Internationally acclaimed guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across Europe, Japan, Australia, the United States and his native country of Russia.
His international success began in Germany where he was selected as a soloist for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation "Live Music Now" outreach program. He recalls that “It was a defining time ... It really shaped me as a performer, as a messenger of music. I was discovering all kinds of audiences: in hospitals, in detention centers, troubled teenagers, terminally ill or mentally challenged, all social backgrounds, demographics and ages. I still can't grasp until now how they are some of the most appreciative and inspired listeners I've met. For some it was their first live concert experience, for others their last. It seemed that when nothing or no-one mattered, or meant anything to them anymore, music still did matter.”
He went on to win many international guitar competitions and prizes across Europe in Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Greece, and in the United States. His win at the Guitar Foundation of America Concert Artist Competition earned him an over 50-cities concert tour throughout North America, including at Debut Carnegie Hall, NY; Canada, Mexico, and South America.
In 2013, Vladimir took on his new role as the International Artist Fellow in Music at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, one of America’s most elite fellowships awarded in music, drama and visual arts. In addition, he was appointed as faculty in the guitar program of the California State University, Fullerton.
He has performed in recital and as soloist with chamber ensembles of Orchestra de Las Beiras, the Orchestra de Aveiro (Portugal), the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia, and Junge Philharmonie Köln , as well as appearances at the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, Koblenz International Guitar Festival (Germany), Guitar Art Festival Belgrade (Serbia), Vienna Guitar Forum (Austria), Nantes Summer Guitar Academy (France), Vondelpark Festival (The Netherlands), and Sydney Crows Nest Concert Cycle (Australia), in addition to giving master-classes at numerous festivals.
Vladimir regularly appears in TV and radio programs across the world, promoting artistic, social and educational values of music focused around guitar. He has published arrangements of lute music by Giovanni Antonio Terzi with MelBay, and recorded with the world’s largest label Naxos.
In 2015, Vladimir started his appointment at The University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he leads the guitar department.
“As a musician, Gorbach is the complete package. He showed himself to be a master of subtlety and delicacy, as well as the possessor of daunting technique and considerable charisma.” -Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Brilliant young guitarist Vladimir Gorbach, first-prize winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition in 2011, has constructed a programme to showcase the variety and versatility of his instrument.” -Graham Wade, Naxos.com
"Wonderfully clean technique -- reminds me of how Horowitz played the piano. What a gift to the world of music!" -Dr. Thomas Heck, Author and Scholar
"...He literally subdued the audience with his musicality and extreme virtuosity." -Quest, France
"His debut at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival 2008 was an absolute triumph for the music world at large, the highlight of the festival." -Hubert Käppel