Classical guitar has found a bright new star in the form of the Montenegrin Miloš Karadaglić. With just one jaw-dropping collection of music until his belt, this charismatic young virtuoso guitarist is already being hailed for his brilliant technique and majestic musicality.
Fans across Europe are able to judge for themselves what critics have been saying for months, as Miloštours Europe in July and August with his stunning new album, Mediterraneo / The Guitar. The tour includes a lunchtime performance in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the UK. After that, Miloš will move on to the US.
Rather than just pulling together popular pieces, Miloš devised a theme for the album, with material ranging from Moorish Spain (Granados, Albeniz and Tarrega) to Greece, Turkey and arrangements of Montenegrin folk songs.
“The guitar was brought to Spain by the Moors, and has a huge Arabic influence,” Miloš said. “My part of the world and the eastern Mediterranean were heavily under the influence of the Ottoman empire for 500 years, so there is a clear connection between the eastern and western Mediterranean. I am exactly in the middle, and I want to present that on the CD.”
Critics have been applauding Miloš and his undeniable talent for capturing the magic of the guitar and his ability to rediscover some of the great classical guitar pieces.
BBC Music Magazine gave his debut disc a rare Double Five Star review for both performance and recording and named it May’s Instrumental Pick Album for the Month. Gramophone magazine reinforced this view, proclaiming that those “new to the sound of the classical guitar looking for a modern recording of classic repertoire more closely associated with the likes of Segovia, Williams and Bream will find this disc hard to beat.”
The 28-year-old from Podgorica, comes from a family of music lovers (his parents are economists) who were very encouraging of his passion for the guitar, securing lessons in Montenegro, Serbia and the UK. “Montenegro is at the cultural crossroads, which is why the music I grew up with is so interesting and diverse,’ Miloš says, Mediterraneo / The Guitar. “This album reflects my character, telling the listener who I am.”
By the age of 14, Miloš was performing at major concert halls – including a life-changing show in Paris – and winning every available award across Yugoslavia. Then, aged 17, he moved to London to start a new life at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, where he excelled himself in all studies and won valuable support from his tutors.
“There isn’t a more accessible or more beautiful instrument than the guitar,’ said Miloš. “The guitar repertoire is wonderful and there is a lot of it. It needs to be brought out of its niche and to have a renaissance. This is my mission!”