Join international guitar star Galina Vale as she returns to the Festival to present an exhilarating programme of music from the Flamenco tradition as well as from classical composers such as Sabicas, Rossini, Paganini, Brahms, de Falla and Liszt.
Never afraid of controversy, Galina has become a unique personality of the international guitar world: very few female guitarists have even attempted both classical and Flamenco genres, while her most recent recording also included electric guitar. She continues to experiment in the crossing of boundaries and musical styles.
Prepare to be delighted not only by Galina’s tunes, but also by her flamboyant and dramatic style and costumes.
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No booking required, but come early to avoid disappointment as we have had a full house for her previous visits.
About the performer
A child prodigy raised in a family of musicians, Galina Vale’s performing career began at the age of eight with an appearance on Ukrainian State Television and she became soloist of Kharkov State Philharmonic at 15. Galina Vale, born Galina Vernigora in Kharkov, Ukraine, is a classically trained virtuoso guitarist. Her individualistic solo performances combine a charismatic stage presence and dynamic powerful playing style with an unusually wide ranging and technically demanding repertoire, including classical music, flamenco, arrangements of Latin American and East European folk music. Never afraid of controversy, Galina has become a unique personality of the international guitar world: very few female guitarists have even attempted both classical and flamenco genres, while her most recent recording also included electric guitar. She continues to experiment in the crossing of boundaries and musical styles. By 1997 Galina was domiciled in the United Kingdom. In 2007 and in recognition of her work, she became an Ambassador of the EuroWirral International Guitar Festival - alongside W Mann and J Williams. Galina’s early influences included the female guitarists Maria Luisa Anido and Ida Presti. She has developed a dramatic guitar technique that owes more to contemporary flamenco and earlier styles rather than current fashions of classical guitar playing.
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