French guitarist Thibault Cauvin, who has performed in 120 countries across the globe, is currently visiting Bangladesh.
The artiste enchanted the Dhaka audience at a concert organised by Alliance Francaise de Dhaka at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.
Thibault Cauvin was born in 1987 with a guitar in his hands, given by his father, himself a musician. He recently shared his journey, hobbies and more in an interview with New Age.
‘My father was a guitar player. He used to play guitar all day long. When I was five years old, he gave me my first guitar. I followed his footsteps and never looked back,’ Thibault Cauvin told New Age.
When asked why he choose classical guitar, he replied, ‘I chose classical guitar because of my father, who started his career as a pop musician, switched to jazz music and finally settled into playing classical music right before I was born. I grew up listening to him playing and received music lessons from him and went on to study classical guitar.’
Thibault first studied at the Bordeaux Conservatoire and later at the Paris Conservatoire National Superior, graduating with honours.
‘Besides classical guitar, I also like flamenco guitar and all types of music,’ he added.
When asked whether he has been inspired by anyone, Thibault replied, ‘I look up to many guitarists including American singer-guitarist Jimi Hendrix and French guitarist Paco de Lucía.’
Besides playing guitar, Thibault loves to travel. He has visited 120 countries and performed in many Asian countries including China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
‘I love to travel. I have visited 120 countries across the globe till date. I like to meet with different people and learn about different cultures and lifestyles,’ said Thibault.
While sharing his experience of visiting Bangladesh, Thibault said, ‘It’s my first time visiting the country. I visited Chattogram, where I spent a few days, before coming to Dhaka. Chattogram is a vibrant and colourful city. I really enjoyed my stay there.’
‘Though I wanted to visit the world’s largest sea beach in Cox’s Bazar, I could not travel there due to my busy schedule. However, I am looking forward to visiting Bangladesh again,’ he added.
Thibault has been touring extensively for 15 years. He has played in some of the most prestigious halls around the world including New York Carnegie Hall, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, the Shanghai Concert Hall, the London Queen Elizabeth Hall and others.
When asked how he felt performing in Dhaka, Thibault replied, ‘I was overwhelmed by the response of the audience. They were extremely supportive.’
Thibault has participated in many international competitions and received a total of 36 awards, including 13 first prizes, till date.
‘I really liked participating in competitions because each contest was a learning experience for me. The competitions greatly helped me to grow and improve my skills,’ he said.
Thibault bagged first prize in many competitions namely Young Guitarist of the Year (Bath, England) 2002, Concours International de Guitare de Fontainebleau (Fontainebleau, France) 2003, Simone Salmoso International Guitar Competition (Viareggio, Italy) 2003, Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition, (Los Angeles, USA) 2003, Concours International de Guitare A. Lagoya (Fort de France, Martinique) 2003, Torrent International Guitar Competition (Valencia, Spain) 2004, Mottola International Guitar Competition (Mottola, Italy) 2004, Jose Tomas International Guitar Competition (Alicante Petrer, Spain) 2004, Velez Malaga International Guitar Competition (Malaga, Spain) 2004, Forum Gitarre Wien International Guitar Competition (Vienne, Austria) 2004 and others.
Thibault is also the official spokesperson for French Blood Donation Day.
‘I want to do what I can to help others. By donating blood you can save a life. It only takes a few minutes. I encourage everyone to donate blood regularly,’ said Thibault, also the patron of the ‘Paris Guitar Foundation’.
‘Paris Guitar Foundation is the association of guitarists based in Paris, France. It has been working to promote and popularise classical music among musicians and younger generations,’ he said.
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