Musik/Music, Vortrag/Praesentation

Musical lesson: Royal Winter Music

Dietmar KREŠ

Dietmar Kreš will interpret Hans Werner Henze’s Shakespeare Portraits.

Dietmar KREŠ was born on 26.03.1963 in Bärnbach, Austria.

After school, he studied classical guitar at the University of Arts in Graz (Austria) from 1978 to 1986, at the Academy of Music in Cologne (Germany) with Eliot Fisk in 1985, and Tango Argentino in Buenos Aires (Argentina) with Cacho Tirao in 1997.

As a teacher he taught

1989-2000 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz as assistant at the class of artistic education for guitar, 2000-2003 at the Music School Fernitz, 2003-2010 at the J. J. Fux Conservatory in Graz.
Since 2011 he has been working as a freelance music teacher, author and musician.

Teaching activities at masterclasses a.o:

2001 Guitar Festival Mikulov (Czech Republic)
2003 Guitar Festival Gdansk (Poland)
2012 Festival Felicja Blumental Tel Aviv (Israel)

He has won prizes at national and international competitions:

1974, 1977 Austria: Jugend musiziert
1980 Paris: Concours int. de Guitare – Radio France
1985 Benicasim (Spain): Certamen int. de Guitarra – Francisco Tarrega
1986 Mexico City: Concurso int. de Guitarra – Manuel M. Ponce

Dietmar Kres studied what is probably the most important and most difficult work ever composed for solo guitar, the “Royal Winter Music” (on figures by Shakespeare) by Hans Werner Henze.
He played the one-and-a-half-hour work from memory for the composer and Henze then spontaneously invited him to perform his Winter Music as part of the “Styrian Autumn”. Dietmar played perfectly. Henze praised Dietmar in front of the audience and the radio as a representative of a new generation of instrumentalists who were growing up. He had, according to the assessment, presented his music like an actor who brought Shakespeare’s characters to life.
A critic of a German newspaper wrote, among other things: “Dietmar Kres played with self-effacing ferocity and deadly precision. “This was followed by a CD recording in Germany and participation in other major Henze projects, also in London.


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