The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS)
Opening Concert, Full Day Festival, and Closing Concert
Sharon Isbin, Grammy Award winning classical guitaristSaturday, April 26 at 7:30pmTrinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PATickets: General Admission $30; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $15Premium Tickets: preferred front row seating and reception after the concert with artist: $75 single/$100 for twoTickets available at: http://phillyguitar.com/isbin_presale.html
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, the Madrid Queen Sofia and Toronto Com-petitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has given sold-out performances throughout the world.
She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall and the Ordway Mu-sic Theatre, her own series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. Ms. Isbin’s catalogue of over 25 recordings from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion reflects remarkable versatility. Her latest recording, Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions (Sony) became a #1 bestseller on Amazon.com. Her 2010 GRAMMY Award winning CD, Journey to the New World, ranked as a #1 bestselling classical CD on Amazon.com and iTunes, and spent 63 consecutive weeks on the top Billboard charts.
Born in Minneapolis, Sharon Isbin began her guitar studies at age nine in Italy, and later studied with Andrès Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. A former student of Rosalyn Tureck, Ms. Isbin collaborated with the noted keyboardist in preparing the first performance editions of the Bach lute suites for guitar (published by G. Schirmer). She received a B.A. cum laude from Yale University and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music.
She is the author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and is Director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School (which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution’s 100-year history).
Spanish Dance #5 by Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
Nocturnal after John Downland, Op. 70 (1963) by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
*** In honor of Britten’s 100th Anniversary and 50th Anniversary of Nocturnal ***
La Catedral by Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885-1944)
Asturias by Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)
(transcribed by Andres Segovia)
**** In honor of Segovia’s 120th Anniversary Season ***
Nightshade Rounds (1979) by Bruce McCombie (1943 – 2012)
(Written for Sharon Isbin)
*** In honor of Bruce McCombie’s 70 Anniversary Season ***
The Black Decameron (1981) by Leo Brower (b. 1939)
(Written for Sharon Isbin)
*** In honor of Leo Brower’s 75th Anniversary ***
Andecy by Andrew York (b. 1958)
Waltz Opus 8, #4 by Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885 – 1944)
Full Day Festival
Events include: Sharon Isbin masterclass, Annual PCGS competitions, Celil Refik Kaya concert (winner of the PCGS 2013 Peter Segal Prize), student recitals, workshops, and vendor fairSunday, April 27 from 10am-6pmTickets:
Full Day Pass: General $45, PCGS Members $40Sharon Isbin Masterclass: $15Student Recitals: $10 per family (access to student recitals only)
Gohar Vardanyan, classical guitarSunday, April 27 at 5:30pmTickets: General Admission $25; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $10
Widely admired for her technique and artistry, Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States for numerous guitar societies, universities, and arts organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few.
She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United Stated on the program “From the Top” and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Ms. Vardanyan has performed with the Juilliard Opera Center and as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Panama National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a guest artist at the “Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra” in Panama and the Hamilton International Guitar Festival in Canada. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with a musicality and emotional quality . . . that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind. Not only is she able to draw you into her performances with engaging musical interpretations, but she has the technical facility that is required of any concert level guitarist.”
Ms. Vardanyan began studying the guitar in her native Armenia at the age of five under the careful guidance of her father, Vardan Vardanyan. At the age of eight, she gave her first public performance and also appeared on Armenian National Television. She was the first prize winner in the Armenian National Music Contest “Amadeus” and was accepted into the prestigious group, “New Names,” for talented young musicians. She performed in numerous concert venues in Armenia, including Komitas Chamber Music Hall and the Small Philharmonic Hall. She went on to study with Antigoni Goni at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School.
In 2001, Ms. Vardanyan studied with John Wunsch at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She was awarded the Young Artist’s Certificate from Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Harold Randolph Prize in performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Vardanyan holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Sharon Isbin, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Manuel Barrueco. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Suite in A Minor by Manuel Maria Ponce (1882-1948)
(In the style of Weiss)
Un Sueno en la Floresta by Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885 – 1944)
Fantasia Para Guitarra by Julian Arcas (1832-1882)
(on themes from la Traviata)
Invocacion y Danza by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901 – 1999)
Primavera Portena by Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society founded in 1968 is a community of members both supporters and musicians of all ages and accomplishments dedicated to the advancement of the art of the classical guitar. Through encouraging classical guitar activities throughout the Delaware Valley the PCGS present concerts, throughout the year along with informal Guitar Salons and a Classical Guitar Orchestra, providing members of all levels performance opportunities.