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2013 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition in April 2013

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society is proud to announce the 2013 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition, which will take place at the 2013 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival in April 2013. In addition to the competition, the 2013 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival will feature a recital by William Kanengiser, performances by local artists and ensembles, workshops and masterclasses, student recitals and more.

1. The Adult Division is now a national competition open to advancing classical guitarists
up to 30 years of age residing in the United States and features a $1000 Peter Segal prize and an invitation to perform at the 2014 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival for the first place winner.

2. The High School Division is open to students in grades 9 ‐ 12 residing in PA, NJ & DE.
The competition will divided into three rounds. Participants must submit their completed competition

application, application fee and recorded repertoire for the Preliminary Round by February 15, 2013.

The Semifinal Round will take place in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 13 at 1pm. Advancing finalists will be announced during intermission of the William Kanengiser recital later on Saturday evening.

The Final Round will take place on Sunday, April 14 and winners will be announced later the same day, at the end of the Philadelphia Guitar Festival.

Required repertoire, application forms and instructions are available online at:

Applications and recordings are DUE February 15, 2013.

Contact: Ross Mann and Brian Pearson, competition co-directors
Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
2038 Sansom St

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Dr. Eli Kassner Receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, November 15, 2012

On October 16th Eli Kassner, founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of The Guitar Society of Toronto, attended a ceremony presided over by The Honourable Bob Rae, where he 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.”

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.

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Historic Guitar and Top Musicians Heard on New Christmas CD

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Guitar Salon International (GSI) is proud to announce the release of the new CD IN DULCI JUBILO ("In sweet rejoicing”), by German-born classical guitarist Eva Beneke. On the disc Beneke brings together a winning combination of timeless Christmas music, top-notch performers, and the sound of a historic Herman Hauser guitar.

By special arrangement with David Collett of GSI, Beneke recorded IN DULCI JUBILO on what is believed to be the very last guitar built by famed German luthier Herman Hauser Sr. (1882-1952). Hauser is considered Germany’s most important luthier and is numbered among the world’s greatest guitar makers.

The tracks on the album include solo and ensemble arrangements of melodies spanning six centuries and including German traditional songs, carols beloved by American audiences, and such classics as Händel’s "Hallelujah Chorus” and selections from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

The sound of the Hauser guitar is especially spotlighted on the recording’s four solo numbers. Elsewhere, Beneke is joined by Grammy- winning guitarist Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet for six duets and by top Los Angeles chamber musicians for four ensemble settings.

Beneke is a virtuoso guitarist who recently earned her doctorate in guitar performance the University of Southern California in Los Angeles after studies at Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar, Germany. She has won prizes at international guitar festivals in The Netherlands, Italy and the U.S, and has performed on internationally broadcast radio and television programs. Her career highlights include appearances with the German Symphony Orchestra; invitations for festival appearances in Peru, Germany, Lithuania, the U.S. and Canada; and a televised performance with famed singer Carrie Underwood. In September 2012, Eva Beneke joined the faculty of McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information on this recording, click here.

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Remembering Federico Cordero

Posted By Connie Sheu, Sunday, October 14, 2012

Federico Cordero, concert guitarist, composer, and educator, passed away on October 9, 2012. He died at home in Puerto Rico of natural causes. His family is deeply affected by his untimely death.

Federico was a child prodigy when he began studying the guitar at age eight in his native Puerto Rico. He continued his classical guitar studies in Spain under the tutelage of Maestro Miguel Rubio, a distinguished disciple of Andrés Segovia. He also studied flamenco guitar with Andalusia’s foremost virtuoso, the late Manuel Cano.

Besides performing in Puerto Rico on a regular basis, he played concerts in Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Aruba and St. Croix; and throughout the United States. Federico performed at the Guitar Foundation of America conventions held at the University of Akron (1988) and SUNY Buffalo (1993). He served on the Board of Directors of GFA along with the Pablo Casals Music Festival.

Cordero was formerly a professor of Law and Economics at the University of Puerto Rico, as well as a member of the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico Law School and also held a Masters Degree in Economics from Columbia University along with a Doctorate in Law from Yale University.

Funeral services took place on October 14, 2012 in his hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico. A post-cremation mass in his honor will take place at the Catholic Church of San Fernando Carolina on October 20, 2012 at 7pm. He is survived by his wife, Alice Terrill.

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Results of the 45th Edition of the Pittaluga International Guitar Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, October 11, 2012

By Thomas Heck

Alessandria, Italy.

The 2012 edition of the Concorso Internazionale di Chitarra "M. Pittaluga,” held in Alessandria, Italy, the week of September 24-29, 2012, attracted 27 competitors from the four corners of the world. Eight were selected for the semifinal round.

The jury discerned three finalists from among the semifinalists: Pavel Kukhta (Byelorussia), Lazar Cherouana (France), and Ekachai Jearakul (Thailand). These three played in the final (ensemble) phase of the competition on Saturday night in the Cathedral of Alessandria. Each was accompanied by the Perosi Ensemble, a string quartet of high repute and wide recognition, having deep roots in the region of Alessandria. The first and third finalists performed the Quintet for Guitar and Strings by Leo Brouwer, while Mr Cherouana elected to perform the Fourth Quintet of Boccherini (G. 488).

The jury awarded First Prize to Lazhar Cherouana (France). At just 23 years of age, he became the second French winner of the prestigious Pittaluga Competition (after Gaelle Chiche, in 1998). Lazhar lives in Salzburg presently, where he is completing his musical studies at the Mozarteum.

On the evening following his victory, Mr. Cherouana was hosted in the nearby town of Tortona by its "Friends of Music Society” for an intimate winner’s concert. There was standing room only in the salon where it was held, and his reception was more than enthusiastic -- clamorous.

The Second Prize went to a young Thai, Ekachai Jearakul, widely acclaimed in his homeland as an emerging talent. A gifted Byelorussian competitor, Pavel Kukhta, took Third Prize.

This year’s international jury was comprised of Frédéric Zigante of Italy (President), the Norwegian Stein-Erik Olsen, the Venezuelan Alfonso Montes, the Frenchman Bernard Maillot, the American Thomas Heck, and the Italians Paolo Ferrara and Micaela Pittaluga.

The Composition Prizes were discerned during the evening of the Finale by a kind of referendum: a unique system of public audition of the three scores selected earlier by a jury for the final round. The public’s voting was based entirely on the scores as heard, synthesized from the scores, with no human interpretation involved.

"Path of History,” by the Venezuelan Luis Fernando Ochoa Graterol, was voted to be the winner of the 10th "M. Pittaluga” International Composition Competition, while the Polish composer Janko Raseta’s score, "Little Chant,” won the second or "Public Prize.” The Third Prize winner was the composition "Macumba,” by Angel Gutierrez Faxas, of Cuba.

The evening’s proceedings were recorded and have been posted online, where they can be viewed through the Competition’s Web site,

This major cultural event was made possible by the following sponsors: The Italian Ministry of Culture, the Piedmont Region, the Province and Municipality of Alessandria, the "Consiglio Regional,” the "CRAL and CRT” Foundations along with the Rotary Club of Alessandria, the Soroptimist Clubs of Alessandria and of Acqui, the "Inner Wheel” of Alessandria, the D’Addario Foundation, Savarez Strings of Lyon, Paglieri Perfumes, the Beldent Group, Guala Closures, Metlac s.p.a., Restiani s.p.a., the "Collegio Costruttori,” various Hotels and families who hosted the competitors, and the many friends who support and promote the Competition.

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All Strings Considered, a New Guitar Podcast

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, October 8, 2012
Tune into All Strings Considered, a new free internet radio show about all things strings. Hear music and get behind the scenes with today's great guitarists and related disciplines. First episodes include practice advice from Scott Tennant, Roland Dyens on composition, Martha Masters on performing vs. recording, Adam Del Monte and the Segovia flamenco connection, and lots more! Subscribe to the show on iTunes here, or stream from the host Scott Wolf's website here.


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2012 Latin Grammy Nominees

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, September 27, 2012

Congratulations to guitarists Pepe Romero, Leo Brouwer, and Berta Rojas for being nominated for a 2012 Latin Grammy. The 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be held on November 15, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Best Classical Album:
Cordero: Caribbean Concertos For Guitar And For Violin
Guillermo Figueroa, I Solisti di Zagreb & Pepe Romero; Kresimir Seletkovic, producer [Naxos]

Best Classical Contemporary Composition:
Quartet # 4 - Rem Tene Verba Sequentur (Know The Matter And The Word Will Follow)
Leo Brouwer, composer (Havana String Quartet) Track from: The String Quartets - String Trio [Zoho Music]
Best Instrumental Album:
Día Y Medio
Paquito D'Rivera & Berta Rojas [On Music Recordings]

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Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano 2013

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, September 26, 2012




including a guitar and lute course especially for music of the Renaissance and Baroque.


from August 25thto September 7th 2013

Artistic Director and Coordinator: ALESSANDRO CALZONI

The courses will be held from August 25th to September 5th 2013 and will be concluded by a student concert. The students will receive certificates of attendance.

Students may attend the course as active participants standing an admission test with a piece of their choice. The admission test will be held the first day of the course at 3.00 p.m.

Students who intend to participate in the competition are not allowed to present in the courses pieces that are part of their competition program.


Performers, € 190

Auditors, € 90

These fees will be payable on Monday the 26th of August 2013 at the local branch of "Banco di Brescia”.

For further information call (+39) 0365/72625 – (+39) 0365 /7988307.


6th – 7th September 2013

1st Prize: € 4.200

2nd Prize: € 1.800

3rd Prize: € 800

For Italian and Foreign competitors born after October 1st 1978.

The contest is divided into three rounds:

I. Round (eliminatory):

The competitors are required to upload on YouTube a 10 minute long unedited video recording with a free choice program including a Renaissance work.

The link of this video, together with the applicant’s name and e–mail address must be sent, no later than the 15th of July to the artistic director Mr. Alessandro Calzoni

The registration fee of € 50 for the competition must be also sent by the 15th of July to (BANK INFO…).

The payment receipt must be either faxed to (+39) 0365-71354 or scanned and e-mailed to Mr. Calzoni. Without proof of payment, the application will not be accepted.

Competition applicants will be notified the result, no later than July 31st. A maximum of 12 competitors will be admitted to the Semifinal.

II. Round (semifinal): performance of a 15-20 minute free choice program, including one or more movements taken from a work by Johann Sebastian Bach transcribed for guitar.

III. Round (final): a 25-30 minutes free choice program, including one work of the 19th century (classic or romantic) and one work of either the 20th or the 21st century, both originally written for guitar.

Works performed in the II Round (Semifinal) may not be included in the program of the Final.

The semifinalists will gather on Thursday September 5th, 2013 at 7.00 p.m. at the Centro Civico Multifunzionale "Andrea Castellani" - Via Teatro, 14, Gargnano, in order to draw the number determining the order of their appearance.

A maximum of 6 competitors will be admitted to the Final round.

Each competitor must provide the Jury the scores of the works he will perform. First prize winners or competitors twice awarded the second prize in previous editions are not allowed to enter the contest. The semifinal and the final shall be held on September 6th and 7th respectively and will be open to the public.


€ 50, to be sent by the 15th of July.

Information and Registration:



TEL. (+39) 0365 -7988307 – (+39) 0365-72625 FAX (+39) 0365-71354


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Ottawa Guitar Society Mourns Ed Honeywell

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Ottawa Guitar Society mourns the passing of Ed Honeywell.

Ed was a real estate lawyer, who uniquely established a successful
second career in the field of music. He was passionate guitarist who
taught his instrument at the University of Ottawa, and was a founding
executive member of the Ottawa Guitar Society, spending many years in
the position of President.

His former students include Sylvie Proulx, Laura Young, Roddy Ellias,
and François Fowler.

Ed was the driving force behind hostting Ottawa appearances for the
world's top classical guitarists spanning several generations, such as
John Mills, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, and Fabio Zanon, among
many, many others. His longstanding dedication and passion to
presenting these world class concerts and masterclasses shaped the
education and career paths of Ottawa guitarists for 30 years.

After his time in the OGS executive, he remained a major sponsor and
supporter, attending virtually every event we presented.

Ed left an indelible mark on our community continuing to this day, and
his passing represents a great loss to us, as well as all that were close to him.

-Ottowa Guitar Society

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Martha Masters Joins Guitar Faculty at CSU Fullerton

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Internationally renowned guitarist Martha Masters has joined the faculty at Cal State Fullerton, coaching chamber music and teaching private lessons. The comprehensive program at CSU Fullerton offers both BM and MM degrees in guitar performance. Classes in guitar history and guitar literature complement the student’s individual instruction. In addition, the guitar performance workshop and the guitar chamber ensembles provide frequent opportunities for performance, both solo and with groups of various sizes. State-funded lessons are available, as is scholarship assistance in various forms.

Martha Masters won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Solo Competition, including a recording contract with Naxos, a concert video with Mel Bay , and an extensive North American concert tour. In November of 2000, she also won the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition in Linares , Spain and was a finalist in the Alexandre Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz , Poland. Prior to 2000, Martha was a prizewinner or finalist in numerous other international competitions, including the 1999 International Guitar Competition "Paco Santiago Marín" in Granada , Spain , the 1998 Tokyo International Guitar Competition and the 1997 GFA International Solo Competition.

In addition to leading the guitar program and the LMU Guitar Festival at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Martha teaches annually at the National Guitar Workshop Classical Summit in Connecticut , and on Masters is also the President of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), dedicated to supporting the instrument, its players and its music in the US and throughout the world.

For more information about the guitar program at CSU Fullerton, see the website at

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