The Levante Guitar Duo (Aleksandra Ivanovic-Lazarevic and Vojislav Ivanović) has performed all over Europe. Their concert for our series will be part of a debut tour of the US. Their performances feature the original compositions and arrangements of Vojislav Ivanovic, which combine elements of jazz with traditional and contemporary classical music.
Rovshan Mamedkuliev has performed in major cities throughout the world. His first visit here, in 2013, was part of a worldwide tour after winning the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. Besides masterful interpretations of the standard repertoire, he has premiered many new works for classical guitar and performs his own arrangements.
Korean-born guitarist Bokyung Byun is the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Other prizes include first-prizes at the Frances Walton, Montreal International Classical Guitar, and Philadelphia Classical Guitar competitions, second prize at the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition, and fourth place at the 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition. Her programs often feature contemporary music alongside traditional repertoire.
Slovenian native Mak Grgic’s career is fueled by curiosity, imagination, and boundless energy. His repertoire reflects his versatility and wide-ranging interests—from the Baroque and Renaissance to music of the cinema, from ethnic music of his native Balkans to extreme avant-garde and microtonal music. He averages eighty-five performances a year as soloist and collaborator.
Andrea Gonzalez Caballero of Spain has been an award winner at numerous international guitar competitions and has appeared at festivals and concert series around the world. Her 2017 CD for the Laureate Series on the internationally known Naxos label contains both premieres of new guitar compositions and standard pieces of the classical guitar repertoire.
Austin Wahl, a native Minnesotan, has won prizes at many competitions in the US and Canada, most recently First Prize at the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition. He began his study of classical guitar at age five with Alan Johnston, and as a young artist was active in the MacPhail Guitar Quartet. He has earned bachelor's and master's degrees as well as a performer's certificate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he is currently a doctoral student.
Raphaël Feuillâtre of France has won prizes at numerous classical guitar competitions, including First Prize at the International Guitar Competition Jose Tomas—Villa Petrer in Spain, and Third Prize in the Kutna Hora International Biennial Guitar Competition in the Czech Republic. His performance on our series is part of an international tour as part of his First Prize at the 2018 GFA International Concert Artists Competition.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Celil Refik Kaya began the classical guitar at age six. Celil later studied in the studio of Michael Newman as well as private studies with Grammy award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin and has performed in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals around the United States.
This year, the annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival will take place in Minnesota for the first time. Hosted by the Guitar Program of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota, and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Guitar Society, the Festival runs from March 29 through 31. The featured guest ensemble, Tantalus Quartet, will present a concert at Sundin Music Hall (on the campus of Hamline University in St. Paul) on March 30 at 7:30 pm. A Festival-ending concert will be presented at Ted Mann Concert Hall, on the U of MN campus on March 31 at 1:00 pm with featured ensembles, as well as with the festival ensemble of 80 to 100 guitarists. We will premiere a newly written piece by Illinois-based Costa Rican guitarist and composer Guido Sanchez-Portuguez, who will conduct the Ensemble.
For non-registrants, the Tantalus Quartet concert at Sundin Music Hall is $25 general admission, $20 for MGS members and seniors, and $10 for students. Click here to order tickets in advance. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the box office 30 minutes before the concert begins. Attendance at the U of MN concerts is free to the general public.
Click here to view the Festival brochure, which includes details about each day’s events and a registration form.
For more information about the Festival and the concerts, contact Maja Radovanlija, Minnesota Guitar Society member and guitar instructor at the U of MN, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email MGS Artistic Director Joe Hagedorn at email@example.com.