The French guitarist, Frédéric Zigante, graduated at the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” of Milan. He has studied with Ruggero Chiesa, Alirio. Complete editions are Frederic Zigante’s specialty: He recorded all of Nicolo Paganini’s guitar works, the entire guitar catalogue of Villa-Lobos, as well as the . Where people listen. Mexico City, MX37 LISTENERS; Santiago, CL25 LISTENERS; São Paulo, BR24 LISTENERS; Madrid, ES19 LISTENERS; Milan, IT

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There are still so many works to be discovered and recorded even for instruments like the guitar. People need to be educated about classical music, before they can really appreciate it. The one that mediates between the written text and the auditors. And yet, he is by no means an anachronism. An interpreter’s task is to give life to emotions that are latent in the musical text not only to play them!

You need to see the whole picture here – after all, that is what Frederic Zigante is all about. What really makes the difference is the music that is written for it.

But I know that I shall certainly not: It is necessary to know exactly what the composer intended but this isn’t always possible on the only basis of the written text.

I am a little bit annoyed by crossovers but I do realize that it is just a fashion that will pass without too many damages. This is how an interpreter and a composer can cope to “travel” together without any conflict.

During the next two months I will be preparing a new repertory for my CD recordings and I will be working on my critical edition of Villa-Lobos’ Etudes. Someone who takes care of other people’s problems. What would be on your program for this season? A good live performance requires ffrederic technical standards and acceptable contents for the audience.


An interpreter has a great power in his hands because without him the work has no life and can’t be heard.

Behind this desire for integrity hides no pathologically prolific mind, but a man who searches for profundity and who wants to use the power of interpretation to the good.

The latter implies that Zigante eschews or may we even say “despises” the modern-day tendency to submit a Classical works to the arbitrariness of subjectivity, to change it, alter it or even leave out certain passages for more easy digestability. First I need a contract then I frderic begin thinking about it! If a perfomer has nothing to say and simply plays the music, he should stay home. False, the only thing about which people need to be educated is listening with curiosity: In essence, his tendency for established values and the ongoing fascination for the infinite possibilities within the purity of a piece is not a sign of conservatism – but rather of class.

How would you describe the relationship with your instrument? My father and my brother Manuel. I play both baroque and classic guitar and I consider them two different instruments. What or who was your biggest influence as an artist?

If yes, how good were you at it? Just imagine what would happen if someone went to a museum and decided to change the colors on a painting: With a clear mind, he recognises current cross-over tendencies and hip genre-bending see his answers to our Festival-question!


But freddric power can be negative and he can destroy music, modify it or misinterpret it. Is there a crisis? After ziganye reserach I bring out my personal emotions on the condition that they do not affect the composer’s idea.

Frédéric Zigante

The hardest part about being a musician is to often be alone and the best is to get emotion during a performance. About Our aim The team History. Interpretation is a task: This is what some performers do sometimes, they even cut off some parts of the works!

How do you balance the need to to put your personal emotions into the music you play and the intentions of the composer? Complete editions are Frederci Zigante’s specialty: What constitutes a good live performance in your opinion? I live between two beautiful Italian towns: Community Links Countries Recording Services. I would probably be a medical doctor or a politician.

15 Questions to Frederic Zigante | interviews Guitar Classical

What really matters is to transmit emotions and feeling. What do you tell them? You are given the position of artistic director of a concert hall. Have you ever tried playing a different instrument? This is the way to discover beauty in all music, zigantr only classical. I haven’t noticed any crisis.