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Cleveland Classical Guitar Society Showcase Concert

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, September 05, 2014
Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Classic Guitar Society presents the Showcase Concert on September 27, 2014, featuring internationally-renowned guitarist Jason Vieaux.

Showcase Concert headliner Jason Vieaux performs in his hometown of Cleveland amid a tour that includes Lincoln Center as well as other stops in North America, South America, and Europe. His 12th CD “Bach: Vol. I, Works for Lute”, was a top 20 Classical Billboard CD, and Zapateado from his 13th CD, “PLAY” (2014) was chosen as one of NPR’s 50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (so far) on June 30, 2014. In 1992 he set a record which still stands as the youngest winner of the world’s largest guitar competition, the Guitar Foundation of America, and today he teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music and performs around the world. Also on the concert program are Youngstown State University’s professor of guitar Francois Fowler and nationally renowned guitarist Robert Gruca. The Showcase Concert is the first concert of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s 2014-2015 International Series. A fun, popular and free event, this concert is the perfect introduction to the classical guitar.

The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s International Series is presented with support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Other highlights of the six concerts of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s 2014-2015 International Series include 3 Cleveland debuts and the first appearance of Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in over a decade. This season’s performers come from Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Bosnia, and the U.S.

In addition, the CCGS’ educational outreach initiative offers ongoing music classes to 100 students in Cleveland and Akron.

To learn more about the International Concert Series, master classes and educational programs, visit or call 216-905-9348.

The remaining 2014-2015 International Series concerts are:

October 18, 2014 - *Lukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland): $10-$20
November 15, 2014 - *Cavatina Duo (flute and guitar, Spain/ Bosnia): $15-$25
February 28, 2015 - Gaëlle Solal (France): $10-$20
March 21, 2015 – Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (USA) $20-$35
April 11, 2015 – *Aniello Desiderio (Italy) $10-$20
*Cleveland debuts

All International Series concerts are on Saturday nights at 7:30 PM at:
Plymouth Church UCC
2860 Coventry Road, Shaker Heights OH

To schedule interviews and media appearances with the CCGS or any of our guest artists or for more information, please contact:
Erik Mann
Executive Director, Cleveland Classical Guitar Society

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Book Release: The Techniques of Guitar Playing

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, August 25, 2014
This book, co-written by guitarist Seth F. Josel and composer Ming Tsao, provides a comprehensive survey of contemporary performance techniques on the classical guitar. It was inspired by a new generation of solo guitarists whose extraordinary technical and virtuosic skills have paved the way for a new understanding of instrumental performance practice. Detailed explanations are given for the instrument’s technical potential within the historical context of traditional guitar technique.

Composers will especially benefit from the research and elaborate analyses of contemporary guitar literature including many examples of the guitar in chamber and ensemble musical settings. Also shown are diverse ways in which contemporary music for the guitar has been notated.

The book contains four main chapters that explore the topics of various right and left hand techniques, harmonics, percussive techniques and the guitar’s relatives. Of particular interest will be extensive charts of multiphonics, bitones and percussive sounds. An accompanying CD will document a variety of the techniques illustrated in the book.

The book is published by Bärenreiter Press, and a more detailed overview can be found here:

Seth F. Josel (b. New York, NY) is among the leading figures in his generation in modern guitar performance and has taken part in the premiere of more than one hundred works as a soloist and ensemble member. A regular guest at Europe’s major contemporary music festivals, he has with such composers as Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail and James Tenney, and he has played with such leading orchestras and ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Staatskapelle Berlin. From 1991 till 2000 he was a permanent member of the Ensemble musikFabrik. In addition to a diverse array of solo CDs, he appears on numerous CD recordings with European ensembles and orchestras.

Ming Tsao (b. Berkeley, CA) is Professor of Composition at Göteborg University and holds a PhD in Music Composition from the University of California, San Diego, an MA in Mathematics from the San Francisco State University, an MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University and a BM in Music Composition from the Berklee College of Music. Further studies have included logic and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, ensemble recherche and the Stuttgart Opera. Music by Ming Tsao can be found on upcoming CD releases by Kairos as well as Mode Records. Books by Ming Tsao include Abstract Musical Intervals: Group Theory for Composition and Analysis. His music is published by Edition Peters.

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GFA Regional Symposium in New York City

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, August 20, 2014
NEW YORK, NY- The Guitar Foundation of America presents its second New York City-based Regional Symposium on Saturday, October 25th at the DiMenna Center at 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018. Hosted by the New York City Classical Guitar Society, this one-day event builds a sense of community through workshops and the formation of a guitar orchestra, offers educational services through adjudicated performance opportunities for all ages, and provides community outreach through free concerts open to the public.

There will be two concerts open to the public and free of charge. The College Guitar Ensemble Showcase at 12:30pm will present professional-level students from university guitar programs across the Tri-State Area. The evening concert at 7pm will feature the GFA Regional Symposium Guitar Orchestra along with the New York City Guitar Orchestra and soloists selected through the morning’s performance auditions.

The Symposium will also feature interactive workshops given by Australian-born guitarist Simon Powis and recording artist and pedagogue Mariano Aguirre of the Mannes College of Music and Brooklyn Music School. All participants are encouraged to perform with the GFA Regional Symposium Guitar Orchestra under the direction of acclaimed Miami-based composer Carlos Rafael Rivera, whose most recent accomplishments include composing the soundtrack for the soon to be released film “A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES,” starring Liam Neeson.

The Guitar Foundation of America inspires artistry, builds community, and promotes the classical guitar internationally through excellence in performance, literature, education and research. Registration for participation in the Symposium is free for GFA members.
More information regarding this event can be found at:

Questions can be directed to Lynn McGrath, Director of Regional Symposia at (315) 244-4864 or

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2014 ECU Guitar Competition Results

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, July 17, 2014
Results for the 2014 East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival Solo Competitions:

Open Division
1st Prize: Alec Holcomb
2nd Prize: Audra Vigil
3rd Prize: Marco Villa
4th Prize: Stephen Lochbaum

Youth Division 1
1st Prize: Ethan Ditthardt
2nd Prize: Nolan Harvel
3rd Prize: Seung Gi Kim

Youth Division 2
1st Prize: Katie Cho
2nd Prize: Tiffany Chang

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Free Download of Abel Nagytothy-Toth's Database of Guitar Works

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, June 16, 2014
As a gift and homage to the Guitar Foundation of America, guitarist and musicologist Abel Nagytothy-Toth will be offering a free download of his database of guitar works from June 20 - July 4, 2014. Mr. Nagytothy-Toth will be honored at this year's GFA Convention as he receives a GFA Hall of Fame Distinguished Service award.

To access the ABMUSIC database, follow these instructions:
1. Go to

2. On the left side of the page, click ABEMUSIC

3. On the right side of the page click collaborators - Abel
Nagytothy-Toth - all free downloads

All of Mr. Nagytothy-Toth's publishing, including over 1000 compositions, are listed by categories. There are free downloads of sheet music also.

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ECU Summer Guitar Festival 2014

Posted By Connie Sheu, Friday, May 16, 2014
ECU Summer Guitar Festival
July 12-15
9AM till 10PM all days
Fletcher Music Center
East Carolina University School of Music
Greenville NC 27858

The ECU Summer Guitar Festival is a four day festival including daily masterclasses for all participants, solo competition with open and youth divisions, concerts by the artist faculty. First prize in the open competition includes $1200 dollars, concert, and a guitar by luthier Travis Snyder. This year's featured artists include Jason Vieaux, the Sharpe-Zohn Duo, the Akerman-Teixeira Duo, 2103 competition winner Silviu Ciulei, festival director Elliot Frank, Joseph Ikner, and David Asbury. Students receive daily lessons in a small group master class format. Open division competitors may elect to compete without full festival participation. On campus housing is available and is only a short walk from the Fletcher Music Center For further information and to download an application form please visit or contact Dr. Elliot Frank at 252-328-6245 or via email at

Dr. Elliot Frank
Professor of Guitar
School of Music
East Carolina University

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Scholarship Opportunity for 2014 GFA International Youth Competition Winner

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Guitar Foundation of America is excited to announce that the winner of the 2014 GFA International Youth Competition (15-18 year old division) will receive a full scholarship to attend the weeklong Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation (COCGF) workshop and festival. The festival, now celebrating its fifth anniversary, is held August 24-August 31, in Bigfork, Montana at the Flathead Lake Lodge. David Feffer, Founder and Chairman of COCGF and a classical guitarist states, “We are thrilled to offer this scholarship in collaboration with the GFA to support development of the next generation of classical guitarists.” See scholarship details and eligibility below.

As a part of this collaboration between GFA and COCGF a special workshop offer is being made available to all GFA members. Any GFA member who registers for the 2014 COCGF workshop will receive a one-hour private lesson with David Leisner and a $250 workshop discount. To register and receive this offer, please all Martha Barton at 406-471-1165 or email her at

See for a complete description of the workshop and festival.
The COCGF workshop and festival is a unique opportunity to study in an intimate setting for a full week with classical guitarists David Leisner and Andrew Leonard and to attend workshops and concerts given by guitarists in many different styles and genres. This year’s classical guest artist David Leisner comments, “I’m really looking forward to interacting with students on an intimate level, not just in daily master classes, but in small-group workshops, ensembles and just hanging out. So much can get accomplished this way in the short space of a week, and all amidst the extraordinary beauty of the mountainous, wide-open spaces of Montana.”

Andrew Leonard, a founding member of COCGF and director of the classical guitar program at the festival, will collaborate closely with Leisner to organize and teach the workshop. Leonard explains that COCGF reaches out to students before they arrive to find out what specific areas of their playing each one would like to improve. “The result is a unique mix of learning through group interaction, master classes, one-on-one learning and our ‘topic of the day.’” Leonard adds, “Beyond formal classes, there is plenty of time to interact musically and socially with the two of us, fellow students and all of the other Artists in Residence and faculty.”

The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to perform solo on the festival stage, participate in ensembles, attend performances and master classes by the Artists in Residence, faculty and guest performers. In addition he/she will be able to enjoy the amenities, Montana atmosphere and hospitality provided by the world-renowned Flathead Lake Lodge.
Kevin Loh, from Singapore, is a past winner of the GFA International Youth Competition who attended the 2013 workshop and festival as the recipient of the CCOGF Artist in Residence Scholarship. Kevin states, “It was an awesome experience studying with Scott Tennant. Beyond working on all aspects of guitar playing, it was the face-to-face discussion that made the difference. He shared with me his career experiences, advice on university selection and much more. To top it off, I had the opportunity to hear talks and concerts by so many guitar legends all in a single festival.” Kevin’s father, Marcus, also a guitarist, who joined his son for the week commented, “This is one of the best guitar festivals I have attended; breathtaking location, diverse genres, world class musicians, concerts and great people! I look forward to returning to this one of a kind guitar festival.”

In addition to David Leisner, this year’s Artists in Residence lineup includes jazz guitarists Lee Ritenour and Mike Stern, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates (of Hall & Oates), blues guitarist Ana Popovic and singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne. The faculty is comprised of nationally recognized guitar instructors in their respective genres and styles.

A core part of the COCGF’s charitable mission is to provide scholarships for students and teachers to participate in its programs. During the past four years the COCGF has awarded 94 scholarships valued at over $230,000. In addition to the many scholarships given to Northwest Montana residents, scholarships have been awarded to individuals throughout the United States and in Japan, Singapore, Canada, France, South Africa, Ireland, Hungary and Brazil.
To further its educational mission, COCGF has partnered with Lee Ritenour to support his Six String Theory international guitar and rhythm section competition, hosting the finals in 2011 and 2012. The winners of the 2014 Six String Theory guitar and rhythm section competitions will receive scholarships to attend this year’s workshop and festival.

COCGF has a donor who wishes to sponsor a scholarship for the winner of the 2014 GFA International Youth Competition (ages 15-18) to participate in the August 24-31, 2014 workshop and festival. The scholarship will include: full tuition to the workshop and festival, air transportation to Kalispell Montana and all-inclusive accommodations at the Flathead Lake Lodge ( If the winner is under 18, a parent or guardian whose expenses will also be fully covered must accompany them. The value of this scholarship is between $6,000-$15,000 depending on travel costs and whether a parent or guardian will be included. The scholarship recipient also must have the ability to comfortably understand and communicate in English. If the competition winner is unable to accept the scholarship or does not meet the English-speaking requirement, the scholarship will be offered to the 2nd or 3rd place winners.

Artists in residence in previous years of the Crown Guitar Workshop are listed below.
Scott Tennant-Classical, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet-Classical, Dennis Koster-Classical/Flamenco, Joe Bonamassa – Blues, Pat Metheny (and trio) – Jazz, Lee Ritenour - Jazz/Funk/Rock, Steve Lukather – Rock, Alex de Grassi – Acoustic, Robben Ford – Blues, Chris Hillman - Country Rock, ,Julian Lage (and trio) – Jazz, Patty Larkin - Singer/Songwriter, Mac McAnally - Singer/Songwriter, , Herb Pedersen –Country Rock, Daryl Stuermer – Rock, Livingston Taylor - Singer/Songwriter, David Wilcox - Singer/Songwriter, Dave Grusin – Keyboards, Abraham Laboriel – Bass, Melvin Lee Davis – Bass, Sonny Emory – Drums, Dave Weckl – Drums.

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12th Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
An appointment not to be missed on April 25, 26 and 27, 2014

Montreal, January 20, 2014 -- The Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition will, once more, be the point of gathering for all guitar lovers. All of the events will be shared amongst the D.B. Clarke auditorium of Concordia University, as well as Bourgie Concert Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Patrick Kearney, president and founder of the Festival, is proud of the 2014 edition. "Whether you are a neophyte or a specialist in the field of classical guitar, the weekend will have something for everyone. Here's a taste of what you'll find at Guitare Montreal during the course of the three days: The various rounds of the competitions, workshops, master classes, lectures and a vendors fair; where one can get the chance to see and even try some extremely beautiful handcrafted guitars," said Mr Kearney.

Founded in 2002, the Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition aims at helping young guitarists to express their talent and to maximize their skills, in addition to introducing this instrument to a wider audience. Over the years, the Festival stood out by its high quality and welcomes from year to year eminent guitarists, as well as emerging artists. In 2014, over $4,000 in prizes will be granted to competitors.

For more information and to consult the complete and detailed program of the festival, visit the following website Depending on the location of the concerts, tickets are available at the door, by telephone at (514) 285.2000, option 4 (for the Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, at the ticketing of the Concordia University’s Oscar Peterson Hall and also via the “Admission Ticketmaster” at

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Summer Workshops with Judicael Perroy

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
This summer Judicaël Perroy, Classical Guitarist will teach two workshops.
One in Tignes in the middle of the  French alps with many prestigious teachers and high level students. The students will have class with Mr. Perroy each day in a beautiful environment.

There are also concerts given by the teachers and the students w/ the possibility to do chamber music with others. This festival is from July 21st to July 30th. Please see for more information.

The second workshop will happen in the south of France. There will be 2 guitar teachers (Perroy and Natalia Lipnitskaya There will be guitar class each day, along with concerts of the teachers and the students too with possibility to do chamber music with other high level students. This festival runs from July 29 to August 9. Please see

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Sudbury Guitar Trio Headlines Guitars Alive Concert April 12

Posted By Connie Sheu, Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The Sudbury Guitar Trio headlines the 12th Annual Guitars Alive concert 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Cambrian College Amphitheatre playing traditional classical repertoire with pop, rock and world music arrangements. Opening acts feature the Sudbury Guitar Orchestra and guitar ensembles from Lockerby Composite, Lasalle Sec, Sudbury Sec, St. Charles College, St. Benedict, Chelmsford PS, and Levack PS schools. Featured soloists are 9-year-old Sudbury classical guitar sensations Gillian Zerwer and and 13-year-old Remi Fortin. The Sudbury Guitar Orchestra is a mix of classical, acoustic, finger-style, pick-style, and electric guitars featuring guitar students and enthusiasts from Sudbury district schools, private studios and community at large ages 6 to 60. Guitars Alive Sudbury promotes quality guitar education in our elementary, secondary and post secondary institutions. This event raises funds in support of guitar students and school programs in Sudbury.

Formed in 2011, the Sudbury Guitar Trio (SGT) is an internationally touring, classical guitar trio based in Sudbury, Ontario making its full-concert, Sudbury debut performance for Guitars Alive. The SGT made its international concert debut in 2013 in the United States followed by performances in Amsterdam, the SoundSCAPE Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy and the Festival di Bellagio in the Northern town of Bellagio, Italy. Returning summer 2014 for performances in England, Germany, and Finland. Performances in unconventional local venues and for charitable concert events and fundraisers in Sudbury, the SGT has been featured in newspapers and radio including The Sudbury Star, The Northern Life, The Columbus Dispatch, CBC radio and AMI accessible media. The SGT will feature a commissioned work by Brian Hulse, professor of music composition at William and Mary University in Virginia; who will be attendance at this world premiere in Sudbury.

“The trio did an excellent job covering and doing their own take on a wide variety of music ranging from classic rock, western and music of the Americas. There was something for everyone and everyone had a great time!” – SNAP Sudbury

The SGT are Allan Yzereef (BA Laurentian University, MM Ottawa University) is from Sudbury and a member of Dokis Bay First Nation. He is the guitar instructor at Laurentian University and Cambrian College, and the guitar representative for Kiwanis Music Festival in Sudbury. Keenan Comartin (BA Laurentian University, MM Ottawa University) is from Windsor. He is especially interested in arranging and performing new music and chamber works for guitar. Dr. Matthew Gould (DMA Arizona State University, MM University of Arizona, BM Peabody Conservatory) is the Director of Guitar Studies at Cambrian College. He is currently active performing internationally with Duo46 (Violin and Guitar) and the Strung Out Trio (Duo46 with piano) embracing music by living composers.

Since 2002, the mission of Guitars Alive has been to promote quality guitar education in our district elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions. For more than 12 years, GA has provided Sudbury area guitar students with high profile performance opportunities, scholarship monies for post-secondary and/or post-graduate studies and additional funds to purchase quality musical equipment and supplies. To date, Guitars Alive has awarded over $14,000.00 in scholarships, grants and donations to Rainbow D.S.B., Cambrian College and Laurentian University guitar students; to Rainbow D.S.B. elementary schools who are developing guitar programs, and to the Kiwanis Music Festival. In 2013, Guitars Alive Sudbury along with the Joan Mantle Music Trust helped Lockerby Composite purchase guitars for its new guitar program and Cambrian College purchase special orchestral guitars for the Sudbury Guitar Orchestra.

The concert takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:00pm at Cambrian College Amphitheatre (Rm.2226) – 1400 Barrydowne Rd, Sudbury. Tickets are $20 and available at the door and Cosmic Dave’s, Dupont’s Guitar Emporium, Guitar Clinic, Jett Landry Music, and Prom Music Centre. Seating is limited. For more information or reserve tickets contact Dr. Gould directly at (705) 923- 3546 or email at

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