Internationally acclaimed musician and teacher, TLDM, PDM, MMus (distinction), DMus (current). Avril specializes in offering classical guitar lessons and masterclasses, theory of music and composition, as well as writing academically about music. Kinsey has taught and performed on 4 continents including Julliard (New York), Royal Academy of Music (London), Hermoupolis Guitar Festival (Greece), Volterra Project, Italy and the Cape Town International Guitar Festival in South Africa amongst many others.
Her performing career has taken her to Singapore, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland, North America, Greece and Italy, many of which led to numerous live radio and television broadcasts. In 1988 she made her orchestral debut with the National Symphony Orchestra performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez under the baton of Garcia Asensio. Performing with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996 she accompanied Luciano Pavarotti during the Cape Town visit of his world tour.
Kinsey has composed over 30 works for, and including, the classical guitar. Most have been published by Art Music Editions and many recorded on the Art Music label. Her works have been featured in television documentaries and radio programs (SABC TV, BBC Radio & TV, Austrian Radio) and KPFK Radio in the USA. Several of her guitar works include the re-creation of bird calls and the sounds of ethnic African instruments.
Kinsey is the author of two music books Guitar Music from Africa and Guitar on Safari and the performer on 5 CDs. Her writings and articles have also been published internationally in Classical Guitar (UK).
She is the founding director of the Cape Town Academy of Music mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/akinsey/homepage and the Cape Town International Guitar Festival capetownguitarfestival
SAMPLE of YOUTUBE RECORDINGS
Mokoro (Song of the Water): youtube/watch?v=dp6OcPGoD8c
Cuban Dance: youtube/watch?v=PFZsBUPLCA8&feature=related
Modjadji (Rain Queen): youtube/watch?v=rbTHVMp2G1U
Mr Masenga’s Walk: https://youtube/watch?v=uiJfg8czZO8
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THE PRESS SAY
‘This guitarist’s work is ingenious and evocative, the result of a fertile imagination … a master musician of unusual ability.’ Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar (UK)
‘Sharply focused eloquence and total brilliance … a sparkling finish to a recital which had delighted a full house.’ Dick Turpin, The Star Tonight (SA)
Avril Kinsey has studied with internationally renowned performers and teachers, including Narciso Yepes, Ernesto Bitetti, Carlos Bonell, and Christopher Parkening. She received her Masters of Music degree from the University of Cape Town with distinction, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Jules Kramer Fine Arts and Music Scholarship, the KW Johnstone Research Bursary and the Adcock Ingram Classical Guitar Competition First Prize.
Kinsey is currently composing an orchestral ballet suite as part of her Doctor of Music degree.
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