Performance Saturday, October 22, 2011 | 7:30 PM


Weill Recital Hall
As the “‘new hero’ of classical guitar” (NPR Music), 28-year-old Miloš Karadaglic is on a mission to bring the guitar out of its old-fashioned niche, sparking a renaissance by applying his distinctive charm to the repertoire. His new album, Mediterráneo, is topping the charts and garnering international raves. On this concert—his Carnegie Hall debut— Miloš showcases works by Bach, Granados, Albéniz, Villa-Lobos, and more.


  • Miloš, Guitar


  • BACH Prelude and Fugue from Partita in C Minor, BWV 997
  • MANGORÉ Un sueño en la floresta
  • VILLA-LOBOS Prelude No. 1 in E Minor
  • VILLA-LOBOS Etude No. 11 in E Minor
  • VILLA-LOBOS Chôros No.1
  • VILLA-LOBOS Etude No. 12 in A Minor
  • ALBÉNIZ Asturias
  • ALBÉNIZ Granada
  • GRANADOS Andaluza
  • GRANADOS Orientale

  • Encores:
  • TÁRREGA Recuerdos de la Alhambra
  • TÁRREGA Lágrima



    Hailed by fans and critics for his brilliant technique and transcendent musicality, Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglić has been compared to the likes of legendary guitar players Andrés Segovia, Julian Bream, and John Williams. Born in 1983, Miloš is generally regarded as one of today's most gifted young guitar virtuosos.

    Growing up during the time of the Balkan civil war, Miloš began playing the guitar at the age of eight. He and his family found that music provided reassurance, and a means of escaping the trials and tribulations of living in a war-torn country. By 1996, he was invited to play a concert in Paris, and his trip there remains one of his most special and magical memories.

    It was in Paris that Miloš bought his first serious guitar, a José Ramírez instrument that would help him take his playing to the next level. He quickly won national recognition for his performances. At 16, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where he went on to complete a master's degree in performance and was subsequently made a Meaker Junior Fellow-the first guitarist to be given this accolade at the Royal Academy.

    Miloš has been the recipient of many prizes, including the Julian Bream Prize, the Prince's Prize, the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, and the silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Throughout his studies, Miloš was generously supported by the John Hosier Music Trust, Musicians Benevolent Fund, and the Hattori Foundation. In turn, he himself now works to support young talent as a patron of the charity Awards for Young Musicians.

    In July 2010, Miloš signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and his first recording was released worldwide in spring 2011 to critical acclaim. The album explores his Mediterranean roots through the works of Granados, Albéniz, Tárrega, Greece's Theodorakis, Turkish composers, and new arrangements of Montenegrin folk songs.

    Miloš's recent engagements have included solo recital debuts at Wigmore Hall in London and the Lucerne Festival, as well as important North American venues, such as Strathmore and Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He has made concerto debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra. His 2011-2012 season features appearances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Miloš uses D'Addario J 46 strings and a 2007 guitar by Greg Smallman, kindly lent to him by Paul and Jenny Gillham.

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Albeniz's Suite española, 5. Asturias
Miloš Karadaglić
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

In charting a course from mid–18th-century Leipzig to late–20th-century Istanbul, tonight’s program illustrates the remarkable range of cultural contexts in which the guitar and its music have flourished. In the early 1700s, the ancestor of today’s classical guitar played a relatively inconspicuous role in musical life, often as a member of the continuo ensemble that supplied the harmonic foundation for Baroque music. When Bach wrote solo music for a plucked string instrument, he chose the older lute instead of the Baroque guitar. By the early 19th century, however, the guitar had become popular throughout Europe in both the concert hall and the home. Renowned virtuosos like Fernando Sor and Mauro Giuliani enriched the repertoire with music intended for genteel amateurs and skilled professionals.

In the late 1800s, Spanish composers staked a claim to their country’s rich musical heritage, in which the guitar had played a not-inconsiderable part. The piano music of Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados is strongly indebted to flamenco and other indigenous styles associated with the guitar. In the early 20th century, a similar immersion in the folk traditions of Brazil and Paraguay bore fruit in the guitar music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Agustín Barrios Mangoré. Today, guitarist-composers like Carlo Domeniconi, an Italian who has lived for many years in Germany and Turkey, cast their nets far and wide, drawing inspiration from many different sources and cultures.
Program Notes
The Distinctive Debuts series is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for the presentation of young artists provided by The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation.

Additional endowment support for international outreach has been provided by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation.
This performance is part of Distinctive Debuts.