International Performing Artist Series

ILIANA MATOS

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 | 8PM
Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E.
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

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Iliana Matos

Iliana Matos

María Luisa Anido, the Great Lady of Guitar, when hearing Iliana play, wrote: “I am impressed by your wonderful guitaristic art, and I am proud to know that a woman came to such a degree of artistic perfection.” – Barcelona, 1995

After hearing Iliana Matos perform in Caracas, the legendary Alirio Díaz wrote: “Her refined technique, always put at the service of a personal musicality, is what more can surprise in the guitar art of the virtuosa Iliana Matos. All this, added to other exquisite qualities, has made her an appealing personality within our world of music.” – Venezuela, 1992

Prize winner of eleven major international competitions, Iliana Matos made history by becoming the first woman to win the prestigious S.A.R. La Infanta Doña Cristina International Guitar Competition, and the only guitarist to win the special prize for Best Interpretation of Spanish Music in two consecutive years.

Matos graduated from the National School of Art in Havana, earned a Bachelor of Music (Classical Guitar Performance) from the Superior Institute of Havana, and received a Special Diploma given to the most outstanding graduate for her artistic creative work. She continued her studies at the Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid and graduated with a Master of Music Degree under Ricardo Gallén. She participated in master classes with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Sharon Isbin, Carlos Bonell, among many others.

As an ambassador of the Ibero-American guitar, she performed as soloist with the National Orchestra of Oporto at the VIII Ibero-American Summit and for the Spanish Royal Family in 1998. She has performed extensively throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including numerous festivals

With her love of contemporary music and desire to develop the guitar repertoire, Iliana Matos has premiered works by many composers. She has contributed to the development of a new generation of Spanish guitarists while teaching in Madrid.

Her highly acclaimed GSP CD “Angels in The Street” has earned universal acclaim: “a match-made-in-heaven recording that is about as perfect as guitar records get… she simply, radiantly shines, a virtuoso in service to the music” (American Record Guide). The CD was included in ‘Guitar’s Top 100’ by Canadian musicologist Enrique Robichaud.

From May 2016 to May 2017, this world renowned Cuban/Spanish guitar virtuoso will celebrate her 30th Anniversary as a Performer with tours in South America, North America, Africa, Asia and Europe, highlighting this important milestone in her career. www.ilianamatos.com


MONTENEGRIN DUO

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 | 8PM
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

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Montenegrin Duo

Montenegrin Duo

“The Montenegrin Duo gave a magnificent performance.  Their laser-like precision, sumptuous sound and profound musicality brought a depth and perfection to their Bach that was simply breathtaking.  Each an esteemed soloist in his own right, these two guitarists form a duo that is far greater than the sum of its parts.  Dazzling!” – Norbert Kraft, Grammy Prize Winner &  Naxos Producer

Montenegrin Guitar Duo is frequently invited to prestigious international events (e.g. Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition 2016, Festival Internacional de Musica y Danza de Granada, Kotor Art Festival, Koblenz Guitar Festival, A Tempo music festival, Shenyang Guitar Festival, Daejeon Guitar Festival), for recitals and concerts with orchestras, as well as for masterclasses, lectures on transcribing Bach’s music and adjudicating competitions. Their performances have been highly acclaimed by both audience and critics who have praised their historically informed performances of J. S. Bach’s English Suites in a new, fresh approach on two guitars.

The Duo’s repertoire includes the transcriptions of ancient music and original compositions dating from the 19th and 20th century, with a special emphasis on the contemporary music originally written for two guitars, as well as improvisation. Their ultimate goal is to broaden the guitar repertoire and further integrate guitar in the big family of classical instruments.

Montenegrin Duo’s debut CD with works by Domeniconi, Piazzolla and Bogdanovic was published in 2013 by the Montenegrin Music Centre. The first of two CDs of Bach’s English Suites, a world premiere of this unique project, was published in 2015.

Goran Krivokapic is a first prize winner at eighteen prestigious international competitions. His focus lies on the expansion and developing of guitar repertoire, through transcribing and collaborating with composers in solo and chamber music. He is a lecturer in guitar at the Koblenz International Guitar Academy.

Danijel Cerović is a lecturer in guitar and chamber music at the Music Academy in Cetinje (University of Montenegro). A versatile solo and chamber musician, he is also a member of the artistic board of the Montenegrin Music Centre and the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra. He participates actively in the organization of numerous international music events and is the founder and an artistic director of the Niksic Guitar Festival and competition. www.montenegringuitarduo.com

 


ANTOINE MORINIERE

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 | 8PM
Victoria Chapel, 91 Charles St W, Toronto.
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
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Antoine Moriniere

Antoine Moriniere

Antoine Morinière started playing the guitar at the age of eight. He is frequently invited to play in France as well as abroad. In 2010 Antoine embarked on a career as a concert artist, performing the Piazzolla guitar concerto with the Conservatoire de Bordeaux Orchestra. He has since performed in many countries including France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

Antoine won 1st prize at the 2015 Sevilla guitar competition, as well as top prizes at several other competitions. As part of the prize from the Sevilla guitar competition, he recorded a CD in June 2016 with the label “Contrastes Records” (Naxos Distribution).

Interested in contemporary music, and always looking for new repertoire, the pieces “Madoromi” and “Perpetuum Mobile” were dedicated to him by the composer Rikako Watanabe (composition professor at the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Paris), which he premiered during his tour in Spain in November 2012. He also plays a composition for guitar and clarinet named “Obscurs”, dedicated to him by the famous clarinetist, Raphaël Severe. In 2017 he will perform a work by Jean Frederic Neuburger with piano, clarinet and 2 guitars.

Antoine plays chamber music with clarinetist Raphael Severe, with mezzo-soprano Aude Extrémo, and in guitar duo with Thibaut Garcia (France, Romania…)

He is a student of Jean Luc Rochietti and Olivier Chassain at the Conservatory of Bordeaux, where he graduated with honours. He currently studies at the Paris Conservatory with Jeremy Jouve.


BANDINI CHIACCHIARETTA DUO

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 | 8PM
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

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Bandini Chiacchiaretta Duo

Bandini Chiacchiaretta Duo

Bandini and Chiacchiaretta held a concert that, just like tango, was a condensing of emotions and real life. Bandini and Chiacchiaretta have technique, talent, performing class. Theirs is a tango danced in two.Roberto Codazzi

Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiacchiaretta formed their guitar and bandoneon duo in 2002, pursuing the clear aim of promoting Argentine music through the charm and magic of its most representative instruments. The duo immediately became an important point of reference in the international concert circuit thanks to its great communicativeness, combined with an extraordinary charisma. Invited by the most important festivals and theatres in the world, they have toured throughout Europe, Asia, and Mexico, meeting with outstanding critical acclaim and audience approval.

The duo had the privilege to play Astor Piazzolla’s Double Concerto “Hommage a Liegi” conducted by Maestro Leo Brouwer at the Auditorium Paganini of Parma, Italy, and for the Unione Musicale of Turin with the renowned Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra conducted by Pavel Berman.

In 2004 the Bandini – Chiacchiaretta Duo was awarded the 15th “Beniamino Joppolo” Città di Patti (Messina, Italy) Prize for their remarkable artistic achievements in the field of music.

In 2005 the duo made their debut in the prestigious Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Academic Philarmonic, achieving such great success that they were immediately asked to play for the following two years.

Their distinctive style of living music to the full and without boundaries leads them to work together with such prominent artists as Arnoldo Foà, Elio delle Storie Tese, Amanda Sandrelli and musicians Fernando Suarez Paz, Michele Pertusi, Corrado Giuffredi, Danilo Rossi, Massimo Quarta, Enrico Bronzi, Franca Masu, Maria Estela Monti, Enrico Fagone and many others.

Their first CD “Hombres de Tango” sold more than ten thousand copies and was hailed with great enthusiasm by the critics. They have recorded for the most important radio and television broadcasters in Italy and abroad. Recently, a concert held in Brussels was broadcast via satellite in more than twenty countries.

As teachers, they are requested by the most renowned Academies and Universities and hold classes at the Institutes of Higher Education “Luigi Boccherini” in Lucca and “Tito Schipa” in Lecce as well as at the Summer Festivals of Gubbio and Portogruaro. www.bandinichiacchiaretta.com


TRIO TANGERE

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 | 8PM
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. MAP
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Trio Tangere

Trio Tangere

Trio Tangere is an exciting new ensemble with the uncommon combination of two guitars and violin. The three members, Marc Djokic, violin, Jérôme Ducharme and Louis Trépanier, guitars, were already established virtuosi when they started performing together; from the first notes of the first rehearsal, they knew they had a magical simpatico in their playing. This ensemble performs exciting repertoire from the select body of works already in existence for this instrument grouping, as well new commissions and transcriptions.

Marc Djokic: A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, violinist Marc Djokic began studying the violin with his father, Philippe Djokic. Marc completed his education in Boston at the New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein. Praised by La Presse for his rhythmic sense and natural phrasing, he is one of Canada’s most engaging concert musicians. A winner of Quebec’s Prix Opus among numerous other prizes and grants, he performs frequently as soloist with Canada’s top orchestras and in chamber music festivals across North America. His concerts have been frequently broadcast by CBC Radio and Espace Musique. Marc performs on violins by Becker 1927, Fagnola 1922, and a rare Guarnerius 1740. Marc’s regular collaborations include a duo with percussionist Beverly Johnston, Trio Tangere, Bowfire, as well as innovative multidisciplinary concerts. Always passionate to share insights on violin performance and technique, he has given master classes at universities and summer music festivals throughout Canada.

Jérôme Ducharme: Jérôme Ducharme travels through North America to perform recitals, masterclasses and for adjudication panels. His career took off when he won the first prize at the 2005 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. His NAXOS CD received praise from critics, as well as the mention of CD of the month from the Scena musicale. Jérôme graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique et d’Art Dramatique du Québec with great distinction in 2000 and holds a doctorate degree in performance from Université de Montréal. Jérôme is a guitar instructor at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and at Marianopolis College. Jérôme Ducharme plays on a 2011 Daryl Perry guitar.

Louis Trépanier: A native of Ottawa, Louis Trépanier studied under Patrick Roux at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Hull, graduating in 1998 with the Prix en Guitare. Louis has further studied both privately and in master classes with Sergio Assad, David Russell and Fabio Zanon. He has also studied jazz with Canadian composer and guitarist Roddy Ellias.

As a founding member of the Canadian Guitar Quartet, Trépanier has performed often on CBC radio and Radio-Canada both as soloist and with the CGQ. His arrangements of orchestral masterworks for the CGQ have received fantastic reviews and have set a new standard in guitar quartet transcription. These, as well as his original compositions are published by Les Productions d’Oz under the special CGQ collection.

Louis is known for his dynamic style of teaching. He has previously taught at both Laurentian University and Cambrian College in Sudbury and is currently Coordinator of the Guitar Sector at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music. Louis is a member of the Donkin/Trépanier piano-guitar duo, with his wife Catherine Donkin. www.triotangere.com


DUO SCARLATTI

Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 8PM
Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

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Duo Scarlatti

Duo Scarlatti

Duo Scarlatti consists of Nicola Pignatiello and Daniele Sardone, two of the youngest teachers of the Conservatorio S. Cecilia in Rome. They have been awarded first prizes at several international competitions.

After graduating in Italy, studying with Domenico Ascione, they moved to Holland to study with Carlo Marchione at the Conservatorium Maastricht. They finished their course Master of Music cum laude.

Duo Scarlatti had is international debut playing in Spain in the Encuentro Internacional Ciudad de Majadahonda together with other artists, among which were Eduardo Fernandez and Margarita Escarpa. In April 2014 the Duo made their first tour in the USA playing in New York, Pittsburgh and Cleveland, premiering works of the most important guitar composers. They returned in 2015 and 2016 for concerts at NYU and Carnegie Mellon.

The Duo is regularly invited to participate in the most important festivals like Festival of Aalborg, Brescia Chitarra, Claxica, Cervia Luigi Legnani, Festival Internazionale di Roma, and to play for institutions in some of the principal cities of Europe: Bruxelles, Koln, Helsinki, Maastricht, Bologna, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Duo Scarlatti also recorded for the Dutch Televisions Lumburg Tv and Brava NL.

Their repertoire consists of original music for two guitars, mostly of the twentieth century, and baroque music for cembalo transcribed by the Duo. New music has been written for Duo Scarlatti by such well-known composers as Dusan Bogdanovic, Maurizio Pisati, Simone Iannarelli, Gianluca Cascioli, Mark Del Priora. www.duoscarlatti.com


TORONTO GUITAR WEEKEND

Friday, April 21 – Sunday April 23, 2017
Featuring The Eden Stell Duo (England) plus Alec Holcomb and Bokyung Byun

Toronto Guitar Weekend

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Lectures ~ Master class ~ Open Mic with the Guitar Society of Toronto Orchestra ~ Luthier and Vendor Fair ~ Brunch with the Artists

This event provides an intensive experience for all lovers of the classical guitar. All events except Sunday Brunch will take place at Church of St. Simon-the-Apostle, 525 Bloor Street East.

Not to be missed!

Friday April 21st
6:30-7:30pm Registration
8:00pm – Concert – Bokyung Byun/Alec Holcomb $30 ($35 @ door)

Saturday April 22nd
10:00am-4:00pm Luthier Fair (free)
10:30am-12:00pm Lecture: Brent Crawford, DMA Candidate, U of T
Train like an athlete – Mental and Physical strategies from athletics, adapted for musicians  $15
1:30-3:00pm  Lecture: Shawn Pickup, DMA Candidate, U of T
The Art of Takemitsu: Examining his Guitar Music and the Connection to the Visual Art of Klee and Miro $15
4:00-5:30pm Guitar Society of Toronto Guitar Orchestra performance and Open Mic bring your guitar! (free)
7:30pm Concert – Eden Stell Duo (UK) $30 ($35@door)

Sunday April 23rd
10:30am Brunch with the Artists (registered participants only) Hotel Intercontinental, 220 Bloor Street West, Toronto
1:00 –4:00pm Master Class Eden Stell Duo $15

All-Event Registration $135 or without Brunch $100
All events at The Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor E (except Brunch at Hotel Intercontinental)


Eden Stell Duo

Eden Stell Duo

Eden Stell Guitar Duo – Mark Eden & Christopher Stell

Internationally renowned for their dynamic style, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have ‘breathed new life into the world of the classical guitar’ (Rotterdam Dagblad).

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, the duo’s chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of musical styles makes them a constantly evolving entity with a unique creative voice.

Likened to a ‘miraculous single guitarist blessed with an impossibly wonderful technique and an exceptionally delicate touch’ (The Observer) the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have been invited to perform at venues and music festivals around the world, including Europe, North, South and Central America and Australia, plus numerous radio and TV appearances on ITV, BBC and European and North American networks. Their concerto engagements have featured performances with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and International Philharmonic at some of Europe’s largest venues.

Mark Eden and Christopher Stell graduated from the Royal Academy of Music as recipients of the Principal’s Prize and the Julian Bream Prize, and continued their studies in Brussels with the Brazilian Guitar Duo, Sérgio and Odair Assad with the aid of a grant from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Soon after, the Duo were selected to perform for the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists’ Concert Series and won the South East Musicians’ Platform competition, giving them debut concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre where they have since become regular artists.

The duo were the first guitarists since Julian Bream to be Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine with their ‘landmark recording’ of works by Stephen Dodgson. They have recorded 7 CDs to date, and are dedicatees of new works by internationally acclaimed composers Stephen Dodgson, Adam Gorb, Dusan Bogdanovic, Gary Ryan, and Johannes Moller.

Mark and Chris are founding members of the VIDA Guitar Quartet who have rapidly become one of the most celebrated guitar ensembles in the last few years with concerts in Europe and USA and rave reviews for their debut CD ‘Love, the Magician’ (BGS118). They are artistic directors of the Winchester Guitar Festival and the hugely popular World Youth Guitar Festival, the only classical guitar festival in the world dedicated to young players with over 200 students attending from over 15 countries as far afield as USA and Australia.

Mark and Chris were elected Associates of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of their outstanding musical achievements and both currently hold teaching positions at the Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The duo are D’Addario strings endorsed artists. www.edenstell.com

Alec Holcomb

Alec Holcomb

Alec Holcomb is a very exciting and talented young guitarist. He has delighted audiences across the U.S., performed on National Public Radio, and earned first prize in numerous guitar competitions. Alec’s virtuosity, attention to musical detail, and mastery at fully capturing the expressive range of the instrument takes the listener on a musical journey through a broad spectrum of the world’s greatest compositions.

Alec attends the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he will graduate in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance.

Bokyung Byun

Bokyung Byun

Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun, is an active solo and chamber musician residing in Los Angeles. She has been hailed by her peers as a guitarist who “performs with fleet-fingered, delicate precision, and expressiveness.” (Julia Crowe)

Born in 1994, in Seoul, Korea, Bokyung began playing guitar at six. At the age of eleven, she had her first full-length solo recital in Gwangju, Korea. In the following years, she went on numerous concert tours in Korea, receiving enthusiastic response from the Korean audiences. Bokyung’s YouTube video of Recuerdos de la Alhambra marked five million views, bringing international attention to the newly rising guitarist. By her teen years, she had won competitions held by Guitar Foundation of America, the Korea Guitar Association, the Embassy of Spain, and the Music Association of Korea. Bokyung’s recent wins include Philadelphia International Competition, the Tuesday Morning Music Club Classical Guitar Competition, and Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition.

Bokyung moved to the United States in 2010 to study with William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and in 2011, she moved again to New York City where she entered The Juilliard School at the age of sixteen to study under the tutelage of Sharon Isbin. She was the first guitarist ever to be admitted to both Juilliard’s undergraduate guitar program and accelerated Bachelor/Master degree program. She is now pursuing a doctoral degree at University of Southern California with Scott Tennant.