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Olivia was born on December 1999 in Monterey Park, California. She studied piano at the age of five at Yamaha Music school, where she received many awards. Her father James Chiang, a self-taught musician, guitarist and composer from Taiwan, began to teach her classical guitar when she was seven. Olivia received an educational award from the White House and was the student of the year at Vejar Elementary School
Alex Tsiboulski is a Ukraine-born, Australia-based guitarist. He is the winner of twelve international competitions, including the 2000 Australian Guitar Competition and the 2006 Tokyo International Guitar Competition. His teachers have included Timothy Kain, Ernesto Bitetti and Adam Holzman. He was three times a finalist of the GFA International Concert Artist Competition. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and was the Australian-American Fulbright Scholar in the Visual and Performing Arts.
Vladimir Gapontsev was born on September 6, 1985, in Volzhskiy, Russia and is currently 30 years old. As a Russian classical guitarist, Vladimir specializes in solo and chamber music repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and avant-garde periods, as well as jazz, folk and pop genres.
Kai Narezo is a flamenco guitarist who has always had one foot planted in the Old World and the other in the New. His sound is a reflection of his reality—a deep reverence for the roots and the soul of traditional flamenco, a love for the modern flamenco landscape, and an American sensibility rooted in jazz-fusion and contemporary production techniques. His expertise will be shared in the soon-to-be released textbook, A Compás: The Flamenco Guitar Survival Guide, co-authored with Dr. Scott Wolf, and which is the first book to explain the underlying structure of the flamenco forms and other ‘unteachable’ aspects of this art form. A Compás will be the first text ever to be used to teach flamenco at Berklee College of Music. In addition to being a world-class teacher and performer, Kai is also an avid recording artist, having recently completed his latest feature length album, “Contra Tiempo”.
Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe. Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his insightful performances and effortless presentation in a concert career spanning well over a decade.
Iren Arutyunyan began studying classical guitar at the age of seven under the instruction of her father. Iren holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
When Christopher Dro picked up his first guitar at the age of 18, he had no idea that he’d spend the next ten years making up for lost time. Having arrived late to the world of music, Christopher quickly built a firm foundation of musical principles and music theory while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of California – Santa Cruz. There, under the diligent instruction of Bill Coulter and Mesut Özgen, he cultivated his newfound love for the nylon-string guitar, quickly embracing the art for its expressiveness and its ability to communicate without words.
It’s easy to make things sound complex. What’s much harder is to make complexity sound easy. In Imagined Frequencies, his latest recording released on September 8, 2015 Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer Vahagni weaves in both, his playing and his compositions, strands from several styles and traditions — flamenco and classical music, Armenian music and jazz. Yet the overall result has a rare, easy-on-the ear quality that belies its many influences.
“At the end of the day we are all searching for a melody, for a story in the music,” says the Armenian-born guitarist. “And when I write, even when it gets very abstract or might have dissonances, I think naturally about the melody as a way to tie everything together.”
Classical and flamenco guitarist Silviu Octavian Ciulei was born in Constanta, Romania. He began his musical studies at the age of six and attended the High School of Arts in Constanta. By age thirteen, he had won his first performance prize. In Romania, Silviu won many prizes including First Prizes in the National Music Olympics, and was First Prize winner and Gold Medalist three times consecutively in the “George Georgescu” International Music Performance Competition. He graduated at the top of his class and was selected to perform the Concerto in A major opus 30 by Mauro Giuliani with the Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra.
Guitarist Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. A recent recipient of the “Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year” award by Guitar International Magazine, Matt has been described by critics as “a young artist about to make a real dent in the world of classical guitar” (Premier Guitar Magazine), “highly expressive and technically virtuosic” (Modern Guitars Magazine), “a truly accomplished and refined musician” (Cleveland Classical), and “one of the world’s best guitar players” (The Royal Gazette).