Classical guitar hero

November 2012

  • Robert Dunstan

Montenegrin classical guitar sensation Miloš Karadaglić is about to commence his first concert tour of Australia and it follows the huge success of his 2011 album, The Guitar, which sold over 100,000 copies in less than six months.

The young player, usually referred to simply as Miloš, also won the Mastercard Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2012 Classic BRIT Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall only last month.

“It’s a wonderful award to win,” Karadaglić says from London, “because in our business awards are very important and the BRIT Awards in particular because they are more targeted towards the general public. More so, for example, than the Gramaphone Awards which I won last year.

“So to have both awards is wonderful because while it’s important to be a good musician, at the same time you also want to reach as many people as possible.”

Karadaglić, who visited Sydney and Melbourne for a promotional trip in 2011 and greatly enjoyed it, picked up a guitar at very early age.

“And I was never a modest boy,” Karadaglić laughs, “so as soon as I did, I dreamt of being on stage. So it was a natural profession for me to become a concert artist.”

Karadaglić’s guitars are made by Australian luthier Greg Smallman who also constructs instruments for well-known Australian classical player John Williams.

“When I first came to London to study, one of my colleagues had the most amazing guitar and I was very curious about it,” Karadaglić says. “When I played it I was in seventh heaven because the aesthetic and sound of that guitar was something I’d grown up with. And that was because the only CD I had in Montenegro was one by John Williams who, of course, plays a Smallman guitar.”

Karadaglić, who will meet Smallman for the first time on this tour at his Perth concert, concludes by saying that his current repertoire includes material from The Guitar and latest release, Latino.

“But it won’t be exactly like my CDs because it’ll be a cross section of composers,” he says. “So I will be playing some Bach which is one of my favourite things to play and also some Villa Lobos. And the second half will be a couple of South American miniatures along with Domeniconi’s Koyunbaba which has gone over very well whenever I’ve played it over the last 18 months.”

Miloš Karadaglić
Adelaide Town Hall
Wednesday, November 28

 

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