Guitar Duo

Lee Song-Ou and Oliver Fartach-Naini began playing together in 1991, when both were students of American Guitarist and Composer Laurie Randolph at the University of Arts in Berlin, Germany. Since then a busy schedule of tours, festival appearances, master classes, summer schools, TV and Radio recordings, have taken the duo to Europe, Asia and Australia.

They are renowned for their adventurous, theme-driven concert programmes combining nineteenth century music with new compositions which are often written specifically for them. 

Composers from all over the world have composed for them, including Lee Geonyong (South Korea), Laurie Randolph (USA), Ludger Vollmer (Germany), Carlo Domeniconi (Italy), Coco Nelegatti (Argentina), Thomas Wallisch (Austria) as well as Richard Charlton and Stephen Whittington from Australia. The duo's highly praised albums Movement For Two Guitars and Frutti di Mare, both on Kreuzberg Records, are among the many recordings released by these versatile musicians through numerous record labels.

Their recording for DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, featuring Ludger Vollmer's instrumental arrangement of Franz Schubert's Winterreise with Richard Yongjae O'Neill (viola) was the No. 1 of the South Korean Classical charts for 3 months with over 40,000 copies sold in the last quater of 2007. 2015 saw a new collaboration with South Korean Violinist Zia Shin. Their trio album Canto Antigo (Credia) features world premiere recordings of folk song arrangements for violin and two guitars which composers Richard Charlton (Australia), Vincent Lindsey Clark (England), Jaime Zenamon (Brazil), Stephen Whittington (Australia) and Laurie Randolph (USA) have crafted especially for this album.

In 2016 the duo will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a new CD of world premiere recordings of compositions by Stephen Whittington and Richard Charlton (Australia), Coco Nelegatti (Argentina), Thomas Wallisch (Austria), Lee Geonyong (South Korea), Carlo Domeniconi (Italy) and Ludger Vollmer (Germany). 


'Poets on strings' 
Both guitarists are chamber musicians par excellence. Absolutely breathtaking to hear them listen to each other, exchange ideas, thoughts and feelings. Their sounds are very clear and yet extremely diverse, their playing full of nuances and beautifully balanced at the same time. We see the individual expression moulding into a new unity, two cultures complementing each other perfectly - absolutely amazing! 
Potsdamer Neue Nachrichten, 20. April 2004
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