Guest Artists 

Lead Guitar would like to thank all of the guest artists over the years for your engagement with young Lead Guitar students and passion for outreach. 


In particular, we thank our friends at UA Presents* and the Tucson Guitar Society# for helping us bring many of the following guest artists to perform assemblies at Lead Guitar partner schools.


Alex de Grassi and Andrew York


Alex de Grassi became a household name as a founding member of the Windham Hill stable of performers, still performing in their Winter Solstice Tours nationwide as well as thirty years of international touring on his own. His solo guitar compositions and recordings have inspired a whole generation of steel-string players. Down Beat magazine says, “His touch is as exquisite as his lyricism…” He has become widely acclaimed as a leading innovator and virtuoso of acoustic guitar, fusing a variety of guitar traditions into a highly orchestrated sound. New York Guitar Festival director David Spelman says “Alex de Grassi is a treasure… his technical wizardry as well as his vibrant and poetic music-making make him one of the most distinctive steel-string guitarists performing today.” The Wall Street Journal has called his playing “flawless” and Billboard hails his “intricate finger-picking technique with an uncanny gift for melodic invention."

Andrew York is one of today’s best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. Andrew received a GRAMMY as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his sixteen years with the cutting-edge ensemble. York’s compositions have been featured on GRAMMY-winning recordings by other artists as well. In 2006 Andrew recorded and performed with the Atlanta Symphony for the opera “Ainadamar” by Osvaldo Golijov. The recording of Ainadamar (Deutsche Gramophone) won two GRAMMY awards. Andrew’s most recent solo recording “Yamour” was released on vinyl as a double LP album, and garnered the number one spot in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s “Essential Recordings of 2012” by editor Teja Gerken. Guitar Player magazine says, “Andrew York’s eclectic writing and playing constitute one of the hippest styles in American classical guitar…”

Freddy Vazquez/George Ramirez Duo

Bio is Coming 

Barrio Duo - Jonathan Crissman & Jose Luis Puerta


The Barrio Duo is an Arizona based guitar duo comprised of José Luis Puerta and Jonathan Crissman. The duo formed in the spring of 2016 when they were soloists with the Arizona Guitar Orchestra, performing Brad Richter’s “Once We Moved Like the Wind,” an homage to Geronimo. The piece was performed throughout Arizona as part of a three concert tour, and the success of the performances prompted José Luis and Jonathan to continue their collaboration. The Barrio Duo’s current program is influenced by the research that both members made for their Doctoral degrees. Jonathan’s research was on the eighteenth-century keyboard music of Antonio Soler, and José Luis studied the folkloric elements in ensemble music from Latin American composers. The Barrio Duo is able to combine scholarship with performance, engaging with audiences on both fronts. They continue to teach masterclass and performing in  the southwest United States and most recently in The IV Festival y Concurso Nacional de Guitarra Clásica de Los Mochis (2018) in Sinaloa Mexico, and at the Centro Sinaloa de las Artes Centenario in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Jâca Duo - Jaxon Williams & Wesley Ferreira

The audacious duo Jâca, which reaches beyond the bounds of the classical repertoire in style and subject matter is comprised of clarinetist Wesley Ferreira and guitarist Jaxon Williams. Their virtuosic and engaging artistic concerts aim to stimulate emotion, inspire imagination, and bridge cultural divides with audiences. With a strong leaning towards performing “the music of the people”, Jâca works to champion innovation by redefining the parameters of non-traditional music in a traditional setting.

Beijing Guitar Duo*#


Composed of guitarist Meng Su and Yameng Wang, the Beijing Guitar Duo has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. This past season took them to countries such as Germany, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, China, Panama, and the United States. The duo has toured extensively with their mentor Manuel Barrueco, appearing in such countries as Germany, Finland, Spain, Russia, as well as the United States.


The Beijing Guitar Duo’s performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years.” Their debut CD Maracaípe, received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination for the titled piece, which was dedicated to them by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. Their second CD, Bach to Tan Dun, has been widely noted for the world-premiere recording of Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor, specially arranged for the duo by Manuel Barrueco. A recording in trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014.

Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the coastal city of Qingdao, China. They came to the partnership with exceptional credentials, including a string of competition awards. Ms. Su’s honors include victories at the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, while Ms. Wang was the youngest guitarist to win the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12, and was invited by Radio France to perform at the prestigious Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14. Both young artists had given solo recitals in China and abroad, and had made solo recordings before they formed the duo.

In addition to concertizing, the members of the duo share a love for teaching which brings them to major conservatories in the world for master classes and to judge competitions. Since 2011 they have been Artists-in-residence for the San Francisco Performances. This four-year residency program brings them to the Bay Area every year for community outreach, performances, and master classes in public schools as well as for the San Francisco Conservatory.

The Beijing Guitar Duo is proudly supported by the Maryland State Art Council’s Touring Artists Grant program since 2014.


Grisha Goryachev#

Grisha Goryachev A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. Grisha strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces that now exist only on records, by performing them in concerts. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar. Grisha began playing guitar at the age of six, studying first with his father Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. At nine years old, Grisha started his performing career as a child prodigy. His numerous performances before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union were highly praised. Following a tour of Spain, Grisha was invited to play for flamenco legend Paco de Lucía, who soon after, personally intervened in support of his application for an American visa, which was awarded in 1997 on the basis of “Extraordinary Ability”. In May 2005 Grisha was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the VI International Classical Guitar Competition “Julian Arcás” in Almería, Spain. Grisha received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. He was one of the 30 people in 2006 to become a fellow of the distinguished Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his chosen field. Since his immigration to the United States, Grisha has toured extensively in the states and abroad as a performer, instructor, and judge for many prominent festivals and venues. A firm believer in exposing the young generations to the beauty of classical and flamenco guitar, he likes to include Outreach performances and workshops at schools as part of his concert tours. Grisha’s YouTube videos have collected over two million views and many notable comments. Grisha recorded two CDs: “Alma Flamenca” and “Homenaje a Sabicas”. 

Iliana Matos#


Hailed by the critics as “The guitar guru” (E-Veritas. University of Miami) “the powerful andintense style of Iliana Matos" (Classical Guitar Magazine) has made possible an extraordinarycareer. Following the tradition of María Luisa Anido, the Great Lady of Guitar, who, whenhearing Iliana play, wrote: “I am impressed by your wonderful guitaristic art, and I am proud toknow that a woman (and a Cuban woman!) came to such a degree of artistic perfection”.Barcelona 1995.

As an ambassador of the Ibero-American guitar, she performed as soloist with the NationalOrchestra of Oporto at the VIII Ibero-American Summit and for the Spanish Royal Family in1998.

She regularly gives master classes all over the world and has performed atnumerous festivals such as Cordoba Guitar Festival, Spanish Music Festival of León,International Festival of Contemporary Spanish Music, Miguel Llobet Guitar Festival, AntonioLauro Guitar Festival, Monterrey Guitar Festival, Belo Horizonte Guitar Festival, ChicagoLatino Music Festival, New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Lone Star Guitar Festival,Hamilton Guitar Festival, Sauble Beach Guitar Festival, Shenyang International Guitar Festival,Women of the Guitar, among others.

She was included in the Dictionary of the Spanish and Latin American Music, SGAE 2000and 2011 Supplement of the Encyclopedia of the Guitar, and her CD “Angels in the Street” waslisted in the “Guitar’s TOP 100" written by the Canadian musicologist Enrique Robichaud.

Richter - Uzur Duo


The Richter Uzur Duo plays a whimsical mashed-up blend of classical, world, and rock music. Viktor Uzur and Brad Richter are each master musicians of the highest caliber with global solo careers, major international awards and intensive training from two of the world’s most lauded musical institutions (The Moscow Conservatory and The Royal College of Music respectively). While developing into classical virtuosi as students, Brad and Viktor cut their teeth in rock bands – Viktor as an electric guitarist and Brad as a guitarist and singer. They also delved into folk and world music, eventually setting those interests aside to pursue their classical concert careers. Since the “RUDuo” was founded in 2005 they have discovered a way to blend all of the musical styles they love and audiences have as much fun listening to the results as Brad and Viktor have playing.

The Richter Uzur Duo has played hundreds of concerts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia and has a rapidly widening circle of communities around the globe that invite them back again and again. In the U.S. the RUDuo is perhaps best known through its regular appearances on NPR’s Performance Today – North America’s most listened to classical music program – as well as frequent national and international broadcasts on the Armed Forces Radio Network and programs such as PBS’s WoodSongs and NPR’s Classical Guitar Alive, which named their debut CD ‘Best New Release’ in 2010.

Together Viktor and Brad have composed and arranged the most expansive collection of music for cello and guitar duo in existence, but in particular their Duo Concerto for Cello and Guitar, commissioned by the Jackson Symphony in Michigan and premiered in May 2012. Like all of the Duo’s music, the Duo Concerto is a seamless blend of musical cultures brimming with flash and drama. The new concerto is the centerpiece of an evening length program with symphony that will be touring beginning in 2014.

The Richter Uzur Duo are outspoken advocates for the arts and arts education, Brad as the Executive Director of Lead Guitar, a not-for-profit that establishes guitar programs in public schools nation-wide and Viktor as professor at Weber State University and director of the Bonneville Chamber Music Festival. Whenever possible the Duo includes school or community outreach events with their performances.

Billy Beck 

Bio is Coming 

Denis Azabagic & Roosevelt University Guitar Studio 


Highly praised by the international press, Denis Azabagic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), performs concerts around the world, maintaining a balance between his solo recitals, chamber music with the Cavatina Duo, and engagements as soloist with orchestras.

He has won twenty-four prizes in international competitions and Mel Bay has published a book based on his experience and insights on the subject of competitions.

As a guest instrumentalist and soloist Azabagic has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, Madrid Symphony, Traverse Symphony, Monterrey Symphony, L’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Mons, among many others. He has also collaborated with the Casals Quartet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Civitas Ensemble and Music Now.


Azabagic has performed at such venues as Chicago’s Symphony Center; the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Radio France in Paris; Aix-en-Provence Festival; France; El Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Spain; Savannah on Stage; Omni Foundation (San Francisco); Ravinia Festival; National Chang Kai Shek Cultural Center, Taiwan; and The National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. Azabagic’s performances have been broadcast live on NPR and WFMT radio, and on television in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Helen Sanderson

 Born in Worcester, Helen Sanderson studied guitar at the Royal College of Music, London, with Charles Ramirez, and accompaniment with John Blakely, graduating with the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Madeline Walton Prize for Guitar. Her passion for chamber music has led to partnerships with eminent counter-tenor James Bowman, tenor Mark Wilde and mezzo-soprano Susan Legg, and as a founder member of the VIDA Guitar Quartet, Helen has performed at many of the UK’s prestigious concert venues including the Southbank Centre, King’s Place, St. Georges-Bristol, and the Sage Gateshead. In 2010 Helen made her US debuts in Los Angeles and New York, and has subsequently toured extensively in USA, Sweden, Germany and France. Helen combines her performing career with her roles as director of the Winchester Guitar Festival; as founder and director of the World Youth Guitar Festival and Executive Director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble. In 2014 she was appointed Director of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition, and guitar tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2015 she was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship for the development of her educational guitar projects. She is in much demand as a masterclass artist, an adjudicator and international jury member and plays Christopher Dean guitars.

Brasil Guitar Duo

The Brasil Guitar Duo, winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its "maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity," is equally at home on a classical or a world­-music series. Its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.

An eager advocate for both traditional and new concerti for two guitars and orchestra, the Duo premiered a Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati in 2012 with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Giancarlo Guerrero. Recent engagements include concerts with the Dallas and Houston symphony orchestras, Ohio's Dayton Philharmonic and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.

The Duo's first CD, in 2007, was Bom Partido, a CAG Records release featuring all Brazilian repertoire. Two critically acclaimed Naxos CDs, released in 2008 and 2009, contain the complete works for two guitars by Mario Castelnuovo­-Tedesco. Its latest CD, on the Avie label, is a collaboration with flutist Marina Piccinini that features all of J.S. Bach's sonatas for flute and harpsichord, as arranged by the Duo for flute and two guitars.

In 2013 they released a CD featuring the music of great Brazilian master Edu Lobo. The Duo will launch in 2014 two of their life long projects: The complete works for two guitars of Leo Brouwer recorded for Naxos and an album featuring the music of Egberto Gismonti.

Duo members João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for more than seventeen years. The Duo's primary studies were with Henrique Pinto along with Fabio Zanon, Paulo Martelli, Sergio Abreu, and Alice Artz. Douglas Lora earned his Master's degree at the University of Miami, and João Luiz at New York’s Mannes College the New School for Music and has a Doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music. Luiz is head of the guitar department at the State University of New York­ at Purchase and also teaches guitar at New Jersey City University. 

                   Javier de los Santos 

Classical guitarist Javier de los Santos began his formal music studies in 1998 in Guitar Performance under Francisco Javier Muro Guevara at the Unidad Académica de Música de la Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (UAMUAZ) in the State of Zacatecas, México.

In 2006, under the guidance of Mr. Eric vanDiver Nohe, Javier earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Guitar Performance at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO.

Javier holds a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music studying with renowned Maestro Ricardo Iznaola.

Javier has performed extensively in different places, including: the XV Semana Cultural de Zacatecas in Zacatecas, Mexico, various recitals and performances in Mexico; Granada, Spain; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Maine, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Oklahoma and in different venues in the State of Colorado, USA.

Currently, Javier lives in Grand Junction, CO and teaches guitar at Colorado Mesa University. 

Javier is First Place Winner of the "2009 Denver Classical Guitar Society Solo Debut Competition."


Thibaut Garcia#


Thibaut Garcia, the Franco-Spanish guitarist, was born in 1994 in Toulouse, where he began learning the guitar at the age of seven. He then won the guitar prize in the class of Paul Ferret. At the age of 16, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, in Olivier Chassain’s class, while at the same time benefiting from the guidance of Judicaël Perroy. In 2015, he was named sponsee of the Académie Charles Cros.

At the age of 16, he was awarded the First Prize at the Ana Amalia competition in Weimar, Germany. Since then, he has won the first prize in several international competitions, in particular the Guitar Foundation of America at Oklahoma City, USA, in 2015, the José Tomas at Petrer, Spain, in 2014, and the International Competition of Seville, Spain, in 2013. Since then he has been asked to sit on their juries and to give master-classes.

Thibaut Garcia is now being invited by the greatest guitar festivals worldwide: Australia, Canada, Spain, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Montenegro, Chili, New- Caledonia, the USA, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Romania… Since September 2016, he has been on tour in the USA and Canada, where he gave over 60 recitals during the entire season. He also performs recitals at the Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier, the Festival Toulouse d’Été, the Auditorium de Bordeaux, the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Concertgbouw in Amsterdam, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Salle Bourgie at Montréal, the Centre de Musique de Chambre de Paris Salle Cortot, the Auditorium of the Musée d’Orsay, or the Grands Interprètes of Toulouse…

In 2016, Thibaut Garcia made his concerto debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. He will be appearing in other concertos in the next few months, especially with the Baden-Baden Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, Orchestre de Cannes PACA, and the Orchestre de Dijon-Bourgogne, and the BBC orchestras.

In 2017, Thibaut Garcia is appointed BBC New Generation Artist in London, which leads him to perform in recitals and in concerto in the UK. He will notably make his debut in London’s Wigmore Hall.

When it comes to chamber music, Thibaut Garcia has played with Edgar Moreau, Raphaël Sévère, Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Antoine Mornière, Boris Grelier, Anaïs Constans, La Marca brothers, Kathryn Rudge…

In 2016, he signed exclusively with Warner Classics/Erato for his recording projects, with a first release Leyendas. His second album, Tribute to J.-S. Bach, will be released at the fall 2018.

Brad Richter / Carlos Bonell Duo


Carlos Bonell and Brad Richter are two of the top guitarists in the world. Carlos Bonell has recorded more than twenty albums and played in forty countries, with concert appearances ranging from intimate recitals to concertos with symphony orchestras. In 2006 Carlos began to help Sir Paul McCartney who is composing a concerto for guitar and orchestra. His latest album Magical Mystery Guitar Tour, inspired by his association with Sir Paul McCartney is dedicated to the music of the Beatles in Carlos’ own arrangements for solo guitar.

Brad Richter may be one of the most influential classical guitarists working today. His ability to defy the technical limits of his instrument has earned him comparisons to the likes of Franz Liszt and Nicolo Paganini. Equal parts performer, composer, and educator, he has amassed nearly 1,000 concert appearances in North America and Europe. Brad is also an avid collaborator with legendary artists such as cellist David Finckel (Director of Chamber Music at Lincoln Center), and his long-time partner in the Richter Uzur Duo, cellist Viktor Uzur.

Cavatina Duo - Denis Azbagic & Eugenia Moliner


Cavatina Duo has captivated audiences with their electrifying performances in such major venues and festivals as Ravinia (Chicago), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival (France), Symphony Center Chicago, the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan), National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, National Flute convention Gala Concert, USA, The Harris Theater (Chicago) among many others.


 Radio and television stations in Europe and North America (WFMT, NPR) have broadcast the duo’s performances. They have been the subjects of interviews in the international magazines such as Chamber Music America, TodoFlauta (Spain), FluteTalk(USA), Classical Guitar (UK), Guitarra Magazine (web), Soundboard(USA) and Flute, the BFS flute journal, (UK). They are the first guitar and flute duo to be featured on both the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine (UK) and the cover of   FluteTalk (USA)


Composers from around the world have been inspired to write and arrange new works for the duo. They received the Encore Prize in 2003.


In February 2010 Cavatina duo premiered the Concerto for Flute Guitar and Orchestra dedicated to them by US born composer Alan Thomas with Camerata Serbica in Belgrade. Since then they have performed with orchestras in Europe, USA and Mexico; Chicago Sinfonietta, Traverse Symphony, Sarajevo Philharmonic and the Monterrey Orchestra.


 The Cavatina Duo has recorded five Cd’s for Spanish and North American labels; Opera Tres, Cedille, Bridge and Orobroy Records.


Eugenia Moliner has been acclaimed as a “brilliant young musician” by the British Flute Society magazine. She has performed with the principal musicians of the Chicago Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras, and has been featured on radio and television programs in Europe, Asia and the USA. Her discography includes six CD’s.


 Prizewinner in twenty-four international competitions, Denis Azabagic has been described as a “virtuoso with flawless technique” by Soundboard Magazine. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago and Madrid Symphonies, among many others. His discography includes nine CDs, two DVDs and a manual.

Matt Warnock


Dublin Guitar Quartet


The Dublin Guitar Quartet is an Irish guitar quartet that specialises in the performance of contemporary classical music, particularly music associated with minimalist composers such as Philip GlassSteve ReichArvo Pärt and Kevin Volans. The bulk of their repertoire consists of their own transcriptions of works by these composers. They have also transcribed and performed works by György LigetiIgor Stravinsky and Michael Nyman.

The group formed in 2001 while founder members Brian Bolger, Patrick Brunnock, David Flynn and Redmond O'Toole were all studying at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama. This line-up avoided standard classical guitar repertoire in favour of their own arrangements of important international composers. Their first batch of arrangements included String Quartet No.2 Company and String Quartet No.3 Mishima by Philip GlassSumma by Arvo Pärt, String Quartet No.1 White Man Sleeps by Kevin Volans and Soundscapes over Landscapes by The Redneck Manifesto. The quartet's first performance was as support to the Redneck Manifesto in Whelans of Wexford Street in Dublin on 26 January 2002.

Leon Atkinson

A classical guitar series curated by Leon Atkinson is back at the Bing Crosby Theater after more than seven years, this time under the Friends of the Guitar Hour moniker. And it nearly didn't happen.

Atkinson is a world-renowned classical guitarist out of Sandpoint who co-hosts the weekly Guitar Hour on Spokane Public Radio with KPBX program director Verne Windham. He was diagnosed with kidney failure a decade ago and was on dialysis — nine hours a day, seven days a week at home — for years until he received a kidney transplant three years ago.

"I'm now back at 100 percent," Atkinson says. "I'm travelling and doing concerts all over the world again and still doing my radio show. It's amazing what one little organ can do."

Originally from Long Island, New York, Atkinson grew up in a musical family and eventually found work on Broadway, wrote songs for commercials and even studied with Andrés Segovia, commonly regarded as the best classical guitarist of all time. But Atkinson always pined for the outdoors, which brought him to buy a 100-acre property in Sandpoint in 1973. Since then, he's taught at nearly all the universities and colleges in the area. He currently runs a private studio at his home.

The guitar series kicks off this weekend with the San Francisco-based Jon Mendle, who has toured with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. It continues March 24 with steel-string player Alex de Grassi and Andrew York, formerly of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. On May 12, the series wraps up with Atkinson performing along with Larry Jess, principal trumpet with the Spokane Symphony, and his brass ensemble.


Richter - Uzur Duo

Pavel Steidl

"Here was a guitarist who knew how to laugh with the music and share the joke with his audience. But behind the entertainer lies a serious artist, whose extended composition in memory of Jana Obrovska proved fully capable of stirring emotions at the other end of the scale. Never was a standing ovation more richly deserved. Pavel Steidl had won the hearts and minds of a capacity crowd." (Classical guitar magazine)

Since he won first prize at the Radio France International Competition in Paris in 1982, he has become one of the most widely celebrated soloists of his generation. Among the members of the jury were such artists as Alexandre TansmanAntonio Lauro and Maria Luisa Anido.

Before that he studied with such guitarist as Milan Zelenka and Štěpán Rak in Prague. In 1987 he decided to emigrate to the Netherlands where after years of studying and getting inspiration from many different artists he has created his own style which is not ignoring authentic way of interpretation 19th-century guitar literature on periodic instruments and going far to some world music elements. Pavel Steidl also composes himself and his own compositions are often played on his concerts. He played in more than 40 countries of the world from among Canada, USA, China, India, Japan, Europe, South and Central America and many others. On demand of Italian Guitar Magazine Guitart the readers decided to choose him as a guitar player of the year 2004 . Pavel Steidl plays many instruments, but mainly Francisco Simplicio (1926) and Franz Butcher (2008), romantic guitar: copies of J.G.Stauffer guitar made by B.Kresse and original instrument from the beginning of the 19th century Nikolaus G.Ries cca. 1830

In his teaching, Pavel's approach is encouraging but subtle. For, as he says, "the teacher is not allowed to say everything. I let them play one piece. Each note twice, one staccato, one tenuto, to show what you can do. The possibilities: that's what I like very much. I don't like to write piano, forte, tenuto. I don't like metronomes."

Steidl is known for using overtone singing in some works, such as Domeniconi's Hommage à Jimi Hendrix, op. 52


Carlos Bonell

Carlos Bonell has been described by the Classical Guitar Magazine, UK as "one of the great communicators of the guitar world". He has recorded more than twenty albums and played in forty countries, with concert appearances ranging from intimate recitals to concertos with symphony orchestras. His latest album Magical Mystery Guitar Tour, inspired by his association with Sir Paul McCartney is dedicated to the music of the Beatles in Carlos' own arrangements for solo guitar.


Carlos was born in London of Spanish parents in 1949. He started to play at the age of five, learning to play Spanish folk music from his father who was a keen amateur guitarist. He completed his studies at the Royal College of Music with John Williams, where he was appointed the youngest ever professor at the age of 22. After Carlos' New York début in 1978, the New York Times described him as an artist of "superb poetic gifts". Appearances followed at many international festivals including The City of London, Aldeburgh, Helsinki, Israel, Tanglewood, Sydney, Istanbul, and Hong Kong. In 1981, Carlos made the first of his three recordings of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. Recorded in Canada with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit for the Decca label, it was the first-ever digital recording of the concerto and was hailed as "a magnificent triumph" by the magazine Classical Music.

In 1995 Carlos gave a landmark benefit concert at the Wigmore Hall in London with John Williams to raise awareness of the plight of children around the world caught in acts of war. All proceeds were donated to the organisation War Child. This was one of many appearances with John Williams during a lifetime of association. 2005 saw the first London International Guitar Festival, of which Carlos was founder and artistic director. The festival has remained to this day the largest guitar festival ever presented in London with events in five major halls. In 2006, Carlos began to help Sir Paul McCartney who is composing a concerto for guitar and orchestra. Over many meetings he has notated and recorded drafts of the guitar part. The work was featured in a June 2007 cover article by The New Yorker magazine.


During 2013-14, Carlos toured extensively through the UK, Europe and the Americas, including numerous guest artist performances with and for Lead Guitar partner schools in Arizona.

Carlos Bonell Artistic Director Lead Guitar

Vida Quartet


VIDAʼs ability to “conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects” (Classic FM) combined with their “exquisite tonal and dynamic control” has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble who sparkle with “vitality and spontaneity” (Acoustic). VIDAʼs seemingly effortless sense of ensemble and their broad range of timbres and dynamics evokes “listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. Thereʼs only one word for it: magic”  (Gramophone).

Since forming in 2007, VIDA has performed to critical acclaim in major UK, USA and European venues. They are sought-after festival artists throughout the UK and Europe and in 2011 VIDA made their US debuts in Los Angeles (LMU Guitar Festival) and New York (Baruch Performing Arts Centre). In 2012 VIDA were  artists in residence at CSU’s Summer Arts program in Monteray Bay CA.

Following on from their acclaimed debut CD, ʻLove, the Magicianʼ (BGS118) VIDA released their latest CD, ʻRhapsodyʼ in 2013 featuring works by George Gershwin, Malcolm Arnold and Adam Gorb. VIDA are D’Addario string classical artists.

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