At nineteen, Thibaut Garcia has already been invited to several festivals in Europe, Spain, Germany, France and Romania.
Born in Toulouse, France, Thibaut began playing the guitar at the age of seven. At sixteen he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, studying with Olivier Chassain and Judicael Perroy.
Thibaut is a multiple prize winner including the first prizes at the International Competition Ana Amalia in Weimar, Harmonia Cordis(Romania) and the special prize of the Rotenburg festival. He won the status of best young European musician from EMCY. Recently he won the international competition of Sevilla in Spain and will record a disc with "Contrastes Records" and play around the world. His Spanish origins have a strong influence on his musicality and way of thinking.
Interested in contemporary music, he collaborates with contemporary dancers and in December, 2013, he played Sequenza XI by Luciano Berio, a pillar work of contemporary guitar music. Determined to explore and contribute to new repertoire for the guitar, he realizes transcriptions (for guitar duet and solo guitar) and includes in his programme pieces such as the 6th partita for keyboard by Bach.
On Saturday November 13, the Guitar Society held a special ceremony honoring Harold Levy's many contributions to the organization over the past few decades. Harold was president of the Society at two key moments in its history, in the late eighties/early nineties, and for the past five years. Current President Jack Silver and Artistic Director Jeff McFadden spoke of Harold's invaluable work in promoting and sustaining our beloved instrument. Harold was given a special plaque awarding him with a lifetime honorary membership in the Society for his services.
The Guitar Society of Toronto is proud to announce that five of its long-time volunteers received the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for their continuing contribution to the organization. Honorees Eli Kassner (50 years), Ann Kassner (40 years), Harold Levy (25 years), Jack Silver (20 years) and Jeffrey McFadden (20 years) were recognized during a recent Guitar Society event.
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.