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Guitare Montreal 2015

Posted By Emma Markham, 8 hours ago

Reserve the following dates: April 24, 25, 26.


Please take note of Guitare Montréal's exciting 2015 line-up:


Vladislav Blaha

David Leisner

Dave Pilon and the MGS Orchestra

Miodrag Zerdoner

Alan Liu

Dr. Éric Legault

Michael Hardy

Dr. Jeffrey McFadden

Patrick Feely


Let's not forget the over $4000 dollars in prizes, given away in the:

MGS Youth Competition and The Montréal International Classical Guitar Competition


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Narnia Arts Academy Summer Guitar Program with Tali Roth, Narni,

Posted By Emma Markham, Monday, March 02, 2015
Introducing the 4th year of Tali Roth's guitar program at the Narnia Arts Academy Summer Training Program, as a part of Narnia Festival in Narni, Italy - a beautiful medieval city located an hour north of Rome. In 2014 the Narnia Festival won the Italian President Gold Medal for excellence. The guitar course will take place July 19th-August 2nd 2015 with  an option for a half session running July 19- 26th or July 26th- August 2nd at  the tuition cost. It is open to any intermediate-advanced and advanced students, or young professionals.

The program combines master classes, chamber music coaching, educational trips, outings, and many performance opportunities. The Festival has a large world class faculty, a full Opera Program and a Mass production with daily performances for students and faculty in beautiful churches as well as the main Narni theater.

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Mid America Guitar Camp 2015

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mid America Guitar Camp 2015
July 20-24, 2015
Webster University, Saint Louis, MO 63119
About MAGC:
The 13th annual Mid America Guitar Camp for young students between the ages of 10-18 (pre-college) will be held this summer on the campus of Webster University. All participants - from beginners, through advanced level players preparing for music school - will find fun and stimulating activities to enrich their own playing, as well as the opportunity of working with their peers.

Through daily master classes, ensemble, special seminars and a host of other activities, participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the guitar. Non-guitar activities, such as visiting some of the wonderful sites St. Louis has to offer, will allow participants time to refresh their minds and bodies.

n outstanding curriculum and fantastic activities are designed to inspire and motivate our MAGC participants for a long time after the camp has ended.

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Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition

Posted By Emma Markham, Monday, February 23, 2015


DATE: APRIL 24, 25, 26 2015








                APRIL 24, 2015 AT 8 PM




                APRIL 25, 2015 AT 8PM


                     -DAVID LEISNER, UNITED STATES

                APRIL 26, 2015 AT 1 PM



 27,00 $ : REGULAR

 25,00 $ : 55 AND UP






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Vanguard University Guitar Festival

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, February 19, 2015
The 2nd Annual Vanguard University Guitar Festival will take place on Saturday, February 28th. The free events will begin at 2pm with a concert by Samuel Hines. Then, from 2:45-4:30pm you are welcome to audit masterclasses by Samuel Hines, Lynn McGrath, and Matt Denman. At 7:00pm in Needham Chapel there will be a free gala concert featuring guitar ensembles from McCallum Fine Arts Academy (Austin, TX), Glendale Community College (Glendale, AZ), Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts (Los Angeles), Benton Middle School (La Mirada), La Mirada High School (La Mirada), Servite High School (Anaheim), Cerritos College (Norwalk), and our own Vanguard University. For a finale, all the groups, about 150+ guitarists, will perform Musica Latina Facil by Annette Kruisbrink under the direction of Chuck Hulihan.

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Eastern Music Festival Launches New Classical Guitar Program

Posted By Emma Markham, Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Open to classical guitarists ages 14 and up, Eastern Music Festival’s newest program offers the chance for in-depth summer study in an outstanding musical environment. Join JASON VIEAUXJULIAN GRAYand KAMI ROWAN for an experience you will never forget. Push yourself beyond the limits of the classical guitar through collaborating and engaging with other instrumentalists and delve into new territories of chamber music, pedagogy, technique, and performance. At EMF, you will spend two weeks at the leading international summer music festival, where you can re-charge your mind and spirit in a beautiful setting surrounded by world-class musicians.
The inaugural Eastern Music Festival Guitar Competition will feature both High School and College/Pre-Professional divisions. All Division I & II finalists will perform in a concert open to the public.  Three finalists will be chosen from each division and the top two from both divisions will receive cash prizes. All participants in the Guitar Competition must be full-participants for the duration of the EMF Guitar Program (July 15-July 26).
College (Undergraduate & Graduate)/Pre-Professional
(No age limit)
High School (Grades 9-12)
(Must be currently in 9-12 grades, or have graduated in May of 2015 and not yet attending college)
Private Study
A core component of the program is the individualized instruction each participant will receive from the three guitar faculty.  Whether it be polishing works already in progress, improving technique or starting new repertoire, this one-on-one time with outstanding teachers will help you refine your individual playing skills.
Classes and Seminars
The EMF Guitar Program will feature multiple classes and seminars focusing on a variety of topics.  Led by faculty, these can cover performance development, fingerboard harmony and theory, technique, guitar literature and history, memorization techniques, transcriptions, career options as well as open discussions about current topics and trends.
Chamber Music
All participants will rehearse and perform with the Festival Guitar Orchestra.  In addition, there will be opportunities to work in small chamber ensembles with other instrumentalists as well as guitar duos, trios and quartets. 
Master Classes
Each week, guitar participants will attend studio master classes led by resident guitar faculty members.  Several will be invited by the faculty to perform in master classes which will be open to the public.
Concerts and Recitals
At EMF, you will have the opportunity to attend numerous guitar concerts and recitals featuring the guitar faculty and fellow program participants.  Unlike other guitar programs, you will also have first-class access to all of the Festival’s world-class orchestra and chamber music performances featuring internationally-acclaimed guest artists.
CALL: (Toll-free) 1.877.833.6753, ext. 227

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SoloDuo Headlines Peabody's 'Fret Fest'

Posted By Emma Markham, Thursday, February 12, 2015
A concert by world-renowned guitarists SoloDuo headlines the Peabody Preparatory Guitar Department’s sixth annual Fret Festival, which welcomes guitar enthusiasts to learn and perform together. Fret Festival features high school ensemble coaching, jazz improvisation and Brazilian guitar workshops, a master class taught by acclaimed concert and recording artist and Conservatory Guitar Department Chair Julian Gray, a young guitarist’s showcase, and more on March 1, 2015. 

The daylong celebration of the guitar does offer something for everyone with nine workshops throughout the day. The youngest guitarists will have the opportunity to learn music fundamentals like rhythm and note identification and to learn about how guitars are constructed with a guitar-building workshop led by renowned local Luthier David Pace. Older guitar enthusiasts will enjoy a sense of musical adventure with Echo: a flute and guitar duo who plays their own arrangements of piano music. High school ensembles will receive coaching sessions, attend workshops led by renowned guitarists Danielle Cumming and Scott Borg, and will perform at the Guitar Ensemble Concert.

On-site registration opens at 9:00 am in the Grand Arcade at the Peabody Institute Downtown. The cost is just $30 for one student with two adults and additional pricing options are available for high school ensembles, individual participants or concert-only tickets for SoloDuo’s performance. For more information and to register online, visit

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John Schneider and Partch win 2015 Grammy Award

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Congratulations to former GFA President John Schneider in producing the Grammy-winning album Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances in the category of Best Classical Compendium, released on David and Becky Starobin's label Bridge Records. 

PARTCH specializes in the music & instruments of the iconoclastic American Maverick composer Harry Partch who, between 1930 and 1972, created one of the most amazing bodies of sensually alluring and emotionally powerful music of the 20th century. Partch wrote music drama, dance theater, multi-media extravaganzas, vocal music and chamber music—all to be performed on the extraordinary orchestra of instruments that he designed and built himself.

Since their formation as Just Strings in 1991 to perform the music of Lou Harrison and Harry Partch, the group has gone on to commission and premiere works by Larry Polansky, Mamoru Fujieda, John Luther Adams, Mari Takano, Sasha Bogdonawitsch and others. In 1995 they toured Japan under the auspices of the American Embassy's prestigious Interlink Festival, giving three weeks of concerts and lectures on new music. In 2005, with the completion of their twelfth Partch instrument, the group began performing under the name Partch. They have performed for Chamber Music in Historic Sites, the LA County Museum of Art, UCLA’s Partch Centennial Celebration, Sacramento’s Festival of New American Music, Minnesota Public Radio’s American Mavericks, the Songlines series at Mills College, and the Gordon Getty Concerts at the Getty Center. In 2004, they made their Disney Hall debut premiering Harry Partch’s Bitter Music, and have returned every year since. Partch is the resident ensemble of MicroFest, Los Angeles’ yearly festival of microtonal music.

Their 2006 performance of “Castor & Pollux,” choreographed by Liz Hoefner, was released on the DVD Enclosure 8: Harry Partch (Innova Records). In 2007, Partch performed in Albuquerque (36th Annual Composer’s Symposium), Santa Cruz ( April in Santa Cruz Festival of New Music), Oakland (Mills College Partch Dances premiering Molissa Fenley’s new choreography of “Castor & Pollux”), Disney Hall (their annual REDCAT multimedia survey of Partch’s music), LA’s outdoor festival Grand Performances, and were awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Copland Fund for Music to record Partch’s monumentalBitter Music for Bridge Records. Their 2008 season included the world re-premiere of Partch’s hour long Plectra & Percussion Dances (1952), a week-long residency at Salt Lake City’s RDT (Repertory Dance Theater), and performing opening week at the exciting new Broad Stage for critically acclaimed Jacaranda music series. In 2009, Partch gave the LA premiere of the composer’s 11 Intrusions, and traveled to Mexico on a NEA sponsored exchange with the Guadalajara International Book Fair. 2010 included their performance at LACMA to celebrate the John Baldessari retropective Pure Beauty, while in 2011, they gave the SoCal premiere of Summer 1955, & released their premiere recording of Partch’s Bitter Music, and were featured by the San Francisco Symphony’s American Mavericks Festival in 2012.

Partch's recording of Bitter Music was Grammy Award nominated for Best Classical Compendium of 2012, while the 57th Grammy Awards nominated their performance of Castor & Pollux for Best Chamber Music Performance, and awarded their Bridge Records release of Plectra & Percussion Dances with the Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium of 2014.

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Jason Vieaux Wins 2015 Grammy Award

Posted By Connie Sheu, Sunday, February 08, 2015
New York, NY – Guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux has won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his album Play. This is Vieaux's first Grammy nomination and win. Released on Azica Records in January 2014, the album celebrates Jason Vieaux’s 20th anniversary as a performer by featuring the Spanish, Mexican, South American, Cuban, French, and American classics that Vieaux has found to be universal audience favorites over the past two decades. The music includes showpieces by Barrios, Sagreras, Bustamante, and Sainz De La Maza, Tárrega’s classics Recuerdos de la Alhambra and Capricho Arabe, Vieaux’s own in-demand arrangement of Duke Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood, and Andrew York’s popular Sunburst.

NPR describes Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” and Gramophone magazine puts him “among the elite of today's classical guitarists.” Of Play, Soundboard Magazine wrote, “If you ever want to give a friend a disc that will cement his or her love for the guitar, this is a perfect candidate,” while Premier Guitar raved, “You’d be hard pressed to find versions performed with more confidence, better tone, and a more complete understanding of the material.” The Huffington Post declared that Play is “part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar.” NPR Music listed “Zapateado” by Sainz de la Maza among its “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far),” in June 2014.

Jason Vieaux’s next appearances include concerts in Oberlin, OH (February 11); Akron, OH (Akron Symphony, February 14); Miami, FL (Florida Guitar Foundation, February 21); New York, NY (92Y, February 28); Oak Ridge, TN (Oak Ridge Symphony, March 7); Brookville, NY (Long Island Guitar Festival, April 26); Philadelphia, PA (World Café Live, May 7); New York, NY (Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, May 15); Boston, MA (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, May 17), and Cleveland, OH (Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival, May 28). For details:

Vieaux’s latest album is Together, with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis (released January 2015, review copies available). Together features original works for harp and guitar including Alan Hovhaness’ Spirit of Trees, Xavier Montsalvatge’s Fantasia, Máximo Diego Pujol’s Suite Magica, and two world premiere recordings of works commissioned by the duo: Knock on Wood (2012) by Keith Fitch and Hypnotized (2013) by Gary Schocker. Sample Together:

Jason Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. Recent and future highlights include returns to the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York's 92nd Street Y, as well as performances at Argentina’s Teatro Colon and Oslo, Norway’s Classical Music Fest. Vieaux’s appearances for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others have forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer. He collaborates in recitals this season with Escher Quartet, acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker.

Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with nearly 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Ft. Worth, Santa Fe, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Kitchener-Waterloo, Richmond, Edmonton, IRIS Chamber, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Chautauqua Festival, and New Hampshire Music Festival. Some of the conductors he has worked with include David Robertson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jahja Ling, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern, David Lockington, Steven Smith, and Edwin Outwater.

Vieaux’s previous eleven albums include a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1, which hit No. 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart after its first week and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound, and Soundboard; Images of Metheny, featuring music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny (who after hearing this landmark recording declared: “I am flattered to be included in Jason's musical world”); and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz, which made several Top Ten lists the year of its release. Vieaux’s albums and live performances are regularly heard on radio and internet around the world, and his work is the subject of feature articles in print and online around the world, including such magazines as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO, Gramophone, and on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence.” Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series.

In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.

Vieaux is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America, and is affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia. Jason Vieaux is represented by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd. For more information, visit; Jason is tweeting @JasonVieaux, and his Facebook fan page is

Album Information
Jason Vieaux: Play
Alan Bise, Producer and Digital Editor | Bruce Egre, Recording Engineer
Azica Records

1. Jongo by Paulo Bellinati (Brazil)
2. El Colibri by Julio Sagreras (Argentina)
3. A Felicidade by Antônio Carlos Jobim (Brazil) arr. Roland Dyens (France)
4. Cavatina from The Deer Hunter by Stanley Myers (UK)
5. Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tárrega (Spain)
6. Sunburst by Andrew York (US)
7. Danza Caracteristica by Leo Brouwer (Cuba)
8. Tango en Skai by Roland Dyens (France)
9. Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega (Spain)
10. Las Abejas by Agustin Barrios (Paraguay)
11. Estudio Sin Luz by Andrés Segovia (Spain)
12. Vals Venozolano No. 3 by Antonio Lauro (Venezuela)
13. Misionera by Fernando Bustamante (Argentina) arr. Jorge Morel (Argentina)
14. Por Ti Mi Corazon, Trad. Mexican Folk Song arr. Manuel Ponce (Mexico)
15. Zapateado by Regino Sainz de la Maza (Spain)
16. Vals, Op. 8, No. 4 by Agustin Barrios (Paraguay)
17. In A Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington (US) arr. Jason Vieaux (US)

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Judicaël Perroy Workshops

Posted By Emma Markham, Tuesday, February 03, 2015

This summer Judicaël Perroy, Classical Guitarist, will teach 2 workshops. 

One will be in Tignes in the middle of the French Alps with many prestigious teachers and high level students. The students will have classes with Perroy each day and the condition of work are great. There will be concerts by both students and teachers with the possibility to participate in chamber music groups with high level students. July 20 to July 30


The second workshop will happen in the south of France.

There will be 3 guitar teachers:

(Perroy , Natalia Lipnitskaya ( ) and GFA winner Florian Larousse ( ). Other teachers are prestigious names. There will be guitar class each day. Concerts of the teachers and the students also, with the possibility to do chamber music with high level students. From July 29 to August 9


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