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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.
Currently residing in Barcelona, Spain and enjoying a truly international career as both a concert and recording artist, Jacob Cordover “impresses with his intuitive musicianship and impeccable technique” (Leicester Mercury, UK). His “consummate artistry” (Adelaide Advertiser, Australia) has enticed audiences in over a dozen countries across four continents. He has played in festivals worldwide, including the Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Conservatorio Nacional de Música (Mexico), Music by the Sea (Canada), String 139 Festival (China), Gitarrenfestival-Ruhr (Germany), Certamen Llobet Guitar Festival (Spain) and Pure Classic Musikkfest (Norway).
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.”