With more than 2,500 concerts guitarist, composer and director Stefan Grasse has built up an excellent national and international reputation in recent years. At
home in the world of classical music and Latin jazz, the virtuosic, award-winning player is considered to be representative of a new type of musician. With his extensive European musical training
he is able to approach a variety of musical styles and cultures open mindedly and without tunnel vision. With a sensitive instinct he explores ethnic music ranging from Latin American to African
and Indian. Guided by his own European roots and creativity he is then able to incorporate these diverse styles into his own compositions and arrangements.
With his own artistic originality and virtuosity he is able to switch between any number of styles: from Tango Nuevo to Brazilian jazz, valse musette to Flamenco, or going from Indian Konokol and Bach’s lute works to modern music.
The latter led to numerous first and repeat performances, working in close collaboration with contemporary composers and receiving high praise from, for example, Hans Werner Henze and Steve Reich.
Besides his long-standing collaboration with cellist Tess Remy-Schumacher (USA), Stefan has also formed his own trio with Alex Bayer (double bass) and Raphael Kempken (percussion), which is his main artistic focus. With these like-minded soloists Stefan Grasse offers a stylistic diversity which is given an enthusiastic reception from both audience and critics. Alongside Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Nuevo and Baden Powell’s Bossa Nova, the concert programme also includes imaginative, thrilling interpretations of Caribbean rhythms, impressionist music by Erik Satie, fiery Flamenco - as well as his own original compositions.
Rarely are breathtaking virtuosity, harmonic finesse and irresistible rhythms presented with such charm and passionate devotion. Or, as the magazine 'Gitarre Aktuell" described: "It is a musical feast!"