The Evening of a Night to Remember. Ana Vidovic, Sharon Isbin and Xuefei Yang.
Ana Vidovic Playing Asturias on a Bellucci Concert Guitar
I will just say that last night was a glorious night. Further down I will elaborate on everything that happened on this Friday, April 29th 2011. Having the 3 best guitar players on the planet play your instruments in your home and surrounded by your wife and children is recognition I could have only dreamed of when I started building my guitars in 2004. Last night, it all changed thanks to the talent and generosity of these amazing artists. As a token, I'll let you enjoy this clip of Ana Vidovic playing Asturias on one of my latest creations... Ana loved each single instrument and had words of admiration and flattering compliments for each one of my guitars. Needless to say, I was in Heaven! She appreciated the violin tie as a "genial system", the special cutaway and the radius... The inlay work on a cedar top and the detailing in the construction literally kept her in awe. I elaborated on my innovations and we share the same innovative sprit in life. Her guitar technique for instance, is flawless and different from anything you have ever seen before. Her motto is "if it works for you...". Ana is an amazing artist and her trademark is the simplicity of the great souls that illuminate our lives. A lot more later...
This is an anecdotal report of the facts and by no means associates Ana Vidovic with Bellucci guitars from a sponsoring or business point of view.
Thursday April 29th 2011:
Today is the vigil of a very special day and not because Prince Williams is getting married tomorrow but because tomorrow evening, I will have 3 of the most famous and prestigious guitar players in the world at home for dinner. Ana Vidovic from Croatia, Sharon Isbin from the US and Xuefei Yang from China. Daiana Ferreira Da Costa, the renowned Paraguayan guitarist and former Miss Paraguay, contacted me a few months ago when she was organizing the "Divas" guitar festival in Asuncion which is part of the many events that will take place this year to celebrate Paraguay's Bicentennial. Daiana knew that she could count on my help and, as we had dinner at my home in San Bernardino, we planned activities to entertain the visiting Divas on their week long stay in the land of Barrios Mangoré. They will be traveling to San Juan Bautista to visit Agustin Barrios Mangoré birthplace among other Paraguayan landmarks. One of the activities we organized is the dinner party that I will hold tomorrow evening. I will present them with the Agustin Barrios guitar that I have in my possession. I will also present them a few of my concert guitars.
As you can imagine, I have been working around the clock to make sure that everything is perfect. Typical Paraguayan appetizers, aho poi table decoration, flowers and a myriad little details to ensure a night to remember. My wife Belén and our 7 children will be attending the memorable event. I know that they have over a dozen pictures of the Divas ready to be autographed.
Ana Vidovic (31) is from a small town, Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5. By the age of 7 had given her first public performance. She has won every prestigious guitar competition in the world and graduated under Manuel Barrueco in 2005. She has played well over 1000 concerts worldwide and is considered one of the best guitar players ever.
Sharon Isbin (55) is practically speaking a legend. She's originally from Minneapolis, and began her guitar studies at age nine in Italy where she studied with Maestro Oscar Ghiglia. Since those early years she has marked the guitar world deeply by becoming the Director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution's 100-year history. She's a Grammy Award winner and a regular player at the White House.