Last week @ Koblenz International Guitar Festival & Academy 2017

It was a great pleasure and a privilege to play at this years Koblenz International Guitar Festival. It was an honour to share the stage with the wonderful Sabrina Vlaskalic and Tristan Angenendt, and an absolute joy to perform (and also rehearse) with the ladies of the fantastic Koblenz International Guitar Festival String Quartet. A big thank you to all of you, and of course Georg Schmitz and the Koblenz International Guitar Festival & Academy.
It was also nice to be introduced onto the stage by my old pal Nigel Boyle. I could get used to it.

P.S. And the best thing is I get to do it again at the end of August!

Thank you Kai Müller for the great photos!

 

Concert @ Koblenz International Guitar Festival 2017

I’m very excited to be playing at this years Koblenz International Guitar Festival. I’ll be performing the Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet Op. 143 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the Koblenz International Guitar Festival String Quartet. It’s also a pleasure to be sharing the stage with the wonderful Sabrina Vlaskalic and Tristan Angenendt.

Saturday 3 June, 03.30 pm at the Rhein-Mosel-Halle, Rheinsaal.

You can get tickets here – http://www.koblenzguitarfestival.de/de/ 

Rückblick: Elliot Duo @ Horizonte Festival 2016

Nach ein paar kleinen „Warm-Up“ Konzerten in Weißenthurm, Koblenz und Bad Ems, ist unser Auftritt beim Weltmusik Festival Horizonte sehr gut über die Bühne gegangen. Wir haben Barock, spanische und südamerikanische Music von Vivaldi, Bach, de Falla, Nin, Piazzolla, Gnattali, Villa-Lobos und Gismonti gespielt. Perfektes Wetter, volles Haus, tolle Atmosphäre, es war einfach ein Super Abend! Dazu auch eine schöne Kritik in der Rhein-Zeitung.

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„Da tut den Ohren und dem Bauch der Besuch in der Festungskirche sehr gut. Der klassische Vortrag des Elliot Duos mit Violoncellistin Mareike Schünemann und Gitarrist Russell Poyner lässt tief durchatmen, obwohl das Barocke sowie die spanischen und südamerikanischen Rhythmen auch zu Wallungen führen.“ Rhein-Zeitung.

Fotos: Wovo (Wolfgang Vogt).

Fotos: Kai Müller.

Cello & Guitar: Introducing the Elliot Duo & Horizonte 2016

I’m happy to announce my newest project together with the cellist Mareike Schünemann. We are very excited to be playing at this year’s Horizonte Festival on the 16 July at the Festung Ehrenbreitstein, where we will be performing a programme of Baroque, Spanish and South American music. More information about the festival and tickets are available here… Hope to see you there!

 

Ich freue mich sehr über mein neuestes Projekt zusammen mit der Cellistin Mareike Schünemann. Wir freuen uns sehr, dass wir bei dem Weltmusikfestival Horizonte Koblenz spielen dürfen. Unser Konzert findet am 16. Juli 2016 um 20 Uhr statt, in der Festungskirche, auf der Festung Ehrenbreitstein. Karten erhalten Sie hier… 

Violoncello und Gitarre, zwei Instrumente mit unvergleichlichem Timbre, mit Wärme, Tiefe und süßem Schmelz. Mareike Schünemann (Cello) und Russell Poyner (Gitarre) verbinden leidenschaftlich und virtuos diese Klangwelten und spannen dabei einen Bogen vom Barock über spanische Musik bis hin zu den Rhythmen Südamerikas.

Shakespeare anniversary 2016: If Music be the Food of Love

After a break of a couple of years since our last performance together, myself and the actor Nigel Boyle, are happy once again to be performing with each other. And what better time to do it than in 2016, which sees the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. To commemorate this special occasion we are extremely pleased to be performing at this years Koblenz International Guitar Festival. Our concert takes place on Wednesday 11th May 2016, 12.30 p.m., in the Kurfürstliches Schloss Koblenz. Tickets… 

„If Music be the Food of Love“; is a unique project, bringing together the two art forms of theatre and music. It marries scenes from plays, poems and sonnets by William Shakespeare with Elizabethan music and song, predominantly from Shakespeare’s contemporary, John Dowland. The performance is conceived as a „play“, and divided into „acts“ dealing with themes of love, music, melancholy, war and death.

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The appeal and individuality of this performance is best summed up in the words of the Australian music journalist, Therese W. Saba, who wrote:

“Nigel Boyle performed scenes from Hamlet, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and changed from one dramatic character to the next before our eyes. It was a journey through all the experiences of life: the anger, the sorrow, the pain of love and the laughter. Russell Poyner is a unique performer, who is equally accomplished as a singer and as a classical guitarist. This is a rare talent in the classical music world because of the demands of both roles; Russell Poyner manages to divide himself into two and give sensitive interpretations on both his chosen instruments at the same time.”

Here’s a little taster, taken from a couple of live performances we did a few years ago in Birmingham, Hamburg and Koblenz.

 

2016 jährt sich der Todestag von William Shakespeare zum 400. Mal. Dies nimmt das Koblenz Guitar Festival in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Musikschule der Stadt Koblenz zum Anlass, den Gymnasien der Region folgendes Projekt anzubieten:

Mittwoch 11. Mai 2016, 12.30 Uhr, Kurfürstliches Schloss. Karten…

‚If Music be the Food of Love‘, eine Shakespeare-Performance mit dem Schauspieler Nigel Boyle und dem Gitarristen/Bariton Russell Poyner (beide England)

Die Faszination dieser Performance kommt am besten in einer Kritik der renommierten australischen Musikjournalisin Therese W. Saba (London) zum Ausdruck:

‚Nigel Boyle performed scenes from Hamlet, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and  Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and changed from one dramatic character to the next before our eyes. It was a journey through all the experiences of life: the anger, the sorrow, the pain of love and the laughter. Russell Poyner is a unique performer who is equally accomplished as a singer and as a classical guitarist. This is a rare talent in the classical music world because of the demands of both roles; Russell Poyner manages to divide himself into two and give sensitive interpretations on both his chosen instruments at the same time.‘

Musikalische Wanderung

Last week we had the pleasure to perform as part of the Mittlerhein Musik Festival for there „musical-hike“, in the hills along the river Rhein.  The weather was perfect (which of course helped as we were playing outside), there was a very special atmosphere, a lovely audience and a glass of wine waiting for us at the end. Thank you to all who came.

Here are a few photos taken by WOVO (Wolfgang Vogt).

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It’s out there!

So the album is finally out there! We were able to set it on its merry way, with our release concert on the 18th July, at the Horizonte Festival. It was a fantastic evening, the weather was perfect, the church was packed to the rafters (they were queuing outside to get in), with a wonderful atmosphere and wonderful audience. To put it simply, we had a great time and it was great to be a part of this wonderful festival! A big thank you to all those who came to support us. We also received a very nice review about the concert in the Rhein-Zeitung newspaper, „…But it was the Dawidek-Poyner Duo that managed to turn it into a very special evening. They performed masterfully, and captured the hearts of their audience…“

Thank you to WOVO (Wolfgang Vogt) for the photos (for more photos follow this link). And don’t forget the album „Oblivion“ – Latin American Music for Oboe & Guitar is available to buy direct from my website, or from the usual high street and online retailers.

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Das Album ist endlich draußen! Und unser Release-Konzert beim Horizonte Festival? Es war einfach grandios! Tolles Festival, tolle Location (überfüllt bis es nicht mehr ging), tolles Publikum, super Atmosphäre, einfach toll! Es hat uns sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Vielen herzlichen Dank an alle, die bei unserem Konzert dabei waren. Wir hatten auch ein paar schöne Worte in der Rhein-Zeitung über unser CD Release Konzert. Hat uns sehr gefreut!
„…Aber es ist das Dawidek-Poyner Duo, das den Abend zu einem ganz besonderen macht. Meisterhaft agieren der klassisch geschulte englische Gitarrist Russell Poyner und die polnische Oboistin Monika Dawidek. Sie erobern mit melodieselig-komplexen Kompositionen die Herzen der Zuhörer.“

Und nicht vergessen, unser Album „Oblivion“ – Latin American Music for Oboe & Guitar ist erhältlich direkt über meine Website, außerdem bei den üblichen Fachgeschäften und online Shops.