Lectures & Promotions
D`Addario promotions, March 15 - 4pm - Music school Vuckovic
Prof. Dr. Thomas Offermann counts today as one of the internationally most regarded guitar pedagogues in Europe and further afield. will hold a traditional D`Addario lecture on Sunday, March 15 at 4 pm at the Vučković Music School. It will be an opportunity for guitarists of all profiles to become more familiar with D`Addario new products , as well as to receive valuable gifts at the promotion.
Since 2010 Thomas Offermann is the D’Addario’s European classical guitar representative.
Modern Guitar Technique. Integrative Movement Theory for Guitarists
This publication is an objective contribution to Guitar technique with a framework derived from a knowledge-base drawing on anatomic and physical factors.
Instrumentalists make mistakes only when playing their instrument without conscious and mindful awareness. Any viable instrumental technique can only be based on natural movements executed without any cognitive feedback but with conscious proprioception.
Stating that pre-tension is a precondition for any movement leads to the conclusion that the demand for ‘relaxed instrumental playing’ as such is paradoxical.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Offermann counts today as one of the internationally most regarded guitar pedagogues in Europe and further afield. As soloist, with orchestra and as member of the internationally acclaimed DUO SONARE, one of the outstanding guitar duos of recent times, he has toured in over forty counties worldwide and participated at the most prestigious Guitar Festivals. Numerous Radio and Television broadcasts, together with eight internationally appraised CD recordings provide a worthy documentation to the quality of his work.
Through his work with DUO SONARE, Thomas Offermann opened new ground for the classical guitar repertoire with the adaption of music by such figures as Chick Corea, Frank Zappa and Mike Oldfield. Chick Corea himself praised these interpretations for "so much feeling and beauty".
As professor he currently teaches an International Master class at the University of Music and and Theater in Rostock; he is artistic director of the International Guitar Academy in Berlin. His
latest publication "Moderne Gitarrentechnik“ has been released by Schott/Mainz and in 2019
in English by UT Orpheus in Italy ("Modern Guitar Technique Integrative Movement Theory for Guitarists"). As a lecturer he has appeared at prestigious institutions, guitar festivals and universities across the world, winning acclaim from both participants and peers alike.
In recent years Thomas Offermann has also been active as a conductor of guitar orchestras; composers such as Sérgio Assad, René Eespere, Marco de Biasi, Carlo Domeniconi and Benjamin Verdery wrote works for Guitar Ensembles for him.
Danielle Ribouillault wrote on his teaching in Les Cahiers de la Guitare:
"As I entered the class, he was explaining how to use the notes to revive a phrase, and then you can hear how the phrase flourishes and starts to live. He guides the student towards a generous Rubato that lets the melody vibrate. He, who had played with such a musicality and mastery, knows how to transmit his life-giving espirit… A lot of students attended his class: clearly because something special happens with him during his passionate transmission of music, something essential and more intense than otherwise."