Big night as Kigali welcomes one of Europe’s finest mandolin players

Julien Martineau

Julien Martineau

Julien Martineau is described as “one of the rare mandolin players in Europe”. And this description perfectly befits him.

A multi-award winner on a continental level, Martineau has performed on every big stage and has seen it all and in reference to his extraordinary skills, the suggestion that he is the virtuoso of the mandolin is therefore not an overstatement. Martineau has hit the streets of Kigali, and on Friday November 8th he will be performing at Goethe Institute in Kiyovu from 6.30pm.

Born in 1978 in France, Martineau has risen to become successful as a concert soloist. At the age of 16, he already played at the Paris Opera. At 19 years he won the Giuseppe Anedda Award at the international mandolin competition in Italy.

In 2002, he finished his Master’s degree in musicology at the Sorbonne. Today Julien Martineau fills Europe’s most renowned concert halls and festivals.

For his concert in Kigali, this exceptional young artist will surprise his audience with the Preludes for Solo Mandolin by the Italian composer Raffaele Calace, the most difficult pieces ever composed for mandolin.

On top of that, Participants shall also get a chance to throw a few questions at him after his performance whose entrance will be absolutely free.

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