Frank Bungarten

Plucked String Project

FRANK BUNGARTEN Chitarra Solista

Date: 24/30.08.2018

Quota di Frequenza€ 150,00

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FRANK BUNGARTEN, chitarra

Under the influence of rock music of the 60s, 10-year-old Frank had picked up his first Guitar. His first teacher was a Paraguayan virtuoso named Carlos Baez, a temporary resident of Rhineland. Frank played his first gigs as a guitarist when he was just 13 years old in a band formed by teachers and his school. His passion for jazz led him to learn self-taught tenor and soprano saxophone. Despite his later career as a classical musician playing the Classical guitar, he has always regarded John Coltrane as one of his towering influences. Bungarten had studied Music at the Academy of Music Cologne. After musical training with Karl-Heinz Bottner and Hubert Käppel and a master class with Oscar Ghiglia in Italy he slowly worked on his own artistic voice and direction on his principle instrument,which is the Classical Guitar. In addition to the guitar he has played the saxophone with his group "Extempore", a free improvised music with numerous engagements in radio productions, festivals and jazz clubs. After a second place at the Federal University Competition in 1981, he met with serious success the same year when Andrés Segovia awarded him first prize in the Guitar Competition in Granada, combined with a tour of Spain. Immediately following his studies (graduating with distinction), he commenced his career as a University lecturer and has been performing as a soloist in almost all countries throughout Europe and the Americas. Till date, he has played as a soloist in over 40 countries, including the ones that are commissioned by the Goethe Institute. He has played at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Arts and Convention Centre Lucerne, the Gasteig Munich, the Salzburg Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, MDR Music Summer, the Lower Saxony Music Festival and International Guitar Festivals of the Mediterranean, Scandinavian, Indian and many more. Frank has won two Echo awards for his outstanding stylistic versatility on the Modern Classical Guitar.