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Title  Galina Vale (U.K)- video
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Guitarist Galina Vale (Vernigora)  was born  in the Ukraine and comes from a family of musicians.
She began studying the guitar and made her first public appearance on state television at the age of eight,
from twelve she was performing major guitar concertos with the Kharkov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
From 1991 to 1995 she studied at the Moscow Gnesiny Music College while also employed  as a principal guitarist
with the Kharkov State Philharmonia from 1986 until 1997.
Galina has won prizes at international guitar and  music  competitions in 
Poland, Italy, Hungary, Spain, the United Kingdom, and  has  performed over  2000  concerts  across West and Eastern  Europe .
In 1996  the  British  Ambassador and  High Commissioner to Kenya invited her to Africa for a concert tour and television appearances.
Her recitals have included very technically demanding works,
such as the arrangement by Japanese virtuoso guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita of  "The Bogatyr Gate of Kiev"
(from "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky), considered "impossible for guitar" (Goniezc Pomorsky)
alongside her own arrangements of works like Rachmaninov's  "Prelude no.5 in G-minor" and "Hungarian Dance no.5" by Brahms¡¦
Her repertoire has ranged from 'orthodox' classical guitar (Sor, Mertz, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos), music from the renaissance and baroque
(Galilei, Bach, Dowland, Scarlatti) through arrangements of  classical instrumental,orchestral works and opera
(Liszt, Paganini, Sarasate, de Falla, Gimenez, Bizet, Rossini...) the modern guitar (Walton, Dyens, Rak...) to flamenco (Escudero, Sabicas, Peña...)
and arrangements of South American and East European folk music (Cardoso, Ramirez, Shevchenko...).
Her interpretation of  pieces by the famous guitarist-composer  Stepan Rak inspired his praise before a huge audience
at the 1987 Esztergom International Guitar Festival (Hungary)... 
"Finally I have found  a guitarist who can perform my music!"

She has also starred in three music films produced by Ukrainian State Television:

"Portrait with guitar" (1987)
"Strings and Sails"    (1991)
"Spirit of Spain"        (1997)

Her  first CD "The Legend" was released  in 1996 (under her maiden name Galina Vernigora)
with the support of Gendai Guitar Foundation of Japan and Masaru Kohno.
It featured on US  FM radio in the network programme edition of  "Great Women Guitarists" produced by 'Classical Guitar Alive' in 1997
and later  with the Maltese National Radio on the programme "Cantabile".
Galina now lives in England and continues with her career as a concert performer .
Since moving to the U.K. she has performed at major festivals incl. Eurowirral International Guitar Festival, 
Ripon Music Festival, "Hola Mundo" and  venues incl.
Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Kensington Roof Gardens, Leighton House and Bridgewater Hall.
She has also worked with the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester and London under Director  Salvador Estebanez Eraso performing Spanish guitar music programmes for the Open University, British Council and other events .   

Press review quotes

"Fabulous virtuosity..."    ----------------------------------------La Guitarreria, France

"Birth of the star"             
"Beautiful like Venus ,  plays like Paco de Lucia"  ------------Goniezc Pomorsky,  Poland

"If  individuality could be measured on a scale of one to ten, Galina Vale
would surely score eleven¡¦"  --------------------------- Classical Guitar, Great Britain

"The Ukrainian-born Galina Vale is a guitarist of extraordinary daring and virtuosity.¡¦"
                                    ------------------------ Instituto Cervantes, Great Britain

"Fairy of Crystal Strings"  -------------------------------- Molod Ukrainy, Ukraine

"Breathtaking¡¦  I have never known such technical security with the left hand
                          ---------------------- Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Great Britain

"Renowned  instrumental star¡¦"  -------------------East African Standard,  Kenya

" Her playing is almost indescribable, with a lot of volume, an unusual, and a repertoire that few would choose to attempt.
As my father used to say "they broke the mould when they made that one."
Absolutely, I couldn't put it better myself!"   
                                -----------------------------Chris Dumigan, Classical Guitar

"The finalist from Ukraine, Galina Vale, surprised the audience with her amazing
musical skills, her incredible technique and unusual stage presence."
                    ------------------San Francisco International Guitar Competition, 2002

Galina Vale - 4th October 2003  West Sussex Guitar Club

"What an amazing performance from Galina Vale at the first of the new season's concerts.
Such incredible technique in all aspects of her guitar playing. The volume and speed and clarity were superb.
Some say the pieces were played too fast, but I never found any loss of emotion in the playing.
The programme of music was well chosen with many refreshing new pieces that I had not heard played on the guitar before.
Because of the confines of the hall there is not room for a full orchestra,
and yet on this occasion we were treated to Vivaldi's Lute Concerto with a Kareoke style orchestra backing.
What a beautiful piece and the sound balance between orchestra and guitar was just right.
The Venetian mask added to the sense of fun.
All the pieces were enjoyable, in particular I liked the excitement of Rossini's Tarantella.
The final piece from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with its grand chords looked incredibly difficult to play
and I later read in the programme notes that the arrangement was considered 'impossible to play'!
All told it was one of the most entertaining evenings with many new pieces all brilliantly played.
That evening we did a round trip of 100 miles just to see the concert and it was well worth every mile.
I look forward to Galina's early return."
Terry Woodgate                                  ------------------------------West Sussex Guitar Club/U.K.
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