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Jim Redgate – Luthier

Jim Redgate was born in London in 1963, and his family emigrated to Australia in 1966. His father was a craftsman and taught him many woodworking skills at an early age.

At the age of 19, he decided to build his first guitar. At that time, he studied music and theory at college, which gave him the appropriate skills to take a Certificate of a Music Performance course after a year. He completed this in 1985 and was accepted at the Elder Conservatorium of Music to do a degree in Performance. This he completed in 1988 with excellent grades. During his studies, he performed in many solo and ensemble concerts on guitars he had built himself and won a study scholarship.

His skills as a guitarist enabled him to judge instruments competently from the player’s point of view, which is extremely important for building good instruments. After completing his studies, he decided to make guitar building his profession and initially supported himself by teaching instruments until he became a full-time guitar maker in 1992.

He traditionally mastered building instruments and began experimenting with new techniques and materials. Since then, his guitars have earned a worldwide reputation for excellence. He now makes around 20 guitars a year in his home workshop.
Redgate’s creations are the first choice of many professional guitarists such as Pepe Romero, Ana Vidovic, Odair Assad, Slava Grigoryan…

Their sound is characterized by exceptional sustain, warmth, and richness of color, with excellent response in the mid frequencies. Jim Redgate builds two models of the Double Top: the Double Top and the “Wave” Double Top, the latter having a slightly arched top. Both DT guitars are among the best Double Tops built in the world today.

Made for and played by:

Pepe Romero (Traditional), Ana Vidovic (USA) Lattice, Meng Su (China) Double Top, Ralph Towner (Italy) Double top and Traditional, Slava Grigoryan (Australia) Wave Double top,
Leonard Grigoryan (Australia) Double top and Traditional, Odair Assad (Belgium) Double top, Wolfgang Muthspiel (Austria) Wave Double top, Karen Schaupp (Australia) Wave Double top,
Aleksandr Tsiboulski (Australia) Double top,
Bertrand Thomas (France) Lattice Jeff Young (USA) Lattice, Gareth Koch (Australia) Wave Double top, Emmanuel Rossfelder (France) Lattice, Hucky Eichelman (Germany) Lattice,
Phillipe Mariotti (France) Lattice,
Andrey Lebedev (Australia) Double Top,
Ben Dix (Australia) Double Top.

About Ana Vidović

Ana Vidović, born on November 8, 1980, a classical guitarist, is originally from Croatia. A childhood musical prodigy, she has won several awards and international competitions all over the world.

Life at a young age

Her father, Ljubomir, used to play bass guitar and perform with his band all over the country when he was young. She has had two older brothers; a classical guitarist, Viktor, who inspired her to play, and Silvije, a concert pianist. She started playing guitar at age 5, attended music school in her hometown, and began performing at age 8. At the age of 11, Vidović performed internationally and showed such outstanding talent that she became the youngest student at the Academy of Music in Zagreb at the age of 13. She continued to study with Professor Istvan Romer and graduated in 1998.

Her fame in Europe led Professor – guitarist Manuel Barrueco to study at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where she completed her degree in 2003.

The career of Ana Vidovic

Her professional international career includes frequent recitals, concert engagements, festival performances, and tours worldwide. Vidović has performed with a wide range of orchestras. She often performs works by Johann Sebastian Bach, the composer of her choice, and Spanish-language composers such as Federico Moreno Torroba, Agustín Barrios, Manuel Ponce, Francisco Tárrega, and Joaquín Rodrigo.

Ana Vidović has received over twenty prizes in international competitions, in which she participated until the age of 18. Her achievements include first prizes at the Albert Augustine Memorial International Competition (Bath, England) at the age of 13, the Fernando Sor Competition (Rome, Italy), and the Francisco Tárrega Competition (Benicàssim, Spain). Additional top prizes include the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition, the Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, the Printemps de la Guitare Competition in Belgium, and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.

In a review of one of her performances in 2006, Stephen Brookes of the Washington Post wrote: “Her playing […] was virtually flawless – detailed, precise and polished. But this was not a purely virtuosic performance. Vidovic’s playing is nuanced and intensely personal, both deeply felt and deeply thought.” Guitar Review’s Stephen Griesgraber noted, “It’s difficult to know where to begin when discussing the enormous talents of Ana Vidovic. Her dynamic range, the beauty of sound, the precision of articulation, and virtuosity are such that listening becomes an absolute musical experience.”

Ana Vidovic mentions Paco de Lucía as her role model, John Williams as a significant musical inspiration, and many other composers and musicians. She references Jacqueline du Pré’s performance of the Elgar Concerto as one of her favorite classical CDs.

Vidović exclusively played a Jim Redgate guitar and said, “[A few] years ago I tried a Redgate […] and immediately felt a connection […]. It’s an extraordinary instrument that you can spend many years with.”

She has published six CDs and two live DVDs and has been included in compilation albums. On the DVD Guitar Virtuoso (2006), she performs pieces by Bach, Torroba, Paganini, and Walton, as well as on Guitar Artistry in Concert (2009) the music of Torroba, Piazzolla, Pierre Bensusan, Sérgio Assad, Stanley Myers, Villa-Lobos, and Agustin Barrios.

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