2014-2015 Sundin Hall Concert Series
Our concert season is co-sponsored by Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University. Matching funds have been provided by General Mills, AT&T, and Excel Energy.
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, 8:00 pm— Sundin Hall
Diego Figueiredo (pronounce fig-areed- o) is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. He is the winner of several important competitions including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize. Diego has released over nineteen albums to date, three DVD's, and several instructional books. His music is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical. Diego's unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of adoring fans and concert goers. Diego has performed in over forty countries around the world. Besides being a guitar player, Diego is a producer, arranger, orchestrator, multi-instrumentalist and has recently produced and arranged the double album "As várias caras de Drummond" for which Belchior wrote the music for Drummond´s poems, and which was released in CARAS magazine. With a variety of works already released, Diego is doing shows on the most important stages around the world enchanting and charming the public wherever he goes with his unique touch.
Saturday Oct. 25, 2014, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall
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, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Guitar International Magazine has described her as "the complete package. 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." Her playing has been described as "passionate," "evocative," and "virtuosic." 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. Friday, November
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014—Sundin Hall
The 2014 Flamenco Guitarathon will be a tribute to the late Paco de Lucia (pictured at left), world renowned, legendary, Spanish flamenco guitarist, considered by many to be the greatest guitarist of all time, and who brought flamenco music to the world stage with his playing. Paco de Lucia died at the age of 66 while on vacation with his family in Mexico in February, 2014.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall
Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a prizewinner of more then fifteen prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013. Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, guitarist and composer Roland Dyens calls him, "a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this."
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall
Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet (QGQ) has been widely acclaimed as one of the world's top contemporary guitar ensembles. QGQ —comprised of Brazilian guitarists Chrystian Dozza, Fabio Ramazzina, Thiago Abdalla and Sidney Molina—is known both for its artistic excellence and for its significant contributions to the expansion of the guitar quartet repertoire. Over the past twenty years, the ensemble has established a broad canon of original pieces and arrangements through partnerships with composers including Leo Brouwer, Almeida Prado, Egberto Gismonti, and Paulo Bellinati. The quartet first attracted the attention of international critics when it was awarded the "Ensemble Prize" at the International Guitar Contest of Havana in 1998. Since then, the group has regularly performed in various notable guitar and chamber series in the United States and the world. Quaternaglia's discography includes the albums Quaternaglia, Antique, Forrobodó, Presença, Estampas, and Jequibau as well as the DVD Quaternaglia, recorded live. As part of the celebration of the group's twentieth anniversary, in 2012, Quaternaglia performed as soloist with Sinfônica Heliópolis conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, 8:00 pm —Sundin Hall
In their January 1997 issue, the editors of GUITAR PLAYER magazine voted Miroslav Tadic one of the world's thirty most radical and individual guitarists. Tadic completed his formal education in the United States after studying in Italy and his native Yugoslavia. He has performed and recorded in a wide variety of settings and musical styles, ranging from music of the Baroque and Classical periods to blues, jazz, and rock. Tadic's performing and recording credits include projects with Terry Riley, the Los Angeles Opera with Placido Domingo, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte- Carlo, MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, among others. He is frequently heard in Europe, Japan, North and South America. In recent years Tadic has concentrated on developing an approach to improvisation which combines and juxtaposes musical material drawn from many diverse sources, including Baroque, European classical and North Indian classical music, Eastern European folk traditions, blues, jazz, and rock. He is noted for his pioneering work in applying the elements of classical and flamenco techniques to the electric guitar.
Jérémy Jouve, Sat 3/28/2015
Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall
Jérémy Jouve had his musical training in France, studying with distinguished guitarists including Eric Franceries, Alberto Ponce, and Roland Dyens. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and of the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in guitar and chamber music. He was selected to pursue further studies with László Hadady, principal oboist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. At the age of ten he played a Vivaldi concerto with the Orchestre de Chambéry, going on to win various national prizes. Based in Paris, he embarked on an international career, with awards including first prize in the International Competition of the Guitar Foundation of America (Mexico, 2003) and in the Tychy International Guitar Competition (Poland, 2002). His new CD, second volume of Rodrigo solo works for guitar (Naxos 8.572984), came out in June 2013. His duo album with flute, recorded for Reference recording at Skywalker Studios of San Francisco in 2012, is officially nominated at Grammy Awards 2014.
Friday, Apr. 17, 2015, 8:00 pm—Sundin Hall
Acclaimed by the New York Times as "An eloquent player with a graceful touch and a rich sound," the Greek guitarist, Antigoni Goni enjoys a truly international career, performing extensively in Europe, Russia, the Americas, and the Far East, both as a recitalist and soloist. In 1995, to an already long list of international competition prizes she added the first prize of the Guitar Foundation of Americas (GFA), thus becoming the first and only Greek guitarist to ever conquer it. A NAXOS and KOCH recording artist, her highly successful recordings have been praised for being expressively poetic and technically exciting and have been received with great enthusiasm by the international musical community. At least a dozen of the pieces she has recorded have been included in Enrique Robichaud's classical guitar Cd guide: Guitar's TOP 100 Best. She is the Founder and Chair of the Guitar Department, Pre- College Division, at the Juilliard School of Music. She is also the founder and artistic director of "the Volterra Project, Summer Guitar Institute", a workshop bringing together, every summer, international students and professionals of the highest caliber for 10 days of intense study and inspired performances.
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
The annual Classical Guitarathon is always an exciting season finale, an opportunity to see some of our favorite local guitarists alongside new and emerging talents, all on the beautiful Sundin Hall stage.