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Announcing 2016 GFA Hall of Fame Inductees

Tuesday, December 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Emma Markham
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The Guitar Foundation of America Hall of Fame was created in 2008 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the GFA and the world of classical guitar throughout their careers. The GFA honors new inductees in a ceremony at the annual GFA Convention. This year, the ceremony will take place on June 25, 2016 at 9pm MST at Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. It will also be livestreamed from a link on the GFA website.

The Artistic Achievement Award is reserved for performers, composers, pedagogues, and scholars who have made monumental contributions to the development of the art and life of the classical guitar. Ricardo Iznaola will be the 2016 recipient of the Artistic Achievement Award.

For over four decades, Ricardo Iznaola has distinguished himself as an international performing and recording artist, composer, teacher and author. His performances achieved international acclaim since winning top prizes at eight prestigious international competitions early in his career. His books, Kitharologus - The Path to Virtuosity, On Practicing, and Summa Kitharologica, have become standard required texts for the training of guitar professionals at many institutions. Mr. Iznaola's catalogue of compositions includes numerous works for solo guitar, chamber music with guitar, orchestral and vocal compositions. In 1991 he founded his own recording and publishing company, IGW (Iznaola Guitar Works,, through which his recordings and publications are distributed. In June of 2015, after 32 years of service, Ricardo Iznaola retired as Artist-In-Residence and Chair of the Guitar and Harp Department at the Lamont School of Music of the University of Denver, where he is the Distinguished University Professor in Music, the highest faculty honor bestowed by the university.

The Industry Leadership Award is for entrepreneurs, artisans and businesses who have made significant or visionary contributions to the advancement of the classical guitar and its community. The Guitar Foundation of America will be honoring Robert Ruck for the 2016 Industry Leadership award.

Robert Ruck has been making guitars since 1966. Having had an interest in woodworking since his youth and an interest in music, guitar making felt to him like the perfect occupation. At the age of 16, he chose to play classical and flamenco guitar and studied as a machinist in a technical program, gaining skills in accurate workmanship. While studying for a career as a classical guitarist, the desire to make guitars came to him. A fine woodworker and friend, Irishman John Shaw tutored him in the fundamentals of fine woodworking. After 49 years has made in excess of 1,075 guitars. In addition to the guitar, he also enjoys crafting the Spanish lute, Dulcimer, Renaissance lute, Viola Da Gamba, Vihuela, Baroque guitar (small guitar tuned to G), Alt guitar, 10 string guitars, 8 strings, and 7 string guitars. He still continues to study the playing of classical and flamenco guitar. He works diligently in applying his senses, past experience, and vision to shape and create sound from his instruments.

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