French Guitar Virtuoso Gaëlle Solal in Winnipeg


WINNIPEG, MB – French guitar virtuoso Gaëlle Solal and guest conductor Yaron Traub join the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) this weekend for a stunning tour of Spain, featuring the most famous works for guitar and orchestra, Feb 23-24, at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Composer Manuel de Falla was the soul of Spanish music for half a century. But the other composers on this program equally carried the torch for their native country: Isaac Albéniz, José Evangelista Joaquín Turina, and especially Joaquín Rodrigo, whose Concierto de Aranjuez supplied a languid Adagio that became the most popular guitar piece of our time (which you may recognize from Brassed Off [1996] and School of Rock [2003]). Gypsy castanets, flamenco guitar, jota dance, Iberian sunshine… this concert is an antidote to February’s fury.

Listen to Gaelle Solal, click play below:

A guitarist of extraordinary passion and virtuosity, Gaëlle Solal was born in Marseilles (France) and began playing the guitar at age six with René Bartoli. At 14, she won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles and as the best student among all instruments, was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille. Gaëlle has performed in more than 35 countries and is winner of First Grand Prix at multiple competitions including Alessandria Competition, Locquémeau, Savona, and Sernancehle, among her many accomplishments.

Born in Tel Aviv, Yaron Traub is the son of Chaim Traub, who was concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic. He studied piano and from 1990, orchestral conduction. He later moved to Munich, where he worked with Sergiu Celibidache. Then he had contact with Daniel Barenboim, who introduced him to the Bayreuth Festival, where he was his assistant. Yaron Traub is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orquesta de Valencia.

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

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