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The NOVA Guitar Duo
We met each other in 2015 at the Royal College of Music in London, where we were both studying at the time. There was an immediate connection and it was just a matter of time before we started playing together. The NOVA Guitar Duo was officially founded in August 2016. Since the beginning, we aimed at putting our personalities and individual experiences together to create something new and exciting. This was achieved by our exclusive instrumentation, blending Nelly’s regular six-string guitar with Luiz’s eight-string “Brahms” guitar, which he brought from his past experience with the Latin Grammy-winner Brazilian Guitar Quartet.
Our exclusive instrumentation allows us to explore original and arranged repertoire in a unique way. The eight-string guitar provides an almost whole extra octave, reaching both higher and lower registers when compared to the traditional one and providing a new colour palette and technical possibilities to the duo. We explore this potential in our own arrangements of music written for other instruments and ensembles, in a way that would not be possible by using two six-string instruments.
In spite of being a new ensemble, we have already performed extensively in the UK, including appearances at Wigmore Hall, Buxton Festival, St. John’s Smith Square and Royal Albert Hall. In 2017, we performed the UK premiere of French composer Germaine Tailleferre’s "Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra" and entered the roster of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now Scheme. In November 2018 we will give our New York debut at Weill Hall/Carnegie Hall, presented by the Pro Musicis Foundation.
The next step is to record our first CD. It will take place in Hamburg in April 2018 with Wachtmann Musikproduktion. The repertoire is centred around 20th-century folk-influenced music from Spain and Brazil: a suite from Manuel de Falla’s "El Amor Brujo", a selection from "Canciones y Danzas" by Federico Mompou and Heitor Villa-Lobos’s lovely cycle "Cirandinhas", for the first time in guitar duo version. Our YouTube channel contains a few samples of this programme and our website lists our complete bios as well as current and past engagements.
The fulfilment of this recording project depends on your contribution. By helping us you will make a major impact on the NOVA Guitar Duo’s career.
- Victoria Cunningham
- Nick Petzold
- Antonia Bifulco
- Mihai Cinca
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