Sef Albertz
About "Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi" (The deepest rivers flow with the least sound. Still waters run deep) says an old Latin proverb that can aptly describe the relevant, distinctive and multifaceted artistic personality of SEF ALBERTZ (*1971). "An integral musician with an immense culture" in the words of admiration of the legendary Ibero-American composer Leo Brouwer.
ALBERTZ is also literary active with poetry books & essays. His musical works (for various solo instruments, chamber music to orchestral works, arrangements and electronic music) have been performed, among others in Germany, Holland, Chile, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain, Luxembourg, England and Sweden - some of the countries where he has also offered his art of the interpretation.
As founder and artistic director of the Festival "Con Guitarra!" -a project that has received, among others, the support of the UNESCO, the University of Leipzig and the Institute Cervantes of Spain- SEF ALBERTZ has presented an exciting artistic concept, where his talents as a musician, performer, composer, sound, video & media designer, photographer and dramaturge have found a perfect space to be developed together, intrinsically. "For me, everything in life is a composition, a creative process that always brings something beautiful, deep and challenging at the same time" -a maxim of life as an artist, which also very conscious and successfully, he applies as a pedagogue and jury member of several competitions.
After carrying out his studies in music and electronic engineering in his native Venezuela, ALBERTZ moved in 2000 to Germany, where he completed his artistic postgraduate studies as a composer and guitarist with outstanding results.
SEF ALBERTZ is passionate about the artistic expression of his time, which has led him to establish exceptional collaborations with some of the most brilliant composers of our time such as Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, Luis de Pablo, Leo Brouwer and others. World premieres and first performances of works by a wide spectrum of composers like Antonio Lauro, Alexandre Tansman, Ra-shid Kalimulien, Manuel de Falla, and works written especially for him by authors such as Leo Brouwer, Marlos Nobre, Carlos Cruz de Castro, etc. clearly prove his success as a fine and well-respected interpreter of his instrument.
Some of the compositions by ALBERTZ and his abilities as a guitarist are currently available in several CD recordings: "Con Guitarra!" (With Guitar!, 2011), "Infancia (Childhood, 2012), "Hommage" (Tribute, 2013), "Platero & Ich" (Platero and I, recorded in 2012 and due to be published in fall 2015). Immediate projects include the DVD production "Other Nuances" with German pianist Anna-Maria Maak and a series of premieres of his concertante works with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi.
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Works
SOLO „Elogio del silencio” (Electroacoustic Music) Suite „Homenaje a Joan Miró” for Guitar „Las miradas del transeúnte” for Guitar 3 Sonates (I, II & III) for Guitar „Rostros...” Suite für Solo Mandolin „2 Pieces” for Harp „Música Real Para la Corte del Pequeño Príncipe” (Música I, for Guitar) (Música III, for Piano) „Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” & „Ciaccona” (after Bach) for Piano „Aria & Ciaccona” (after Penderecki) for Piano „Suite Venezolana” for Piano „Infancia” for Piano
CHAMBER „Impresiones V, sobre un leve espacio” for mixed Choir „Cuatro Canciones de Miguel Hernández” for Baritone & Guitar „De los pensamientos que viajan” for Children Choir & Piano „Diálogos” for String Quartet „Música Incidental” for Voice, Strings & Percussion „Y entonces, algunas veces...” for Percussion Ensemble „El Lunes...Un Instante...El Miércoles” for Woodwind Quintet „Des Danses, el Azul, in a Story” for 2 Violins „Música Real Para la Corte del Pequeño Príncipe” (Música II, for Cello & Piano) „La noche juega, sin palabras, en la mirada” for Violin, Cello, Piano & Percussion „Una metáfora del espíritu” Intuitive Music for diferent instrumental ensembles „Quinteto de Paz” for Guitar & String Quartet
ORCHESTRAL „Guitar Concerto” for Guitar & String Orchestra „Partita-Concert” (First concertante works for 3 Guitars written in Venezuela) „Azul-Luz en la Estación” (Fantasy) for Guitar & Orchestra „Pavana & Fantasía” (after Antonio Lauro) for Guitar & Orchestra SONGS WITHOUT WORDS (*) (after Mendelssohn) for Guitar & String Orchestra aDIOS TANGO (*) für Piano & String Orchestra PIANO CONCERTO (*) for Piano & String Orchestra CIACCONA (*) (after Bach) for Piano & String Orchestra MY LONG AWAITED (*) (after Piazzolla) for Piano & String Orchestra (*) also available in version with string quartet
Media

Releases

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    SEASONS Album (2015) Sef Albertz & his guitar students Including World Premiere Recordings of works by Sef Albertz, Antonio Lauro, etc „...a so interesting and professionally conceived CD recording...In addition to his acclaimed artistic activity as a guitarist and composer, the Venezuelan musician found in the pedagogy a valuable medium to share and to expand his creativity with others...” (Torgauer Zeitung)
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    INFANCIA Double Album (2012) Pianist Anna-Maria Maak plays World Premiere Recordings of Piano works by Sef Albertz Also including Ibero-American Piano Music by Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil) Antonio Estévez (Venezuela) Federico Mompou (Spain) Moisés Moleiro (Venezuela) Xavier Montsalvatge (Spain) Federico Ruíz (Venezuela) Amadeo Roldán (Cuba) Astor Piazzolla (Argentina)
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    PLATERO & ICH Album (2015) An Andalusian Elegie for Narrator, Guitar & Piano Anna-Maria Maak (Narration & Piano) Sef Albertz (Guitar) -------------------- Texts: Juan Ramón Jiménez Music: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco & Antonio Estévez
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    OTHER NUANCES DVD/Blu-Ray [ Available from Summer 2016 ] documentary and multimedia recital Piano works by Sef Albertz superbly commented and performed by outstanding pianist Anna-Maria Maak Also including music by Bach, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Brahms, Mompou Villa-Lobos & Piazzolla "...an enchanting musical journey to the most precious corners of the human being: plural, full of OTHER NUANCES...!"
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    CON GUITARRA! Album (2011) Duo Albertz plays World Premiere Recordings of New Ibero-American Music for Flute & Guitar All compositions written for and dedicated to Sef Albertz by Leo Brouwer (Cuba) Carlos Cruz de Castro (Spain) Diego Feinstein (Argentina) Marlos Nobre (Brazil) As part of the Festival CON GUITARRA! (under the patronage of UNESCO)
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    HOMMAGE Double Album (2013) Sef Albertz (Guitars), Anna-Maria Maak (Piano) & Strings from MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra Including World Premiere Recordings of original compositions by Sef Albertz and his compositional interpretations after music by Robert Schumann (Kinderszenen for Guitar Quartet) & Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Songs without words for Guitar & Strings)
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    ...DE NORTE A SUR! Album (2005) Available from summer 2016 Duo Albertz plays Traditional and contemporary Ibero-American Music for Flute & Guitar Including lyrical & virtuoso compositions from Cuba, Argentina, Brazil & Venezuela

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