Beethoven and the guitar (with Izhar Elias)
Izhar Elias - Guitar
Eva Stegeman - violin
Ivàn Iliev - viola
This original and appealing programme presents works of Beethoven in chamber music arrangements with guitar, written by contemporaries, a practice that was quite common in the period, playing its role in the popularisation of the music. Eminent guitarist Izhar Elias plays on several period instruments, including a rare "terz" instrument, smaller in size and tuned a minor third higher in order to achieve a more brilliant sound. He is joined by violin end viola.
Izhar Elias (Amsterdam, 1977) was awarded with the prestigious 'Dutch Musicprice' on March 20th 2011 during a concert with the Residentie Orkest. He is the first guitarist in the history of this award, which is the highest dutch award for a classical music musican to be given by the dutch Ministry of Culture.