Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi are “two stunning young guitarists” ( Sydney Arts Guide) who have been performing together since 2014, touring as a duo as well as with baritone José Carbó in The José Carbó Trio. They have been described as “breathtaking” ( Canberra Critics Circle), and praised for their “dazzling guitar playing” (ArtsHub).
Alchemy , their debut recording, takes us on a journey through history and around the world, through beloved works byDebussy, Rameau, Piazzolla, Albéniz, Falla and Granados. The album also features the acclaimed ‘Three Duets’ by the late Australian guitarist and composer Phillip Houghton – including ‘Alchemy’, the first piece that Andrew and Ariel performed as a duo and the piece after which this album is named.
This is a gorgeous album, full of classic pieces beautifully performed, and announces major new stars in the already-glittering galaxy of Australia’s classical guitar community.