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Wulfin Lieske

“Wulfin Lieske approaches his listeners with a boundless capacity for making music come to
life. His phrasing is always beautiful; he has convincingly logical agogic and dynamics, and
an exceptionally immediate tone. He is able to give this music everything it needs as regards
emotion, lightness of touch and virtuosity. Warmly delineated melodies of breathtaking
lyrical beauty combine with sometimes dizzying arpeggios and runs. A strong instinct for
timing and rhythmic articulation allows the music’s pulse to be clearly evident at all times.“
(Gitarre Konkret/Germany)
Born in Linz, Austria, Lieske made his concert debut at 14 in the famous abbey on the Scottish island of Iona. Works by Bach and Villa-Lobos figured in the program together with improvisations and compositions by himself. Lieske went on to study at the state music school in Cologne, playing electronic guitar alongside classical, and amassed his early performing experience in very contrasting fields, which demanded great stylistic
versatility on the one hand and on the other hand stimulated in him the curiosity which has
influenced his work ever since. Today, as guitarist and composer, he is among the leading
international musical personalities in his field. His conception of music-making opens up completely new insights into traditional guitar music. Lieske’s playing is full of sensitivity, with finely-chiseled detail and a vast spectrum of dynamics and coloring, combined with complete mastery of his instrument. The guitar as conveyor of the Mediterranean love of life, regularly combined with a well-chosen Latin-American repertoire perfectly within the instrument’s tradition, appears again and again in his programs. In addition Wulfin Lieske likes to give the „old masters“ their due. He therefore took an intensive interest in the legendary guitar maker Antonio de Torres and made a crucially important contribution to the rediscovery of the old Spanish guitar. The closest possible identification between performer and instrument, music and physical context, is created, going beyond stylistic boundaries and epochs and awakening a unique emotional need for the sound of the guitar and its chameleon-like ability to draw on all styles. This becomes apparent in his many CD recordings.
To date he has worked with outstanding artists such as Gidon Kremer, Astor Piazzolla, Juan
José Mosalini and the Hilliard Ensemble. In 1994 he founded the quartet „Bronsky Ritual“,
with which he has performed contemporary chamber music and thematic program cycles,
sometimes enhanced by imaginative lighting. His repertoire covers a span from Bach to free
improvisation. In his solo recitals he likes to highlight the contrast between popular music
in the border area between classicism and the folk traditions of Latin America and Spain on
the one hand and the pioneering works of old and new music on the other.
As a composer Wulfin Lieske draws from „the wealth of possibilities“ offered by his instruments. They have made him experiment with the human voice, different instruments, with motion and with the elements; his music alternates constantly between „expressivo“ and “meditativo“. Examples are compositions such as “Cinq tableaux sur Schubert”, “Nymphéas”
d’après Claude Monet or “Taqsim” I - III and „Luxor Guitar Concerto“ for amplified guitar,
percussion and string orchestra. In 2000 his oratorio “Über den Wassern” was premiered at
the Hanover Expo with the Hilliard Ensemble and the performance artist Saâdia.
Wulfin Lieske has devoted himself to combine old traditional instruments with the guitar, thus developing quite new tonal pattern - with William Barton, the world’s leading didgeridoo player from Australia, or on this album DAJABUR with the Mongolian vocalist and morin khuur (horse-head fiddle) player, Fu-Zhu Meng.

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