has an impressive list of recordings to her credit: ‘Mediterraneo’, ‘La Guitarra Latina’, ‘Fuoco’, ‘Gypsy’ Ballad’ and ‘Respectus’. Her CD ‘The Blue Guitar’ was selected by Gramophone magazine as a Critic’s Choice Recording of the Year.

Eleftheria has been on the cover of guitar magazines and music journals. Classical Guitar, Guitar International, Incorporated Society of Musicians, the Panhellenes and has been interviewed by ‘Soundboard’ , the French ‘Guitare Classique’, ‘Guitaren’ the Greek ‘Tar’. She is the writer of the Guitar Method ‘les cahiers de ma guitare’ (3 volumes).

Professor of Guitar in the Conservatoire National of Cardiff, Wales (2000- 2017) she gives masterclasses all over the world. She is a frequent judge in international guitar competitions (GFA, Benicassim, Alessandria, Bruxelles). Within the Catalogue of Lathkill Music Publishers she directs the Eleftheria Kotzia Series which features new, contemporary music for guitar. She Directs the Guitar course & Festival ‘’Guitare en France’ since 2007.

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