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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Dimitri Illarionov & Brancaia Tre

Dimitri Illarionov (born 1979) is a brilliant young Russian classical guitarist. In 1997, he graduated with honors from the Academic Music College at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, then studied at the Russian Gnesins's Academy of Music with Professor Alexander Frauchi, graduating cum laude in 2002. He studied with the Russian composer and guitarist Nikita Koshkin as well as prominent guitarists Carlo Marchione and Roberto Ausselll.

Dimitri is the winner and laureate of numerous international competitions in the USA, Spain, Italy, Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Russia. He took second place in the III Alexander Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities (Lodz, Poland - 2000) in which piano, violin, cello, guitar and other instruments compete directly with each other. Dimitri’s success there was the highest place ever by a guitarist.  In October 2002 Illarionov won one of the most prestigious guitar competitions in the world – The Twentieth International Guitar Foundation of America Solo Guitar Competition (GFA – Miami, Florida, USA). He followed that in 2006 when he won prizes for best interpretations of the music of two of the best-known Romantic composers for guitar – the Francisco Tarrega Prize (Francisco Tarrega Competition in Benicassim, Spain) and the Agustin Barrios Prize (Agustin Barrios Competition in Nuoro, Italy). Currently, he is on a concert tour across Europe. He musical repertoire is diverse ranging from baroque to Renaissance, to modern. He is truly a bright rising star in the world of classical guitar. Hope you like him.

Francisco Tarrega’s Carnival of Venice:
Valseana (II) & Preludio e Toccatina:
Alexei Rybnikov "Andersen's Fairy Tales":

I think European when I listen to classical guitar so I’m pairing Dimitri with the 2007 Brancaia Tre ($20.00). Tre means three and as the name implies, it’s a blend of predominantly Sangiovese with touches of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the #10 wine in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2009 and it’s a spectacular value. Aromas of dark berries and fresh flowers are followed by flavors of raspberry, blackberry and coffee with velvety tannins and a long soft finish full of fruit character. The 2007 is the best of the vintages I’ve tasted of this wine, but you won’t go wrong with any of them. Beautiful wine and a brilliant guitarist make for a great way to end the weekend. Enjoy!


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