Greater Boston House Concerts presents Agustín Castilla-Ávila.

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Greater Boston House Concerts PresentsThe Boston debut of Spanish guitarist and composer Agustín Castilla-Ávilaincluding original pieces by Agustín and works from the Renaissance by Dowland, Baroque by Bach & Purcell, and from Spain by Albéniz, Granados & Tarrega, and Latin America by Barrios.
Friday, Feb 17 8pm
21 Virginia St
Dorchester, MA
For tickets contact: BrownPaperTickets.com
800-838-3006   Event # 225565
Price: $15, $12 students
Doors open at 7:30pm, reception to follow, Free street parking. Tix/RSVP required
More Information at: www.GBHConcerts.com,
Info@GBHConcerts.com, or 617-947-1330, Twitter hashtag #GBHConcerts
A Chance EncounterNot from a family of musicians but from a chance encounter with the guitar, the genius of Agustín Castilla-Ávila competed with his love of soccer until finally, at the university, he made his choice to study music.His skill, reputation and accolades have grown quickly. By the time he was 20 years old, he was teaching guitar at Conservatorio Profesional de Ceuta in Spain. Johannes Kotschy, vice president of the International Ekmelic Music Society, says of him “Castilla-Ávila has to be counted as one of the most excellent artistic figures of our days.”
Emphasizing the PersonalAugustin very much enjoys performing baroque and Spanish music for guitar and pays special attention to creating a personal connection between himself, the performer, and his audience. He is fascinated about strings and about all the possibilities on the guitar and feels really lucky he chose the guitar as the instrument to perform.
 An Interest in CompositionRecently he has spent most of his time composing and has written solo and chamber music, orchestral, theater plays, choreographies and two chamber operas – “Adán de Eva” commissioned by El Cimarron Ensemble and “Don Quijotes Dulcinea” commissioned by the Passau Festspiele 2010 in Germany. His great love is opera and he would enjoy receiving commissions to write new ones (he included the guitar in both chamber operas that he wrote)Thus far Augustin has studied music in five countries, became an accomplished guitarist and  composer. In the future he would like to publish his music and to have his music performed in more than 30 countries.
Alexander Müllenbach, director of the Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg sees Castilla-Avila demonstrating “a very high degree of originality. He is always in search of new horizons”.He has played concerts, in Europe, Asia and USA. As a composer, he participated at festivals in Europe, America and Asia. His music has been conducted by D. Russell-Davies, T. Ceccherini, J. Kalitzke, H. Lintu, A. Soriano, H. Schellenberger, etc.Visit the artist’s website  http://www.castilla-avila.com/

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