Russian-born and Israeli-raised classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon has been recognized for his impressive technical ability and musicality. USCIS has granted Mr. Liberzon ‘Alien of Extraordinary Ability’ United States Permanent Residency based on his achievements in the music field.
You’re in for a week of concerts, lectures, workshops, competitions and more at the 2017 GFA Convention in beautiful California State University, Fullerton. The Convention is set from June 19-24 and will be hosted by guitar masters Martha Master and Andrew York. Registration and housing close in a few hours – on June 1st – so don’t miss your chance to reserve your spot.
Orfeo Magazine’s 9th issue celebrates Antonio de Torres‘ 200th anniversary. This issue is all about Torres from cover to cover, including great details about his upbringing, his start as a luthier, his influences and other personal information. Orfeo puts a spotlight on five famous Torres guitars, describing their construction, materials and history, including the 1856 “La Leona”, 1858 “Cumbre”, 1859 guitar owned by Miguel Llobet, 1862 papier maché guitar and the 1864 guitar owned by Francisco Tárrega. To finish off, we get leading authority and expert José Luis Romanillos‘ take on Torres’ works and testimonies from concert guitarists Stefano Grondona, Wulfin Lieske and Carles Trepat who play Antonio de Torres guitars. This issue, full of information about Torres, is a must-read! Click here to read the full issue.
When I heard we were doing staff picks, I thought: Which videos come to mind right away, without any second guesses? Which ones have recently caught my attention the most? It was tough narrowing it down to five videos, but then again my picks change every few months, so these are just the five I can loop on YouTube for days (as of now). This is also a great way to introduce friends to these videos as a sampling of the classical guitar, so enjoy:
Andrea De Vitis (Rome, 1985) graduated with full marks from the Morlacchi Conservatory in Perugia, Italy, where he studied under Leonardo De Angelis. He continued his studies at the Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone, Italy with Paolo Pegoraro and Adriano Del Sal. There, he attended masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia, Carlo Marchione, Arturo Tallini, Pavel Steidl, Frédéric Zigante, Carles Trepat and Piero Bonaguri among others.
Benjamin Pila is the only classical guitarist ever named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He’s performed extensively throughout the United States and has been a featured artist at both New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center and San Francisco’s Herbst Theater.
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.
Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. In 1997, he captured the prestigious first prize of the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention awarding him tour of the United States and Canada with more than sixty concerts and master classes. In between his North American tour that year, he gave several concerts in France where his performances were broadcast live on France-Musique followed by extensive recital tours throughout the world.