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Date(s) - 07/10/2017
7:30 pm

Alliance Française du Bengale


IGF Guitar Week with Paul Cesarczyk

The IGF Guitar Week with Paul Cesarczyk is from Monday 2 October 2017 to Saturday 7 October 2017 and focuses on guitar education. It includes 5 days of intense workshop (9am-4pm, 2-6 October) and finishes on the 7th with a concert by Paul Cesarczyk.

For Advanced Guitarists: 

11am-4pm, 2-6 October 2017
Aimed at assisting the serious classical guitarist (at any level of advancement), the 5-day workshop includes personal masterclasses, a guitar gym, lectures (guitar history, technique, genre, pedagogy) and ensemble.

There will be a student recital on Friday (6 October). As participating guitarists, it is recommended that you bring with you a piece of music you are working on to polish to a level of performance over the 5 days with Paul to perform as part of the student recital on Friday.

Junior Guitarists (Under 12s):
9am-11am, 4-6 October 2017

Part of this week is a shorter, 3-day workshop focussed on the younger guitarist (under 12s). This will be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (4-6 October).

Workshop Schedule:

Monday 2 October 2017 to Friday 6 October 2017: 9am – 4pm
Venue: The Calcutta School of Musicµ
Cost for advanced guitarists (5-days): Rs.2000
Cost for Under-12s guitarists (3 days): Rs.1500

Student Recital:

Friday 6 October, 6pm
Venue:  The Calcutta School of Music
Entry: Free


Concert by Paul Cesarczyk

Saturday 7 October, 7.30pm
Venue: Alliance Française du Bengale
Entry: Rs.50
Only 60 seats. First come, first served.


Why we’re so excited about this workshop

Paul is a fantastic teacher and exceptional performer. IGF has worked with Paul in 2015 when he conducted 2 week-long Teacher Training Workshops – in Goa and Nagaland.

Paul has a PhD in classical guitar performance and most of his classical music education has been from the Manhattan School of Music.
Paul is based in Thailand and Head of Guitar at the Mahidol University in Bangkok. The reason we’re so excited about his visit here is because of the magic he’s performed in Thailand. In the 7 years he has been based there, Paul has taken Thai students to the highest level of classical guitar performance, getting them well-deserved international recognition. In 2015, Ekachai Jearakul (Paul’s student from Mahidol University) won the Guitar Federation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition – becoming the first Asian to win here. This GFA competition is the single most prestigious competition for classical guitar in the world today.

Thailand and India have similar musical backgrounds in that we have our own classical traditions and most music students do not grow up with western classical influences at home. We are very happy to invite Paul here and are looking forward to his working with students from Kolkata, and some others who are travelling to the city from different parts of the country to study with him.


Paul Cesarczyk official bio

Described by Guitar Review Magazine as an “artist of uncommon command and maturity, with a broad, singing tone,” the Polish-born American guitarist Paul Cesarczyk is an active exponent of both the contemporary and the traditional repertoire. He made his New York City debut at the age of seventeen at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has been concertizing since then throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Paul Cesarczyk has appeared in concert with the Manhattan Guitar Quartet (as a founding member), the Speculum Musicae, the Cremona Festival Orchestra, The Claremont Ensemble, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Manhattan Virtuosi, and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr Cesarczyk has performed in many festivals including the Danish GuitarWave festival, playing the works of Per Nørgård, and the Long Island Guitar Festival, where he has performed Reich’s minitmalist masterpiece Electric Counterpoint, and David Leisner’s Sonata for violin and guitar. As a member of the Boyadjiev-Cesarczyk duo he performs alongside his wife, violinist Yavet Boyadjiev, and is currently expanding the contemporary violin and guitar repertoire with commissions.

Dr Cesarczyk is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Andres Segovia Award, the Aaron Copland prize from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), the Artists International Award, a Kosciuszko Foundation Prize, and an Artistic Excellence Award from the New York State Senate. An active proponent of new music, Mr. Cesarczyk has worked with contemporary greats such as George Crumb, both at the George Crumb Festival in New York, and in collaboration with the composer for his George Crumb 70th Birthday Album, released by Bridge Records (1999). A composer in his own right, Dr Cesarczyk’s Debut CD Polish Folk Melodies (2009), featured his arrangements of Polish music for the guitar. His most recent arrangements include music by the King of Thailand and can be heard on the CD Ekachai Jearakul Plays the Music of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bangkok, Thailand (2011).

Dr Cesarczyk was educated in New York City, including the prestigious La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with David Starobin, and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Jerry Willard.

Since 2009, Paul Cesarczyk serves as the Guitar Department Chair at Mahidol University, College of Music, in Thailand. He is also on the faculty of the Cremona International Music Academy and Competition, in Italy, during the summer months. His dedication in teaching has produced numerous prizewinners in national and international competitions. Paul Cesarczyk performs on a guitar made by Australian luthier John Price and uses Augustine strings.