Here is the duo of Milena Petkovic and Branko Barnic playing Il Funghetto, the 2nd movement of Roland Dyens’ Comme des Grandes, on a pair of Teodoro Perez Especial cedar-tops – one, played by Branko, is a 2016 Especial with CSA rosewood back and sides, and the other, played by Milena, is a 2017 Especial with a gorgeous set of Imbuia for the back and sides.
Here’s Jiji playing a fantastic rendition of the Albeniz classic Leyenda on a killer 1925 Santos Hernandez that features a spruce top and a three-piece mahogany back and mahogany sides. Jiji has recently been racking up accolades and competition wins and will make her Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. You can learn more about Jiji here.
Here’s Reyes Gonzalez playing Bach’s Prelude, BWV 999, on a lovely 1978 Manuel Velazquez cedar and Indian rosewood guitar. Reyes is GSI’s web content coordinator, and he studied classical guitar at UC Santa Barbara with Mark Covey and has also studied with Taso Comanescu. He’s currently working on expanding his classical repertoire.
We were fortunate to be able to record a concert last year of the entire Romero family along with virtuoso ukulele player Daniel Ho. The concert featured duets by Pepe Romero and Daniel Ho, as well as solos by each, in the first half, and then the Romero quartet in the second half. Angel Romero even made an appearance and sat in with the quartet. All instruments – guitars and ukuleles – were made by luthier Pepe Romero Jr., and it’s a wonderful showcase of the instruments played by some seriously legendary players.
Irina Kulikova was born in Chelyabinsk, the capital of Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia. Under the guidance of Victor Kozlov and her mother – cellist Vinera Kulikova – she started developing her musicianship from the earliest age. At the age of twelve, she was already traveling around Russia and abroad for gala-concerts and festivals. When she reached fourteen, she was included in the book The Classical Guitar, its evolution, players and personalities since 1800 by Maurice Summerfield.