Joel Sundkvist

Classical guitar

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Biography

Joel Sundkvist is a Swedish Classical Guitarist.

He performs extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician, and teaches guitar at Sundsvall’s Kulturskola.

Education

He studied with Frank Sjölander at Framnäs College of Music and completed his  Bachelor of Arts in Music Pedagogy and Master of Fine Arts (with a major in Music) under the supervision of Professors Jan-Olof Eriksson (Piteå) & Tilman Hoppstock (Darmstadt) at the School of Music in Piteå (LTU).

For his debut he was the soloist in Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Luleå Symphony Orchestra.

Rewards

During his studies Joel has recieved several awards including the 2003 Annual Music Price from Norrbottensakademien (NOAK) and the 2004 Annual Music Price ”for a young musican” from Kungliga Skytteanska Samfundet.

The guitars

Joel’s instruments are made by the Swedish Luthier Heikki Rousu

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Foto: Svanthe Harström 2013

 

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Reviews

Tilman Hoppstock
Academy of Music, Darmstadt,

"Joel Sundkvist is a guitar player who has the chance to come out as one of the real great musicians of Sweden's younger generation. His good technique and a wonderful profound sound together with the imagination of a deep musicality are the best base for a good future. It is always a great pleasure for me to listen to Joel's playing and I wish all the best for his further career."

Carlos Bonell
Royal College of Music, London

"Joel Sundkvist is a very talented guitarist who makes a beautiful tone and plays the guitar most lyrically and musically. I wish him the very best for his career"

Anthony Glise
Classical Guitarist, Teacher, Composer

"Joel's playing and understanding of performance practice as well as his technique is far beyond his years. His interpretation of historical guitar music is some of the most profound and enlightened of any young performer on today's concert scene and while Sweden is less-known for producing leading classical guitarists, Joel's work on the guitar may drastically change that very false perception of the Scandinavian countries."

Norrländska socialdemokraten
Konsertrecension 040322

”Hans stilfulla gitarrspel som bjuder på både smäktande tongångar och kraftfulla stränganslag får en bra uppbackning av orkestern.”

Norrbottens-kuriren
Konsertrecension 040322

”Den unge gitarristen Joel Sundkvist, uppväxt i Boden och studerande vid musikhögskolan i Piteå, kunde knappast ha valt ett svårare stycke att framträda med som examensarbete, än denna konsert, där tekniken från allra första början sätts på svåra prov. De bemästrade Joel Sundkvist med stor ära, och en fascinerande komposition även i de rytmiskt komplicerade yttersatserna fick ett rättvist och hedervärt utförande.”

Sundsvalls Tidning
Concert review 090707

Publiken satt andäktig, fångad och imponerad av Joel Sundkvists genommusikaliska och skickliga musicerande.

Sundsvalls Tidning
Concert review 090419

Ett av de mest omtyckta och spelade stycket för gitarr, Asturias Leyenda av Isaac Albeniz, är från början skrivet för piano. Här visade Joel Sundkvist ytterligare prov på sin virtuositet med utsökt frasering, nyansering, fingerfärdighet och skickligt anslag. Ingen kunde väl undgå att fängslas av den musiken.