Latin Music for Guitar and Strings

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12 Henrietta St. Dublin 1

16th October 2022 Music 4pm

Doors & reception 3.30pm

Duo Chagall (Gillian Williams, violin; Arun Rao, cello); Marco Ramelli, guitar

Latin Music for Guitar and Strings

Niccolò PAGANINI (1782-1840): Andante Cantabile Op.17 for violin & guitar

Benjamin GODARD (1849-1895): Sonata n B minor Op. 20 (No.1) for solo violin

 Prelude: lento; adagio – Gavotte – Adagio – Menuets 1 & 2

PAGANINI: Variations on one string on a theme from Rossini’s ‘Moses’ transcr. for cello & guitar

Eugène YSAŸE (1858-1931): Sonata Op.28 for solo cello

 Grave – Intermezzo: grazioso – In modo di recitativo (adagio) – Finale con brio 

PAGANINI: Terzetto (MS 69) for violin, cello & guitar

 Allegro con brio – Minuetto & Trio – Andante – Rondo: Allegretto


One of Ireland’s finest classical music partnership, Duo Chagall came into being in 1991when two music students

at the Guildhall School, London, decided to sight-read Kodaly’s Duo Op.7. Dublin-born violinist Gillian Williams

and French cellist Arun Rao have since collaborated with a host of eminent pianists, string players and Irish

composers in recitals featuring neglected masterpieces from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with a host of world

premieres. They were invited to host their own classical music series in Pezenas, France (2010-12), and instigated,

curated and performed a series commemorating French music in the Great War at The Hugh Lane (2015-16). Duo

Chagall are artistic directors of the classical music series ‘Autumn Sounds’ which takes place every September at the

Ballroom, Farmleigh since 2011, under the patronage of Fingal County Council and OPW; past series presented the

complete chamber music of Schumann (2014-17) & Debussy (2018). The duo released a CD of works by Ravel,

Milhaud & Handel in 2009. In addition, Ms. Williams recently recorded an album of short violin works titled ‘The

French Violin’, which includes the world premiere of the ‘Idyll’ by Marguerite Canal, as well as Ravel’s famous ‘Tzigane’.

Ms Williams and Mr Rao both lecture at the Conservatory of Music, TU Dublin.

Born in Milan, Italian guitarist and composer Marco Ramelli obtained a Doctorate in Music Performance from the

Royal Conservatory of Scotland, having previously studied under Allan Neave (guitar) and Rory Boyle (composition).

First Prize winner at the inaugural ‘Scottish International Guitar Competition’ (Glasgow), the ‘Blas Sánchez

Competition’ (Canary Islands) and the ‘Città di Seveso Competition’ among others, Second Prize at the prestigious

‘International Guitar Competition’ (Sevilla) & ‘Concours de guitare espagnole’ (Albi), his solo career brought him to

numerous international festivals in Italy and the UK (Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, etc). As composer, Marco

won the prestigious ‘World Guitar Composition Competition’ in Serbia with “Im Nebel, homage to Kengiro Azuma”. His

music is performed by internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles including Lorenzo Micheli, Sean Shibe, Andrea

Dieci, Alberto Mesirca, Duo Ricci-Colonna and Juliane Bergemann. He recorded several solo CDs for Nimbus

(‘Energico’, 2013) & BrilliantClassics (‘Gerhardt & Mompou, complete works’, 2018), and works by Manuel Castillo, in

collaboration with various guitarists, for Naxos. He lectures at the Conservatory of Music, TU Dublin.

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