Erato has signed the guitarist Thibaut Garcia. Aged 22 years old, Garcia - born in Toulouse to Spanish and French parents - has been playing guitar since he was seven years old.
He has received First Prizes from a number of competitions, including the 2013 Seville International Guitar Competition and the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America Competition.
EVP of Artists & Repertoire at Warner Classics Jean-Philippe Rolland referred to Garcia’s 'distinctive and expressive technique and style,' adding that 'there is no doubt he will follow in the footsteps of legends such as Andrés Segovia, Julian Bream, Angel Romero and Sharon Isbin, ensuring a bright future for classical guitar.'
Garcia’s first album for Erato - to be called 'Leyendas' - will embrace repertoire from both Spain and South America, including Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Albéniz's Asturias and Manjón’s Aire vasco. 'I wanted the album to be full of energy, sun, emotion and tenderness, exploring the repertoire that has nourished me from an early age,' he said. 'Most of the repertoire on the album evokes places in which I have travelled extensively – from Seville and Granada to Buenos Aires, by way of the Basque country and the Asturias,' he explains. 'That enables me to bring a personal character to each piece, as if every page were part of my travel diary.'
The album also features cellist and fellow Erato artist Edgar Moreau, in Manuel de Falla’s Seven Spanish Folksongs.
Below is a video of Garcia playing Barrios's Mazurka appassionata, filmed in 2014: