British guitarist Rosie Bennet is just 22, but already a great talent, and in interviews she comes across as thoughtful, poised and wise beyond her years. Her online bio states that she “started playing guitar at age seven, received her early musical education at The Yehudi Menuhin School of Music and went on to study with Zoran Dukic (The Hague, NL), Johan Fostier (Tilburg, NL), Rene Izquierdo (Milwaukee, USA) and Raphaella Smits (Leuven, BE). She has performed in festivals all over Europe, including Open Guitar Festival in Křivoklát, Czech Republic, Glasgow’s Big Guitar Weekend, Scotland, Porziano Music Festival, Italy and the West Dean guitar Festival, UK. Highlights of her concert career include performances at Wigmore Hall, London, The North Wall, Oxford, and concerts given on El Camino De Santiago.” She has yet to record an album but no doubt it is just a matter of time before that happens.
Here, Bennet plays the mesmerizing “Fugue” from J.S. Bach’s Prelude, Allegro and Fugue (BWV 998), which she acknowledges is “really often played, and I know everybody has their opinion of it. But I just feel like I wanted to be able to record for myself a moment in time that for me is incredibly honest music, as a good estimation of what I’m doing.” And what she’s doing is playing with great sensitivity and nuance. —Blair Jackson