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Here’s Vladimir Gapontsev playing Roland Dyens’ arrangement of the Django Reinhardt classic Nuages on a beautiful new 2017 Fructuoso Zalapa ‘Romanillos’ model in spruce and cocobolo. You can also check out Dyens himself playing Nuages at GSI on a historic 1947 Robert Bouchet guitar (the first one he ever built).
Here’s Vladimir Gapontsev playing Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata K.209 on a beautiful new Michel Belair ‘Hommage a Daniel Friederich’ model guitar in Indian rosewood and cedar. Belair owns two Friederich guitars and based this guitar on the one he owns from 1999. This particular guitar is not for sale, however we will be offering one of these models in the months to come, so just contact us for ordering information.
Vladimir Gapontsev was born on September 6, 1985, in Volzhskiy, Russia and is currently 30 years old. As a Russian classical guitarist, Vladimir specializes in solo and chamber music repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and avant-garde periods, as well as jazz, folk and pop genres.
Here’s another piece by guitarist Vladimir Gapontsev – ‘A Little Fairy Tale’, based on a Russian lullaby that admonishes children to stay away from the edge of the bed lest they be eaten by a grey wolf (at least that’s what I think it’s about…). Vladimir is playing a 1979 Ronald Hachez cedar and CSA rosewood, which is a bit reminiscent of the later Rodriguez guitars.
Vladimir Gapontsev is a young guitarist from Russia – he grew up and studied in Volgograd but currently lives in Moscow. He was in town for the Parkening competition and stopped by to play some guitars. Here he is playing a composition of his own, Falling Into the Green Abyss in four movements on four guitars. The first movement is The Siren’s Call and Vladimir plays a 2009 Manuel Contreras double-top in spruce; the second movement is The Siren and he plays a 2015 Bertrand Ligier; the third is called Recitative and he plays this on a 2008 Oscar Trezzini; and the final movement is Ostinato Blues which he plays on a 1971 Marcelino Lopez.
We have photos of the ‘Hommage a Daniel Friederich’ model guitar coming to us from Canadian luthier Michel Belair – a beautiful cedar and Indian rosewood guitar based on a 1999 Friederich that Belair owns and about which he has Friederich’s notes. We recently had another of Belair’s ‘Friederich’ guitars in the shop and recorded Russian guitarist Vladimir Gapontsev playing Scarlatti’s Sonata k209 on that one (see below). The guitar is in the final stages of French polish at the moment and should ship to us some time in Febrary. You can see the guitar that Vladimir played here.