About Kulikova mentioned here, to me she is one of the best recent woman guitarists. Probably not the most beautiful face as other more regularly mentioned women here, but musically is far superior than several others, IMO.
Interesting how when men talk about women guitarists the looks/beauty issue always gets mentioned as well. I mean does anybody ever say "about so and so, (insert your favorite new great overlooked young generation male guitarist) "to me he's one of the best recent male guitarists. Probably not the most handsome face like the GQ modelesque Milos, the rugged bearded mysterious Marcin Dylla or the perfectly chiseled face and nose of a young Christopher Parkening, but musically far superior than several others, IMO. "
I would think at this point with so many professional women classical guitarists around today who play at the same musical level or better than men we wouldn't shouldn't even have to mention a players' gender when talking about a favorite recording of a specific piece but given by nature that we always do, at least let's judge a woman on the merits of how their playing SOUNDS since we're talking music, not how great they look onstage, on a YouTube video or on their CD album cover and website portraits. Even with today's marketing of a classical performer more focused on how they look then ever before, the double standard that is applied to women musicians is completely unfair.
I agree that Kulikova is a great guitarist, she's a better
much more interesting interpreter who plays with more intense genuine warm feeling than just about any guitarist before the
public today man or woman as if gender even matters anymore.