UBC School of Music

Carlo Fierens: Homage to Paganini and Beyond

FREE RSVP Required
Thu Apr 06 2023 6:30pm
Telus Studio Theatre

Described as “one of the most engaging artists of the guitar nowadays” (Ricardo Iznaola), Carlo Fierens will be playing music composed by Niccolò Paganini, the legendary Italian violinist who cherished and wrote for the guitar. The programme will also feature music inspired by Paganini, including compositions by the Romantic guitar prodigy Giulio Regondi, a pastiche written by the 20th-century composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Kevin Callahan’s contemporary “Red Fantasy,” whose sparkling brilliancy directly recalls the essence of Romantic music. The harmonious sounds of the classical guitar will guide us through a concert dense with various and contrasting emotions, much in the spirit of the musician who got be known as “The Devil’s Violinist.”

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC, in collaboration with the Institute of Italian Culture in Toronto & the UBC School of Music in Vancouver,  invites you to the recital by classical guitarist Carlo Fierens.



Niccolò Paganini: Grande Sonata for guitar
  1. Allegro risoluto
  2. Romanza
  3. Andantino Variato
Giulio Regondi: Introduction et caprice, Op. 23
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Capriccio Diabolico
Niccolò Paganini:  Capriccio No. 1, Op. 24
Francisco Tarrega: “il Carnevale di Venezia” (N. Paganini)
FREE RSVP Required
Thu Apr 6 2023 6:30pm
Telus Studio Theatre

Carlo Fierens stands in a special place among today’s classical guitarists. His concert activity brought him to prestigious venues across the globe, from Rio de Janeiro to Chicago, from Hong-Kong to Los Angeles, From Buenos Aires to Tokyo. His deeply engaging performances could charm wide audiences and bring them closer to the magical atmosphere of the six string instrument. In his hands, the guitar becomes a vehicle of passions through a broad variety of styles.


“Carlo Fierens is an outstanding musician who raises all his interpretations up to the highest level.” E. Bitetti

“Brilliant Italian guitarist Carlo Fierens is one of the most attractive and engaging artists of the guitar nowadays. His virtuosity, passionate musicianship and interpretive imagination place him in a position of privilege among his peers, currently and in the foreseeable future.”
R. Iznaola

“Carlo Fierens is a master of the guitar—a truly interesting artist, always searching for meaning with everything he plays.” B. Nissman