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Thomas Blumenthal

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Thomas Blumenthal (born 29 January 1958) is a German classical guitarist and music educator.

Life[edit]

Born in Berlin, Blumenthal received his first guitar lessons at the age of nine. Because of his talent he attended the Musikgymnasium Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach [de] from 1969 to 1975. Afterwards he studied in the guitar class with Barbara Richter-Rumstig [de] at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin until 1980. He attended courses with Narciso Yepes, Leo Brouwer, Alexander Frautschi, Vladimír Mikulka, Miguel Angel Girollet and Flores Chaviano.

He was a successful participant in the international music competitions of the Esztergom International Guitar Festival [de], Hungary (1980) and in the Internationaler Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen [de] (1981 und 1985).

From 1980 to 1986 Blumenthal worked as scientific assistant at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig. Since 1984 he has been teaching guitar at the Berlin Musikschule Fanny Hensel [de] and since 1995 he has been head of the department for plucked string instruments.[1][2] Blumenthal is the initiator of music festivals and guitar competitions in Berlin. Together with the Musikzentrum Berlin he created the series Neue Musik zum Hören und Mitmachen. Guests were among others the composers Hans Jürgen Wenzel, Jürgen Ganzer and Walter Thomas Heyn. He consulted Reinbert Evers in Münster in 1991.

Blumenthal was a member of the Leipziger Consort and guest performer in the Ensemble Avantgarde [de] around the pianist Steffen Schleiermacher and in the Ensemble Konfrontation [de] of the Staatskapelle Halle. In 1992 he was a founding member of the Ensemble Sortisatio. Since then he has been playing there successfully with solo musicians of the MDR Sinfonieorchester. So far he has produced two CDs.

As a soloist and chamber musician he has given concerts at home and abroad, including in China, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, the Netherlands and Poland. He has given concerts at well-known music festivals such as the MaerzMusik [de] in Berlin, the Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik [de] and the Handel Festival, Halle He recorded numerous radio productions with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln and the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk and played under conductors like Friedrich Goldmann and Roland Kluttig. He has given numerous world premieres, including Walter Thomas Heyn's concerto for guitar and string orchestra at the XXVIIIth Hallische Musiktage.

Several times Blumenthal has been appointed as a juror at national and international music competitions among others alongside Roberto Aussel, Frédéric Zigante, María Isabel Siewers and David Tanenbaum.

Discography[edit]

  • 1999: Thomas Buchholz: Eruption
  • 2000: Liebsame Beschäftigung (Kreuzberg Records [de])
  • 2001: Musik in Deutschland 1950–2000 [de] (Red Seal)
  • 2003: Groupe Lacroix: 8 Pieces on Paul Klee (Creative Works Records [de])
  • 2004: Ensemble Sortisatio (Querstand)
  • 2009: Jean-Luc Darbellay: (A Portrait) (Claves Records)
  • 2010: Thomas Buchholz: UNDEUTschLICHt – zyklen für ensembles (Kreuzberg Records)

References[edit]

  1. "Gitarre mit all ihren stilistischen Möglichkeiten!". In Musikschule Fanny Hensel.
  2. Zupfinstrumente

External links[edit]


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Category:1958 births Category:Living people Category:Musicians from Berlin Category:German classical guitarists Category:German music educators Category:University of Music and Theatre Leipzig faculty



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