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St. Louis Classical Guitar Society to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, February 8, 2013

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its founding during 2013. The first St. Louis appearance in ten years of the world-renowned Paco Pena Flamenco Dance Company on February 28 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, UMSL campus, is the first of several high-pro- file activities presented to raise community awareness of its Jubilee year. In addition, on June 9--in commemoration of the actual date of its founding as the George C. Krick Classic Guitar Guild in 1963--the Society will hold a gala Commemorative Dinner at the Missouri Athletic Club, 405 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO, 63102, with focus on the singular achievements of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society. St. Louis guitarists and educators both past and present who have sustained and furthered the art of the classical guitar in St. Louis and beyond will be featured as special guests. In addition, the Gala will also include a retrospective look at classical fretted instrument players hailing from St. Louis who were among the most important national figures of the guitar, mandolin, and banjo: William O. Bateman (1825-1883), William Foden (1860- 1947), and George C. Krick (1872-1962). Gala Sponsorships are being sought and the public is invited.

For further information call the St. Louis Guitar Society at (314)567-5566. 

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The Blue Guitar - A new novel by Ann Ireland

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, February 1, 2013

A new novel by author Ann Ireland, The Blue Guitar, focuses on an international classical guitar competition.  Here is a synopsis of the book from Dundurn Press:

At the International Classical Guitar Competition in Montreal, top-flight musicians fly in from all over the world to compete in a grueling week. A career can be made or lost here, and the slightest mishap - a lapse of memory, a shaking right hand, a broken fingernail - can ruin years of preparation.

More than a decade ago Toby made the finals in a similar competition but suffered a breakdown and is only now venturing back into the fray. Middle-aged Lucy is tired of playing bar mitzvahs and weddings and is determined to perform the recital of her life. Trace is a kayaking teenager from the West Coast who seems careless in her talent.

Judges and contestants alike battle and scheme to achieve what they desiremost. There is much more than pretty music being performed on this stage.

Watch the book trailer here.

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Bonnie Silver receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, January 21, 2013

On November 30, 2012 the internationally renown Canadian music producer, Bonnie Silver, attended a ceremony presided over by The Honourable Lois Brown and was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal was presented "By Command of Her Majesty The Queen”..."in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne and in recognition of your contributions to Canada”

Bonnie Silver is an internationally admired Canadian musician and prolific record producer, and is credited with having recorded, edited and produced over 500 recordings. Many of the artists she has worked with include classical guitarists Norbert Kraft, Lorenzo Micheli, Jeffrey McFadden, Marcin Dylla, Jason Vieaux and Pavel Steidl (to name but a few). Her work is recognized internationally and includes multiple Grammy-nominated CD's.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

For more information, please contact Mariette Stephenson

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Julian Coryell Joins Faculty at CSU Dominguez Hills

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, January 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES (January 15, 2013) – The Music Department as well as the College of Arts and Humanities is proud to welcome Julian Coryell as a member of the Spring 2013 teaching faculty. Julian has played guitar on TV shows such as The X Factor and American Idol, as well as The Tonight Show and David Letterman. He's also played on numerous records for artists such as Aimee Mann, Jewel, Marc Broussard and Linda Perry. He has performed and toured with many other artists including Alanis Morissette, Aimee Mann, Leonard Cohen, Madeleine Peyroux, Dave Brubeck, and Billy Cobham among others. He is also a member of the Coryell Auger Sample Trio (AKA CAST) and Line Forms Hear.

Son of famed guitarist Larry Coryell, Julian’s musical gifts were nourished and he began writing music at a young age. The Coryell household was never lacking in musical visitors, and Julian was exposed to everyone from Miles Davis to James Taylor, each adding to the mix of influences from which Julian is inspired. We are certain that he will inspire the students at CSU Dominguez Hills and look forward to the upcoming semester.

Julian joins a guitar program that also includes Matthew Greif of the Grammy Award™ winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) and well-known classical guitarist and author Dr. Scott Morris (Supervisor of Guitar Studies).

For information on the Department of Music at CSU Dominguez Hills please visit:

For information on the Guitar Program at CSUDH please email Dr. Morris at

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The 13th New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, January 14, 2013
The 13th New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes
BE A PLAYER: Exploring Entrepreneurship and Creating Performance Opportunities
July 9 - 14, 2013

Mannes College The NewSchool for Music
150 West 85th Street, New York City, New York

Sharon Isbin, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Eliot Fisk, Antigoni Goni, Zaira Meneses, The Castellani-Andriaccio Duo, Richard Patterson, Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo, Mariano Aguirre, Francisco Roldán, Carlo Valte, Álvaro Mendizabal, and flutist Laura Gilbert, among others.

Early Registration (Save $100!) before February 15!

For registration and more information, visit:

or call (212) 580-0210 ext. 4883

Join an international array of top guitarists for New York’s only week-long guitar festival of concerts, master classes, rehearsals, and hands-on workshops that offer an intensive, interactive experience for classical guitarists of all levels.
July 9 – 14, 2013.

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"We invite guitar players of all ages to this year’s seminar, where you can learn how to be proactive in creating opportunities to perform, to establish careers in music, or to just have fun playing for others.”
--Laura Oltman & Michael Newman, Artistic Directors

For information on registration, ticket reservations, full schedule, faculty bios, audio and video clips, sponsors info and web site links, please visit the web site at

New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes
Tel: (212) 580-0210 ext. 4883

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University of Missouri-Columbia School of Music Auditions

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, January 7, 2013
The School of Music at the University of Missouri-Columbia ("Mizzou”) will be holding undergraduate and graduate classical guitar auditions for the fall, 2013 class of Anthony GLISE:
— Monday, February 18, 2013
— Saturday, March 2, 2013.

FOREIGN STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Guitarists outside the US may submit a DVD. Non-US citizens must pass the TOEFL ("Test of English as a Foreign Language”), but guitar lessons with Glise may be conducted in English, French or German.

Scholarships and a graduate Teaching Assistantship in classical guitar (INCLUDING FULL TUITION WAIVER) are available. See:

Please contact School of Music recruiter, John Slish for more information:
phone: [USA] + 573-882-4471

For more information, contact:

Anthony GLISE
Adjunct Asst. Professor of Guitar
University of Missouri-Columbia

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2011 GFA ICAC Winner Vladimir Gorbach on All Strings Considered

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The 2011 GFA International Concert Artist Competition winner Vladimir Gorbach is on the latest edition of the new guitar podcast, All Strings Considered hosted by guitarist Scott Wolf. Gorbach discusses how he prepared for the competition, his tour repertoire, and his philosophy on competitions in general.

For more information about the podcast, check out this page.

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Festival Review: International Guitar Festival at Brno

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, November 21, 2012


By Jim Skinger

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. This historical city, nestled in the surrounding south Moravian hills, boasts a skyline filled with magnificent church spires, golden domes and an ample supply of 17th/18th century buildings, to satisfy the most ardent architectural historian.

Wide "pedestrian only” streets lined with sidewalk cafes, restaurants and endless varieties of shops and stores extend well beyond the historical district. This year marked the 21st anniversary of this Festival, under the direction of Vladislav Bláha.

Looking back to past programs and events celebrated here, it is a virtual who’s who of the guitar world that have participated, no doubt giving it the status as one of Europe’s most important guitar festivals. Divided into four main parts, the program included: Concerts, Competitions, Master Classes and afternoon Lectures and Concerts. From the 5th to the 9th of August, six concerts were presented, each featuring traditional repertoire as well as new works, often composed by the performers themselves.

The Competition, known as Guitar Talent, is organized yearly by the Czech Guitar Society. All competitors are divided into two age groups. Group I is required to play one round and group II, two rounds.

Group 1

1st place: Barbora Kubiková, Czech Republic, Vera Danilina, Russia

2nd place: Ronald Janeček, Slovakia

3rd place: Martin Cabá, Czech Republic

A guitar made by Czech guitar maker Pavel Kriha was presented to 1st place winner Barbora Kubiková, and a guitar made by the Czech company Strunal, was presented to Vera Danilina.

Group II

1st place: Adam Woch, Poland

2nd place: Dimitry Kudryaustov

3rd place: Oleg Sergeev, Czech Republic, Igor Klokov, Russia, Darius Lampkouski, Poland

The first prize winner, Adam Woch, received a Guitar made by luthier Masaki Sakurai

All competition winners received a generous supply of guitar strings from Savarez and D’Addario, plus accessories such as guitar support by FEEL, nail files from SOFIT and handcrafted guitar cases from IKA Company – Jiri Bednar.

In closing, I say wholeheartedly that the Brno festival remains one of the biggest and most successful guitar festivals in Europe. The quality of the performances, staff and students that attend make this festival one of the most enjoyable experience one can hope for.


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Festival Review: Hamilton International Guitar Festival

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hamilton International Guitar Festival 2012

by Heather Morand Clark

The second annual Hamilton International Guitar Festival took place in Hamilton Ontario from July 13 to 15, 2012. In only its second year of existence in this industrial city on the shore of Lake Ontario, the Hamilton Festival boasted registrations more than double the number from the previous year. Students ranged in age from teens to seniors, and came from the local area, as well as further away: Ottawa, New Brunswick, Rochester and Cleveland. Director Emma Rush was pleased with attendance at the concerts also, having brought in performers Jorge Caballero, Shawn Pickup, Isaac Bustos, Gohar Vardanyan, Kevin Manderville, and the Laura Young/Frances Pappas duo that call themselves Lagrimosa Belta. 

Jorge Caballero kicked things off with his concert at the MacNab Street Presbyterian Church, a different venue being tried out this year. Last year’s venue, the Hamilton Conservatory, was still the scene of all lessons, lectures, the vendor fair, and the afternoon concerts.

Jorge Caballero’s concert began with a Bach Partita, and continued with five pieces by Isaac Albeniz. After the intermission, only one more piece, but what a long one! Jorge is becoming well known for his performance this past year or so of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition arranged by Kazuhito Yamashita. Yamashita has not performed this in many years, and no other guitarist has attempted it either, until Jorge took it on. This amazing piece of music is a personal favourite, in both orchestral and piano versions, and now too on guitar. Jorge’s phenomenal technique is breathtaking to watch. Listening to the orchestral version again afterwards, with its loud brass and loads of percussion, after having heard it on guitar, one wonders how it is that Jorge was able to convey everything from the original composition without the feeling that there was anything missing! A masterful arrangement and stunning performance!

Halifax guitarist Shawn Pickup, who lived and studied in Germany for a number of years, was featured in the Saturday afternoon concert. He performed music by Nuccio D’Angelo, Franz Schubert, Joaquin Turina, and Alberto Ginastera. The Ginastera Sonata for guitar ends with an energetic finale that pushes both instrument and player to the limit. The percussive nature of it is such that it is amazing that the guitar survives!

Saturday evening’s concert was a double feature, with Isaac Bustos performing in the first half, followed by Gohar Vardanyan of Armenia. Isaac’s programme included selections by Albeniz, two Sonatas by Scarlatti, Rodrigo and Giuliani. Gohar joked that she would not be playing the same selections as Isaac, despite the printing error in the programme stating that she would! She played Introducción y Rondo, Op. 2, No. 2 by Dionisio Aguado, Un Sueño en la Floresta by Barrios, two Spanish pieces by Sainz de la Maza and Albéniz, Invocación y Danza by Joaquín Rodrigo, and Fantasie Hongroise by Mertz.

The next concert, Sunday afternoon, with Kevin Manderville, was the scene of a bit of comedy, as after the first piece, Leo Brouwer’s Canticum, there was a prolonged standing ovation. Kevin joined in the humour, leaving the stage and coming back a couple of times, feigning surprise at such adulation! He eventually continued with Suite in A minor by MM Ponce, Dos piezas Afro-Antillanas, and the Suite del Recuerdos by Jose Luis Merlin.

The final concert of this year’s festival was by the duo of Frances Pappas(voice) and Laura Young(guitar). This wonderful combination was making a return appearance in Hamilton, having performed for the Society in its first year of existence. The appreciative audience was treated to a variety of music by Bach, Kellner and Dowland of the 16th and 17th centuries, through to such contemporary composers as Carlo Domeniconi and Stefan Hakenberg.

Next year's festival, already in the planning stages, will feature, among others, David Leisner, a return appearance by Johannes Moller, along with his wife and duo partner Laura Fraticelli and others, to be determined. The festival next year will also include a competition for the first time. Two preliminary rounds will take place on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th, and the finals will be a public concert on the evening of Sunday July 14th. (Festival dates are July 12-14). More information will be available soon on the Guitar Hamilton web site, or by email addressed to Emma Rush at .

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Festival Review: Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, November 19, 2012

Crown of The Continent Guitar Festival

by Aaron Green

Last August, I had the great fortune to spend a week in one of the most beautiful and inspiring places on earth. Beautiful in scenery and inspiring to be among those who love guitar as much as I do. I am speaking of the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival in Bigfork Montana, on the shores of the majestic Flathead Lake.

The Festival has taken the basic mold of the National Guitar Workshop and successfully expanded on it in many significant regards. That which stayed the same is the guitar being represented in all it’s incarnations and the world class status of the teaching staff. Many NGW teaching alum such as Jody Fisher and Andrew Leonard. Matt Smith, Mark Dzuiba and James Hogan are on staff and with guest artists such as Dennis Koster, Lee Ritenour, Julian Lage and Patty Larkin. Previous years have seen such artists as Scott Tennant and Pat Metheny, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather among others.

The Crown of the Continent Foundation has set their sights very high and it shows in every facet of this annual weeklong guitar celebration. The workshop and festival takes place at the Flathead Lake Lodge, a world class retreat with cabins for guests, gourmet meals, thousands of acres of woods and fields. For those not attending guitar classes there is horse back riding, fishing, swimming, boating and all of 45 minutes away, Glacier National Park, from which the Crown of the Continent got it’s name.

Every evening there was a concert to attend, held in a massive festival tent. These concerts were very well attended not only by those taking part in the workshop but also people who lived in or were visiting the area. Julian Lage, Dennis Koster, Lee Ritenour, Sonny Landreth, Chris Hillman Herb Pedersen, Patty Larkin along with special guest Dave Grusin all gave stellar performances. To attend these concerts night after night was a real treat and the response from the crowd made sure the artists knew that. There was also a student concert so those attending could show off their stuff and that was not only fun but impressive as well.

The 3rd annual Yamaha six string theory competition finals were held during the festival, at a beautiful art deco inspired theater in downtown Bigfork. The competition is for all styles of guitar, broken up into 6 categories, blues, rock. acoustic, jazz, country and classical. The event was open to the public and the venue was packed. I was most impressed with all the finalists and did not envy the judges the job of trying to determine who was the winner. After all was said and done, the winner who emerged was Karl Marino, from Quebec, classical guitar. Congratulations Karl!

One aspect of the Festival very much worthy of note is the scholarship program for gifted young guitarists who otherwise would not be able to attend. In classical guitar there were two, both extremely talented guitarists, one from Japan and the other from New York. They took daily classes with Andrew Leonard and Dennis Koster and by the end of the week had assimilated many years worth of insight and musicality. The classes were conducted in a group setting a la Masterclass with these young virtuosos sitting side by side with older and avid afficianados. This underscored the feeling of the entire week, which was one of mutual support and enthusiasm across all genres, it was kind of like a little bit of heaven.

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