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Hailed by Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet”, Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in the recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs, and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world’s elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to the unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the ‘2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world, followed by tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-09 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos ‘Top 10 Bestselling Albums’ in September 2008. His live recital DVD “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” was nominated for the 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year.
Yenne Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1987. In 2015, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts in classical guitar from Manhattan School of Music, becoming the first-ever Korean to hold such an honor. A versatile guitarist, her interests include both classical and popular varieties of music.
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.
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.
Nejc Kuhar finished his Masters degree (with honors) in guitar and composition in Vienna, studying the guitar under Alvaro Pierri and composition under Dr. Reiner Bishof and Professor Christian Minkowitsch. Since 2015, Kuhar teaches guitar at the Music Academy in Vienna while also teaching at the Frankfurt Music School since 2013.
Josh Moore is a talented young guitarist that is currently based in the San Francisco area. Josh was drawn to music from a very early age, finally making his way to the guitar around the age of 10, with his earliest performances around the age of 14. Josh is a frequent performer, both as a solo classical guitarist, and as a member of chamber groups and jazz/contemporary groups. He has performed throughout the US and Canada for many guitar societies and classical music series, including concerts for the Great Lakes Guitar Society, the Ventura Guitar Society, M&T First Fridays at the Albright Knox, “Guitar Nights” at the Pasadena Conservatory, and many others.
The folks from Guitar Aficionado stopped by Camilleri Hall at USC the other day for the first two days of Scott Tennant’s Segovia sessions, in which he is recording Segovia’s compositions (most of which you haven’t heard and one of which has never been recorded) on the 1969 Ramirez that Segovia owned from 1969 until 1980 and which GSI recently acquired as part of the Russell Cleveland Collection. The story of Scott’s connection to the guitar and how the new owner made the guitar available are all documented in the article along with some great background information and some gorgeous photos. Click here to read the full Guitar Aficionado article.
Here’s the final installment of the Guitar CoOp John Williams interview. This is a landmark, in-depth interview with one of the very best classical guitarists of the last century and this one, conducted by interviewers who are themselves accomplished guitarists. In part 1 Marcelo Kayath of Guitar CoOp (which produced the video) and guitarist/composer Stephen Goss of the Royal Academy of Music discuss Williams’ early development as a guitarist and in particular Len Williams’ (his father) teaching style and philosophy. They discuss Williams’ early years and his great friendship with the recently deceased Alirio Diaz, and they conclude with a very interesting discussion of technique and of improvisation. In part 2 they discuss pop music, composition, repertoire, the 1960’s and more, and in part 3, titled ‘The Composers’ they discuss Baroque music, 19th Century composers, collaborations and more. In this fourth and final part they discuss practicing technique, life-long repertoire, relaxed playing and the guitars themselves.
Glauber Rocha is considered one of the great names among Brazilian guitarists. He began taking music lessons at the piano at the age of five. He moved on to the guitar when he had just turned 12, and studied with Prof. Aparecido Dias dos Santos. At 15, he met and had a short period of classes with the Brazilian composer and guitarist Mauricio Orosco.
As a solo performer and chamber musician, he has performed in major halls in and outside the country, such as Kleiner-Konzertsaal Gasteig, Black Box and Carl-Orff-Saal Gasteig in Munich, Konzertsaal Cervantes in Munich, Casa Verdi in Milan Italy, Conservatory of Coimbra in Portugal, MASP (Art Museum of Sao Paulo), Ipiranga Hall Museum, Rondon Pacheco Theater in Uberlândia, Municipal Theater of Poços de Caldas, Asunción National Theatre in Paraguay, Municipal Theater in Presidente Prudente, CCSP Jardel Filho in Sao Paulo, among others in Costa Rica, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain, Paraguay and Brazil.