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2018-11-20 19:00       -       2018-11-20 22:00

20 November 2018, 7PM

160825 Sandor Mester 001




Heitor Villa-Lobos  /1887-1959/: Prelúdium nº 1 e nº 5, Mazurka-Choros, Valsa-Choros, Etude nº 1 és Choros
Manuel Ponce (1882 – 1948):     Sonata Classica
Mauro Giuliani  /1781 – 1828/:     Rossiniana nº 1
Valentin Bakfark /1507 - 1576/:   4 pieces from Lyon and Krakow Lute Books

Bela Bartok / 1881 - 1945 /: 11 pieces from the Children series

Classical guitar player Sándor Mester is unique not only for being the guitar artist who gives the largest number of concerts in East Central Europe, and not only because his repertoire spans 600 years of classical music, but also because he is on a cultural mission. He has decided to bring classical music to those who otherwise would not be exposed to it. Among the big concert halls he plays in the community halls and schools of tiny villages, because he believes, and demonstrates, that music belongs to everyone.

He began learning guitar from his father and very soon achieved notable success. At the age of 17, as a student of Erzsébet Nagy, he won the top prize at Hungary's National Guitar Competition in the town of Vác. In 1992, he was admitted to the Liszt Academy of Music, studying guitar under József Eötvös and composition under Iván Madarász. In addition to his classical music studies, he participated in several popular music productions. His mentor, friend and teacher is Ede Roth. He graduated in Győr (Music Faculty of István Széchenyi University) in Ede Roth's classical guitar class.

In 1998, he invented the technology of digital improvisation, founding Digimpro Kft. in Budapest in 2000, and Digimpro Ltd. in London in 2003. Since then, world-class musicians including Robbie Williams, Roots Manuva, Erasure and Moby have used the DI technology. Sándor Mester worked on Digimpro until the Spring of 2006.

Beginning in 1995, MS3 studied under Ede Róth, whom he considers his musical mentor to this day. His solo career began in 2003. He began giving concerts in the churches of tiny villages surrounding Lake Balaton and in other parts of the Hungarian countryside. In 2005, he gave a record 150 concerts in 90 days in the Lake Balaton region - a feat unmatched in the classical music field. He repeated this series in 2006, though the 150 concert venues were now spread across the country.

MS3's solo repertoire spans the music of 600 years, from the Renaissance to the present day: it includes the masters of classical guitar from Spain and Italy (Ferdinando Sor and Francisco Tarrega) and South America (Heitor-Villa Lobos, Barrios); he also plays the works of Luis Milan, Franceso da Milano, Carlos Paredes, Carlos Seixas, Bálint Barkfark, Béla Bartók, as well as his own compositions. In 2006, the MS3 Baroque Trio was formed, in which many young musicians have participated: András Sturcz , Györgyi Papp, Elvira Budai (cello), István Rózsa (tuba), Dániel Mester, János Vázsonyi (alto saxophone), András Somos, Anna Détári (flute), and Éva Antal (guitar). In 2006, he gave several guitar-duo concerts with Éva Antal, including 15 of Bartók's 44 Violin Duos, the Rumanian Dances, and their own transcriptions of one of Haydn's D-Major piano sonatas. The Trio's repertoire consists of the works of Jean Baptiste Loiellet, Evaristo Dall'abaco (1675-1742), Jean-Philip Rameau (1683-1764), Georg Frederick Händel (1685-1759), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).


In 2011 he has played a series of concerts named "Concert for the Roma” in disadvantaged villages in Hungary where the Gypsies constitute the overwhelming majority of the population, and he has given a series of concerts called "Bakfark-Bartók” in settlements in four countries populated by Hungarian minority in Slovakia, Ukranie, Romania and Serbia.


Venue: Balassi Institute, Treurenberg10, 1000 Brussels

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Location : Balassi Institute, Treurenberg10, 1000 Brussels
Classical guitar player Sándor Mester is unique not only for being the guitar artist who gives the largest number of concerts in East Central Europe.



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