REAL-TIME INTERACTIVE GUITAR CONCERT
Stefan Schmitz (DE) & Laura Rouy (FR)
26 June 2021
German guitarist Stefan Schmitz (1976) began playing the classical guitar in 1997. Later he studied under Joaquin Clerch and Carlo Marchione. For his graduation concert at Maastricht where he took his master degree he received the highest possible score of 10 points.
He won prizes in international competitions in a.o. Rome (I), Kutna-Hora (CZ) and Koblenz(GER). Schmitz has published three CDs and one DVD. Stefan Schmitz‘s extensive concert activities in Europe resulted in invitations to the “Young Artists in Concert”-series in Rio de Janeiro and to concerts in Japan. He teaches at “Musikschule Neu-Ulm” in Southern Germany. 16 of his pupils won first prizes in national and international guitar competitions.
In September 2020 he suffered a stroke. Thanks to a lot of luck and perseverance, Schmitz can play the guitar at concert level again. This online concert will be his first after his stroke.
Guitarmaker Bert Kwakkel developed his own style of constructing, finishing and sound. His unceasing urge to improve his instruments, resulted in a unique bracing-system. This construction offers the guitarist
a comfortable guitar with a very powerful and balanced tone.