Discoveries: Tristan Angenendt

April 4th, 2012 by d.b.  - 

With Discoveries, we start a new series on this blog that features great artists. From newcomers to established veterans, from international stars to local heroes, from different art forms and various genres – covering the diversity of artoporta. Today, we start with Tristan Angenendt (Classical Guitar).

You will release your debut CD in mid-April. What does this mean to you?
I was born into a musical family and started playing the guitar at the age of seven. I think every child that is enthusiastic about music and learns an instrument, dreams of recording his/her own CD once. Right now, the release of my first CD is a culmination of my artistic development.

How hard was it as a young professional artists to find a label?
As so often in life, besides having the required abilities, you have to meet the right people at the right time. Hubert Käppel and Tobias Kassung founded KSG/Exaudio as a platform for first-class classical guitar recordings, with special focus on talented upcoming artists. I became Käppel’s student when I was 14, so at one point last year, he said I would be ready to do the next major step in my artistic development and record a professional CD that fits into their concept. So for me it was perfect to work on my first CD with somebody who has more than 30 years of experience with guitar recordings and who knows me for almost 15 years.

What’s the appeal of a CD in times of music via internet?
I think, especially as a classical musician, you sell most of your CDs after your concerts, maybe because people want to take something home from the fleeting moments when you create magic on stage. But we will also release the CD as mp3-download on Amazon. Besides the financial aspect, recording a CD is a big step in a professional musician’s career and a good recording is one of the most important references you can have as an artist.

What would you be doing today if you had not chosen to become a professional artist?
I actually never thought about that, because I started playing at the age of seven and always had that dream about being a guitarist. I was already successful in international competitions at the age of 11 and started studying at the Music Academy in Cologne when I was 14, so for me it was pretty obvious at an early age to become a musician.

For you personally, what are disadvantages of being an artist?
It’s hard work and as an upcoming artist you sometimes don’t get paid appropriately. Especially as a guitarist it’s not easy to survive in the classical music world, because we don’t get as much attention as other musicians there. We are a pretty small and familiar scene and we don’t reach a larger public, like this beautiful instrument actually should…

And what do you love the most about it?
I love to discover all those emotions and little details a composer puts into his work when I’m working on my program. And of course, being on stage and interact with the audience, giving them the opportunity to take part in my emotional process during the performance of a piece, is one of the greatest things you can experience.

What are your upcoming projects?
I will play a couple of concerts, presenting the CD during the next month. I also started playing Duo last year with my dear friend Takeo Sato, a fantastic guitarist. We will play our 3rd concert together in May and we will work on expanding our program and perform more regularly this year.

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