(Nov. 29, 2023, 8:30pm. Library of Catalonia)
The universally praised Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni is a British council, Royal Academy and Juilliard School scholar. As the founder of Classical Guitar magazine Maurice J. Summerfield, puts it “today she is an internationally acclaimed soloist and recording artist, sought after pedagogue and festival organizer, whose artistry and expertise is in great demand internationally”.
Her career blossomed in the mid 90s after winning the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, which resulted in some 65 concerts in North America and a contract with Naxos Records.
Since then she performed virtually everywhere, in concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Covent Garden and the Wigmore Hall in London, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Acropolis (Athens) as well as the Philharmonic and the Cappella Sale in St. Petersburg, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New york to mention just a few. Her highly successful recordings for Naxos, Koch, and Timespan records have been praised for being “expressively poetic and technically exciting” and have been received with great enthusiasm by the international musical community. Her last CD “Hymn to the Muse” is a collection of original works and transcriptions directly inspired by Greek culture and heritage and as Italian Magazine DOT Guitar states “an exceptional recording which conFirms without doubt Antigoni Goni as one of the greatest performers of the guitar on the world stage.”
She is the founder of the Guitar Department at the Pre-College Division of Juilliard School of Music of New York where she also taught for 10 years.
Since 2005 Antigoni Goni has been Professor of Guitar at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel) and a member of its Artistic Committee. In April 2015, the Royal Conservatory named her “Professor of the year” making her the youngest professor ever presented with the “Madame de la Hault” prize, awarded by the Brussels Royal Conservatory’s “Patrimonium”. She is the creator of The Brussels Guitar Laboratory (a collaboration with the research department of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels) and the founder and artistic director of “The Volterra Project, Summer Guitar Institute”, an innovative Classical Guitar workshop that in Tuscany (Italy) gathers international students and professionals of the highest caliber for ten days of intense study and inspired performances.
Antigoni Goni records on a 1989 José Romanillos and performs on a 2012 Andrea Tacchi Guitar and a 2022 Gerhard Oldiges.