To musically captivate an audience is one thing. To make that audience understand the level of complexity in the music performed? Nearly impossible.
Classical music has so many layers of complexity. There are countless details with style, with arrangement, with tone yet the final product seems effortless. Vladimir Gorbach, classical guitarist, has proven this difficulty to audiences, and his name is known internationally because of it.
He will be performing at Grand Rapids Community College at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Recital Hall of the GRCC Music Center, Room 200.
Gorbach was born in 1981 in Novosibirsk, Russia. Under the tutelage of Professor Yuri Kuzin, Gorbach began playing guitar at an early age at the State Music School in Novosibirsk. His studies continued with Arkady Burkanov at the Glinka Conservitorium. From there, Gorbach studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne, Germany.
His international success began when he was accepted into the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “Live Music Now” outreach program. He then proceeded to win 10 international guitar competitions all across Europe.
Gorbach has performed as a soloist and in chamber ensemble with the Orchestra de Aveiro, the Orchestra de Las Beiras, the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, Junge Philharmonie Köln and the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia since the completion of his education.
He has appeared at the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, the Koblenz International Guitar Festival in Germany, the Guitar Art Festival Belgrade in Serbia, the Vienna Guitar Forum in Austria, Nantes Summer Guitar Academy in France, Vondelpark Festival in The Netherlands and Sydney Crows Nest Concert Cycle in Australia. His mastery of classical intricacies, every unique detail woven into every piece, has captivated audiences all over the world.
Gorbach has recorded a CD with Naxos, the world’s largest classical label. He is the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America winner, and he is a member of Duo Cologne. Fellow member, Goran Krivokapic, is the 2004 Guitar Foundation of America winner.
His current tour is comprised of concerts in more than 50 cities. As part of the tour, Gorbach will make his Carnegie Hall debut in February.
His style, a gentle attack at each note, makes listeners feel as though they are floating through the music. His audience is not made up of just listeners; they are participants.