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España El Vito - The Spirit of Spain - Piano and Guitar Recital- Cooma

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Internationally acclaimed, Award Winning concert pianist and ‘Young Steinway Artist’ Nicholas Young and renowned 10 String Spanish Classical Guitarist Matthew Fagan aka Lord of the Strings!






A celebration of Spanish repertoire for the guitar and piano, from classical masterpieces to flamenco styles of Paco De Lucia and Paco Pena and modern jazz.


In a world first collaboration, Nicholas Young and Matthew Fagan infuse the exhilarating traditional flamenco elements of Spanish Guitar into virtuosic classical piano masterpieces to form stunning new arrangements, celebrating the launch of Fagan’s newest vinyl album “El Vito". 

From the famous folk-inspired ballet music of Manuel de Falla’s “The Three Cornered Hat” to the Spanish dances evoked in Isaac Albeniz’s “Sevilla”, “Asturias” and “Tango”.

Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous “Concierto de Aranjuez” is explored through its origins in “Tarantos” and “Rodena”, combined with stunning orchestral realisation by piano, and Egberto Gismonti’s “Frevo Rasgado”, first brought to fame by guitarists Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin, will be transformed for concert piano and 10-string guitar, pairing rhythmic drive with colourful sonority.



'A crepuscular scene in sound. Young's achievement is his ear for layering textures ... he convinces the listener that his is the way.  Fanfare Magazine 


‘Commanding performance...consummate skill, virtuosity and panache.’

Limelight Magazine


'Matthew has a Latin Soul and we love his playing so much that we want to take him back home to Cuba'  Ibrahim Ferrer- The Original Buena Vista Social Club


'A True Artist' Paco Peña



Watch snippets from the show here


De Falla - Danse Espagnole  

Gismonti - Frevo Rasgado   

De Azpiazu - El Vito  





Sun 14th October, 2.00pm (Doors 1.30pm)

St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall,

136 Commissioner Street, Cooma, NSW, 2630



Adult $30, Concession & Snowy Monaro Arts Council Members $25,

Students free



In person: The Fabric Salon- 42 Vale St, Cooma NSW 2630

M-F 9am-5.30pm Sat 9am-12pm


Includes booking Fee which is donated  to charity

Phone: (after 25th September) Kellie 0438 881 985 (Credit/Cheque/Direct deposit)






Albeniz   Sevilla (from Suite Espanola No. 1, Op. 47) (5’)

[Fagan]   Flamenco Guitar (8’) *MF guitar solo

Albeniz   ‘Evocacion’ & ‘Triana’ (from Iberia) (9’) * NY piano solo

Azpiazu   ‘El Vito’ (6’)

De Falla   Dance of the Miller (from El sombrero de tres picos) (3’)

De Falla   Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo) (5’)


Gismonti arr. de Lucia / McLaughlin   Frevo Rasgado (10’)

Albeniz    Tango (from Espana, Op. 165)  (3’)

Albeniz    Asturias (6’)

Fagan / Young   Fantasy on Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez  (10’)

Lecuona   Malaguena (from Suite Andalucia) (3.5’)




Born in Sydney and currently based in Melbourne, pianist and Young Steinway Artist Nicholas Young has regularly concertised throughout Australia and Europe, appearing as soloist with the Vienna International, West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras. An avid supporter of new music, he has given national or world premieres of several works including Calogero Panvino’s 'Sonata 101' (2010), Huck Hodge’s 'Omen, unscroll a canon war! (Hommage à Nancarrow)' (2010) and Hakan Ulus’ 'Gumu’ah' (2015) and 'Alaq' (2015).


Nicholas’ past national accolades include Keyboard Winner of the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, Second Prize of the 2012 Australian National Piano Award, and Winner of 2 of Australia’s most prestigious piano awards  the 2016 Allison/Henderson Sydney Eisteddfod and Michael Kieran Harvey Piano Scholarships. During his overseas studies, supported by the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Nicholas received First Prize of the 2015 ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ International Music Competition (London), Third Prize of the 15th Rome International Piano Competition, and Honourable Mentions at the 7th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (Vienna) and 1st International Cochran Piano Competition. 


In 2013, Nicholas graduated from a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours and received a University Medal; Nicholas undertook Masters studies at the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg with Claudius Tanski, where he had master classes with Dmitri Bashkirov, Christian Zacharias, Robert Levin, Dominique Merlet and Jaques Rouvier among many others.  Nicholas went on to graduate with Distinction and the highest possible grades in all performance and academic components. 


MATTHEW FAGAN- 10 String Guitar and 6 String Nylon Classical Godin Guitar


Matthew Fagan has long been established as one of Australia’s finest exponents of the guitar.  Matthew has toured with Billy Connolly, The Buena Vista Social Club, Shirley Bassey, Natalie Cole and Michael Crawford.  Matthew’s virtuosic rendition of Bach’s famous Toccata in D Minor featured on ABC TV. 


Matthew has performed in more than 120 countries worldwide as a soloist, with orchestra and bands including extensive touring across Europe, South America, Alaska, Canada, China, Japan and South East Asia Matthew’s music education has been at the Victorian College of the Arts (Performance -Classical and improvisation), Monash University (Ethnomusicology, Composition Education) and a Masters PHD of Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne.   Matthew has studied and/or performed with masters John Williams, Paco Pena, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Joe Pass amongst others.  


Concession Eligibility-

Senior Card Holders, Pensioners, Healthcare & Carer Cardholders 

(Please provide proof of concessional status).


For Special Seating arrangements including Wheelchair access

and Companion Tickets please call 0438 881 985


The right is reserved to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists and or vary advertised programs, venue, prices, seating arrangements and seating capacity.

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