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Winners of the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competitions

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) proudly announces the winners of the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competitions
The 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition included High School and Adult Divisions and included competitors from around the world.  Awards included the $1000 Peter Segal prize for the first place Adult Division winner and additional prizes and performance opportunities for winners in separate Adult and High School divisions. For the 2015 competition students submitted their applications along with recordings of required repertoire. Finalists were selected after performing in the semifinal round on April 11, 2015.  The finalists then performed on April 12, 2015 and were judged by the prestigious judges William Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), Glen Caluda (Shenandoah University), Elizabeth Caluda (Shenandoah University), Marisol Rampolla (Community College of Philadelphia), Manena Contreras (Venezuela).
Adult Division Winners

PCGS Competition 2015 - Adult Division Winners
First:
Alec Holcomb
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Holcomb studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Holcomb is a native of Nashville, TN.
Second:
Xiaobo Pu
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Pu studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Pu is a native of Beijing, China.
Third:
Jess Freedman
A professor of guitar at Rider University Mr. Freedman received his bachelor’s degree at Guilford College under guitarist Kami Rowan and his master’s degree at the University of Southern California under guitarists William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. Mr. Freedman is a native of Brooklyn, NY.
Fourth:
Carlos Bedoya
Currently a student at Rowan University, Mr. Bedoya studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.  Mr. Bedoya is a native of Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
High School Division Winners
 PCGS Competition 2015 - High School Division Winners
First:
Benjamin Lauring
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Lauring studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.
Second:
Daniel Choe
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Choe studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.
Third:
Nathan Constans
Currently a student at Haddon Township High School, Mr. Constans studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.
Fourth:
Matthew Tantoy

In Memory of Duane Large Classical Guitar

Philadelphia Guitar News is saddened to learn of the passing of one of Philadelphia’s fine classical guitarists Duane Large. In addition to the guitar Duane played many styles of music on the mandolin, lute, piano and percussion instruments. Duane received his Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance (summa cum laude) under the tutelage of  Allen Krantz as well as two master’s degrees in both guitar performance and musicology from Temple University. Learn more about Duane Large by visiting his website: www.duanelarge.com. Our condolences to his wife and family. A memorial concert is planned for family, friends and fans information: https://www.facebook.com/events/640300262744501/

 

Harrisburg gig, piping at Niagara Falls and the Philly Hot list

Saturday July 26, 2014 I will be blasting tunes flamenco style, pipa style and baggpipe style in  classical David Cohen Fashion at Midtown Scholar 1302 North Third Street in Harrisburg, PA. I will play from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Admission is free but if you buy my CD DAVID COHEN: GUITAR that will be available at the gig as well as on line it would be really cool. All the compositions are original. The music Saturday night will be mostly original with a few traditional pieces mixed in.

The Midtown Scholar was a great discovery one day while in Harrisburg. It’s says a lot about a venues commitment to the arts and community when they bring in artists who do not follow the standard music formats that generate the income that venues need to survive. I have found such venues in New Jersey, New York and now Harrisburg. I want to add Philadelphia to the list.

On July 13, 2014 on a trip to Niagara Falls I took my pipes to play at the base of falls on the New York side.

Lastly, I have been nominated in the Philly Hot List Contest in the category for best wedding entertainment. I am up against many big bands. Please help out and cast a vote for me LINK TO VOTE. Thank you!

Niagara Photos

 

Edwin Warfield Debut Album “Day Blue”

Project worthy of notice: Guitar, Bagpipes and Sitar. It’s always a great find to hear the projects Philadelphia Bagpiper Charles Rutan is involved in. Through them I have found much great music and many a great guitarist in the mix.

 

 

 

More about the project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1674593116/edwin-warfield-debut-album-day-blue

John Bogan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey 1st place winner in GFA’s 2014 competition

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Congratulations to John Bogan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey in winning 1st place in this years Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition Senior Division ages 15-18. John’s placement in first position earns him $1,000 lots of guitar strings and a full paid scholarship and airfare to Montana’s Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival.

John has studied with David Cohen (this sites creator) and Keith Calmes of Wall, NJ. John is currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of David Starobin. In 2011 John entered his first competition in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s Annual Guitar Competition taking home 1st place  in his division. In the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Competition John preformed  Prelude #2 -Villa-Lobos  and Think Fast and Open Up Your Ears- Bryan Johanson for the 1st round and the 2nd round performed Sevilla, Albeniz, Open Up Your Ears-Johanson and Minuetto from Opus 31- Matiegka.

Follow John Bogan

Face Book https://www.facebook.com/johnboganguitar

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgKkz-w8dFavNzzfnN4ql-Q

 

Meany/Simmons Flute & Classical Guitar Duo Sunday May 18th

Meany/Simmons Flute and Classical Guitar Duo in recital           meany simons

Sunday May 18th – 4 pm
Christ Church Ithan –
536 Conestoga Road
Villanova, PA
www.christchurchithan.org
or 610 688-1110

The duo will perform works by Desportes, Ibert, Pujol, Faure, Krouse and Merlin. Free Will Offering.

MICHAEL SIMMONS studied with John Leonard and Peter Segal and has performed in master classes for Benjamin Verdery, Sharon Isbin, Eliot Fisk, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Oscar Ghiglia. He was the winner of the 1993 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Competition and a finalist at the 1995 National Guitar Summer Workshop Concerto Competition. As a member of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Trio, Mr. Simmons has performed nationally and internationally, including the 1999 Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Puerto Rico and for the Third Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Panamá 1999. Mr. Simmons is an active solo and ensemble guitarist and performs regularly with flautist Thomas Meany and vocalist Lizette Casals.

Thomas Meany is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, where he studied with Adeline Tomasone and Loren Lind, later studying with Harold Bennett in New York City. Tom is currently a graduate assistant and a candidate for a Masters of Music from Rowan University He has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Summertrio Chamber Music Festival and the Puccini Opera Orchestra in Italy. Thomas has played master classes with leading flautist such as the late Murray Panitz, Chicago Symphony’s Donald Peck, Samuel Baron at New York University and Toshio Takahashi at the East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute. In addition to performing regularly with guitarist Michael Simmons and the Walnut Street Chamber Trio Mr.Meany has performed in recital for the Matinee Music Club, the Philadelphia Cultural Council, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Department of Recreation and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT). He has played flute for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Orchestra Society, the Haddonfield Symphony, and the Lansdowne Symphony. Mr. Meany is a Certified Suzuki Instructor and has recently received three consecutive scholarships from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He teaches for Instrumental Music Programs and the Settlement Music School. He is the current Vice-President of the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia. Tom playes a Brannen-Cooper Flute.

Follow the Meany/Simmons Duo on Face Book.

Rescheduled Philadelphia Guitar Artists Concert & Holiday Party

 

 

Philadelphia Guitar Artists Concert & Holiday Party

Sunday, May 11 at 3:00pm
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: General Admission $25; Students/Seniors $15; Kids 12 & under/PCGS Members FREE

 

 

Professional Members of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society and local artists present a panoply of styles and talents. Performers will include Joseph Mayes, Tom Amoriello & Eileen Cooper, Ross Mann, Behdad Moghadassi, Keith Calmes, James Hontz, and Brendan Evans.

This concert has been rescheduled after being cancelled due to inclement weather in December.

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.  

Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima will perform a concert in Belmar, New Jersey

Sunday April 27th 3:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Belmar
600 9th Avenue, Belmar, New Jersey
732-681-8685

Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima will perform a concert this Sunday, April 27th at 3:00 in Belmar, New Jersey.
Carlos Barbosa-Lima is simply one of the greatest guitarists performing today. Of particular note are his brilliant arrangements, his fluid intertwining of classical and popular styles, and his mastery of timbral orchestration on the instrument. Barbosa-Lima is well know for his collaborations with Bossa-Nova master Antonio Carlos Jobim, and for his carrying on the traditions of his teachers-guitar legends Isaias Savio and Andres Segovia. Maestro Barbosa-Lima released his first recording in 1958, and began touring the world in 1960. He was recently nominated for a Latin Grammy.
Maestro Barbosa-Lima will play many solo works, many duets with his frequent musical partner Larry Del Casale, and a quartet with Del Casale and local guitarists John Bogan and Keith Calmes.
The concert will be at First Presbyterian Church of Belmar (600 9th Avenue, Belmar, New Jersey)
A free will donation will benefit the church’s restoration from damage incurred from Super Storm Sandy.

World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day Concert: David Cohen Guitar

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Thursday May 8th 2014
7:30 PM 45 minute set
Stageit.com
https://www.stageit.com/david_cohen/ovarian_cancer_awareness_concert/34775
$5.00 donation -Reserve an online seat 

 

In conjunction with World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day Classical & Flamenco Guitarist David Cohen of Philadelphia will play a 45-minute set raising funds for The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and the Friends of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

In 2011 David lost his wife Tanya to ovarian cancer after a two-year battle. Since the loss of his wife David has dedicated himself to ovarian cancer awareness and advocacy for patient care. David works with both Fox Chase Cancer Center and The Hospital Association of Pennsylvania in developing their Patient and Family Centered Care practices.

The concert will be available through the online in real-time concert venue Stageit.com. Admission is by donation in kind. All of the money raised will be donated to both organizations except for the small broadcasting fee.  The Philadelphia OrchestraBalletX and Whole Foods have generously donated items that will be available during the concert that will help raise funds.

In support of this event David will have technical assistance running the program from Local Arts Live in Philadelphia. The program will be broadcast from his dining room. The Friends of Fox Chase Cancer Center is a group of staff members that volunteer their time to assist with he needs of patients by purchasing items that patients may need to help keep their quality of life while hospitalized. They also assist in the education of the needs of cancer patients.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocacy organization for women with ovarian cancer. They represent tens of thousands of women with ovarian cancer in the United States.

David Cohen is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, educator, and composer of music for the classical & flamenco guitar, Chinese pipa musician and bagpipe played in Philadelphia. David’s teaching studios are located in both Philadelphia and Ocean Grove, NJ. David performs in concert, clubs and private performances along the East Coast.

 

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS)

Opening Concert, Full Day Festival, and Closing Concert

 

Opening Concert

Sharon Isbin, Grammy Award winning classical guitarist
Saturday, April 26 at 7:30pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: General Admission $30; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $15
Premium Tickets: preferred front row seating and reception after the concert with artist: $75 single/$100 for two

 

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).

 

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PROGRAM

 

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 ***

INTERMISSION

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 fair
Sunday, April 27 from 10am-6pm
Tickets: 
Full Day Pass: General $45, PCGS Members $40
Sharon Isbin Masterclass: $15
Student Recitals: $10 per family (access to student recitals only)

 


Closing Concert

Gohar Vardanyan, classical guitar
Sunday, April 27 at 5:30pm
Tickets: 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.

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PROGRAM

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.