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Lecture-Concert Series presents Anders Miolin, 13-string guitarist extraordinaire

Jan. 10, 2008 -
- Anders Miolin, 13-string guitar virtuoso, will be the featured performer in the 10Anders Miolin poses with his 13-string Chiavi-Miolin event of Arkansas State University’s 2007-2008 Lecture-Concert Series. Miolin will present a concert, “A Fantastic Journey,” on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the ASU Student Union Auditorium, 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. This presentation is co-sponsored by the ASU Guitar Guild. The Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural life of the campus, community, and region. All Lecture-Concert Series performances are free and open to the public.

One of the most innovative, creative, and exciting classical performers in the world of music today, Miolin was born in Stockholm, Sweden. At the unusually early age of 15, he was admitted to the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He also studied in Malmo, Sweden, and Basel, Switzerland, and earned four diplomas, two being soloist diplomas. Considered a rare talent of international merit, Miolin has received much critical acclaim, and he has won a number of prestigious national and international prizes and awards, including awards from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and the distinguished Danish Sonning Foundation. He is also a first prize winner at international guitar competitions in Finland, Italy, and Martinique. Miolin is also a professor at Hochschule Musik und Theater, in Zurich, Switzerland.

Miolin’s repertoire consists of music from the Renaissance to the contemporary era. In addition to traditional guitar literature, his repertoire is largely transcriptions of music that were not written for guitar, music which he alone transcribes and performs. He has interpreted J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, Alberto Ginastera, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel on guitar, as well as arranging and performing music by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Ervin Schulhoff, and Miles Davis. Chamber music is also an important part of Miolin’s repertoire; as a soloist with orchestra, he has performed the famous works of Joaquin Rodrigo and Hector Villa-Lobos, as well as contemporary works for guitar and orchestra by Leo Brouwer, Toru Takemitsu, and Gyorgy Kurtag.

If Miolin’s repertoire is unusual, it is nothing compared to his choice of instruments. He performs on 10-string guitar, 11-string guitar, and most notably, on the 13-string guitar designed and developed by luthier Ermanno Chiavi of Zurich and Miolin himself. His selection of unique music played on unusual instruments, as well as his technical virtuosity and his poetic sensibility, make Miolin one of today’s most fascinating musicians.

For more details, contact Dr. Gil Fowler, associate dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308 or via e-mail at, or visit

Anders Miolin program
"A Fantastic Journey"
Anders Miolin on Chiavi-Miolin 13-stringed guitar
Anders Miolin                   Prelude Bhupali
J.S. Bach                         Prélude BWV 1007
Gaspar Sanz                    Passacalle de la cavalleria de Napoles
(1640-1710)                    Canario
Frederic Hand                  Study no. 3
J.K. Mertz                        Fingals Höhle Op. 13
Erik Satie                        Gnossienne no. 1
Nikita Koshkin                  Usher Waltz
Astor Piazzolla                 Verano Porteño
Mauro Giuliani                  La Caccia op. 107
Manuel de Falla                Escena
(1876-1946)                     El círculo mágico
                                         Danza del molinero
Maurice Ravel                  Bolero
Trad. Chinese                   Moonlight over the Spring River
Bill Evans                          Peace Piece
Roland Dyens                   Saudade no. 3
(*1955)                             Ritual
Erik Satie                          Gymnopédie no. 1
Anders Miolin                    Azure


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