Prof. Inge Wilczok(Deutschland)

Prof. Inge Wilczok, in Bleicherode geboren, studierte Gitarre bei Roland Zimmer an der Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" Weimar. Anschließend war sie an der Musikschule Berlin-Friedrichshain und an der Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin im Lehrauftrag tätig.Seit 1979 lehrt Inge Wilczok hauptberuflich an der Hochschule und ist hier seit 1992 Professorin für Gitarre.Neben ihrem kammermusikalischen Engagement ist die Mitwirkung bei Schauspiel- und Bühnenmusiken fester Bestandteil ihrer künstlerischen Arbeit. So gab sie beispielsweise mit der Aufführung von Monteverdis "Orfeo" an der Staatsoper Unter den Linden ihr Berliner Debüt. In Zusammenarbeit mit Musikern der Komischen Oper Berlin konzertierte Inge Wilczok u.a. in Prag, Bratislava und Budapest. Aus der Vielfalt ihres kammermusikalischen Wirkens ist insbesondere das Ensemblespiel in der Duobesetzung Violine/Gitarre hervorzuheben. Gemeinsam mit dem Geiger Axel Wilczok gab sie Konzerte im In- und Ausland. Einschließlich der traditionellen Literatur umfaßt das Repertoire des Duos vor allem auch zeitgenössische Kompositionen.

Prof. Dang Ngoc Long (Vietnam/Germany)

Prof. Dang Ngoc Long, Vietnamese Concert Guitarist and Composer.From 1985 to 1990 he completed studies at „Hanns Eisler“ music academy in Berlin. He graduated at Prof Inge Wilczok's class and holds a diploma as concert guitar-player.From 1990 to 1991 he received a scholarship for concert studies.From 1991 to 1993 he received a scholarship for concert master studies. He attended master courses with Abel Calevaro, Martin Myslivecek, Monika Rost as well as Alvaro Pierri. Dang Ngoc Long received a special price at the international guitar competition (Hungary, 1987). Apart from concerts in his native country Vietnam and in Germany he gave concerts in Hungary, former Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Spain. In addition he produced several music cassettes, CD's, music programmes for radio and television in Vietnam, Germany, and other countries. 1991 he started to work as pedagogue at musical schools in Berlin and Bernau. He composed many works for guitar solo, duo, trio, and quartet. 1994 he initiated for the first time the guitar competition for solo guitar in Bernau. Dang Ngoc Long is initiator of the project as well as artistic head of the international guitar festival in Berlin-Bernau. 2009 Dang Ngoc Long was awarded the title of a honorary professor of the University of Kirgysia. Since 2004 he is director of the music school Berlin Gesundbrunnen. From 2006 anwards Dang Ngoc Long is the artistic head of the international Guitar Competition & Festival Berlin-Germany.

Prof. Daniel Göritz (Deutschland)

Prof. Daniel Göritz was born in 1965 in East-Berlin. 1986-91 classical guitar studies with Prof. Inge Wilczok at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, graduating with a first class diploma. 1991-93 Professional Performance Diploma and Master of Arts Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, U.K. as a British Council Scholarship student of Gordon Crosskey and John Williams (visiting professor), guitar and David Gilbert, composition. 1994-96 Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music New York, assistant of David Starobin. In 1999 he came back to Berlin, where he now teaches as a professor for classical guitar at the renowned “Hanns Eisler” Academy of Music. Winner of numerous prices and stipends, among them: the contemporary music price of the jury at the International Guitar Competition Kutna Hora 1988, first price winner of the Huddersfield International Composition Competition at Britain’s most important contemporary music festival 1994, winner of a City of Berlin Composition Price 1995, winner of the 24th Artists International Competition (New York) in 1996 with the Zephyrus Duo (resulting in their debut recital at New York's Carnegie Recital Hall in the 1997 Season), composition stipend at the Academy of Arts and Letters Berlin 2000-2002.His activities are wide-spread between Classical and Contemporary Music, being active as a interpreter, composer and improviser.

Prof. Daniel Wolff (Brazil)

Prof. Daniel Wolff is acclaimed as one of Brazil’s most prominent guitarists. A versatile musician, in addition to his career as a performer, he acts extensively as a teacher, composer and arranger, which culminated in a Grammy Award. Professor of Music at the Brazilian Federal University (UFRGS), where he created the Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance, and a former guest professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany, Wolff is in constant demand to teach courses in universities and music festivals in Brazil, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina and the United States. A Bachelor of Music from the Uruguayan University in Montevidéo, he was later awarded full scholarships from the Brazilian government to study in New York, receiving both Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Winner of guitar competitions in Brazil and the United States, he has performed widely in Europe, South America and the United States, where he appeared at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall. His recordings andcompositions have received high critical acclaim

Prof. Martin Mysliveček (Czechoslovakia)

Born: 1950 - Czechoslovakia The Czech guitarist, Martin Mysliveček, studied guitar at the Conservatory of Music in Brno with A. Sádlik, and at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar, where he attend the class of Roland Zimmer. In three successive years (1975-1977), still during his time of studying, he achieved success at the international guitar competitions: in Markneukirchen, the GDR (1st Prize), in Paris, and in A Diaz Competition in Caracas, Venezuela (2nd Prizes). He received scholarship from the Music Studio. Martin Mysliveček's concert career took him to most European countries (former socialist countries, Austria, Greece, France, West Germany) and to North- and South-America (Venezuela), and others. At his concerts he brings out the unknown works of the past (Dowland, etc.), as well as the first performance of original novelties (Eben: Tabulatura nova, Fiala: The Epigrams). During his half-year educational stay in London, he studied the Elizabethian lute literature. In his rich concert activity he performs both as a soloist and as a chamber player. Together with the accordionist Ivan Koval (Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar) Martin Mysliveček founded a trio with violin, accordion and guitar. Many compositions by well know composers (e.g. Katzer, Wolschina, Fiala, Dvoracek) where especially written for and performed by the trio. Martin Mysliveček recorded several productions for both television- and radio-broadcast, manly in the Czech Republic. His LP/CD-Repertoire was produced by different labels, such as Supraphon, Panton, Hohner, Pehy, Bonton and Studio Principium, preferably presenting contemporary music. By 1982 he has produced a record of contemporary pieces (on Panton label). Today Martin Mysliveček is Professor for guitar at the University of Music and the performing Arts in Graz. Since 2004 he also has a guitar class at the Academy of Music Leoš Janáček in Brno. Since its foundation in 1997, he is head of the International Guitar Festival in Mikulov / Czech Republic.

Karin Leo (Germany)

Karin Leo erhielt von 1963 - 1970 Gitarrenunterricht in der Außenstelle der Musikschule Bad Freienwalde bei Frau Prochnow (Pohl).1970 bis 1973 war sie Schülerin der Spezialschule für Musik in Berlin.

An der Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" absolvierte sie im Anschluß ihr Studium bei Frau Richter-Rumstig und schloß es mit dem Solistenabschluß (Diplom) ab.

Karin Leo nahm sehr erfolgreich an Internationalen Musik-Wettbewerben teil.

1979 - 1982 war sie Lehrerin für Gitarre an der Musikschule Eberswalde.

Seitdem unterrichtet als Dozentin für Konzertgitarre an der Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin.

Karin Leo wirkt in verschiedenen Kammermusikvereinigungen mit, wo sie den Gitarrenpart spielt.


Prof. Frank Böhme


Emil Petrov (Bulgaria)

Emil Petrov was born on October 29, 1973 in Sofia, Bulgaria. This is where all started, in 1982, when he begin to play guitar with his uncle Lubomir Dshokow. The same year continued with the well known teacher Stefan Vladimirov (both Doychinovs pupils). One year later he was introduced to the "father" of the bulgarian classical guitar Dimitar Doychinov and became his pupil until 1988. 1988-1989 - during this period Emil Petrov continued with Ingrid Wittenbecher(Musikschule Lichtenberg-Berlin,Germany). 1989-1993 - again in the Dimitar Doychinov's music studio. 1994-1998 - took his education at the New Bulgarian University (NBU), under the direction of master Dimitar Doychinov. Graduated his Master degree in music and gets his honours diploma. 1998-2003 - Emil Petrov was an assistant professor at the "Department of Music and Performing Arts" at NBU. In 2003 he moved to Leipzig, Germany and, with his uncle's help, created his own private guitar school - "Lyra". Emil Petrov has won several important competitions :

1995 - First Prize at the VIII International Competition of classical guitar in Gotze Delchev.

1996 - Laureate of the II Academic Competition in Plovdiv.

1999 - First Prize and the Special Award (Special Prize given by the Spanish Embassy for performance of spanish music) of the III National Festival of classical guitar in Kjustendil.

Performed in over 250 concerts - solo and with guitar quintet "Epika", guitar trio "Emi", mandolin quartet "Seasons", Zvetoslava Slavova-Mezzosoprano, Babette Dieterich, Mario Kulisch from the "Wolkentarmper" society throughout Europe (Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Spain). Emil Petrov has made many TV and Radio recordings through the years. Played in master classes with great masters of music such as Tadashi Sasaki, Eva Fampas, Cesar Amaro.

Uwe L. Ferchofs (Deutschland)

Uwe L. Ferchofs -gab mit 8 Jahren sein erstes Konzert

-studierte an der Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" bei Prof. Werner Pauli Gitarre.

-Engagements beim Kinderfernsehen, an Theatern (z. B. den Berliner Friedrichstadtpalast)

-Konzertreisen im In- und Ausland als Solist und in verschiedenen Besetzungen - Klassik, Jazz, Chanson

Einmalig sind Uwe L. Ferchofs Kompositionen. Voll von unglaublicher Gefühlsnähe und durchdachter Harmonik. Keine Schublade will passen. Pianistische Gitarrenmusik.

Emotionale Auseinandersetzung, seine stilistische Vielseitigkeit und perfektionierte Liebe zum Detail fordern die Grenzen des Instrumentes heraus. Und überschreiten sie.

Ferchof spielt mit virtuosen, frischem und witzigen Stil und mit atemberaubender technischer Perfektion.

Wer seine Konzerte erlebt hat, ist beeindruckt von seiner unglaublichen Fingerfertigkeit. Selbst schwierigste Passagen scheinen kinderleicht über die Gitarre zu gleiten.

Mit dieser technischen Perfektion kann er mühelos seine Interpretationen emotional und witzig variieren. Sehr erfrischend.“


Prof. Frank Böhme (Deutschland)

Frank Böhme (Prof.) ist Professor für angewandte Musik an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg und Prodekan des Dekanats ZWOELF an der HfMT. Daneben leitete er von 2006 bis 2011 an der HafenCity Universität das Studienprogramm [Q] STUDIES. Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Musik an der Schnittstelle zu anderen Künsten und Medien im Kunstkontext. Unterrichtstätigkeit: Jazzgeschichte und Medientheorie.

Thomas Bruns (Deutschland)

Thomas studierte von 1984 - 88 Konzertgitarre an der Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin. In dieser Zeit begann er sich mit zeitgenössischer Musik zu beschäftigen - vermittelt durch seinen Professor Dieter Rumstig, der Musikdramaturg am Ostberliner "Theater im Palast" war. Ende der 80er gründete Thomas gemeinsam mit Juliane Klein das KNM Berlin. 1996 beendete er seine Karriere als Konzertgitarrist und übernahm das Management des Ensembles.

Thomas hat mit dem KNM Projekte, Konzertreihen und szenische Konzepte entworfen und europaweit produziert. International wurde die von ihm zu verantwortende Produktion »Lohengrin« von Salvatore Sciarrino gefeiert. Er war 2003/2004 Kurator des durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes geförderten Festivals »space+place«. Er erfand das Musikprojekt »HouseMusik« und produzierte es im Berliner Stadtbezirk Prenzlauer Berg von 2006-2008.

Von 2001 - 2005 war Thomas einer der künstlerischen Leiter des Musikfestes »winter music«, das jährlich im Herbst an der Akademie der Künste stattfand.

Seit 2008 ist er zudem Geschäftsführer von, dem Berliner Netzwerk zur Vermittlung Neuer Musik und arbeitet im Beirat der Fachzeitschrift "Positionen".

Thomas studied the concert guitar at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin from 1984 to 1988. Inspired by his professor Dieter Rumstig, he developed a keen interest in contemporary music. In 1998/89, together with Juliane Klein, he founded the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. He stopped performing in 1996 and took over the management of the ensemble.

Thomas has produced projects, concert series and music theatre with KNM Berlin across Europe and his production of Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Lohengrin” received international acclaim. In 2003/04 he was curator of the festival “space and place”, promoted by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Thomas devised “HouseMusik”, a project which has taken place annually in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg since 2006. He was also artistic director of the music festival “winter music”, at Berlin’s Academy of the Arts from 2001 until 2005. Thomas has been director of Berlin’s network for new music since 2008 and works on the advisory board for the magazine "Positionen".

Lubomir Dshokow (Bulgaria)

Dshokow (geboren 1958 in Bulgarien) lebt seit 1984 in Deutschland. Seine Ausbildung zum Geigen- sowie Gitarrenbaumeister absolvierte er in Plovdiv. Die Liebe zur Musik ließ ihn im Anschluss noch eine Ausbildung als Gitarrenlehrer machen. Mit Öffnung der Grenzen erfüllte er sich in Leipzig den schon lang gehegten Wunsch, ein eigenes Fachgeschäft für Streich- und Zupfinstrumente zu eröffnen. Daraus entwickelte sich zunächst seit 1990 eine umfangreiche Reparaturwerkstatt mit einem An- und Verkauf von Musikinstrumenten jeglicher Art in der Plaußiger Straße in Leipzig und 2003 eine Verkaufs-Filiale in der Georg-Schumann-Straße. Beide Geschäfte gleichen mit ihren vielfältigen Instrumenten sowie seltenen Streich- und Zupfinstrumenten einem ständig mit neuen Klängen belebten Museum. Außergewöhnliche Raritäten, von Harfen, Mandolinen über Geigen bis zum Kontrabass, stehen im Angebot des leidenschaftlichen Sammlers und Kenners. Neben dem Verkauf, den Reparatur- und Restaurierungsarbeiten widmet sich Herr Dshokow mit großer Leidenschaft auch dem Neubau von Gei- gen, Bratschen sowie Cellis. Er fertigt seine Instrumente nach Modellen von Ferrara sowie Bologna in kleinerer Anzahl und mit persönlichem Charakter. Beratung, Regulierung, tonliche Optimierung der Instrumente werden von dem Geigen- und Gitarrenbaumeister mit Fachkompetenz und großer Gewissenhaftigkeit durchgeführt. Lubomir Dshokow nimmt sich für jeden Interessierten Zeit. Seinen Kundenkreis findet er sowohl bei Schul- und Hobbymusikern als auch bei Profimusikern großer Orchester in Sachsen-Anhalt, Berlin und über die Landesgrenzen hinweg. Seit 1992 präsentiert Herr Dshokow seine Instrumente auf vielen internationalen Musikmessen in Deutschland, Italien, Frankreich, China, Japan und den USA.

Spanish Art Guitar Quartet

(Rainer Feldmann, Klaus Jäckle,

Klaus Feldmann, Arndt Werner Bethke)

Das Spanish Art Guitar Quartet gründete sich in besonderer Begeisterung für die überaus farbenreiche und mit der Gitarre aufs engste verbundene Musik Spaniens. Das Debüt-Konzert des Ensembles im November 1996 anläßlich der Fünften Internationalen Brandenburger Gitarrentage stand bereits ganz unter diesem Zeichen - die "Estampas" von Federico Moreno-Torroba sowie das "Concierto Andaluz" für vier Gitarren und Orchester des berühmtesten spanischen Komponisten unseres Jahrhunderts, Joaquín Rodrigo, bilden heute den Grundstock eines umfangreichen Repertoires mit Werken aus der Welt der Zarzuela, des Flamenco und natürlich der klassischen spanischen Musik. Dabei spielt die persönliche Bekanntschaft der Ensemblemitglieder mit Komponisten wie Joaquín Rodrigo, Lorenzo Palomo oder Juan Luis Milán sicherlich eine wichtige Rolle. Die Gitarristen, die jeder für sich auf eine erfolgreiche Karriere zurückblicken können, lernten sich unter anderem im Rahmen der Sommerakademien des heute führenden Gitarrenvirtuosen Pepe Romero in Salzburg kennen, mit dem sie seitdem eine herzliche Freundschaft verbindet. Ihre auffällig hohe Übereinstimmung im musikalischen Ideal sowie eine inzwischen über Jahre gewachsene persönliche Freundschaft bilden eine optimale Basis für eine erfolgreiche künstlerische Arbeit auf international bedeutsamen Bühnen sowie in Plattenstudios. "Mit ausgelassener Spielfreude wurde in einem klanglichen Feuerwerk das pulsierende Leben in südlichen Ländern, aber auch tiefer gehende Glücksempfindungen vermittelt. Die Stärke des Gitarrenquartetts lag in einer sehr konzentrierten und doch spielerisch wirkenden Spielweise..." "...eines der erfolgreichsten zeitgenössischen Gitarrenensembles." (Fränkische Landeszeitung)

Uta Schlegel (Deutschland)

Claire Sananikone (France)

Claire Sananikone comes from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where she worked with Alberto Ponce and obtained the Higher Diploma Execution (eg license Concert). She continues to improve with Atanas Ourkouzounov and obtained a first prize at the CRR de Paris. Claire is then received first unanimously nominated at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Olivier Chassain and Laurent Blanquart, where she graduated five years later, a master interpreter of music highest honors . She has performed solo at prestigious festivals such as the International Guitar Festival in Paris, and the International Guitar Festival in Udine, Italy. Also, she works, creates and records works for two guitars with Rafael Andia, with whom she conducts tours in France, Spain, England, Israel and Australia. Moreover, she is the 1st prize in international competitions like Berlin and "Fernando Sor" in Rome and many other 2nd prize contests: Cerdagne, Llerena (Spain), "Robert Vidal" Barbezieux, "Miguel Llobet" Barcelona "Luys Milan "in Ontinyent (Spain) and prize for the best interpretation of Spanish music. The French press has hailed as "a rising star of the French virtuoso guitar." And Italy: the "sue interpretazioni, high di Impatto emotivo, sono un raro esempio intelligenza esecutiva di che da privilegia atmosfere intimate impreziosite un'elegante sobrietà stilistica." Claire Sananikone has been awarded a grant from the ADAMI. She has also received support from CULTURESFRANCE-Ministry of Foreign Affair

Jakob Bangsø (Denmark)

Currently one of Denmark's most prize winning classical guitarists, Jakob Bangsø has quickly found his place among the musical elite of his generation. Born in Hjørring in 1988, he began studying the guitar at the age of 9 and since graduated with honours from the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus with Frederik Munk Larsen and honorary prof. Marco Socías, and the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Germany, with Roberto Aussel.

Jakob first came to national attention when, at age 15, he won 1st prize and the junior jury prize in the 2004 Young Talent Competition of Northern Jutland. Since referred to as a promising young musician with "an early developed virtuosity", in 2009 he was invited as the youngest artists ever to play the opening concert of the Aalborg International Guitar Festival. More recently, he appeared in the concert series of Denmark's largest festival for classical guitar under the headline "grand talent of the year" at the 11th International Guitar Festival Aarhus in 2013. The coming season 2014/15 features concert tours in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and France and a solo CD recording with Samsong Productions (Germany).

Still competition on an international level, he was a laureate in numerous guitar competitions, including:

2014:1st Prize Berlin International Guitar Competition, Germany

2014: 1st Prize International Guitar Competition Nordhorn, Germany

2014: 2nd Prize Twents International Guitar Competition, the Netherlands

2013: 2nd Prize IV Concurso Internacional de Guitarra de Sevilla, Spain

2013: 3rd Prize XII Concurso Internacional de Guitarra "José Tomás" Villa de Petrer, Spain

2012: 3rd Prize Aachener Gitarrenpreis, Germany

2012: 2nd Prize Twents International Guitar Competition, the Netherlands

2012: 3rd Prize International Guitar Competition Nordhorn, Germany

Shiri Coneh (Israel)
Shiri Coneh, a young guitarist of great distinction and promise. She possesses a fluid technique and great musicality and intelligence… She has blossomed into a first rate performing artist: serious, professional in every way and a delightful presence on stage." (Prof. Eliot Fisk).

Shiri Coneh was born in Israel into a musical family. She started her musical education at the age of 3 with violin lessons by the Suzuki method. At the age of 13 she carried out her attraction to the sounds of the classical guitar and started studying with Joseph Urshalmi.

She continued her studies and majored in guitar performance at the "Metro-West" high school in Ra'anana, Israel where she graduated with honors.

Following that, she graduated with honors her Bachelors degree at the "Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance" under the direction of Joseph Urshalmi. Throughout these years, Shiri was a winner of the "America-Israel Cultural Foundation" scholarships with special honors. 2002 was an opening point of her career as she won the first prize at the "Ariane Yerushalmi- Eldor Guitar Competition" in Israel and received a special prize given by the Spanish Embassy for performance of Spanish music.

Shiri has performed in various solo concerts throughout Europe.Except for her solo career, Shiri is always open minded and ready for different and special collaborations with other musicians. She was invited by the violinist Gil Sharon to perform with him and with his quartet, as part of the "Amati Ensemble", in varied occasions in Holland and in 2007 at the "Schloss Mirabel Konzerte" in Salzburg, Austria.

Another successful collaboration is with the Spanish Tenor Singer, Enrique Adrados.

Their special program gains a lot of excitement and interest by the public.

Shiri had participated in various International Guitar Festivals in Europe and the U.S.A and played in master classes with great artists such as: David Russel, Carlo Marchione, Paul Odette, Aniello Desiderio, Hubert Kappel and Roberto Ausel. In 2004 she had received a full scholarship from the America- Israel Cultural Foundation and the Aspen Music Festival to attend the month- long guitar program under Sharon Isbin at the "Aspen Music Festival and School" in Colorado.

Shiri continued her studies for Master degree at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria under Eliot Fisk and Ricardo Gallen. She also studied at the Klagenfurt Conservatory with Marco Tamayo. In 2007 she had graduated her Masters at the Mozarteum with special honors. During her studies in Salzburg she had played concerts for the Jehudi Menuhin's "Live Music Now" organization as part of "Trio Collage",which was formed for this purpose and developed its repertoire by performing till these days.

Shiri is a prize winner in several important international competitions: first prize at the 1st Berlin International Guitar Competition in 2006, first prize at the 8th Belgrade Guitar-Art International Competition in 2007 and a prize winner at the 11th International Guitar Competition in Coria, Spain and at the 7th International Guitar Competition Jose Tomas-Villa de Petrer-Professional Category, Spain in 2008.

Chia-Wei lin (Taiwan)

Chia-Wei Lin was born in Kaohsiung (Taiwan) on 19th December 1988.

He started playing when he was 4 years old .

From 2009 he started to study at the Koblenz Guitar Academy (Germany) with Hubert Kappel.

Chia-wei Lin has won many awards in a series of international competitions :

2002 : 1st prize in National Competition organized by Taiwan Guitar Society

2003 : 2nd prize in Thailand International Guitar Competition.

2003 : 3rd prize in The Australian Guitar Competition

2004 : 1st prize in Taiwan International Guitar Competition

2005 : 1st prize in Singapore International Guitar Competition

2010 : 2nd prize in Gevelsberg International Guitar Competition Germany

2010 : 1st prize in Veria International Guitar Competition Greece

2010 : 3rd prize in Koblenz International Guitar Competition Germany

2010 : 1st prize in Nurtingen International Guitar Competition Germany

2010 : 2nd prize in Iserlohn International Guitar Competition Germany

2010 : 1st prize in Berlin International Guitar Competition Germany

Niklas Johansen (Denmark)











2014: 1
st Prize XV Concours International de Guitare d'Antony, France (+ Audience award)

Ekachai Jerakul (Thailand)

Ekachai Jerakul at the age of 22 is the first Thai classical guitarist to gain worldwide recognition attracting international attention. Born on July 5, 1987 at Ubon Ratchathani in north eastern Thailand, he is currently in his fourth year at The College of Music, Mahidol University, in Bangkok, Thailand majoring in Music Performance, Classical Guitar.

The inspiration to study classical guitar manifested at the age of 13 while listening to “H.M. Blues or Chatachivit,” a musical composition created by the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej.

As if fulfilling a dream come true, his most rewarding achievement and highlight of his career was a divine classical guitar solo performance in front of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Narathivarth, Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsavali and Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana, the Royal Granddaughter.

Ekachai, representing Thailand in numerous classical guitar international competitions and concerts around the world with award winning solo performances in Japan, China, South Korea, USA, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia and Greece. He is frequently invited as a guest instructor at famous music academies throughout Thailand sharing his genuine talent and passion for music.

In 2007, Ekachai was the first Thai classical guitarist invited to participate in an international competition in Russia. He was awarded first place as well as receiving an honor for the Best Classical Guitar Soloist. The following month he won first place at The Hermoupolis Guitar Festival in Hermoupolis, Greece.

In 2008, Ekachai delighted Thailand again when he prevailed at The Berlin International Guitar Competition by winning first place, considered to be his most significant award ever received. Later that year, he won first place in both the Asia International Competition and the Singapore International Guitar Competition. His extraordinary talent, treasured awards and ability to transcend the spirit of his music enabling him to touch the hearts of a global audience in any language has made him genuinely famous in Thailand and beyond.

In addition to performing with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Ekachai is also the first Thai artist invited to perform with other world famous orchestras including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Orchestra of Italy, the Unity Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dr. Sax Chamber Orchestra.

Ekachai is very proud to have been selected to perform in the nationally renowned song “Princess for the People of Thailand,” written by Mr. Narong Prangchareon and Mr. Bundit Ungrangsee to commemorate the death of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana.

Everyone is fascinated with Ekachai’s artistic talents and international acclaim generating a tremendous amount of media attention in Thailand, including featured appearances and articles in: Entertainment News Table Varieties Talk Show (Tor Koa Buntang) Chanel 3; Entertainment News Chanel 3; Tonight with Saisawann Varieties Talk Show Chanel 3; Thai Mung Chanel Thai PBS; Siam Today Chanel 5; Game Pan Na Varieties Game Show Chanel 7; The Idol Chanel 9; Culture News Chanel NBT; Pewl Magazine; GM Magazine; A Day Magazine; Image Magazine; Sakulthai Magazine; Mars Magazine; Daily News Newspaper; Komchadluek Newspaper; Bangkokbiznews Newspaper; Weekly Manager Newspaper; Bangkok Post Newspaper; Matichon Newspaper; Post Today Newspaper; Thansettakij Newspaper; Prachachat Turakit Newspaper; Khaosod Newspaper.

Because of his dedication to musical development in classical guitar, Ekachai was selected by the Thailand Ministry of Culture to be a spokesperson for their domestic initiative, “Thai kids can do anything!”

Ekachai continues to compete in many international programs representing Thailand while developing global appreciation and an opportunity for audiences around the world to learn about Thailand’s contributions to classical music.