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Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. In 1997, he captured the prestigious first prize of the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention awarding him tour of the United States and Canada with more than sixty concerts and master classes. In between his North American tour that year, he gave several concerts in France where his performances were broadcast live on France-Musique followed by extensive recital tours throughout the world.
We were very happy to catch French guitar superstar Judicaël Perroy in between tour dates for just long enough to record a video for us! As it happened, Amalia Ramirez was in town that day and had just brought us one of the new Antigua model guitars for us to check out. We don’t have the guitar in stock yet – she took it back to Madrid with her – but we do have some photos and of course this amazing video of Judicael playing Barrios’ Choro de Saudade.
Amalia tells us that the Antigua – or Antique – is the result of requests to create a guitar more like the Ramirez guitars of the early 20th Century, and features a spruce top unless special-ordered with cedar, and Indian rosewood back and sides unless special-ordered with Madagascar rosewood. GSI will be carrying the Antigua model soon.
Judicael is currently touring the US, Canada and Europe, so be sure to check out his website for tour dates!
Judicaël Perroy in Masterclass
Location: Murphy Recital Hall, Loyola Marymount University
Masterclass: free to auditors
Judicaël Perroy in Concert
Location: Murphy Recital Hall, Loyola Marymount University
Concert: $25 general admission, $15 students with ID
For more information, visit the LMU Guitar Series webpage.
Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes from prominent international competitions to his credit. In 1997, he captured the prestigious first prize of the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention awarding him tour of the United States and Canada with more than sixty concerts.
Highly sought after and in great demand as a teacher, he has been invited to give master classes at many of the top conservatories and universities in the United States and abroad. In addition, Perroy’s students have won several top prizes in regional, national and international competitions including Guitar Foundation of America, while emerging as mature and upcoming rising stars of classical guitar and international music scene. Mr. Perroy is currently the Professor at the Ecole Nationale de Musique d’Aulnay-sous-Bois, a position he has held since 2004.
For more information, visit Judicaël Perroy’s site du web.
GCGS Presents GFA International Competition Prize Winner’s Tour, with Xavier Jara in concert
Location: Shepherd of the Hills, 1601 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ
Price: $25 In Advance. Tickets are available online at www.CanyonGuitar.org or at Bookman’s. For more info about tickets, please phone 928-213.0752.
American classical guitarist, Xavier Jara (born 1993), is the 1st prizewinner of the 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition. A native of Minnesota, Jara was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicael Perroy. Jara studied in Paris for six years with Perroy. During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with French guitarist, Olivier Chassain, and lute master, Eric Bellocq. He received 1st place in a number of international competitions including the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015) and the Tokyo International Competition (2016). In 2016, Jara returned home to the United States to win the Guitar Foundation of America’s Rose Augustine Grand Prize.
It’s been another amazing year for guitar music over here at GSI and as the year wraps up we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing musicians who have lent us their time and talent to create the great videos we publish every week. We obviously couldn’t do any of it without them and we are extremely grateful for the music and for the friends we’ve made over the years in our quest to record every guitar we can get our hands on! So here, in more or less reverse order of appearance, are the artists who have shared their talent with us this year:
When I heard we were doing staff picks, I thought: Which videos come to mind right away, without any second guesses? Which ones have recently caught my attention the most? It was tough narrowing it down to five videos, but then again my picks change every few months, so these are just the five I can loop on YouTube for days (as of now). This is also a great way to introduce friends to these videos as a sampling of the classical guitar, so enjoy:
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.
Olivier Chassain was born in Paris, France in 1957. He began studying the guitar in Limousin with Roger Généraux and later became a well-rounded and founded guitarist under the guidance of Carel Harms. In 1977, Olivier was admitted to the Conservatoire de Paris where, in 1982, he earned a premier prize for his studies in guitar with Alexandre Lagoya; that same year, he also won a prize in counterpoint studies under Bernard de Crépy and one in harmony studies with Roger Boutry.