Posts from ‘Teacher Spotlight’
As an active performer and teacher Mr. Johnson currently serves as the Head of the Classical Guitar Department, Director of Classical Guitar Ensembles, and Professor of Music Theory at Colorado State University in Pueblo. He also teaches outreach programs for the Colorado Springs Conservatory. As an ambassador of the guitar, Benjamin Johnson is dedicated to performing works for the guitar from all eras of music in many venues both conventional and unconventional. As an avid chamber musician, he has recently performed the chamber works of Astor Piazolla in collaboration with other chamber musicians.
Dr. Steven Thachuk is becoming known as one of Canada’s most outstanding young guitarists. He has appeared in recitals, as a chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras throughout North America, Great Britain and Europe. In the 1998/99 concert season, he made his Ford Performing Arts Centre (Toronto) debut performing Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal with the Toronto Philharmonic. His playing has drawn much critical acclaim, and Classical Guitar Magazine has described his performances as “perfectly and sensitively done”. In addition to many other awards, he received the prestigious Chalmers Performing Arts Training Grant in 1994, and was a top finalist in the Freschen International Competition in Köln.
Rene Izquierdo, a native from Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, Mr. Izquierdo earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. While at Yale, he represented the university in an exchange program with the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse du Paris and worked with guitarists Olivier Chassain and Roland Dyens.
Jonathan Roth is a classical guitarist and composer from the Chicagoland area. He completed his undergraduate studies at Pepperdine University where he studied the guitar with Christopher Parkening. Afterwards, Roth continued his education at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he completed the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees under the instruction of Scott Tennant. Dr. Roth has served on the faculty at both Indiana University South Bend and Trinity Christian College and has recorded three albums of original compositions and hymn arrangements (Meditations, 2005; Nostalgia, 2009; Noel, 2015) as well as a joint project with Rick Foster (Faith is the Reason, 2011). Jonathan lives near Los Angeles with his wife and son and teaches at Pepperdine University.
Julian Gray is recognized as one of the outstanding guitarists on the current music scene, performing in recital and as a chamber musician and concerto soloist. He has appeared at many of the most prestigious guitar gatherings, including the Second American Guitar Congress and the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, as well as concert series and festivals in London, New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and on tour throughout the United States and Canada. His recording of music for guitar and strings by Paganini with the Diaz Trio was hailed by Stradivarius Magazine as the finest example of that genre on record. Recordings with former duo partner, Ronald Pearl, including The Magic Circle, Baroque Inventions, Homages and Evocations and Scarlatti 15 for Dorian, have received enthusiastic accolades from critics and music-lovers alike.
Bruce Holzman, Associate Professor of Guitar at the Florida State University, has been Director of the Guitar Program since 1972.
David Starobin is the dedicatee of more than 350 new works which he has performed throughout the world, collaborating with ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the National, Houston, San Francisco, Saint Louis, and BBC symphony orchestras, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Danish Radio Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Emerson and Guarneri quartets.
James Smith (known as Jim Smith) was professor of music and chair of the classical guitar department at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He is regarded as one of the finest classical guitarists to have ever played the instrument. His students include prize winners in international competitions and participants in two ensembles trained at USC, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) and the Falla Trio, both ensembles that have successful professional careers.
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”.
José Tomás Pérez Sellés (born in Alicante, 26 August 1934 – 7 August 2001) was a Spanish classical guitarist and teacher. Considered a major influence on the evolution of classical guitar technique in the second half of the 20th century, he trained many guitarists from all over the world.