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duo album release with Bjarke Falgren in late summer

Ready for some breaking news? I am very excited that after two years of composing, arranging and rehearsing lots of new music, Bjarke Falgren and I started recording our duo debut album! Some pieces are already in the can and soon we will meet for one more recording session. We cannot wait to share lots of new music with you this summer! Of course we will keep you posted about the recordings, be sure check our Facebook and Youtube pages!

To celebrate the finished recording and give you all a preview to the upcoming album, we will play two concerts on Good Friday (March 30th) at Kapelle Felde, Wittenheimstraße 20, 26655 Westerstede. Showtime will be at 3:30pm and at 8:00pm. Tickets are available via Holger Harms-Bartholdy: familie.bartholdy@gmx.de or +49 4488 9382.

successful start of the year

Hey everyone,

I am back home from the first small solo tour of the year! I had three wonderful evenings in Berlin, Schweinfurt and Giengen – thanks to all of you who came to the concerts, even I visited all of the venues for the first time! And if that wouldn´t be awesome enough, I also got such a nice addition in my “guitar family” and drove home from Giengen with a brand-new guitar by Kobler Guitars, my first Kobler Guitar has a little sister now! I am so much looking forward to taking it on tour and do the first recordings with it!

Speaking about recordings – here is a little overview of my plans of 2018:
– I will play lots of concerts in Germany, Spain, Austria, Poland, Japan, Denmark, Scotland and probably more countries that will be added throughout the year. Please visit the “concerts” menu for details.

– There will be a new album!! (Very excited – will tell you more in a separate post soon)

– In Spring (probably March or April) I will record a series of instructional videos, in which I will teach my pieces and talk about different subjects.

– I am already working on more notation/tab books of my pieces, which will be released one after another in 2018.

It will be an exciting year and I hope to see you at a concert!
All the best,

Soenke

 

photo: Thomas Keplinger Foto+Film

1st prize at “Guitar Masters 2016”

I am still totally overwhelmed. Two days ago I won one of the biggest and most prestigious guitar competitions in the world: the Guitar Masters 2016 in Wroclaw/Poland. What an honor it was to share the stage with so many great guitarists from all over the world!
A big thank you to the jury around Martin Taylor, Preston Reed, Krzysztof Pelech and Piotr Restecki, my teachers and “Hochschule für Musik” in Dresden: Reentko, Thomas Fellow, Stephan Bormann, Daniel Wirtz and Nora Buschmann as well as to everyone who supported me through this competition!

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my album “Perpetuum Mobile” will be released on August 19th

Finally I recorded a solo album! It´s called “Perpetuum Mobile” and contains 14 pieces. On three of them I have some fantastic guest musicians joining me: Bjarke Falgren on violin and Reentko Dirks on Percussion and guitar, the other songs are like you know them from most of my concerts: solo.
I can´t wait to hold the album in my hands soon! “Perpetuum Mobile” will be released on August 19th at DR. HEART MUSIC and will be available on this homepage, directly at the label and of course at live concerts!

Here is already the cover – thank you to Manfred Pollert for the fantastic artwork!

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awardee of the EUROPEAN GUITAR AWARD

I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be one of the three awardees (sponsoring price) of the 4th European Guitar Award!
Biggest congratulations also to the EGA winners Janko Raseta (PL) and Antoine Boyer & Samuelito (F)!

Endorsement for ACUS Sound Engineering

Dear people,
I am pleased to announce that I am endorsing ACUS Sound Engineering now. Their acoustic amplifiers are really the best I come across so far. My new ONE 8 is awesome and will from now on share the stage with me at my concerts.

If you’re a guitar player who plays amplified from time to time, check out www.acus-sound.it!

Hamburger & Neuenburger Gitarrentage

Hey folks,
tomorrow (October 28th) the “Neuenburger Gitarrentage” will start again. It´s a wonderful festival in the north of Germany (Frisia) and I´ll be teaching and playing there for the first time. Saturday evening I will be the support act of BASCO.

On Friday and Saturday I´ll be also part of the Hamburger Gitarrentage: On friday at 8pm I will share the stage with the wonderful Michael Fix (Australia), Don Ross (Canada) and Ewan Dobson (Canada). On Saturday at 9:30am there will be a workshop. Main topics are arranging for solo guitar and percussive techniques.

See you there!
Sönke

Featured Artist

I am “featured artist” at www.fingerstyleguitarists.com – with my “Perpetuum Mobile” video and an interview (in German AND English). To those of you, who always wanted to know, how you come up with the idea to become a professional guitarist, why I just had to move to Dresden or what I´m doing, when I´m not playing the guitar, I recommend to click on the link!

Best wishes to everyone!
Sönke