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New York-based Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He has been described by The Washington Post as “truly evocative,” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a player who deserves to be heard.” His performances have taken him across four continents, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to the Barcelona Guitar Festival in Spain, Strings-139 Festival in China, Gharana Music Festival in Nepal, and every state and territory in mainland Australia.
Jason Waldron’s earliest musical recollections date back to hearing his father play the violin in the fifties in Tasmania. Waldron’s father was a fine amateur violinist, classically trained, but unable to follow a solid classical path due to financial necessities at the time and the isolation of Tasmania from anywhere with a thriving classical music culture. The Waldron family had a player piano, and from a very early age, Jason would pedal away playing the piano roles of Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and other composers that he admired. It was this music, along with that played by his father and associates, that laid the foundation for Jason’s own musical appreciation.
Dr. Connie Sheu is a dynamic guitarist, devoted teacher and ardent advocate of the classical guitar. In demand as both a soloist and chamber musician, her playing has been hailed by the New York Sun as “excellent, ruminative… scholarly.” According to Classical Guitar Magazine, “Her debut recording displays, without a doubt, her talents as a concert artist.”
Thomas Viloteau is considered one of the most gifted classical guitarists of the younger generation and not without reason. His first concert was in his home country of France only a year after he began his studies, in front of an audience of 200 people. Since that concert, Thomas has played in some of the best venues through out the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Norway, Great Britain, Taiwan and Puerto Rico.
Tara Rose Davison, soprano and classical guitarist, began her career as an opera singer. She garnered much success in her operatic endeavors, performing throughout the United States and Internationally in roles such as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking and Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore. By the age of 21, she was the youngest finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Our friends at Guitar CoOp in Brazil have just put out another teaser video announcing the imminent release of legendary guitarist Edson Lopes‘ first solo guitar CD, which will feature music by Weiss, Barrios Mertz, Pujol, Legnani, Coste. We’re big fans of Guitar CoOp because of their commitment to making amazing recordings of great players playing fantastic guitars (looks like Lopes is playing a Hauser in this video). Be sure to check out their CD Quadros, which features Jorge Caballero playing music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky
Since his concert debut at the age of six, Celil has received high recognition and accolades for his myriad accomplishments, more recently winning First Prize in the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Top prizewinner of international guitar competitions including Sofia Bulgaria, Naxos Greece, Vienna, Istanbul and throughout the United States, and highlighted awards winner at top competitions such as 2012 GFA Competition, Indiana International Guitar Competititon, Schadt String Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Pearl and Julius Rising Young Stars, Columbus State and Louisville Guitar Competitions.
Praised for his clear interpretive powers, technical finesse and engaging performances, Samuel Hines is an award-winning classical guitarist from Southern California. After an arbitrary decision to teach himself classical guitar at the start of high school, Hines’ passion for music quickly grew into a calling that would become his career. Hines has enjoyed performing and competing throughout the United States, in Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, as well as Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Indiana and Wisconsin, among others.
Alexander Milovanov is one of the most prominent and exciting classical guitarists of the new generation. He has often been cited as an extraordinary artist who captures the attention of an audience with his powerful insight and dazzling virtuosic technique.