ANNE CHAURAND

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Anne Chaurand

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From the CD Booklet " Celtia "

Scotland can be proud that this fine guitarist from France has fallen in love with the country and adopted it as her home. It was back in 1980 that she was awarded a scholorship to study with Philip Thorne who had pioneered a new guitar department at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. In this creative atmosphere, with many Scottish composers encouraged by him to write for the guitar, Anne herself was inspired to work with them and to begin to arrange and write her own pieces - two fine examples of her original work appear on this CD. She won the RSAMD Guitar Challenge Prize, performing music by Scottish composer, Thomas Wilson. Others who have composed music for her include Janet Beat, John McQuade, Rick Potter and Eddie McGuire.

Her Horizons are wide; abroad she has studied with Pepe Romero and the cuban composer/guitarist Leo Brouwer, and as a performer, she has given solo recitals throughout Scotland, England, France, Spain, Holland, and Russia - there as the guest of the Russian Union of Composers. Her stylistic span too, is wide, encompassing the ancient and the traditional: a founder member of Soundstrata, the contemporary chamber ensemble, Anne also performs as a duo Chord 'n' Blew with flautist Rosemary Lock. She has worked with Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, the BBC SSO, featured on radio broadcasts, and given master classes.

Anne's programmes are known for their adventurous range, as the choice of music on this her first CD, reflects. Seventeenth century lute music, performed on the Renaissance lute, features alongside her own Celtic arrangements together with work by living Scottish, French and Breton composers.

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