Michael Kudirka Saturday, February 15, 2020
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the excellent guitarist in Henze’s unsettled score” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a leading proponent of new directions in classical guitar music”, Michael Kudirka is among the most committed, daring, and diversely talented of the current generation of virtuoso guitarists. An avid and long-time advocate of cutting-edge new music, Kudirka has maintained a close collaboration with Los Angeles-based composer Jeffrey Holmes since 2002, and a retrospective album of Holmes’s microtonal guitar works titled May the Bridges I Burn Light My Way has been released by MicroFest Records (USA) in 2019. In the same year Kudirka also released the world-premiere recording of Bryan Johanson’s epic album-length composition 13 Ways of Looking at 12 Strings with Eric Benzant-Feldra on Les Productions d’OZ (Canada).
Michael Kudirka travels around the globe as a recitalist and chamber musician, and has performed at many notable venues, including: the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, EUROMicroFest, Le Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Covent Garden, Conservatorio de Las Rosas, Palace of Fine Arts, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zipper Recital Hall, and REDCAT. November, 2017 saw the completion of his third production run of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel at The Metropolitan Opera of New York following performances at the Salzburger Festspiele (Austria) and The Royal Opera House (UK). Kudirka worked personally with Adès on the composer’s first-ever music written for guitar, and a DVD of The Met’s Fall 2017 production will be released by Deutsche Grammophon.