34th PPO CONCERT SEASON Timeless Classics, New Beginnings CONCERT III

November 11, 2016


Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura

Music Director and Principal Conductor



Cultural Center of the Philippines



November 11, 2016 | 8:00PM

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)



Discover and enjoy the rich legacy of Spanish classical masterpieces and classical guitar music in the third concert in PPO’s 34th season! Featured works include De Falla’s El Amor Brujo, Granados’ Intermezzo from Goyescas and Gimenez’s Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso. Guest Uruguayan classical guitarist Eduardo Fernandez will be the featured soloist in Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D and the very popular and evocative Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo. Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura conducts.



Manuel De Falla                     El Amor Brujo                        

Antonio Vivaldi                        Guitar Concerto in D                 

Joaquín Rodrigo                      Concierto de Aranjuez                

Enrique Granados                   Intermezzo from Goyescas             

Gerónimo Giménez                  Intermezzo from La Boda de Luis Alonso              

Eduardo Fernandez, guitar

Yoshikazu Fukumura, conductor






Eduardo Fernández is recognized as one of today’s leading guitarists. Born in 1952 in Uruguay, he began guitar studies at age 7. His principal teachers were Abel Carlevaro, Guido Santórsola and Héctor Tosar. After winning in several international competitions, the most notable being the 1972 Porto Alegre (Brazil) and 1975 Radio France (Paris) competitions, he won the first prize of the 1975 Andrés Segovia Competition in Mallorca (Spain). His New York debut in 1977 won critical accolades, one of them describing him as "A top guitarist...Rarely has this reviewer heard a more impressive debut recital on any instrument" (Donal Henahan, The New York Times). Fernández has returned to the USA every season since then, playing with prestigious orchestras as well as giving recitals, always to great acclaim from critics and audiences. His London debut in Wigmore Hall (1983) resulted in an exclusive recording contract with Decca, a label for which he made 18 recordings that cover an extensive repertoire, ranging from Bach to contemporary. He has also made a recording for Erato with violinist Alexander Markow and three duo CDs with Japanese guitarist Shin-Ichi Fukuda for DENON, in Japan. Currently he is an exclusive recording artist of the Oehms Classics label, for which he has recorded the complete lute suites by Bach and “Romantic Guitar,” a 19th-century guitar recording on a period instrument, a CD with Latin American works, and an all-Giuliani CD (“Varie Idee Sentimentali”).


Fernández has also given successful performances in most European countries, in the Far East (Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong and China, Thailand and Singapore), Australia and South Africa, as well as in almost all countries of Latin America. He has a vivid interest in historical instruments and often plays 19th-century repertoire on a period guitar.


Eduardo Fernández is also active as a teacher, having taught several years at the University’s School of Music in Montevideo, where he is now a fellow researcher. He is very much in demand for masterclasses and lectures all around the world. Since 2002, he has been conducting yearly masterclasses in Germany. He has written Technique, Mechanism, Learning, a major book on guitar technique, a book on Bach’s lute music and many articles in leading guitar publications. An active composer, he was the secretary of the Uruguay branch of ISCM for two years. He is also a founder of Uruguay's CIM/UNESCO section, Artistic Director of Montevideo’s International Guitar Festivals (1996 to 2000), and of Colombia’s Encuentros Nacionales de la Guitarra since 2000.



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