The Media Say:
This guitarist’s work is ingenious and evocative, the result of a fertile imagination … a master musician of unusual ability. Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar (UK)
Sharply focused eloquence and total brilliance … a sparkling finish to a recital which had delighted a full house. Dick Turpin, The Star Tonight (SA)
Beautiful piece! well played and very inspiring approach to modern composition with traditional folk influences! Well done 5 stars!’ Marek Pasieczny says of Avril Kinsey’s Mokoro (Song of the Water)
A consumate performer, possessing expertise and musicality of an international standard. Barbara Kennedy, Franschoek Mountain Chamber Music (SA)
William Walton’s Bagatelles … The complex detail was presented with clear precision … Elogia de la Danze by Brouwer was a tour de force. Herbert Eckstein, The Cape Times (SA)
This is what we call musicianship. Dr Gregory Newton, Adjunct Associate Professor, Los Angeles City College, President, American Guitar Society, Director, AGS International Concert Series (USA)
This guitarists work is brilliantly clever. Dick Turpin, The Star Tonight
Innovative, one of the most refreshing and original (guitar CD) collections”, “Powerful” C Kilvington, CG, UK
Delicate fretboard wizardry of Avril Kinsey … a well schooled and sensitive style, complemented by a broad repertoire of traditional and contemporary classical pieces … she slides tastefully and subtly from one piece to another. Mike Waddacor The Star Tonight.
A polished performance … finally and with the audience’s feet tapping to the infectious rhythm the recital came to an exhilarating close. Margaret Nabarro (The Critics)
Just listened to your Mokoro piece. So beautiful, and so evocative of Africa. Made me cry. Thank you, Avril, for sharing your beauty and your genius with the world. Reverend Stephanie Clarke (Austria)
Avril Kinsey se spel musikaal en goed afgerond. Daan de Toit, Die Burger
Extending the range of the classical guitar. Herbert Eckstein Rand Daily Mail (SA)
She undertook an immense amount of research in an underinvestigated field of indigenous knowledge and acquitted herself admirably of her task, making her the leading expert in the field. Dr Hendrik Hofmeyr, Professor Music, University of Cape Town
Ms Kinsey is a unique, motivated and multi-talented creator who has long been active in a multitude of disciplines from performing to teaching and producing. Highly recommended! Dr Peter Louis van Dijk, Professor of Composition, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Avril Kinsey has studied with internationally renowned performers and teachers, including Narciso Yepes, Ernesto Bitetti, Carlos Bonell, and Christopher Parkening. She received her Masters of Music degree from the University of Cape Town with distinction, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Jules Kramer Fine Arts and Music Scholarship, the KW Johnstone Research Bursary and the Adcock Ingram Classical Guitar Competition First Prize.
Her performing career has taken her to Singapore, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland, North America, Greece and Italy, many of which led to numerous live radio and television broadcasts. In 1988 she made her orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez under the baton of Garcia Asensio. Performing with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996 she accompanied Luciano Pavarotti during the Cape Town visit of his world tour.
Kinsey has composed over 30 works for, and including, the classical guitar. Most have been published by Art Music Editions and many recorded on the Art Music label. Her works have been featured in television documentaries and radio programs (SABC TV, BBC Radio & TV, Austrian Radio) and KPFK Radio in the USA. Several of her guitar works include the re-creation of bird calls and the sounds of ethnic African instruments.
Kinsey is the author of two music books Guitar Music from Africa and Guitar on Safari and the performer on 5 CDs. Her writings and articles have also been published internationally in Classical Guitar (UK). Kinsey is currently composing an orchestral ballet suite as part of her Doctor of Music degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She is the founding director of the Cape Town Academy of Music http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/akinsey/homepage and the Cape Town International Guitar Festival http://www.capetownguitarfestival.com
SAMPLE of YOUTUBE RECORDINGS
Mokoro (Song of the Water): www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6OcPGoD8c
Mr Masenga’s Walk: Mr Masenga’s Walk
Danza Brasilera:Danza Brasilera
Modjadji (Rain Queen):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTHVMp2G1U