Norbert Kraft

Biography

Born: August 21, 1950; Linz, Austria  
The first artist from North America (though Austrian-born, he was reared in Canada) to have won the Segovia International Competition in Mallorca, Spain (1985), Norbert Kraft has achieved a reputation as one of the world's finest guitarists. His ascent to celebrity began with his winning the Grand Prize in Canada's CBC Radio Competition in 1979. Kraft also founded and serves as artistic director of the internationally respected Toronto Read more Guitarfest. Following his success in the Segovia Competition, Kraft began recording. His first solo CD for Chandos was cited by several music magazines as one of the year's best recordings. Appearances with major orchestras came soon thereafter, including those in the United States and Canada. A frequent guest of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kraft also made solo appearances on CBC television, writing and hosting several radio programs, and later presenting a CBC radio series entitled The Art of the Guitar, on which he was joined by many of Canada's finest chamber musicians. Kraft was heard, too, on the BBC in England and on National Public Radio in the United States. In addition to acclaimed performances of the established guitar repertory, Kraft has commissioned new works and has won the admiration of composers whose works he has championed, Sir Michael Tippett and Elliott Carter among them. For Naxos, Kraft has recorded an outstanding series of solo and concerto performances. He has also served as artistic director for the steadily growing and critically honored Naxos Guitar Collection. Aside from his other burgeoning responsibilities, Kraft maintains an active recital and orchestral concert schedule worldwide. He has toured North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Japan, also giving command performances for several heads of state. He represented Canada in cultural programs at the World Expo 1990 in Osaka, Japan, and at Expo 1992 in Seville, Spain. Respected performer that he is, Kraft has attracted students from many world regions. As a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and professor at the University of Toronto and Toronto's Royal Academy of Music, he has been an important influence on a new generation of classical guitarists. Within Kraft's extensive discography for Naxos are excellent recordings of works by Villa-Lobos, Sor, Paganini, Rodrigo, and Tippett. Read less

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Biography

Born: August 21, 1950; Linz, Austria  
The first artist from North America (though Austrian-born, he was reared in Canada) to have won the Segovia International Competition in Mallorca, Spain (1985), Norbert Kraft has achieved a reputation as one of the world's finest guitarists. His ascent to celebrity began with his winning the Grand Prize in Canada's CBC Radio Competition in 1979. Kraft also founded and serves as artistic director of the internationally respected Toronto Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Romance: Piu tosto largo - Amorosamente
III. Andantino variato: Scherzando
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante espressivo
III. Allegretto vivo - Piu lento espressivo
IV. Allegro non troppo e serioso
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino, quasi canzone
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Vivo ed energico
I. Introduction - Allegro
II. Rondoncino
I - The Night
II - Moby Dick
III - Cape Cod
Maestoso
Minuetto
Theme and Variations
Rondo
Allegro maestoso
Andante; molto sostenuto
Scherzo
Allegretto espressivo
No. 1 Mazurka - Choros
No. 2 Schottisch - Choros
No. 3 Valsa - Choros
No. 4 Gavota - Choros
No. 5 Chorinho
No. 1 Allegro non troppo
No. 2 Allegro
No. 3 Allegro moderato
No. 4 Un peu modere
No. 5 Andantino
No. 6 Poco Allegro
No. 7 Tres anime
No. 8 Modere
No. 9 Tres un peu anime
No. 10 Tres anime
No. 11 Lent - Anime
No. 12 Anime
No. 1 in E minor
No. 2 in E major
No. 3 in A minor
No. 4 in E minor
No. 5 in D major
No. 1. Andante
No. 2. Allegretto
No. 3. Larghetto
No. 4. Andante
No. 5. Theme and Variations
No. 6. Marcia
No. 1. Tempo di minuetto
No. 2. Waltz
No. 3. Andantino
No. 4. Tempo di minuetto
No. 5. Waltz
No. 6. Siciliana
No. 1. Menuet
No. 2. Valse
No. 3. Menuet
No. 4. Allegro
No. 5. Andante largo
No. 6. -
Adagio molto. Allegro moderato
Andantino
Allegro scherzando
Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro vivace
II. Minuetto a Valtz: Allegro vivo
No. 1 Allegro - Andante
No. 2 Orientale: Andante
No. 3 Energico
No. 4 Villanesca: Allegretto alla pastorale
No. 5 Andantino quasi Allegretto
No. 6 Rondella aragonsea: Allegretto poco a poco accelerando
No. 7 Allegro airoso
No. 8 Assai moderato
No. 9 Molto allegro brillante
No. 10 Allegretto
No. 11 Largo a piacere - Andante con moto
No. 12 Andante
Allegro giusto
Polacca: Andantino allegretto
Andante cantabile
Rondo: Allegretto
Allegro maestro, Tempo di Marcia
Tema: Andante placido con 3 Variazioni
Allegro risoluto
Rondo: Andantino vivace, Tempo di Pastorale
Cantabile, Andante appassionato con flessibilita
Tema: Allegro moderato con 2 Variazioni - Finale: Tempo di Valtz
Andante cantabile
Rondo: Allegretto
Introduction - Allegro
Rodoncino
Adagio
Rodoncino
Adagio
Rondo
Allegro
Andantino (Variations)
Larghetto
Rondo
No. 3. Marieta
No. 4. Sueno
No. 1. Adelita
No. 2. Mazurka in G
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio
III. Allegro gentile


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