November 3, 2018, 8:30 pm
Legendary Japanese guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita is one of the most acclaimed and daring artistic visionaries of our time. His international career began after victories in three of the most important guitar competitions, and he has since recorded almost 80 albums. His stunningly original arrangements, including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Dvorak’s Symphony from the New World have revolutionized what is possible on solo guitar.
In 1989, the Casals Hall in Tokyo, considered to be one of the finest auditoriums in the world, presented a series called The World of Kazuhito Yamashita, comprising seven concerts in 12 months. The high point of the concerts was Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s 24 Caprichos de Goya in a single performance. The series concluded with Bach’s six sonatas and partitas over two consecutive nights; a recital series was continued in 1994 and 1999.
Following his 1987 Boston Symphony Hall debut recital with iconic flutist Sir James Galway, the Boston Globe wrote: “Yamashita is a phenomenally gifted artist, who, one imagines, could turn the most mundane exercise into a fascinating musical excursion.”