Gaëlle Solal presented a brilliantly programmed and expertly performed recital on Saturday afternoon in Mixon Hall that was so full of spirit and energy that on a couple of occasions she literally skipped onto the stage.

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Gaëlle Solal, guitar

Guitarist of extraordinary passion and virtuosity, she was born in Marseilles (France) and began the guitar at age 6 with René Bartoli. At 14, she won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles and as best student of all instruments, was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille. A first Prize winner at many competitions early in her career including Alessandria Competition, Locquémeau, Savona, Sernancehle, and Finalist at Concert Artists Guild New York. Long list of her accomplishments include Honor Diplom at Accademia Chigiana and 2nd Prize at 2006 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Gaëlle has performed in more than 35 countries around the world. She performed in Festival dIle de France, Noches en los Reales Alcázares in Sevilla, Festival dAvignon, Festival Montpellier-Radio France and at Salle Cortot (Paris), Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley), Tsuda Hall, Nikkei Hall, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Merkin Concert Hall (NY) and at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Convention in 2011. As a soloist she appeared with the Berkeley Symphony, the Garde Républicaine Orchestra and the Philharmonic Turin Orchestra. Recent and upcoming USA recitals included New York City Classical Guitar Society; the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival (VA), Cleveland, OH Guitar Weekend, St. Louis Classical Guitar Society, the GFA Conventions in Charleston and Louisville; Hillsborough Community College, Tampa; Xavier University, Cleveland; the State University of New York, Fredonia; Sarasota Classical Guitar Society, Clemson University, the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and teaching for the Albuquerque Public Schools; the Nashville Public Library, and educational outreach recitals for the Austin Classical Guitar Society, TX. Gaëlle’s upcoming tours will take her to France, Italy, Bosnia, Germany, Marocco and Peru.

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*sample offering*

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Partita n° 2. BWV 1004 *
Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga, Ciaccona

Vasks, Peteris (né en 1946)
Vientulibas Sonate (Sonate de la Solitude)


Nicolas Bacri (né en 1961)
Sérénade mélancolique (1ère au Canada)

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Mazurka-choro, Schottisch-choro (de la Suite populaire brésilienne)
Prélude n°2

Egberto Gismonti (b. 1947)
Agua e vinho *

Anibal Augusto Sardinha “Garôto” (1915-1955)
Lamentos do morro *

* Arrangements/transcriptions de Gaëlle Solal

Trailer Ohana Project (Gaëlle Solal & Giusy Caruso)

Solar and sweet, feminine and passionate, the young French guitarist Gaëlle Solal is a world-renowned talent who was presented as a special guest of the Paganini Festival: in fact, on stage at the Teatro Cinghio she proved to be both a confirmation and a revelation that enchanted the audience in an intense solo concert. With irony and spontaneity, femininity and freshness, but above all with an uncommon musical sensitivity…Those who listened to her could bet that we will still hear about her. – Gazzetta di Parma. Italy

Gaëlle Solal presented a brilliantly programmed and expertly performed recital on Saturday afternoon in Mixon Hall that was so full of spirit and energy that on a couple of occasions she literally skipped onto the stage. This exuberance, combined with her engaging commentary, added up to a most enjoyable afternoon. …It was infectiously wonderful. This recital advanced the festival feel of Classical Guitar Weekend by incorporating an entirely different style of repertory. We hope she’ll return soon! – Cleveland USA

The new star of the guitar in France. – Chitarre Review. Italy

A big blow of emotion that you won’t soon forget! – La Marseillaise. France

The southern star. – Guitare Classique Magazine. France

The world promise of the guitar. – Diario Vasco. Spain

Deep and poetic sound. – El diario de Sevilla. Spain

A diva shining with simplicity. She gave us a lesson of an amazing quality. – Le Temps. Tunisia

She offered very convincing versions of whatever she plays. A talented guitarist. – Guitar Review. USA

An elaborated interpretation, rich in sensuality and passion. She conquested the audience. – Suonare. Italy

A magnificient concert and a sure value in the guitar world. – El Diario de Cordoba. Spain

Her hands are flying above the strings producing magical sounds, a huge concentration capacity and a total immersion into the music. – El Corriere dell’Arte. Italy

We love to look at her, to listen to her, she makes us laught, she marvels us. An amazing talented young musician. – L’Union. France

She is part of these artists who brings sun and good mood on stage. – L’Union. France

A perfect technique, powerful and deep sound, a great intelligence in her analysis. Le Flâneur. France

She gives a magical sound … Poetic notes capable of transmitting great emotions. – Diario de Cadiz. Spain

Brillantísima traducción de una muy exigente pieza de Ohana…magníficas síncopas de la Guajira. Y espléndida la Passacaglia de Rodrigo. – Diario de Sevilla. Spain

A personality that aspires to harmony and well-being touching with a deep communicative sense. – Diario de Sernanchele. Portugal

A brilliant version of the Tiento de Ohana, magnificent syncopations of the Guajira and a splendid Passacaglia by Rodrigo. – Diario de Sevilla. Espagne

Jubilant, brilliant, very outgoing. – Les Cahiers de la Guitare. France

Gaëlle Solal dazzled her audience. Her fans came from far and wide to admire her style and to scrutinize her unparalleled technique. The standing ovation led her to three encores. – La Provence. France

She has a winning personality. – Cleveland


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Chaconnes & Passacailles CD

M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco: concerto in D (2º mvt)

Tedesco: Sonata (II)

E. Gismonti: Agua e vinho

Garoto: Lamento de Morro

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