Born in Greece in 1980, Antonis Hatzinikolaou graduated from Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, where he studied with Alexandra Christodimou, proceeding to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he gained his Postgraduate Diploma in Performance, under the tutelage of Michael Lewin, Timothy Walker and John Mills. Having completed a concert project exploring John Dowland's idiosyncratic evocation of melancholy as reflected in Benjamin Britten's Nocturnal, he received his MMus Degree with a Distinction. He was additionally awarded the Reginald Thatcher Award for General Excellence, and the Honorary Dip RAM - the highest performance award conferred by the Academy.
He has attended masterclasses with many of the world's leading guitarists, including John Williams, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Roberto Aussel, Roland Dyens, Hubert Käppel, Fabio Zanon, Aniello Desiderio, Jonathan Leathwood and Edoardo Catemario, and he has also worked with composers such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Nicholas Maw, John McCabe, Stephen Dodgson, Bayan Northcott and Evis Sammoutis. He has received distinctions in numerous international guitar competitions, including the Patras National Guitar Competition (Greece, 2001), the International Hubert Käppel Koblenz Guitar Competition (Germany, 2004), the Ivor Mairants International Guitar Award (UK, 2005) and the prestigious Julian Bream Prize (UK, 2006), adjudicated by Bream himself.
After receiving the 2007 Park Lane Group Young Artist Award he made his Purcell Room debut in 2008, which led to solo recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the 2008 Sounds New Festival in Canterbury. His professional engagements have taken him to Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and the UK where he has also been heard on BBC Radio 3. In addition to his solo playing, he is a versatile chamber musician, appearing as an accompanist for the NMC Songbook and guitarist of the Fugata Quintet, touring the music of Astor Piazzolla. In 2008, Draft Records released his debut solo CD, which Classical Guitar Magazine described as 'magnificent … simply magnificent! …this is playing of the highest standard (containing some of the best Bach performance the reviewer has heard) and easily stands alongside the best of them.'
Antonis's guitar is made by Nicholas P. Ioannou.
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This recital takes its title from another major guitar work of the 20th century, Nicholas Maw's Music of Memory - an intricate set of variations on a theme from Mendelssohn's String Quartet in A minor. It is coupled with premiere recordings of Maw's Little Suite for Guitar; Peter Racine Fricker's dramatic, Spanish-inflected Paseo, commissioned by Julian Bream, but never recorded; and works by Bayan Northcott, John McCabe and Joseph Atkins. Finally, the recording features two new works commissioned by Antonis from Charlotte Bray and Matthew Taylor, with support from the Britten-Pears Foundation.
'Hatzinikolaou, who won the 2006 Julian Bream Prize, proves himself to be one of the most eloquent advocates for British guitar music you could wish for' Gramophone
'Sequence of eight British guitar pieces played beautifully by a Greek' The Sunday Times
'Hatzinikolaou delivers the goods with consummate dramatic force and huge doses of technical brilliance ... a landmark release that's both challenging and essential' Classical Guitar Magazine
'Glittering textures, are impressively agile ... A very engaging recital' BBC Music Magazine
‘Antonis Hatzinikolaou interprets impressively almost mystically with dedication and great respect for the music’ Kathimerini (translation from Greek newspaper)
'Antonis Hatzinikolaou [...] is a masterly player. No technical or intellectual challenge seems too much for him. He manages to bring warmth to the thorniest passages and plays with a huge range of tone and dynamics.' American Record Guide
Commissions from Charlotte Bray and Matthew Taylor were supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation
Recorded on 10-11 April ad 17-19 September 2012 at Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Hertfordshire.
Producer/ Engineer: JOHN TAYLOR
Editing / Mastering: JOHN TAYLOR
Cover image: BARBARA HEPWORTH: Pelagos (1946), (C) Bowness, Hepworth Estate, photo (C) Tate, London 2011
(C) 2013 NMC Recordings Ltd
(P) 2013 NMC Recordings Ltd