June 27, 2016

Classical guitar sensation Thibaut Garcia signs exclusive contract with Erato

Hailed 'the new face of classical guitar,’ the 22-year-old virtuoso presents a label debut with Latin flair.

Thibaut Garcia, the most promising classical guitarist of his generation, has signed an exclusive recording contract with Erato. At just 22 years old, he is already hailed ‘the new face of classical guitar’ (Guitar Classique magazine), thanks in part to several First Prize triumphs at the most prestigious international competitions (notably the Seville International Guitar Competition in 2013 and the Guitar Foundation of America Competition in 2015).

“We are delighted to continue the rich tradition of classical guitar in the Warner Classics catalogue with the instrument’s young champion Thibaut Garcia, who at only 22 years of age has such distinctive and expressive technique and style,” says Jean-Philippe Rolland, EVP of Artists & Repertoire at Warner Classics. “There is no doubt he will follow in the footsteps of legends such as Andrés Segovia, Julian Bream, Angel Romero and Sharon Isbin, ensuring a bright future for classical guitar.”

Born to a Spanish father and French mother, Garcia traces his musical roots on his label debut Leyendas (Legends), slated for release in September 2016. “For this first Erato album, I wanted to present the guitar in its most radiant guise: the Latin guitar, the Spanish and South American guitar,” he says.  “I wanted the album to be full of energy, sun, emotion and tenderness, exploring the repertoire that has nourished me from an early age.”

Leyendas journeys through the most beloved solo guitar classics of the 20th century, from tango master Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires to flamenco-tinged works such as Albéniz’s famed Asturias and Manjón’s Aire vasco – both subtitled Leyenda (legend), giving the album its title.

“Most of the repertoire on the album evokes places in which I have travelled extensively – from Seville and Granada to Buenos Aires, by way of Basque country and the Asturias,” he explains. “That enables me to bring a personal character to each piece, as if every page were part of my travel diary.”

Garcia’s guest on the album is another of the finest young classical stars of his generation, cellist and fellow Erato artist Edgar Moreau. The duo recorded Manuel de Falla’s Seven Spanish Folksongs together for this release.

ABOUT THIBAUT GARCIA

Born in Toulouse to Spanish and French parents, Thibaut Garcia was drawn to the guitar from the age of seven, inspired by his amateur guitarist father and the recordings of Andrés Segovia. He began his studies at the Paris Conservatoire aged just 16, coming to international attention soon after with several major competition wins to his name. By the time he was 21, he had taken First Prize in the International Competition of the Guitar Foundation of America, the José Tomás competition (Spain), and the International Guitar Competition of Seville, among others. The coveted Guitar Foundation of America prize enables Garcia to undertake an extensive US tour of more than 50 concerts September-December 2016, culminating in his Carnegie Hall debut.

“What is most impressive about listening to Thibaut Garcia is the ease with which he transforms into music every technical and interpretive gesture, every breath and every silence, using the guitar as a natural extension of his own voice.” Lorenzo Micheli, guitarist