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“Since Segovia, I haven’t heard any guitarist like him” says Belgian guitarist Paul Monballieu about his colleague Jan Depreter, while René Hermans calls him the Horowitz of the guitar and Odair Assad counts him among the top 10 of performing classical guitarists in the world.
Depreter holds Master Degrees in Music from several Universities and is a prize-winner at more than 16 competitions from Tokyo to Paris. Among his teachers we quote Zoran Dukic, David Russell and Manuel Barrueco. His most important prizes were won in Alhambra, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, as well as the Francisco Tárrega and Andrés Segovia competitions in Spain. His last victory proved his most significant; after winning the Printemps de la Guitare he was decorated by Queen Fabiola of Belgium.
Having played the stages of the Far and not-so-far East, both Americas, the Russian Federation, Australia and all throughout Europe, the only continent Depreter has not played is Antarctica. But he doubts the penguins would be interested.
Depreter has performed for almost all ruling monarchs of Europe. Recent performances include successful tours in the U.S.A., the U.K., Germany, Portugal, Spain, Luxemburg and in his homeland Belgium, where every year in November he still hosts the most important classical guitar festival & competition in Flanders, the Antwerpen Gitaarfestival.
Between 2001 and 2003 he was professor of guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Ever since he has regularly been invited to teach masterclasses all over the world.
His well-loved compositions for solo guitar are published by Ricordi.
Acclaimed CD-productions with Klara, Sony and Brilliant Classics document his artistic achievements. His 2015 Brilliant Classics complete recordings of Turina was “the classical guitar album of the year” according to German National Kultur Radio Bayern. In 2017 he recorded his 7th solo album “Dedication” featuring music written for Julian Bream.
Jan Depreter currently lives in Antwerp and still feels playing the guitar is probably the most fun anyone could have by themselves.
IN THE PRESS
“If you are unfamiliar with Depreter, you should be.” – Classical Guitar Magazine
“Canonical” – El Diario de Sevilla (Turina CD presentation at the Turina International Festival in Seville, 2015)
“If Bach had played the guitar, he would probably sound like this” – Passauer Neue Presse
“A Belgian Julian Bream.” – John Duarte
“A bright star at the guitar firmament” – Walter Peschl, NPN
“Miraculous musical moments” – Olivier, Marquess of Trazegnies, Count of Corroy.
“One of the best guitar concerts I have ever heard” – Matthias Dammann, guitar maker