Masterclass Guitar: Prof. Dr. Thomas Offermann
Prof. Dr. Thomas Offermann counts today as one of the internationally most regarded guitar pedagogues in Europe and further afield. As soloist, with orchestra and as member of the internationally acclaimed DUO SONARE, one of the outstanding guitar duos of recent times, he has toured in over forty counties worldwide and participated at the most prestigious Guitar Festivals. Numerous Radio and Television broadcasts, together with eight internationally appraised CD recordings provide a worthy documentation to the quality of his work.
Through his work with DUO SONARE, Thomas Offermann opened new ground for the classical guitar repertoire with the adaption of music by such figures as Chick Corea, Frank Zappa and Mike Oldfield. Chick Corea himself praised these interpretations for "so much feeling and beauty".
As Professor he currently teaches an International Master class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock; he is Artistic Director of the International Guitar Academy Berlin. His latest publication „Moderne Gitarrentechnik“ has been released by Schott/Mainz and in 2019
in English by UT Orpheus in Italy (“Modern Guitar Technique – Integrative Movement Theory for Guitarists). As a lecturer he has appeared at prestigious institutions, guitar festivals and universities across the world, winning acclaim from both participants and peers alike.
In recent years T.O. has also been active as a conductor of guitar orchestras; composers such as Sérgio Assad, René Eespere, Marco de Biasi, Carlo Domeniconi, Marek Pasieczny and Benjamin Verdery wrote works for Guitar Ensemble for him.
During the period of 2010-2022, Thomas Offermann was D’Addario’s European Classical Guitar Representative.
The following repertoire is available for soloist performances as part of rehearsals and concerts with the orchestra:
Joaquin Rodrigo: "Concierto de Aranjuez“ für Gitarre und Orchester
Joaquin Rodrigo: „Fantasia para un gentilhombre“
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Concierto para Guitarra
Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco: Concerto Nr.1 Op.99
SOMMERCAMPUS | 27th International Masterclasses
Course dates: 31 August - 08 September 2023
Preselection: Video recording (e.g. YouTube link), free selection of the piece