Interview with Rovshan Mamedkuliev, guitarist

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Rob Reid interviews guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev who just won the 2012 GFA competition.

How about influences when you were younger? Teachers, Composers, Players?

Of course, at first the greatest influence on me is my parents and my guitar teacher Alexey Petropavlovsky. Then, it is difficult to talk about the influence of a particular person. I guess I was trying to “absorb” everything that surrounded me! And technical moments of brilliant performers (like Segovia, Bream, Williams, Russell, Barrueco), and plunged into a world of interesting and my favorite composers of guitar (Tarrega, Villa-Lobos, Brouwer, Dyens…). Of course, I would like to say about the influence of cultures and traditions of other music instruments, most of all is piano music and orchestral music. And of course, I want to say about the great influence of the cultural environment of the city of Nizhny Novgorod, with its outstanding musicians and teachers (such as Victor Golubnichy (bayan), Vladimir Mityakov (guitar), Sophia Propishyan (violin), and others).

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