Guitarist Miloš debuts on Deutsche Grammophon with an album saluting his instrument’s Mediterranean heritage. ‘The Guitar’ is a personally-constructed portrait of Milos’ guitar heritage, presented with a bonus DVD recounting the Montenegrin’s personal and musical background.
Exploring beyond the usual Spanish guitar repertoire, Milos’ choices for ‘The Guitar’ creatively mix favourites from Spain with wider European influences. Albéniz’s Asturias and Sevilla, Tárrega’s Alhambra, and the soundtrack standard, Spanish Romance sit side-by-side with A Day in May by Greek composer Theodorakis and the Turkish folksong inspired ‘Koyunbaba’ by Italian composer Domeniconi.
Milos’ ambition is to bring back the classical guitar to a wider audience and to redefine it as a contemporary instrument, continuing the work of his predecessors and his biggest inspirations; Segovia, John Williams and Julian Bream. ‘The Guitar’ is a significant and poignant step in Milos’ mission. He says of it, “The music on this CD reflects my character. It tells the listener who I am.”
Born in the small Balkan state of Montenegro, Miloš’s passion for the guitar began when he heard Segovia’s recording of Albeniz’s ‘Asturias’. Armed with the family’s dusty old guitar, Miloš enrolled at a specialist music school and within six months had learned all its teachers had to impart. He gave his first public performance at nine then entered (and won) his first national competition at eleven. He took guitar masterclasses in Belgrade and became a star performer on television and radio.
Shortly after the end of the Balkan war, he won a scholarship to London’s Royal Academy. Excelling in his studies and winning the Julian Bream Award (presented to him personally by his guitar idol), Milos forged the makings of an outstanding career. His Deutsche Grammophon deal is the next step in this exciting journey.
The bonus DVD features a 30min documentary that brings Milos’ inspirational story to light, combining stunning performances that showcase Milos’ talent with the moving story of where he came from. Filmed in Montenegro and London, the story explores his background and playing, and the profound affect one had on the other.