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Norbert Kraft

  • Guitarist

Biography

Norbert Kraft has appeared as a recitalist in cities such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, St. Louis and in performing centres throughout Canada. He has also toured Europe, Japan and South-east Asia, astonishing audiences with his "fluent technique...tonal variety ... and full dynamic range" to quote The Times, London.
A frequent orchestral soloist, Norbert has appeared with every major orchestra in Canada and various international symphonies such as the Northern Chamber Orchestra (Manchester), the Rasumovsky Ensemble, the Polish National Radio Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Baltimore Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has given command performances for two of Canada's Prime Ministers, the President of Mexico, Canada's Governor General, and Ambassadors to the United States, Indonesia, and Singapore. Mr. Kraft also represented Canada at the World Expo Fairs in Japan of 1990 and in Spain of 1992.
With a discography that continues to expand, Mr. Kraft is a worldwide best-selling recording artist with over a dozen recording titles. Presently signed with the Naxos label as recording artist and producer, his recordings have been awarded with praise by select publications such as the New York Times, Classical Guitar magazine, Hi Fidelity, CD Review and were chosen Gramophone Magazine's "Critic's Choice for 1989" and Classic CD's "Favourite CD of the Year."
Having served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, University of Toronto and The Royal Conservatory of Music, Norbert is often invited to schools and universities where he gives master classes and coachings. He has also served as juror to various international guitar competitions. Mr. Kraft was the first North American to win the top prize at the 1985 Segovia International Competition, held in Mallorca, Spain.