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Interview 8 - Roland Chadwick

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Interview 8 - Roland Chadwick

Introduction My latest interview is with prolific composer and concert performer Roland Chadwick.  Roland is an Australian-born, British-based composer and guitarist, writing for guitar, various guitar ensembles, orchestra, and other solo instruments.  You can find out plenty about Roland on his website https://rolandchadwick.com .  There’s also an excellent extended interview, “The £75 note”, on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1t4W7AoDMs.  I’d highly recommend it to readers who are interested in knowing more about Roland personally.  But in these interviews for Bergmann Edition, we are focusing less on biography and more on composition. I did this as a Zoom interview with Roland and though we’d...

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Interview 7 – Simon Farintosh

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Interview 7 – Simon Farintosh

Interview with Simon Farintosh Simon Farintosh is an award-winning concert guitarist from Canada, and a teacher, composer and arranger.  His music covers a broad palette, taking in jazz and electronica in addition to classical.  As a composer he is relatively new to Bergmann Edition.  Readers can see his bio at https://bergmann-edition.com/collections/farintosh-simon and visit his YouTube channel (recommended) at https://www.youtube.com/user/simonf5436/videos Questions Tell me a little bit more about the classical education and training – first, what was your reason for embarking on it? Was it primarily with a view to a career as a concert player? I spent my formative years...

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Interview 5 – Martin Schley

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Interview 5 – Martin Schley

Martin Schley We have some background on you in the Bergmann Edition composer pages https://bergmann-edition.com/collections/martin-schley - anything you would like to add to that?  What is the current position with your studies? Currently I´m working on my master’s thesis and my exam concert, which will be held at the end of June. In October I will start a second master’s degree with a focus on the instrument. I think your Ten Studies were your first published work? I was interested to read (https://bergmann-edition.com/collections/martin-schley/products/schley-ten-etudes ) that you produced them as undergraduate work, and that your tutor recognised their quality to the...

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Interview 2, Valérie Hartzell

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Interview 2, Valérie Hartzell

I caught up with Valérie shortly after a successful Classical Minds Guitar Festival (she is the festival’s Artistic Director). The interview was conducted by Zoom, and it didn’t go exactly to plan.  I had prepared a set of questions, but Valérie was far too engaging and interesting an interviewee for me to do anything but go with the flow of conversation. First, give us a little background about your education in guitar and music generally. My mother (a French national) was a classical guitarist who studied in Paris under Alberto Ponce and later at the New England Conservatory – she...

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Interview 1: Richard Alexander Vaughan

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Interview 1: Richard Alexander Vaughan

Interview 1 by Andrew Williams

English composer Richard Alexander Vaughan has been composing since his early years, studied at the Royal College of Music and Exeter University and has won numerous prizes in composition.

Richard’s pieces are at https://bergmann-edition.com/collections/vaughan-richard

I contacted Richard just has he was recovering from a week-long reaction to his Covid vaccination.

 What proportion of your waking week do you think you spend with guitar in hand? ...

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