Marko Topchii, winner of the 2017 Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition, has selected a rich and varied repertoire ranging from neo-Romanticism to serialism, each work offering a unique vision of the instrument’s technical and expressive capabilities. Antonio Jose’s Sonata is remarkably inventive, bringing a new language to ancient dance forms, while Frank Martin’s Quatre Pieces breves, written in the same year, offers the flourish and vigor of contemporary harmonic vocabulary. Ronald Dyens’ Libra Sonatine is one of the most virtuosic and brilliant of late 20th-century guitar works. Ukranian-born guitarist Marko Topchii, has been the winner of more than 40 international guitar competitions. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Salle Cortot, Yamaha Ginza Hall, and at the Tchaikovsky Hall. He often performs with orchestras, having performed more than ten concertos for guitar and orchestra. He is sponsored by the D’Addario Strings Company and records with a guitar made by Jim Redgate.
Jose, Antonio Guitar Sonata 1. I. Allegro moderato 2. II. Minueto 3. III. Pavana triste 4. IV. Final
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario 5. Capriccio diabolico, Op. 85, "Omaggio a Paganini"
Martin, Frank 4 Pièces brèves 6. No. 1. Prélude 7. No. 2. Air 8. No. 3. Plainte 9. No. 4. Comme une gigue
Koshkin, Nikita Introduction et Vivace 10. Introduction: Lento e rubato molto 11. Vivace
Dyens, Roland Libra Sonatine 12. I. India 13. II. Largo 14. III. Fuoco