Konrad Ragossnig was born in 1932 in Klagenfurt, Austria and studied with Professor Karl Scheit in Vienna. His career began with the first prize award at the 1961 “Concours International de Guitare” in Paris. Since then, concert tours have taken him throughout the world and to prestigious festivals such as Salzburg, Vienna, Ossiach, Hohenems/Feldkirch, Ansbach, Berlin, Schwetzingen, Luxembourg, Festival van Vlaanderen, Paris, Ann Arbor and Osaka, among others.
He has made a large number of radio and TV performances and has produced over 60 records and CD recordings for renowned classic labels. Among the many prizes he has been awarded are the “Grand Prix du Disque” and the “Edison Award”.
His six-part anthology “Musik für Laute” (DG/Archiv) was selected by the German record magazine “Fono Forum” for the “Guitar and Lute music” section as Record of the Century.
The recordings show a varied repertoire that ranges from lute music of the Renaissance to works of contemporary music for the guitar.
Konrad Ragossnig has a particular predilection for guitar chamber music, which he performs with various musicians among them Peter Schreier, Kurt Equiluz, Peter-Lukas Graf, Hans-Martin Linde, Werner Tripp and Thomas Ragossnig as well the Bern String Quartet, the Prague String Quartet and the Kyndel String Quartet Stockholm.
He has performed in concert as a soloist with famous symphony and chamber orchestras in Austria and abroad. Konrad Ragossnig has published approximately 70 music editions.
From 1964 to 1983 he taught at the Music Academy in Basel. In 1983 he was offered a chair as full professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. From 1989 to 1997 he was also guest professor at the Conservatoire Zürich and held many master classes in several European countries, the United States and Japan. He is also a member of the jury at important international competitions, including Paris, Munich, Brussels/Walcourt, Geneva and Vienna.
About the luthier: Daniel Friederich was born on January 16th in 1932. At the age of 23 years he built his first instrument (a copy of a Simplicio), because he wanted to learn to play the guitar. His guitar teacher Christian Aubin and the painter and guitar builder Robert Bouchet had a great influence on his work and Friederich developed their ideas further. For decades now, Friederich has been one of the world’s most important luthiers and his guitars are played all over the world.
Early in his career, he built some guitars with spruce top, but this changed in 1974 when he finally devoted himself mainly to guitars with cedar top (with only few exceptions that were built on special request. This guitar is one of the examples with a cedar top and is in very good condition. This guitar has a lot of strength and a rich tone of cedar and at the same time the clarity and sustain of spruce.
|Year of construction:||1975|
|Back and sides:||Indian rosewood|