International Performing Artist Series

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Texas Guitar Quartet (USA)

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 | 8PM
Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

Advance Tickets available through Eventbrite at above link. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the event is cancelled. In that case, a refund will be issued within 60 days.

Texas Guitar Quartet (USA)

Texas Guitar Quartet (USA)

 

“Impeccable in every respect”
– Classical Guitar Magazine.


Artyom Dervoed (Russia)

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 | 8PM
Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

Advance Tickets available through Eventbrite at above link. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the event is cancelled. In that case, a refund will be issued within 60 days.

Artyom Dervoed (Russia)

Artyom Dervoed (Russia)

Artyom Dervoed began guitar studies at age six with Sergey Annikov, Elena Svetozarova and Leonid Reznik. He later trained with Nikolay Komolyatov at the Schnittke Music College and Gnesin Academy in Moscow, Aniello Desiderio at the Koblenz Guitar Academy in Germany, and Oscar Ghiglia at Accademia Chigiana in Italy.

He is the first Russian to win two of the most prestigious competitions, the Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition in Italy and Her Royal Highness Princess Cristina Competition in Spain. His recording projects include an album of new works by Russian composers (Naxos) which became a top ten bestselling chamber music record.  His latest release (Ghosts & Shadows, Melodia Records, 2015), was nominated for the ICMA Best Solo Performance Award in the “Solo Instruments” category.

Mr. Dervoed has an active media profile in Russia. He is frequently invited to speak on TV and radio about the classical guitar, its historic significance, musical versatility and exciting future. The recent world premiere of Stephen Goss’s Guitar Concerto based on Paganini’s Grand Sonata for Guitar and Violin, with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra, was nationally televised, reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Mr. Dervoed is the head of classical guitar at the Bashmet Center in Moscow and teaches a select group of young players at the prestigious Gnessin Academy as well as the Moscow State University of Culture & Arts. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of the annual Guitar Virtuosi Moscow International Festival and opened last year’s festival with a performance of his own transcription of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra.

Artyom Dervoed uses D’Addario strings and is the first Russian classical guitarist endorsed by Yamaha.


GFA Winner – Tengyue Zhang (China)

Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 | 8PM
Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

Advance Tickets available through Eventbrite at above link. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the event is cancelled. In that case, a refund will be issued within 60 days.

GFA Winner - Tengyue Zhang (China)

GFA Winner – Tengyue Zhang (China)


Thierry Begin-Lamontagne (Canada)

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 | 8PM
Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

Advance Tickets available through Eventbrite at above link. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the event is cancelled. In that case, a refund will be issued within 60 days.

Thierry Begin-Lamontagne (Canada)

Thierry Begin-Lamontagne (Canada)

 


Jeremy Jouve (France)

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 | 8PM
Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

Advance Tickets available through Eventbrite at above link. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the event is cancelled. In that case, a refund will be issued within 60 days.


An Tran (Vietnam)

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 8PM
Church of St. Simon the Apostle, 525 Bloor St. E. MAP
Advance Tickets: $30 General | $25 Seniors & Students
At the Door: $35 | $30

Advance Tickets available through Eventbrite at above link. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the event is cancelled. In that case, a refund will be issued within 60 days.

An Tran (Vietnam)

An Tran (Vietnam)

Guitar virtuoso An Tran was born and raised in Hanoi, Viet Nam, and credits his first musical inspiration to his parents, who introduced him to music in his mother’s womb. He started learning the guitar at the age of 8 with guitarists Nguyen Hai Thoai and Vu Bao Lam. He continued his musical training at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, studying with guitarist Vu Viet Cuong. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from North Park University, studying with Dr. Julie Goldberg and Dr. Tom Zelle, and a Master of Music from Yale University under the teaching of renowned guitarist/composer Benjamin Verdery. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Northwestern University, under the guidance of Anne Waller.

Mr. Tran has performed throughout North America and Asia as a soloist and a chamber musician. Deeply connected to his native country, he brings traditional music of Vietnam to the international concert stages. His 2017-2018 season included debut concerts in Austin and Dallas, Texas, and he will be touring Asia in fall 2018.

He has given masterclasses in numerous guitar festivals and universities in North America and Asia, including the 2018 Lone Star Guitar Festival, the 2018 Hanoi Alma International Guitar Festival and the 2017 Hamilton International Guitar Festival.

Since 2010, Mr. Tran has won top prizes in numerous competitions in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, most recently first prize at the 2018 New Orleans International Guitar Competition.

​Mr. Tran uses D’Addario strings and performs on guitars made by Stephan Connor in Boston, USA.


TORONTO GUITAR WEEKEND

Friday, April 26 – Sunday April 28, 2019
Featuring Berta Rojas (Paraguay)

ALL EVENTS AT CHURCH OF ST. PETER AND ST. SIMON THE APOSTLE
525 Bloor St. East, Toronto

Berta Rojas (Paraguay)

Berta Rojas (Paraguay)

Berta Rojas ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists.  Her warmth and musicality have earned the admiration of audiences in major venues around the world, as well as three Latin Grammy nominations, most recently for History of Tango (2015), recorded with the Camerata Bariloche.

In 2011, with guest Paquito D’Rivera, Ms. Rojas launched a four-year tour “In the Footsteps of Mangoré,” which followed the travels of Agustín Barrios through twenty Latin American and Caribbean countries, concluding the journey at the national theatre of El Salvador, Barrios’s final resting place.

Ms. Rojas takes her audience on a colourful journey of sound, embracing new works by composers in diverse genres. The journey is echoed in her many recordings, including her most recent, Felicidade (2017), a tribute to Brazilian music, with guest artists including Gilberto Gil, Toquinho and Ivan Lins.

She is committed to promoting classical guitar, particularly the music of her country Paraguay, and to supporting the development of young guitarists. With this aim, she has created several scholarships and competitions, including the first online classical guitar competition, the Barrios World Wide Web Competition.

After initial studies in Paraguay with Felipe Sosa and Violeta de Mestral, Ms. Rojas studied in Uruguay under Abel Carlevaro, Eduardo Fernández and Mario Payseé, and at the USA’s Peabody Institute under Manuel Barrueco, Ray Chester and Julian Gray.

Ms. Rojas has been ranked amongst the most influential women in the Hispanic world (EFE and EsGlobal 2014; 2017). Her many honours include being named a Fellow of the Americas by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the title Illustrious Ambassador of Musical Art, and Doctor (honoris causa) from two national universities.  She recently joined the prestigious Berklee College of Music as Associate Professor.