From German Baroque to Spanish folk musicThe guitar is such a versatile instrument that you can play almost anything on it. The Katona Twins will bring a lot of different kinds of pieces for this recital. But if there's one thing that connects all this music, it's that you can almost or sometimes even completely dance to it. Through Bach's baroque French dances, the Katona Twins take you to the gypsy dances of Spaniard Manuel de Falla and their Hungarian compatriot Zoltán Kodály.
'It's in the family'; that certainly applies to the brothers Peter and Zoltán Katona. Like identical twins, guitar playing is proverbially in their blood. They started it when they were ten and they didn't stop. They received their first lessons at the Béla Bartók Music School in their hometown Budapest, after which they completed their studies at the renowned Royal Academy of Music in London. Meanwhile, it was raining prizes. In 1993 they won the First Prize of the French Competition International de Guitarre en Duo, followed by the Cultural Prize of Kassel (1993) and the important Borletti-Buitoni Prize (2004).
Zoltán Katona: "We have no preference for any particular kind of music"
The Katona Twins are not limited to the classical repertoire. "We have no preference for any particular kind of music. Actually as a guitarist you have to be able to play anything, because the guitar is such a diverse instrument. You find it in almost all musical styles."
(Read the interview with Zoltán Katona.)
Listen to the Katona Twins in the tranquil 'Oriental' by Spanish composer Enrique Granados.
gitaar Gitaarduo Johann Sebastian Bach Zoltán Kodály Isaac Albéniz Péter Katona Georg Friedrich Händel Enrique Granados Manuel de Falla El amor brujo