Morgan Szymanski
Morgan Szymanski

Playing at the Greenwood Centre Saturday 22nd May 2004 7:30pm
Concert to include works by Roth, Bellinati, Domeniconi and Ponce
(For further details contact Martin Shaw or phone 020-8891-6889)

Morgan Szymanski began his musical studies at home in Mexico City before moving to Scotland to study guitar and composition at the City of Edinburgh Music School. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music in London as a Wall Scholar supported by a Leverhulme Award and a FONCA scholarship from the Mexican Government, and graduated from there with 1st class Honours in 2002. During his time as an undergraduate he was awarded every prize available to the guitar. He also studied for a period at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam. In 2003 he received a bursary from the Countess of Munster Trust to continue his studies at postgraduate level. In November 2003 he was awarded the RCM guitar prize as part of which he was invited to give two performances of the Vivaldi Guitar Concerto RV93 with the RCM String Ensemble conducted by Gordon Nikolitch in January 2004.

Morgan has been a prize winner at some of the most prestigious guitar competitions including 1st prize in 2002 at the National Guitar competition in his native Mexico, 1st prize at the 2002 ‘Kulkulcan’ International Guitar Competition, and 2nd prizes at both the ‘Zwolle’ competition in Holland and the ‘Paracho’ competition in Mexico. He has taken part in masterclasses with John Williams, the Assad Brothers, Pavel Steidl and Carlo Domeniconi. In March last year he appeared at the Mexico City Guitar Festival. In February 2003 he was selected for The Tillett Trust Young Artistst’ Platform scheme and has since appeared for them at Croydon Fairfield Hall and most recently, in a shared debut recital at the Wigmore Hall. In the coming year he will be giving recitals for YAP at festival and music club venues around the country. In January 2004 he was selected for the Concordia Foundation Concerts scheme which offers him further concert opportunities in the UK.

Morgan’s past appearances have included recitals at Kensington Palace, the Purcell Room, the Royal Opera House and the Queens Hall in Edinburgh. He has also played at the Ham & High, Battle and Britten Festivals, at the Bolivar Hall Guitar Festival in London and at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has given recitals at the Bach Zaal and Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam, in Barcelona Cathedral and at the Palacio Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico. He has appeared at Guitar Festivals in New Orleans, Amsterdam and the National Guitar Festival in Mexico. In December 2003 he returned to his native Mexico for five concerts. Concerto performances have included playing the Rodrigo Concerto at the RCM as part of the composer’s Centenary Celebrations, and appearing with the City of Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra at the European Parliament in Brussels. Most recently he performed the Vivaldi guitar concerto accompanied by the R C M String ensemble at the Royal College of Music in January 2004 - see review by Steve Ledwick.

Morgan is an active member of Live Music Now as well as the resident guitarist for the Henri Oguike Dance Company which has led to appearances through the UK. He frequently plays for the Mexican Embassies in the UK and Holland and has performed before the Mexican Ambassador, HRHs Duke & Duchess of Gloucester and HRH Princess Michael of Kent.

Forthcoming concerts include recital appearances at the Brighton, Beaumaris & Warwick Festivals and for music societies in Cheltenham and Louth. He has also been invited to play at the Mexican Embassies in Moscow, Prague and Budapest after making a return visit to Holland.

January 2004

 John Gates