Norbert Kraft (classical guitarist and producer)

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Norbert Kraft (b. Linz, Austria, 1950) is a Canadian guitarist, music teacher, producer and arranger.

An international performer, Kraft has also recorded and (together with his wife: Bonnie Silver, who is also a pianist and harpsichordist) produced many albums on the Naxos Records label. In 1994 he launched the label's Guitar Collection as producer and artistic director.

Kraft specializes in solo guitar pieces from the 17th to 20th centuries as well as concerto repertoire. He has published many arrangements and transcriptions of Baroque and later solo and chamber music, including works for guitar and harpsichord. He has also compiled and edited a series of graded technical exercises and repertoire for the guitar. These were published in 1978 as Classical Guitar Editions and were adopted as official curriculum by the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). He is also a composer for classical guitar.

He has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, University of Toronto and The Royal Conservatory of Music.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez / Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concerto / Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Concerto no. 1 Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Castelnuovo-Tedesco; Northern Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas Ward, Norbert Kraft 1
1994 Centone di Sonate, Volume 1 Niccolò Paganini; Moshe Hammer, Norbert Kraft 1
1994 19th Century Guitar Favourites Norbert Kraft 1
1997 Guitar Favourites Norbert Kraft 1
1998 Six Divertimenti, op. 1 / Six Divertimenti, op. 2 / Thème varié et un minuet, op. 3 / Fantasía, op. 4 / Six Petites Pièces, op. 5 Fernando Sor; Norbert Kraft 1
2000 Complete Music for Solo Guitar Heitor Villa‐Lobos; Norbert Kraft 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Cavatina: Beliebte Gitarrenstücke Norbert Kraft, John Holmquist, Northern Chamber Orchestra 1

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