Edin Karamazov's thrilling virtuoso performances on the lute and guitar have garnered rave reviews and unprecedented critical acclaim in Europe and America. As a soloist he has performed and recorded with leading international early music ensembles and artists including the Hilliard Ensemble, Hesperion XX, Andreas Scholl as well as Sting. A consummate interpreter and master technician on numerous early and contemporary stringed instruments and outstanding recital artist Edin Karamazov has appeared at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Vienna, Herkulessaal Munich as well as at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Mosel, Lower Saxony, Istanbul Bach, Espinho, among others.
Edin Karamazov plays several plucked instruments of various cultures and epoches and remains committed to exploring the use of lutes in modern music and contemporary improvisational contexts. In addition to his solo career he enjoys accompanying singers and instrumentalists in different styles and backgrounds.
His discography includes the CDs Come heavy sleep with works by Britten and Bach (alpha records), XXI (Contemporary Music for Solo Lute) (Lumaudis), The Lute is a Song (auch Arien with Andreas Scholl. Renée Fleming and Sting) (Decca), Songs From the Labyrinth with Sting (Deutsche Grammophon), Wayfaring Stranger – Folksongs as well as A Musical Banquet (Lutesongs) with Andreas Scholl (Decca), Reminiscences for guitar and string quartet, Mosaiques for guitar and violin with Stefan Milenkovich (Lumaudis) as well as Seance for guitar, lute and violoncello with Boris Andrianov (Lumaudis).
Protegé of Sergiu Celibidache, Edin Karamazov began his musical career with the classical guitar and was awarded First Prizes at four guitar competitions. He continued his studies of the Baroque Lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Scola Cantorum Basiliensis.
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Edin Karamazov performs at Thüringer Bachwochen in Wechmar on 13 April with Bach's cello suites arranged for lute in interaction with vocal compositions.
Edin Karamazov performs a lute recital at Festival Internacional de Musica de Espinho in Portugal on 20 July. The programme features two cello suites and ciaconne from violin partita by J.S. Bach.
After the break, Edin Karamazov surprised with a wonderful arrangement of the Handel cantata "Nel dolce tempio" (...) His subtle improvisations, the English folk songs arranged by Leo Brouwer, as well as his diagonally harmonious settings of the Spanish poet García Lorca tore the audience into raptures. This has been a concert experience with an addictive factor.
Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung, Barbara Camenzind, 07.09.2016
Only someone like Karamazov can venture with the lute to challenging pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the D Minor Chaconne, a highlight of the violin literature for lute, the artist mastered the variations in the ostinato bass at the same time chordal and polyphonic playing in alternation with arpeggios and virtuoso unanimous passages (...) Karamazov transcribed Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor with mediterranean flair. The playback, with its steady change of movement, the broken chords and the cadenza, was admirable and received huge applause.
Allgäuer Zeitung, 13.08.2010
Edin Karamazov was always a great player – technically superb, musically imaginative and never afraid to take risks (...) Who can resist a fabulous, Eastern-sounding lute version of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor ? Or a lute version of Carlo Domeniconi’s Turkish delight Koyunbaba, normally heard on classical guitar but here given a mind-bending reappraisal on a 14-course Baroque lute?
Gramophone, William Yeoman, 5/2009
Edin Karamazov presented himself as an instrumentalist whose playing and art of interpretation literally took the breath of the audience. He took the risk of constantly juxtaposing some of the strictly contrapuntal works of the most important master of the Baroque period, J. S. Bach, with contemporary compositions by Cuban Leo Bouwer. Karamazov an ingeniously arranged version of the famous Chaconne of Partita in D minor for solo violin by J.S. Bach, the Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E flat major, and an adaptation of the Toccata and Fugue D minor which demanded from the lutenist a virtuosity that pushes the boundaries of the playable.
shz.de, Ulrich Jess, 08.08.2008
Edin Karamazov (solo), Andreas Scholl, Renée Fleming, Sting