The D'Addario Foundation Presents the U.S. Debuts of Two Fast-Rising Stars of Classical Guitar at Carnegie Hall

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Award-winning guitarists Chiawei Lin and Hugo Moltó Medina to perform works by Bach, Brouwer and others in their U.S. debuts this February

"Chiawei and Hugo perform with exceptional passion and mastery on par with the genre’s greatest players," says Suzanne D'Addario Brouder, Director.

With the U.S. debuts of two rising-star classical guitarists, New York premieres of two exceptional pieces of new music — the upcoming concert of the D’Addario Performance series at Carnegie Hall is poised to be one of its best.

The concert, which will be held February 27, 2014, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, will begin with Taiwan-born guitarist Chiawei Lin. In his mid-twenties, Mr. Lin is becoming known throughout the world for the old-soul passion and breezy effortlessness of his performances. His mastery of the instrument earned him eight first-place prizes and four second-place prizes at top international guitar competitions in the last three years. The D’Addario Performance Series concert on February 27th is part of Chia-Wei’s first prize at the Koblenz International Guitar Competition “Hubert Käppel” 2013.

Mr. Lin will perform a varied program of classics and ambitious new works. Included are J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Joaquín Malats’s “Serenata Española,” as well as Marek Pasieczny’s “The Tango Impressions” and Carlos Moscardini’s “Suburbio.” Lin’s performance of the latter two pieces will be their New York premieres.

Following Mr. Lin will be nineteen-year-old, Spain-born guitarist Hugo Moltó Medina. Mr. Medina, whose playing style is languid and unrushed, has developed a career that is anything but. Medina’s meteoric rise is fueled by numerous top-prize wins at the most prestigious international guitar competitions. This includes last year’s victory at the International Classical Guitar Competition XVII “Ciudad de Coria,” which prompted renowned classical guitarist and lecturer Thomas Offermann to comment that Medina has “demonstrated clearly breathtaking instrumental capabilities.”

Mr. Medina’s program will showcase his nuance-laden style, including his interpretation of Leo Brouwer’s breathtaking Sonata del Caminante. He will also perform Fernando Sor’s famous “Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9” and Isaac Albéniz’s “Cádiz” from Suite española, Op. 47, both of which appear on his new CD, Música y Vida.

“The incredible talent of this season’s young guitarists is like nothing we’ve seen before,” commented Suzanne D’Addario Brouder, director of the D’Addario Foundation. “Chiawei and Hugo perform with exceptional passion and mastery on par with the genre’s greatest players. We’re lucky to have them — not just for the concert but to help the D’Addario Foundation fulfill its primary goal of music education and inspiration.”

Since 1981, the D’Addario Foundation has been committed to inspiring and assisting the growth and appreciation of music throughout the world. The primary mission of the foundation is to support community-based music-education programs in underserved areas. Many musicians who perform in the Performance Series visit these programs and play for children who may not otherwise have access to live classical music and its artists.

D’Addario Performance Series events are held at Weill Hall, the adorned and intimate 268-seat theater nestled inside New York City’s famous Carnegie Hall. It’s a fitting venue for February’s concert — since its opening, in 1891, Weill Hall has seen many groundbreaking debuts and premieres, including that of Charles Ives’s Violin Sonata No. 3 in 1917, and more by John Cage, Harry Partch and others.

An after-party hosted by the D’Addario Foundation, in Carnegie Hall’s Jacobs Room, will follow the performance. During the party audience members will have the opportunity to meet the performers and enjoy the open bar. All ticket holders are invited.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall box office or website, at Discounted $20 tickets are available for students and seniors, and can but purchased at the box office.

For more information about the event, the D’Addario Foundation or the D’Addario Performance Series please email foundation(at)daddario(dot)com or visit

Praise for the D’Addario Performance Series
“If you want to see the future of the classical guitar, go to the D'Addario Performance Series at Carnegie Hall! The Series’ aim is to present the very best of upcoming classical guitar talent, many of whom are making their U.S. debuts. Today’s international classical guitar scene is just exploding with spectacular new talent and this wonderful series, underwritten by the D'Addario Foundation, provides a unique opportunity to hear these amazing young musicians in the intimacy and pristine acoustics of Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.”
-- John Dearman (GRAMMY® winner, LAGQ)

“One of the best things that can happen to a young up-and-coming musician is a Carnegie Hall debut. I think this kind of support provided by the D'Addario Foundation is priceless.”
-- Artyom Dervoed (performer, D’Addario Performance Series 2011; 2010 winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Competition, the Boston International Guitar Competition and the Iserlohn International Competition)

“Playing at the D’Addario Performance Series at Carnegie Hall has been one of the highlights of my career so far. The place feels so modern and aristocratic at the same time, and one really wants to give his best at the moment he is on that legendary stage. That combined with New York’s energy makes it an unforgettable experience.”
-- Rafael Aguirre Miñarro (performer, D’Addario Performance Series 2010)

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About the D’Addario Foundation
For over 30 years the D’Addario Foundation has dedicated its support to not-for-profit organizations that provide sustainable, high-quality music instruction programs in underserved communities. Through the generous support of D’Addario and Company, the D’Addario Foundation awards grants, product donations and uniquely inspiring performances to organizations that strive to achieve this mission. Believing in the transformative nature of music, the D’Addario Foundation hopes to create positive change in the world by creating more musicians and opportunities for children and adults to express themselves through music.

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