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2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival

The annual festival will feature a vast array of events for guitarists of all ages including:

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Celil Refik Kaya, guitar Philadelphia

Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00pm
Settlement Music School
416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

Since his concert debut at the age of 6, Celil Refik Kaya has received high promised repetitions and accolades for his myriad accomplishments at an early age, winning First Prize in the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic; prizewinner of international guitar competitions including Sofia Bulgaria, Naxos Greece, Vienna, Istanbul, and throughout the United States, highlighted awards winner at top competitions such as 2012 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Indiana International Guitar Competititon, Boston Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Schadt String Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Indiana International Guitar Compeition and Boston Guitar Competition. In 2017 He has been awarded “Rising Young Musician of the Year” by the Donizettti Music Classical Awards in Istanbul.

Mr. Kaya performed in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals around the United States including solo recitals, concerto performances and masterclasses on the D’Addario Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, The Frick Collection Museum in NYC Summer Artists series, New York Guitar Seminar Festival at Mannes College, Round Top Festival in Texas, Brevard Music Festival, Raritan River Music Festival and Ankara International Music Festival, also numerous Radio broadcast and concert performances throughout United States and Turkey.

Besides a concert soloist, Kaya is also known as an avid composer where he has more than 100 pieces including works for orchestra, solo guitar, violin, piano, string trio, duets and many others. His chamber and instrumental works were performed throughout United States, Turkey, South Korea and Sydney’s Opera House. His selected works were published by Les Productions d’Oz in Canada and FDPublications in the United States.

Celil Refik Kaya is the third recipient of Harvard’s prestigious Dumbarton Oaks –Early Career Musician Fellowship as well as holding the Harrington Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin under the study of renowned guitarist Adam Holzman.

New York City Sonata by Celil Refik Kaya
The Water is Wide (Traditional) arr. by Celil Refik Kaya
At the Party by Celil Refik Kaya
Baião, Minyo, Koyunbaba by Carlo Domeniconi
Romanza, Choro de Saudade, Vals No. 3 Op. 3, Danza Paraguaya No. 1 by Agustin Mangore Barrios
Salsa, Celil’s Prelude and Dance, Little Rhapsody by Jorge Morel


Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Friday, November 17

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Co-Presented with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Friday, November 17, 8 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

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Tariq Harb in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society presents
Tariq Harb
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:00pm*
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA (free parking)
*tickets will be sold at the door

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Halloween Trilogy for Guitar

After a search for Halloween music for classical guitar to teach his students turned up nothing Keith Calmes did what a composer does; he composed what his students wanted and what he needed. Halloween Trilogy for Guitar Solo is the new series of student pieces written by Calmes.  The ghoulish trilogy offers a spooky selection of music that is fun to practice and nice to listen to while relaxing in your crypt over a bowl of eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog chowder. The cauldron of melodies are happy and innocent and they double double, boil without toil and trouble. The fire burns, and the caldron bubbles with their dark hints of European exoticism.


Sample and purchase Halloween Trilogy; available through Guitar Chamber Music Press. 

Keith earned degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, The Juilliard School, and the University of Southern California. He also studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Musica en Compostela in Spain. Additional studies with Leo Brouwer, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Eliot Fisk and Oscar Ghiglia were significantly formative experiences.
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The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Winners of the 2017 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society proudly announces the winners of the 2017 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition featuring the Peter Segal Prize for the first place Adult Division winner.  Winners received merchandise prizes generously supplied by D’Addario, Savarez, and Strings by Mail with monetary awards for first through third place winners as well.
Comprised of three judging rounds competitors were first judged via recordings submitted with applications.  The semifinal and final rounds were then performed as part of the two day festival on April 8 and 9  in celebration of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s 50th Anniversary Season.  Judges for these rounds were Jeff Cogan, Manley Mallard, John Arnold, Dan Boring, Glen Caluda, John Demko, Keith Calmes, and GRAMMY Award winning guitarist David Russell.
Adult Division Winners: 
First Place and Peter Segal Prize*
Oscar Somersalo
Graduate of Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD) where he studied with Manuel Barruico and Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) graduate
Second Place:
Carlos Bedoya
Graduate of Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) where he studied with Kathleen Mayes
Third Place:
Stephen Brew
Ph.D. candidate at Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington, IN) where he studies with Ernesto Bitetti
Adjunct professor of guitar at Stonehill College (Easton, MA)
Fourth Place:
Leonard Ranallo
Graduate of Oberlin Conservatory (Oberlin, OH) where he studied with Stephen Aron
*The Peter Segal Prize
The Peter Segal Prize, first prize adult division, was created in 2008 to honor Peter Segal, one of the most important figures in the history of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society and the classical guitar in Philadelphia. Originally funded through donation, the $1000 prize is now funded by PCGS and its sponsors. Peter was a prominent musician in Philadelphia and a founding member of the society in 1967. He performed with a variety of ensembles including The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Concerto Soloists, The Opera Company of Philadelphia and Relâche. His career included both domestic and international touring as a solo guitarist and in a flute/guitar duo with flutist Janet Ketchum. Peter Segal was also a well regarded teacher and scholar and founded classical guitar programs at several institutions including the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He continued to be an active performer and teacher until he passed away in January 2006. His legacy is enhanced by the large number of his students who have gone on to professional careers as teachers and performers.
High School Division Winners:
First Place:
Benjamin Pasternak
Home schooled
Student of Mark Johnstone
Second Place:
Darla Rublesky
Home schooled
Student of Lora Rublesky
Third Place:
Mahima Reddy
Upper St. Clair High School
Student of Scott Elliott
Fourth Place:
Justin McCarty
Sun Valley High School
Student of Nick Doak
Founded in 1967, The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) 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, PCGS presents concerts throughout the year along with informal Guitar Salons and a Classical Guitar Orchestra providing performance opportunities to members of all levels.

Marcelo Coronel Classical Guitar Sunday, March 12, 2017 3:00pm

Presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Settlement Music School,
416 Queen St,
Philadelphia, PA
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Tickets: Click here

Marcelo Coronel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1962. As a child he learned to sing simple Argentine folksongs while playing along with a guitar. The styles of urban music later exposed Marcelo to a world of new sounds. He eventually entered the School of Music at the National University of Rosario, where he formalized his musical education before graduating with an advanced degree in Music – Emphasis on Guitar. Paralleling his university course work, Marcelo studied harmony and counterpoint with the composer Dante Grela. As a performer Marcelo has participated in a number of popular and chamber music ensembles.

Keith Calmes guitar, March 12th Belmar

Sunday March 12th 3:00pm
First Presbyterian Church of Belmar
600 9th Avenue
Belmar, NJ 07719
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 Solo repertoire by Leo Brouwer, Timothy Broege, Antonio Lauro, Isaias Savio, J.S. Bach, Calmes and others.
Flute and guitar music by Thomas Jones, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and a premiere by Jean-Maurice Mourat (with flautist Marjorie Koharski).
About Keith Calmes
Keith Calmes earned degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University Northridge, The Juilliard School, and the University of Southern California. His performance credits include a Carnegie Hall recital debut, concerti with the Monmouth Symphony, a performance with Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima and a decade of concerts and recordings with flautist Marjorie Koharski.   Many composers have written  for Keith, including Roger Aldridge, Will Ayton, Timothy Broege, Frank Campo, Ruben Delgado, Jurg Kindle, Chiel Meijering, Maximo Diego Pujol, Stepan Rak, Kevin Siegfried and Jim Scully. Collaborations with Chiel Meijering also resulted in numerous recordings.

Marco Sartor Guitar: Sunday January 8, 2017 Philadelphia

Sunday January 8, 2017
Settlement Music School
416 Queen Street
Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: Marco Sartor

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Marco Sartor is a top prize winner in numerous internationa42a72c92-7fc5-4a5d-856e-e23cb9834035l competitions. He has performed solo and chamber music recitals in three continents to critical and public acclaim and has appeared with orchestras in the US and South America. His debut solo recording for Fleur de Son Classics, “Red,” has received rave reviews and been broadcast on national radio. Marco is also featured on Marc Regnier’s GRAMMY-Nominated album “Radamés Gnattali: Solo & Chamber Works for Guitar” on Dorian Sono Luminus, and the recently released “Tempo do Brasil” on Reference Recordings.

As an active pedagogue, Marco Sartor has given numerous master-classes in universities and conservatories in the USA and abroad. He has designed and implemented successful guitar programs at the Carnegie Mellon Music Preparatory School in Pittsburgh, PA, the Charleston Academy of Music in Charleston, SC, and the “System of Youth and Children Orchestras” in Uruguay. He is currently the college division guitar instructor at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL.

Marco has completed the highly-selective Master of Musical Arts program (Doctoral Residency) at Yale University, earning the Friedmann Prize for his thesis. He also received degrees from the College of Charleston and Carnegie Mellon University. His former teachers include Robert Ravera, Mario Payssé and Eduardo Fernández in Uruguay, and Marc Regnier, James Ferla and Benjamin Verdery in the USA.

Presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society