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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.
As another year closes on us we once again get to look back at all the great guitars that came through GSI and especially all the great people who came through to play them for us. This year ended in a such a big way – with our acquisition of the Russell Cleveland collection – that it reminded us all just how cool it is to get to steward these amazing guitars on their way from owner (or in this case collection) to owner, and also to document them for posterity.