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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.
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.