June/July 2009

Semiramide in the Dutch media:

Dagblad Trouw, 4 augustus (interview):
Real Belcanto on gut strings. With his cd Elias shows us that there is interesting repertoire waiting for guitarists to be played.
Elias: ‘This Guadagnini guitar is much more singing than a modern guitar’ ‘As a guitarist you should think beyond the notes that are written’

‘a Five stars CD’ Nederlands Dagblad, July 31st

‘intelligent and multi-layered’ De Telegraaf, July 18th

‘Including all his ornamentations Elias is not inferior to any opera diva’ Trouw, June 13th

The past months Semiramide has been broadcasted regularly on Dutch national radio.


August 2009

Duo Bosgraaf and Elias are the winners of the Grachtenfestival Prize 2009


September 2008

Bosgraaf and Elias in Russia:
22 September 2008 Bosgraaf and Elias gave a concert at the international Early Music Festival of St. Petersburg.
Programme: ‘The Nightwatch, music from the time of Rembrandt’. This concert was part of Bosgraaf and Elias’ debut tour in Russia.

An impression of the concert by the St. Petersburg journal ‘Kommersant’ of September 24th:

‘The sophisticated drive of Bosgraaf’s and Elias’ playing sounded within the walls of the
Chapel of the Knights of Malta reminiscent of a medieval discoteque’

‘On the personal front the members of the national team
of the Royal Netherlands made the best impression : The sensitive and
elegant arabesque of Erik Bosgraaf’s affects reminded one of the
performance style of Barthold Kuijken, and after the first solo
numbers by Izhar Elias it became evident, that today’s gurus of early
string instruments do not have to worry about the future of baroque