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2017 Competition Results

Posted By Emma Markham, Monday, June 26, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 30, 2017
GFA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 International Concert Artist Competition, International Youth Competition and International Ensemble Competition: International Concert Artist Competition: Rose Augustine Grand Prize Winner: Tengyue Zhang (China) 2nd Place: Andrea De Vitis (Italy) 3rd Place: Alec Holcomb (USA) 4th Place: Andrey Lebedev (Australia) International Youth Competition: Junior Division 1st Leonora Spangenberger (Germany) 2nd Gwenyth Aggeler (USA) 3rd Eric Wang (USA) 4th Marc Saura (USA) Senior Division 1st Shilong Fan (China) 2nd Alberto Daniel Quintanilla (Mexico) 3rd Xu Kun Liu (Canada) 4th Yun Duan (China) International Ensemble Competition: Large Ensemble Youth Division 1st - Austin Bella Corda 2nd - California Conservatory of Guitar 3rd - The Green Room Arts Youth Small Ensemble Youth Division 1st - Felice Guitar Quartet 2nd - Davisson Duo 3rd - Pasadena Conservatory of Music Quartet Large Ensemble Artist Division 1st - Octeto Sicarú 2nd - The Green Room Arts Senior Small Ensemble Artist Division 1st - Erlendis Quartet 2nd - Vickers Bovey Duo 3rd - Ziggy and Miles Johnston

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Rose Augustine Grand Prize Winner Xavier Jara to Perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA (June 6, 2017) - The Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is pleased to announce that a concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall will be included as part of the 2017-2018 GFA International Concert Artist Competition Winner’s Tour. The 2016 Rose Augustine Grand Prize Winner, Xavier Jara, will begin his 50-city tour in the Fall of 2017, performing concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Brazil. Jara’s concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall will take place on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8pm. This concert will be presented by the Guitar Foundation of America in conjunction with the New York City Classical Guitar Society. The GFA expects that the Carnegie Hall concert will remain a part of the prize package for the Rose Augustine Grand Prize winner for years to come. Martha Masters, Artistic Director of the GFA International Concert Artist Competition, says, “The GFA is thrilled that our winners will be featured in concert in one of the world’s most prestigious venues. The instrument has earned its place on the major international classical music scene with a consistent and impeccably high standard of excellence. Xavier is a fantastic ambassador for the instrument, and for the GFA.” John Olson, President of the New York City Classical Guitar Society, states, "The GFA International Concert Artist Competition is the world's preeminent classical guitar competition. We are excited to be working with the GFA to bring this year's winner, the remarkable Xavier Jara, to perform in New York." 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. He received 1st Prize 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 Rose Augustine Grand Prize in the GFA International Concert Artist Competition. The GFA International Concert Artist Competition is the preeminent classical guitar competition in the United States. Along with a 50-city tour, the competition’s Rose Augustine Grand Prize Winner receives $10,000 cash, a Naxos CD recording, a Mel Bay book publication, CD design by Contrastes Records, and string prizes from Augustine Strings, D’Addario, and Savarez. Contact: Connie Sheu, General Manager Guitar Foundation of America PO Box 2900 Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90275 info@guitarfoundation.org 877-570-1651 ###

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2017 Charlottesville Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Residents of Charlottesville, a picturesque city along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and near Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia, will have the opportunity to celebrate classical guitar music in the 1st classical guitar festival of its kind. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at The Haven (112 Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902), from 9am to 10pm. There will be guitar recitals, workshops, a guitar competition open to juniors and adults, and a guitar orchestra. The guest artists and presenters include Matt Palmer, Rafael Scarfullery, Candice Mowbray, Zeb Turrentine, Jeremy Bass and Erica Cha. The full festival fee is just $60. This festival is organized by Rafael Scarfullery, a composer and classical guitarist who lives in Charlottesville. The guitar competition is open to any US or foreign guitarist and will have only one round with a 5-min. repertoire of your choice. You can register at the website: http://guitarcharlottesville.com.

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Guitare Montréal's 15th Anniversary

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 1, 2017
It's Our 15th Anniversary! Reserve the following dates: May 26, 27, and 28. New This Year: Buy your concert tickets online via www.eventbrite.ca! It's very easy reasonably priced. Please take note of Guitare Montréal's exciting 2017 line-up: Bokyung Byun Jérôme Ducharme Matthew McAllister Jorge Andrés Orjuela Thierry Bégin-Lamontagne Michel Beauchamp Marko Féri Dr.Éric Legault Dr.Jeffrey McFadden Let's not forget the over $5000 dollars in prizes, given away in the: MGS Youth Competition and The Montréal International Classical Guitar Competition. New This Year: Register at www.guitaremontreal.com and pay immediately via PayPal. Follow us : Web: www.guitaremontreal.com FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/guitaremontreal2002 FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/GuitarMontreal/ Hope to see you all in May! Patrick Kearney Founder and Artistic-Director

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Lanciano International Guitar Seminar

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Lanciano International Guitar Seminar: July 28 - August 2, 2017 Lanciano (CH), Abruzzo, Italy The mission of the Lanciano International Guitar Seminar is to promote high-level solo and chamber music training for young guitarists, emphasizing the performance of new music for the guitar. Internationally renowned professionals from Europe and the United States will teach masterclasses for soloists and provide ensemble coaching each day during the week of the Seminar. Faculty includes Michael Newman, Laura Oltman, and Isabella Abbonizio, with guest faculty and guest lecturers to be announced. Concerts featuring all participants in solo and ensemble performances will take place at the historic Torri Montanare and other locations throughout the city. There will also be a concert in the nearby town of Salle, home of the new museum, devoted to the three-hundred- year history of manufacturing musical instrument strings in Salle. Close to Rome, the historic city of Lanciano rests amongst the beaches of the Adriatic coast near the mountain peaks of Gran Sasso, with its National Nature Reserve. Against a backdrop of nature and history, visitors enjoy unique and amazing food and wines, including the well known Montepulciano. Registration is open to both participants and auditors, and fellowships are available. Website: www.lancianoguitar.com email: lancianoguitar@gmail.com tel: +1 (646) 243- 4266

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Announcing: Volterra Project

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 24, 2017
For more information please visit: http://www.volterraguitar.org This year we also have a full scholarship for American students (deadline APRIL 28, 2017). http://www.volterraguitar.org/stuart-weber-scholarship.html

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Semi Finalists Announced for Salzburg GuitarFest

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 24, 2017
GuitarFest received 52 applications and the performance level was very high. Due to the high level and a few instances of tied point totals, the jury has chosen 18 semifinalists as opposed to the originally scheduled 15. The semifinalists of the Salzburg GuitarFest International Competition are as follows (listed in alphabetical order): Pedro Rogério Aguiar Luis Benitez Alba Utkan Aslan Martina Barlotta Ziemek Bućko Dóra Cserenyec Daniel Egielman Jesse Flowers Cristian Gramesc Stephanie Jones Kun (Alan) Liu Stefan Koim Andrés Madariaga Antero Pellikka Hoang Khang Pham Katarzyna Smolarek Pedro Villegas Zuzanna Wężyk

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Classical Guitar in Orange County - 10% Discount for GFA Members

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Featured Artist Recital Schedule 2016-2017. Third Saturday of the month, 8PM at Chapman University, in Salmon Recital Hall or Irvine Lecture Hall, near Palm Drive & Center St. in Orange for details go to: www.ocgc.org. 10% Discount for GFA Members (Please present GFA membership card for discount). April 16 Mark del Priora. An American classical guitarist and composer. He Has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Italy. Notable performances include Festivals: Stetson University Guitar, Rutgers University Summerfest, and Eastman Guitarfest. He is currently Chair of the Guitar Department at the Manhattan School of Music, on the faculty since 1989. ALSO: Members’ Showcase Recitals: May 20. The last Showcase of the season by OCGC members; contact James Chiang at www.ocgc.org to reserve a slot. Director’s Showcase Recital: June 17. The last Showcase of the season features performances by members of the OCGC’s Board of Directors. The Orange County Guitar Circle is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1967 to celebrate, perform, and promote the music of the classical guitar in Southern California.

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The Unorthodox Guitar: A Guide to Alternative Performance Practice

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 7, 2017
Oxford University Press is thrilled to announce the publication of The Unorthodox Guitar: A Guide to Alternative Performance Practice, by internationally recognized composer, performer, and music scholar Mike Frengel. The Unorthodox Guitar: A Guide to Alternative Performance Practice is a comprehensive resource for experimentally minded guitarists and composers wishing to write for or perform on the instrument in new ways. The book focuses primarily on unconventional approaches to guitar performance, which include alternative tunings, extended techniques, instrumental preparations, electronic augmentations, and issues related to performing and recording with a computer. This information is intended to serve as a guide, reference, and source of inspiration for those wishing to compose and/or perform on the instrument in innovative ways. Order now and save 30%! Enter promo code AAFLYG6 at checkout on OUP.com.

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Alion Baltic International Music Festival

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 29, 2017
I am happy to announce that I will be a featured Concert Performer and Artist Faculty this Summer at the Alion Baltic International Music Festival in beautiful and historic Tallinn, Estonia! This festival is quickly becoming the Premiere Music Festival of Northern Europe, and features a unique blend of concerts (by some of the leading classical artists in the world), and moreover offers unparalleled opportunities for students to study with these International Virtuosi. Tuition is comprised of an admixture of Private Lessons, Masterclasses, Chamber Music Coachings, along with numerous opportunities for students to perform in recitals—including that of “sharing the stage” with one’s Artist-Teacher on occasion! In addition to classical guitar, piano, strings, all orchestral instruments, composition, voice and opera are offered as fields of study. For a detailed overview and consultation about the specifics of the classical guitar program❆ and to register to study with me, please contact via either e-mail (stanleyalexandrowicz@gmail.com), or FB Messenger, and I will be happy to respond to your inquiries. My ABIMF webpage and Artist Profile can be seen at: http://alionbalticfestival.com/alexandrowicz.html General Festival Website: http://alionbalticfestival.com Programs of Study range from 1-week, 10 Day, 2-week, and 3-week sessions. Early Registration discounts are available for a limited period of time. Set in the beautiful Baltic Region, students will additionally have performance opportunities in Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, St. Petersburg, and tourist activities ranging from historical sight-seeing to seaside, forrest, and mountain day trips and explorations! A GREAT way to spend a “Musical Summer” in Historic Northern Europe! ❆ My Guitar Study Program of private lessons, master classes, and coaching will include: ⭐︎Mechanical and Technical Aspects of Guitar Performance ⭐︎Interpretation based on Stylistic, Theoretical, and Historical Analysis ⭐︎Guitar Ergonomics ⭐︎Performance Practice (from the Renaissance through Romanticism) ⭐︎Recital Preparation and Concert Programming ⭐︎19th Century Multi-bass & Harp-Guitars ⭐︎Contemporary Music ⭐︎Voice and Guitar Repertoire PERFORMER BIOGRAPHY Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz is internationally renowned for his thrilling virtuosity, poetic interpretations, and refined musicality. In addition to his command of the instrument’s standard repertoire, he has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by composers from Europe, Asia, the United States, Cuba, and Latin America. A scholar and specialist in the field of 19th Century music, he often features unknown compositions by the Romantic guitar composer-virtuosi, playing on period instruments and revitalizing works which have lain dormant (often in manuscript form) for over a century. He has given lecture-recitals internationally on both Romantic and Contemporary music, including the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton – USA), the International Guitar Research Centre (University of Surrey – UK), the Baltimore Museum of Art (USA), and, the Harp-Guitar Foundation of America. In addition to his work as an international soloist, he collaborates regularly in chamber music performances with some of the world’s leading musicians ― including internationally renowned soprano Dominika Zamara ― bringing together the worlds of opera, lieder, song, and contemporary music in realizations of unmatched sonic beauty and deep musical intelligence. Their duo debut CD “Ivan Padovec: Music for Guitar and Soprano” was issued on SHEVA Collection Recordings Italy (http://www.shevacollection.it), summer, 2015. Performance highlights during recent concert seasons include London, New York, Venice, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and Princeton, and include the U.S. premiere of Vácav Kučera’s Concierto Imaginativo-Homenaje a Salvador Dali for guitar and string orchestra (Baltimore) in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday year. Dr. Alexandrowicz is currently Artistic Director of the New York Classical Music Society (NYCMS), and Artist-Professor at the Alion Baltic International Music Festival & Academy. He has served as Professor of Guitar at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Director of the Bronx House Music School (New York), and has been on the faculty of Mercy College, New York (where he additionally taught music history, theory, form and analysis, and ear-training skills). A world- renowned pedagogue and “master teacher” he is an expert on guitar ergonomics. Dr. Stanley Alexandrowicz (D.M.A. Manhattan School of Music)

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