About the performer, Viktor van Niekerk:
"an exceedingly gifted, sensitive and intelligent musician, artist and ... an extremely talented and promising scholar who has been conducting valuable research in all the disciplines of his specialisations. This very talented young man has undoubtedly a promising future in his field". (G. F. Messner, PhD and Lecturer in Musicology [University of Vienna], 2011)
"I was impressed by the strength and richness he played with, he is a great artist who knows how to play with the colors of sound with great mastery." (Amalia Ramirez, Guitarras Jose Ramirez, 2013)
"a water colour-like transparent palette...His dedication to the 10-string guitar runs parallel to the great Narciso Yepes." (Charl Lamprecht, guitar lecturer, University of Pretoria, 2013)
"a conscious artist, with a total understanding of the ten-string guitar as envisioned by Narciso Yepes." (Fritz Buss, alumnus and teaching assistant of Narciso Yepes, 2007)
"He has a great technique and full command of the ten-string guitar. Still, he does not fall into the trap of using music to serve technique, but uses technique to serve music." (Fritz Buss, 2012)
"Viktor van Niekerk demonstrated an orchestral array of sounds on the formidable 10 string guitar; playing many of his own transcriptions for the instrument" (What's On in Cape Town, 5 May 2013).
"When his fingers glide across the ten strings, it is with the same finesse and flair as an Olympic athlete in action." (Rapport, [South African Sunday paper] 5 Sep. 2008, p. 3.)
"I am convinced that Mr Van Niekerk will...make a strong contribution not only to the academic community but also to broader society". (Prof. Mike Marais, literary theorist, 2005)
"[The] recital in Pretoria was amazing! It was a divine experience and it felt as if you transported my spirit to heaven through your music!" (Tronel Hellberg, guitarist, 2008)
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About the video:
One of 50+ pieces in Viktor van Niekerk's ten-string guitar method book.
Please listen with headphones if possible. Recorded with just a basic Sony PCM-D50 voice recorder, using just the inbuilt microphone, without the added reverb or digital enhancements typically applied to many classical guitar recordings.
Music composed by
François Dufault (c. 1600-c. 1672)
Sarabande S. 66 [00:04] Double [01:37] Gigue S. 72 [03:07]
(for 11-course baroque lute, transcribed from the tablature by Viktor van Niekerk)
Title art credit: French Baroque Woven Wall Covering at Château de Chambord -- Loire Valley, France. Source: http://www.lenakroupnikinte...