Frank Bungarten

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FRANK BUNGARTEN

"He plays that guitar’s ass off. And it’s a big ass.“ (Neil Segrott)

 

Two-time Echo Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year Frank Bungarten is Germany’s leading classical guitarist.

Being honored at an early age by legendary maestro Andrés Segovia unleashed the start of Bungarten's 

international career. For almost four decades Bungarten has played countless concerts all over the world and

his painstakingly conceived recordings—dedicated to the heavyweights of the repertory—form the

essence of his artistic life’s work. Bungarten’s Bach transcriptions and his complete Villa-Lobos are

long-established, bestselling classics.

 

As a passionate professor of guitar he teaches an elite group of international students, formerly in 

Lucerne, Switzerland, and currently at the University of Music in Hannover and at various workshops

and master classes worldwide.

Now

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WITH HIS LATEST PRODUCTION

Frank Bungarten breaks new ground in the history of guitar recordings.
For the first time—and after 150 years—the music of Johann Kaspar Mertz, the last of the great Viennese virtuosos, comes alive again on the spectacular original instrument.

THE TEN-STRING DOUBLE NECK GUITAR

epitomizes the pinnacle of a fascinating development during the Golden Age of guitar in Vienna in the first half of the 19th century. The dramatic expansion of tonal range and expression on the guitar, driven by the impact of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Liszt, is now finally documented true-to-life in a comprehensive high-end recording. 

 

Johann Gottlieb Scherzer guitar, Vienna 1861, recreated by Gary Southwell 2013

Work

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Musical Life

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CONCERTS IN

Austria
Belgium
Bhutan
Brazil
Chile
Cuba
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republik
Denmark
Dominican Republik
El Salvador
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Honduras
India
Irland
Israel
Italy
Luxemburg
Mexico
Nicaragua
Norway
Panama
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Spain 
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Thailand
Ukraine
USA
... worldwide collaboration with Goethe Institute

SOLOIST WITH

Academy of Taiwan strings
Berliner Bach Orchester
Capella Istropolitana
ensemble modern
Göttinger Symphonieorchester
Luzerner Symphonieorchester
National Philharmony Krakow
National Philharmony Kiev
Orchestre de Chambre de Luxembourg
Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia
Münchener Rundfunkorchester
Norddeutscher Figuralchor
Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie
... and many more

CHAMBER MUSIC PARTNERS

Fareed Haque
Andrea Lieberknecht
Stephen Stubbs
Ensemble Lesmona
Nomos Quartett
Szymanowski Quartett

MUSIC FESTIVALS

Ansbacher Bachwoche
Dresdener Musikfestspiele
Europäische Wochen Passau
Festival d’automne de Normandie
Festival “Friends of Szymanowski Quartett” Lviv
Festival Mitte Europas
Frankfurter Feste
Hohenloher Kultursommer
Klosterfestival “Klänge der Stille”
Lüneburger Bachtage
Oldenburger Kultursommer
MDR-Musiksommer
Montafoner Sommer
Niedersächsische Musiktage
“Summerwinds” Festival
Salzburger Festspiele
Schwetzinger Festspiele
Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival
... and uncounted Guitar festivals 

PROFESSOR OF GUITAR AT

Musikhochschule Luzern (1989-2010)
Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover (1982-today)

WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES AT

Conservatorio Claudio Monteverdi di Bolzano
Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Como
Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello Venezia
Conservatorio di Musica Francesco Venezze Rovigo
Conservatorio di Monopoli Nina Rota
Georg Philipp Telemann Konservatorium Magdeburg
Grieg Academy Bergen
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf K21
Lemmensinstitut Leuven
Hochschule der Künste Bern
Hochschule für Künste Bremen
Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt
Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
Hochschule für Musik Saar
Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
Musikhochschule Lübeck
Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf
Sibelius Academy Helsinki
... and uncounted masterclasses at guitar festivals

AWARDS

1.Prize “XXX. Festival Internacional de Musica y Danza” 1981
IV. Concurso Internacional de Interpretacion Musical
President of the Jury: Andrés Segovia

Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 1997
Diapason d’or 1999

Echo Klassik “Instrumentalist of the year” 2005
Echo Klassik “Instrumentalist of the year” 2011

Guitars

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GERHARD SCHNABL, “NO. 610”, SPRUCE / MAPLE, 1999

 

The guitar played on the Bach Partitas CD. Very old, light, extremely flamed woods. Firm, pure and transcendental tone.

GERHARD SCHNABL, “NO. 620”, SPRUCE / BRASILIAN TULIPWOOD, 2000

 

Wildest character of all Schnabl guitars. Spectacular wood, never repeated. Played on radio recordings with orchestra or the Villa-Lobos CD.

GERHARD SCHNABL, “NO. 646 & 700”, SPRUCE / BRASILIAN ROSEWOOD, 2003 & 2010

Two almost identical guitars. Toured the world, but no cracks or wood movements. Unlimited tonal possibilities. Listen to the Moreno-Torroba CD.

LUCIANO LOVADINA, SPRUCE / MAPLE, 2012

 

Italian beauty but also daily workhorse. Unsurpassed fat tone and endless sustain. The classical equivalent to a 1959 Gibson Les Paul.

Gary Southwell, “A-Series”, Spruce / Makassar ebony, 2012

 

Welcome overdose of “Stauffer” sound with contemporary touch. Woods stored since the 80s: Back and sides by Bernd Martin, top by Julian Bream.

Gary Southwell, “A-series”, YEW / 5000 years old bog oak, 2016

 

Only two extremely rare and phenomenal woods used. Very silky, sweet and flexible tone for a steel string. Overwhelms all senses.

Gary Southwell, “Scherzer 1861”, Spruce / Maple, 2013

 

Copy of Matanya Ophee’s original. Black basses, screaming trebles, in between transparent structure. Totally balanced over the whole range. To be heard on the Mertz CD.

Jan Tulacek, “Schenck 1847”, Spruce / Maple, 2016

 

Copy of the unique original from the Berlin museum. Insane handcraft of the young Czech luthier. Sounds amazing. Will be used for future projects.

Images

Photo by Micha Neugebauer

Hi res images

by Micha Neugebauer
 

Media

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PRESS CONTACT

Lisa Schein presse@frankbungarten.de

Videos

Frank Bungarten: Bach Allemande/Double b-minor BWV 1002 1/4

 

 

Frank Bungarten interview by www.guitarthai.com

Calendar

Calendar

 

2018

01. - 07.07.Masterclass in „Novy Rybnik“ Oboriste/Prague
application: management@frankbungarten.de

 

2017

23.05."Talks & Tours" in der Ausstellung "Figure Ground“ von Thomas Struth
Haus der Kunst München, 18:30 Uhr 
06.08.Montafoner Resonanzen
Matineé-Konzert, Kloster Gauenstein/Schruns, 11:00 Uhr
06. - 13.08.Masterclass in „Novy Rybnik“ Oboriste/Prague
application: management@frankbungarten.de
26.08.
27. - 30.08.
Concert
Masterclass
Festival Federico Cesi, Trevi/Italy
27.09.Concert
Auditorium Cavazzoni, Conservatorio di Mantova/Italy, 6pm
26.10.
27. - 28.10.
Eröffnungskonzert, Zitadelle Spandau/Berlin, 20:00 Uhr
Meisterkurs
Spandauer Gitarrenfest
06.11. 7pmConcert
Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa
Lisboa, Portugal

17.11.

Doppelkonzert, 18:00 und 20:00 Uhr
Hofkapelle der Residenz München

Vorverkauf: www.muenchenticket.de

18. - 19.11."Die Kunst des Übens" - Ein Workshop für Gitarristen

Musikschule Ismaning
Mühlenstraße 19
85737 Ismaning
www.musikschule-ismaning.de