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Classic recital at Urrbrae House


Award-winning classical guitarist and Elder Conservatorium PhD candidate Aleksandr Tsiboulski will give a solo recital at Urrbrae House on Wednesday 11 July.

The 27-year-old musician and Fulbright Scholar, who has won five international guitar competitions in the past 18 months, will demonstrate his exceptional talent in an early evening performance at 6pm.

It will be a special occasion for the Ukraine-born musician, who gave his first public performance as a 15-year-old at Urrbrae House, 11 years ago.

"Because of its size and acoustics, the Drawing Room at Urrbrae House is one of the loveliest venues in which to play the classical guitar," he said.

The last 12 months have been sensational for Alex, who took out first prize at the 49th Tokyo International Guitar Competition last December, one of the most prestigious in the world. Alex also won the San Antonio and Dallas International Guitar Competitions in February and March 2007, respectively.

A Fulbright Scholar in the Visual and Performing Arts, Alex is currently on study leave and based at the University of Texas in Austin, where he is pursuing graduate study in music under the guidance of Adam Holzman.

He is also preparing for a Yamaha-sponsored tour of Japan this year, courtesy of his competition win in 2006.

Alex took up the guitar at the age of 12, shortly after moving from the Ukraine to Adelaide. He attended Marryatville High School, well known for its music program, and the Australian National University where he studied with renowned Australian guitarist and teacher Timothy Kain.

In the past decade Alex has performed all around Australia, as well as Great Britain, the United States, the former Soviet Union, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ireland, Canada and Japan.

The July recital is being organised by the Friends of the Waite Arboretum. Alex will perform works by the distinguished Mexican composer Manuel Ponce, Cuban composer Leo Brouwer and well known South Australian composer Graeme Koehne.

Bookings are recommended as seating for the $15 event is limited. To book, contact Jennifer Gardner on 8303 7405.

Story by Candy Gibson

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