Simon Davies and Anete Graudina Duo
Simon Davies and Anete Graudina Duo

Simon Davies & Anete Graudina


Simon Davies
Simon Davies


Simon Davies began playing guitar aged ten and studied at the Royal College of Music under Charles Ramirez and at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Michael Lewin. He has performed widely and attended masterclasses with Juan Martin (flamenco guitarist) and Stephen Dodgson (composer).

He has an honours degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he studied under Gordon Crosskey and John Williams. Simon recorded "Guitar Serenade" with Telstar Records and has a busy performing schedule. He also teaches at the Spanish Guitar Centre, London.


Anete Graudina
Anete Graudina


Anete Graudina recieved her musical education in Latvia where she played the violin with the orchestra of the Latvian Opera and Ballet. She teaches violin and plays with the Armonioso Quartet, Viva Musica, and Kew Sinfonia. Anete has performed in Scotland, England and Latvia.

Her recent appearance at the 2000 Proms of St. Lades in Hampstead Garden Suburb attracted enthusiastic approval. She plays a violin made in 1904 by E Tenucci, Zurich.

Concert Review
Concert Review


Greenwood Centre Saturday 27th October 2001

Simon Davies, Martin Shaw & Anete Graudina

The concert at the Greenwood Centre was well attended and began with Sonata in A minor Op2 No12 by Vivaldi which was crisply executed and well balanced. There followed three duos Op61 by F. Molino which were very well received and from this point the audience were hooked. Two tangos completed the first half of the recital. El Apache Argebtino by M. Aroztegui and El Presumido by A. Villoldo.

After the interval the duo performed Suite Buenos Aires by M. Diego Pujol and three tangos by Astor Piazzolla. They also performed two encores, a Pagannini Cantabile in D and a further tango by Piazzolla, Libertango.

Simon Davies' guitar produced a very even balanced sound with good bass projection that provided a good platform for Anete Graudina's violin playing. The violin's sound was simply divine. From the classical sound of the Vivaldi to the almost tongue in cheek playing required for the tangos the violin provided the many different voices required for the recital. The final pieces by Astor Piazzolla were particularly well interpreted and also proved Simon Davies a chance to excel.

All in all it was another successful evening at the Greenwood centre thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Alex Brett for Greenwood Classical Guitar Society



 John Gates