Armin Egger, classical guitar

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Armin Egger was born in Graz (Austria).
He studied with Elisabeth and Heinz Irmler at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and with Timothy Walker at the Royal Academy of Music in London, finishing both degrees with Distinction. For his final recital at the Royal Academy he was also awarded the RAM´s highest accolade, the Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music (DipRAM).

Prize winner of numerous national and international competitions, among others the International Guitar Competition Milan (Italy), Riviera del Conero Competition in Ancona (Italy), International Guitar Competition in Rust (Austria), International Guitar Competition Stafford (UK), Concurso Comarca del Condado in Jaen (Spain), Vienna International Music Competition.

In 1999 world-famous guitarist Julian Bream awarded him the Julian Bream Prize of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Concerts and recitals as soloist and in chamber music ensembles in Europe, Asia, North and South America as well as soloist with various orchestras (e.g. Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Vienna Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Lord Yehudi Menuhin; Century Symphony Orchestra Taipeh).

Performances at various festivals such as Britten and the Britons, Junge Frühlingswoche (Konzerthaus, ViennaAustria), Int. Guitar Festival Nürtingen (Germany), Guitar Festival Bolivar Hall (London), Strings Only (Zadar/Croatia), International Guitar Festival Lima (Peru).

In 2007 the Austrian radio station Ö1 awarded Armin Egger the title Musician of the Year of Styria. In 2014 he was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an honour only offered to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution in their particular field.

Egger has already recorded a wide array of works for guitar solo as well as chamber music for guitar. His recent recording Hommage (published by ARS-Produktion), with works for guitar solo by Agustín Barrios, Caspar Joseph Mertz, Francisco Tárrega and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, has been unanimously applauded by the press worldwide.

Armin Egger teaches at the Johann-Joseph-Fux Conservatory in Graz and the Vienna Conservatory in Vienna, as well as the annual summer classes Sommerakademie Lilienfeld and Gitarrewoche Benediktbeuern.


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Reviews
"an outstanding release!"
2014-02-01 Limelight Magazine, Australia
"... Of course, the quality of the interpretations must bear some of the responsibility for such a mysterious transference, and that's where talented Austrian guitarist Armin Egger comes in. Whether it's in Barrios' melancholy, nostalgic waltzes and organ-evoking La catedral, Tárrega's rippling Recuerdos de la Alhambra, Mertz's virtuosic fantasy on The Flying Dutchman or Castelnuovo-Tedesco's quirky evocation of a bygone era, his is an appropriately elegant, subtle art, full of colour and nuance and able to project layers of musical tradition with deceptive ease.  An outstanding release."
(Will Yeoman)
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Eine hörenswerte Produktion
2013-07-26 Klassik heute,
"... Seine wunderbare Farbgebung, welche die Flageoletts sinnlich schimmern läßt, seine sinnreiche Phrasierung, schließlich sein schlafwandlerisches Timing – schon ein Drücker oder ein zu starkes Ritardando könnte in diesen kostbaren Kleinodien zu viel sein. Die eindrucksvollste Entdeckung dieses Programms ist jedoch wohl die sehr konzise, doch wahrlich auratische Suite La catedral Barrios' - ein Kunstwerk der Komposition für dieses Instrument und eine Meisterleitung subtilster, dabei spannungsvollster Interpretation, die zudem klanglich sehr natürlich dokumentiert wurde..."
(Michael B. Weiß)
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Neue Klangwelten für die Gitarre
2013-05-26 Klassik.com,
"... Die für die Gitarre der spanischen Romantik typischen Verzierungen mit Tremoli und Flageoletti prägen das Klangbild, Egger zeichnet sie mit technischer Sicherheit und klanglicher Brillanz..."
(Sebastian Posse)
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Perspektivenwechsel mit Gitarre
2013-07-26 Kulturradio rbb, Berlin
"... Das Spiel von Armin Egger zeichnet sich durch einen ungewöhnlich runden und vollen Klang aus, der auch in den virtuosesten Passagen nicht nachlässt. Besonders eindrucksvoll gestaltet er die leisen, gesanglichen Sätze..."
(Dirk Hühner)
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