International Guitar Competition Winner Baranov to Perform

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International Guitar Competition winner Anton Baranov will perform at Eastern Kentucky University on Wednesday, March 11.

Baranov’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Gifford Theatre in the Campbell Building. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and available through the EKU Department of Music, Foster 101, 859-622-3266. Tickets at the door are $15, general, and $10 for seniors and students.

The Russian guitarist is a prizewinner of more than 15 prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013. 

Guitarist and composer Roland Dyens called Baranov “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.” 

Baranov, on a 50-city concert tour throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Brazil, recently recorded his first album on the Naxos label. He currently teaches at his alma mater, the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Baranov was born in 1984 in the Northwest region of Russia. He graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2010 under grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation. 

His performance at Eastern is sponsored by the EKU Department of Music, EKU Division of Guitar Studies, the EKU Guitar Society and D’Addario Strings.

Published on February 26, 2015

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