winner of the first prize of the
International John Duarte Competition Rust 2006
Interview with Boris Tesich:
Question: Who do you think is
the most overrated and the most
underrated composer for the
Underrated - well most of our
classical-romantic period composers.
Sor and Giuliani - yes people play
them,but Legnani, Regondi, Coste,
Aguado, de Fossa - there's much more
quality in there and not a lot of
people seem willing to have a go.
Also composers like Martin, Manen
tend to be overlooked in favour of
Ginastera and Brouwer (sonata). It
became a rule that if you're a
guitarist you can only play these
two pieces. I think, apologies to
anybody offended by this, but most
of our transcriptions are overrated.
We simplify, change harmonies, make
them into a guitar pieces without
thinking too much about the
composers really wanted.
Question: Which „Slogan“
would you use in advertising for the
None, I think
the sound and music of the classical
guitar should be enough.
Question: With which
prejudices – that are connected with
the classical guitar – would you
like to get rid of?
Doing everything "the guitaristic"
way, hiding difficult stuff behind "interpretation"
Question: Which attributes do
you find typical for classical
Opinionated, very confident.
Question: What things in your
life do you definitely want to learn
and what do you regret not having
No regrets, would definately want to
learn lots of stuff, but most of the
time I'm too lazy.
Question: What dreams do you
have that you would like to fulfil?
Be respected for what I do and how I
Question: What is
embarrassing for you?
Plenty, but in guitar terms,
somebody making a mess of an "easy"
(technically) piece. Difficult stuff
- anything can happen, but when
you've got something easy - that's
like being top of the first division
and being hammered by a third
division side in the cup.
Question: What short phrase
would you use to discribe your lifes
Life's too complicated to have a
short phrase philosophy.
Question: Which abuse in your
native country would you like to do
Boris Tesich: I'm not going to go
too political here. Mostly, people
could stop asking me what I'm going
to do for a living
and thinking that classical music is
like pop - easy.
Question: In relation to
world history, which personalities
fascinate you the most?
Actors, singers,"celebrities" -
it's fascinating to know how much (or
rather little) of the brain they use
(one thing that separates us from
everything else on this planet) and
still billions of people worship
them and try to become as them!!!!
Question: Which question would
you like to be asked and what is
your answer to this
? Have no idea to be honest. As long
as they are good questions they'll
get a good answer :)
Question: Which guitar
virtuoso today has the makings to
follow in the footsteps of Andres
None, Maestro Segovia was the first,
the One, and you can't have any more
pioneers like that, but there are
a few that I think are capable of
bringing the guitar to the next
level. Unfortunately at this age
some other stuff are more
important now than quality, so we'll
Thank you very much Boris for this interview.
Biography of Boris Tesich
Boris Tesic was born 1983, in Tuzla,
Bosnia and Herzegovina. He finished his Elementary and Secondary Music
School in Tuzla, with prof. Predrag Stankovic, where in 2000 he got the
“Pupil of the Generation” award. The same year he entered the Royal College
of Music in London, where he studied with Gary Ryan. Currently he is doing a
Masters degree with Carlo Marchione at the Music Conservatorium in
Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Boris is very active both as a
performer and a teacher. He had his first solo-concert as a 11 year old and
since then has performed both in Bosnia and abroad (Slovenia, Croatia, the
Netherlands, Italy, England, Scotland, Wales, USA...). As well as performing
he attended various festivals and masterclasses across Europe, having
lessons with C.Cotsiolis, H. Kappel, J. Williams, S. Assad, D. Azabagic, C.
Marchione, Z. Dukic, R. Dyens and many more.
He participated in various
competitions and his biggest successes are:
First Prizes in
Rust-Austria (“John Duarte Competition”, 2006); Bath-England (“Admira
Young Guitarist of the Year”, 2001); Kutna Hora-Checz
Republic (1998,2000); Velbert-Germany (“Andres Segovia EGTA
(max 100 points) at the National Music Competitions in 1998,1999 and 2000
Second Prize in
Rome-Italy (“Fernando Sor”, 2006); Guitar Festival in Niksic,