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Canadian Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff have recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as the Amadeus Guitar Duo and are today regarded as one of the pre-eminent international guitar duos, receiving enthusiastic reviews from critics around the world. Having enjoyed great success, with more than 80 concerts annually, as an unaccompanied duo, Kavanagh and Kirchhoff decided to expand their repertoire to include that for guitar and orchestra. This genre has gained in popularity, thanks in no small part to their efforts, and their recent ‘Spanish Night’ tour, featuring concertos for one, two and four guitars and orchestra by Joaquín Rodrigo, covered more than 100 cities.

The Amadeus Guitar Duo has to date performed over 1,300 concerts all over the world, and are renowned for their exuberant temperament, virtuoso performance, sensitive interpretations and warm guitar tone. They are regularly invited to perform with the Prague, Mainz and Mannheim Chamber Orchestras, the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra, the International Philharmonie, the Gotha-Suhl Thuringian Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Capella Cracoviensis, the Ankara Presidential Orchestra and the South Westphalian Philharmonic.

The Duo has made several recordings and a large number of productions for radio and television (BBC, ZDF, CBC, WDR, BR, and TRT among others). The two artists’ stirring commitment and inspired playing style have enabled them to considerably broaden the repertoire for guitar, and especially for guitar and orchestra. Renowned composers including Harald Genzmer, Gheorghe Zamfir, Roland Dyens, Jaime Zenamon, Christian Jost, Carlo Domeniconi, Gerald Garcia and Martin Herchenröder have written orchestral concertos for them, and they have had compositions for two guitars dedicated to them by composers including Stephen Dodgson, Harald Genzmer, Jaime Zenamon and Christian Jost.

In 1992 the Duo founded the International Guitar Symposium (IGS) in Iserlohn, Germany, today regarded as one of the most important festivals of its kind in Europe. The IGS boasts more than 300 participants from more than 50 countries, concerts featuring world-famous stars, masterclasses, lectures, exhibitions and many other activities. (www.guitarsymposium.com)

Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff are both professors at the Detmold Musikhochschule (www.hfm-detmold.de) where they have taught the guitar since 2003. They play exclusively on D’Addario strings.

Amadeus Guitar Duo

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