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ALDO LAGRUTTA (article first published : 2003-05-3)

In what promises to be a highlight of Durban’s music calendar, the gifted Venezuelan guitar virtuoso Aldo Lagrutta appears in a recital presented by Durban’s Friends of Music on May 13 at the Durban Jewish Club, Old Fort Road at 19h45.

In the evening’s main programme Maestro Lagrutta will perform an adventurous selection of music by Naváez, Sor, Tárrega, Turina, Albéniz and others.

For years classical guitarist Aldo Lagrutta has been enchanting audiences as a recitalist and soloist in Europe, North, Central and South America, and Africa. Recognised as a child prodigy, he began his career as a concert artist at the early age of 15. Superb technical and musical mastery of his instrument have established Lagrutta’s international reputation as the “Paganini of the Guitar.”

Of his much admired compact disc release Latinando, Acoustic Guitar Magazine wrote: “The music of Venezuela and Brazil from Lagrutta is simple and unpretentious, and nevertheless performed brilliantly and masterly. In the Suite Populaire Brésiliene he has established a new reference point. It has been stated that with his music Aldo Lagrutta reaches the hearts his listeners and not the brains of the experts. In Latinando he has certainly succeeded in both.”

Aldo Lagrutta has made several appearances with Radio and Television in South America, Germany, Turkey and the United States. In addition, he has premiered important works such as Suite Homenaje a John Duarte by Antonio Lauro and Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by Leopoldo Igarza, both of whom were his foremost teachers.

Only three years after the beginning of his studies, he won top prizes at international competitions. Composer Antonio Lauro commented: “To my understanding, Aldo Lagrutta can only be described as a genius. Not only is his memory formidable, his technique limitless but his interpretation of my compositions truly surpasses in beauty and character even my own conception.”

In just three years Aldo Lagrutta graduated Suma cum laude from the usual nine years of Conservatory studies at the Conservatory of Music in Caracas, Venezuela. He was the chairman for guitar studies at Morgan State University. After 15 years of intensive teaching at several Conservatories and Universities in North and South America, Aldo Lagrutta now lives in Germany where he devotes himself to performing.

Funding from theNational Lottery Distribution Trust Fund has permitted Friends of Music to re-instate their Prelude Performers programme. Appearing before Aldo Lagrutta will be the Schola Canotorum of St Henry’s Marist Brothers College under the direction of Cameron Upchurch. (see separate article)

Tickets R60 (R50 Friends of Music members and R15 students). Book at Computicket on 083 915 8000.




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