The Voice of the Guitar
August 18, 2018 - 7:30pm
St. Mark's Anglican Church
featuring special guest violinist Marc Djokic and his string quintet
*MILOŠ' only Canadian appearance of 2018. Seating is limited!
“The king of Aranjuez … The hottest guitarist in the world”
- The Sunday Times
"One of the most exciting and communicative classical guitarists today"
- New York Times
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 997
Boccherini: Guitar Quintet No. 4 (“Fandango”)
Granados: Andaluza from Twelve Spanish Dances
Granados: Orientale from Twelve Spanish Dances
Falla: Miller’s Dance (Farruca) from The Three-Cornered Hat
Rodrigo: Españoleta from Fantasía para un gentilhombre
Anon: Spanish Romance
Villa-Lobos: Selections for solo guitar
Harrison: “Here Comes the Sun”
Lennon/McCartney: “The Fool on the Hill”
Lennon/McCartney: “Eleanor Rigby”
“The hottest guitarist in the world”, Miloš Karadaglić continues to top the record charts and delight audiences worldwide. His first three releases on “The Yellow Label” achieved major chart success around the globe and turned him into “classical music’s guitar hero” (BBC Music Magazine) overnight. His 2014 recording of Rodrigo’s concertos had the Sunday Times calling him “The King of Aranjuez”, while “Blackbird- the Beatles album” (2016) was received with unanimous critical acclaim. Recorded in the infamous Abbey Road Studio 2, it features classic Beatles songs performed in innovative new arrangements by Sérgio Assad and includes collaborations with the jazz legend Gregory Porter, pop singer Tori Amos, cellist Steven Isserlis and sitar superstar Anoushka Shankar.
Milos has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras / conductors and in some of the greatest concert venues. He is the first ever guitarist to have performed in solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall in London , The Guardian commenting: “More extraordinary by far, however, was the way a single guitarist, playing an intimate and understated set, and equipped with a single microphone and some clever lighting, could shrink the Hall’s cavernous space into something so close.” The Independent concluded: “Defying its many critics to offer a dramatic and rounded evening of classical music, the guitar itself was the breakout star here – a sleight of hand that makes Karadaglić not only a magician, but a serious and accomplished musician”.
Now firmly established in the classical firmament, Miloš remains committed to commissioning new repertoire, especially when it comes to the repertoire for guitar and orchestra. Next season will mark the world premiere of Canadian composer Howard Shore’s first ever guitar concerto. It was commissioned for him by the National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa and Alexander Shelley. Further new commissions for Miloš include a concerto by composer Joby Talbot which will be premiered in 2018.
Miloš is a passionate supporter of music education and acts as a Patron of the Mayor of London Fund for Young Musicians and the Awards for Young Musicians. He is an Ambassador for Live Music Now and the Wigmore Hall’s Learning Programme. He is also a brand ambassador for the luxury Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil. Taking every opportunity to promote classical music to the widest possible audience, Miloš often finds himself in the role of radio and TV presenter, having recently appeared as a mentor for the nationwide talent competition Guitar Star on Sky Arts, in addition to co-presenting the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year.
Born in Montenegro in 1983, Miloš first started playing the guitar at the age of 8. At 16, he successfully applied for a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music and moved to London where he continues to live while keeping close ties with his family and homeland. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2015. He performs on a 2007 Greg Smallman guitar.
Special guest Marc Djokic
Winner of the 2017-2018 Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer and a Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique, Marc Djokic is one of Canada’s most prolific violinists. His debut album will be released on the ATMA Classique label in September 2018. Marc embarked on his first European tour in summer 2018, with solo recitals, chamber music concerts and masterclasses in Venice, Geneva and Bern.
A native of Nova Scotia, Montreal violinist Marc Djokic is recognized for his diverse instrumental collaborations and has commissioned and premiered numerous works by Canadian composers. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and The National Arts Centre Orchestra. Marc filmed 45 music videos across Canada produced by Mecenat Musica noncerto, in collaboration with his groups and set in unique cultural locations. CAMMAC named him their first Artist-in-Residence from 2017-2019, and ATMA Classique will be releasing Marc’s debut album in fall of 2018.
Marc gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.