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2019/2020 Season

Upcoming events

    • Friday, July 12, 2019
    • Saturday, February 15, 2020
    • 11:59 PM
    • Philadelphia, PA
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    Complete this registration to compete in the

    PCGS NATIONAL COMPETITION 2020

    The 2020 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition is part of the 2018 Annual Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival.

    There are two separate divisions:

    1.
    The Adult Division is a national competition open to advancing classical guitarists who must be 18 years of age by April 1st, 2020 and residing in the United States.

    2. The Junior Division is open to students age 18 and under residing in the United States.

    Applications and recordings are due 

    TBA: February 15, 2020 (11:59pm, EDT)

    There are three rounds:

    > The Preliminary round – The jury will review unmarked/anonymous recordings and select up to 12 advancing competitors from each division.  Entrants will be notified if they have advanced to the semifinal round no later than March 3, 2019.

    > The Semifinal round - will take place in front of a live audience in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Time & venue TBA, Free Admission

    > The Final round will take place on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 9:00 AM at the 2019 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Festival at  Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking). 

    GUIDELINES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

    • The Guitar Society reserves the right to cancel any competition division and return student entries and fees if insufficient entries are received.
    • Entries must be received no later than 11:59pm(EST) on Feburary 15, 2020. Entries received after 11:59pm EST will not be accepted.
    • The same repertoire must be performed in the Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final Rounds.
    • Editing of recorded entries is not permitted and will be sufficient reason for disqualification.
    • Prior first prize winners may not participate in the same division.

    Questions can be directed to competition@phillyguitar.com


    Winners will be announced later the same day 
    after the festival closing concert.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    • Sunday, October 06, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
    • 200

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

         American guitarist Andrew Zohn is recognized internationally for his work as a performer, instructor, and composer. Performing on five continents as a soloist and chamber musician, a recent critic has said: “Zohn…easily  demonstrated how he is one of the most sought after performers on the classical guitar as his fingers deftly plucked some of the most subtle of tones on the instrument.” - The Star, Kuala Lumpur.
         Since 1999, Dr. Zohn has served on the faculty of the Schwob School of Music (Columbus State University) in Georgia, where he is the Jo and George Jeter Distinguished Chair in Guitar. Those interested in summer study with Dr. Zohn can find him annually at the Texas Guitar Camp (Austin), Solstice Guitar Festival (Connecticut), the East Carolina Summer Guitar Workshop (Greenville), and the Borguitar Festival (Borgo Val di Taro, Italy). In addition to these, he has been a guest artist in such distinguished events as the Festival of New Music (Central
    Conservatory of Music, China), Guitar Festivals Changsha and Shenyang (China), the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium (Germany), Camino Artes Festival (Spain), the Guitar Foundation of America (USA), Musica Ravenna (Italy), and
    Guitare Montreal (Canada).
            Students of Andrew Zohn have won prizes in over 100 national and international competitions including The Parkening International, The Guitar Foundation of America, The World Guitar Competition (Serbia), and The Asia International (Bangkok). Many of his students have been featured on the American National Public Radio program highlighting outstanding young musical talent From the Top.
           A strong advocate for new music, Zohn has been responsible for commissioned works by, among others, Sergio Assad and Atanas Ourkouzounov. In 2017, Zohn gave the world premiere of the commissioned work A Concerto of Colours by acclaimed British composer Stephen Goss. Original compositions and transcriptions by Andrew Zohn are published through Les Productions d'Oz, Canada, Tuscany publications (Theodore Presser), and FJH Publications. Zohn’s latest solo recording, Eterna Saudade, was released by Contrastes Records (Spain) in 2019.

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral 23 S 38th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    • 400

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

          Bill Viola was among the few prominent classical guitar guitar instructors in Philadelphia in the 1960s and was among the founding members of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, serving on the board and as treasurer for many years.    The Bill Viola Memorial Fund has been established to inspire under-served individuals in our community through musical experiences, music instruction and music education and the fund's Inaugural Concert features his Elliot Fisk,  his most prominent student.       

          Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. He is also celebrated for his willingness to take art music into unusual venues (schools, senior centers, and even logging camps and prisons!). After nearly 50 years before the public he remains as his mentor Andres Segovia once wrote, “at the top line of our artistic world.”
         In the 2017-18 season Fisk continues to break new ground for the guitar with marathon performances of his transcriptions of all 6 Bach solo cello Suites, duo performances with guitar legend Angel Romero and with a new trio formed with
    virtuoso guitarists Joaquin Clerch and Aniello Desiderio.
         The long awaited release of Robert Beaser’s monumental guitar Concerto (dedicated to Eliot Fisk) on LINN records in 2017 elicited rave reviews online and in print. In the spring of 2017, Eliot Fisk premiered Son Dementes Cuerdas with the famed Arditti String Quartet with performances on two continents culminating in a performance at Wigmore Hall in London in a concert also featuring the Sequenza XI for solo guitar composed for and dedicated to Eliot Fisk by Luciano Berio.
           Eliot Fisk has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and many others. He returns regularly to major concert series such as Stanford Lively Arts, Spivey Hall (Atlanta), Duke University Performances, Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Denver; Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Da Camera Society of Houston, Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, San Francisco Chamber Music; Segovia Series at Pick- Staiger Hall at Northwestern University; Jordan Hall, Boston; Orange County Performing Arts Center; Brahms, Mozart and Schubert Saal (Vienna); Mozarteum Grosser Saal (Salzburg); Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London) and at numerous guitar festivals such as those of Cordoba, Spain; Belgrade, Serbia; and Iserlohn, Bad Aibling and Hersbrueck, Germany.


    • Sunday, November 03, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
    • 200

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

         Brothers Adam and John Kossler have established themselves individually as soloists, chamber musicians and educators.  As the Kossler Duo John and Adam have performed for concert series including the Auburn Guitar Society Concert Series (Auburn, AL), The Aguado Guitar Series (Washington, DC), Appalachian Guitarfest (Boone, NC), Mid Maryland Guitar Festival (Rockville, MD) East Carolina Guitar Workshop (Greenville, NC) and a number of other venues around the US. 

         Adam Kossler is a top prizewinner in a number of national and international guitar competitions including the Boston Guitarfest, Columbus Guitar Symposium, East Carolina Guitar Competition, MANC Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Music Teacher National Association Competition, and the Appalachian Guitarfest Competition.  Kossler’s international performance career has taken him throughout the US, Canada and Central America.  He has been a featured artist with numerous concert series including the John E. Marlow Guitar Series (Bethesda, MD), Isle Newell Concert Series (Appalachicola, FL), and the Seven Hills Guitar Series (Tallahassee, FL) among many others. In 2015, his Marlow Guitar Series performance was aired in it’s entirety on Classical WETA’s weekly program, “Front Row Washington”. 

           In addition to his performance career, Adam is also in demand as a teacher and clinician.  Recent engagements include The Denver Guitar Summit (Denver, CO), Festival Internacional Suzuki (Guatemala City, Guatemala), University of Alaska Guitar Festival (Anchorage, AK) Rantucci Guitar Festival (Buffalo, NY), and in 2015 Kossler was the featured Artist in Residence for Utah Classical Guitar (Salt Lake City, UT).   In 2014, Adam released his first solo recording,  Guitar Recital.  The album was received with enthusiasm by critics and audiences and was featured Tom Cole’s show, “The G String” on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington D.C. In 2015 Kossler released his second solo record.  Ekloge, an album of 20thcentury music, includes works by Joaquin Rodrigo, Manuel Maria Ponce and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, as well as his own new transcriptions of music by Jean Sibelius.

         Adam began his musical studies with his father William Kossler.  He went on to earn his BM degree at East Carolina University with Dr. Elliot Frank, his MM degree at Appalachian State University as a teaching assistant to Dr. Douglas James, and completed a DMA in Guitar Performance at Florida State University where he served as a teaching assistant to Bruce Holzman.

          John Kossler started his guitar studies through the Suzuki Method with his father, William Kossler, at the age of four years old.  He eventually attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina, studying under Joseph Pecoraro.  Placing in competitions such as the ECU Guitar Festival in Greenville, North Carolina, the Young Arts Festival in Miami, Florida, and the Music Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, John then attended Wake Forest University, studying under Patricia Dixon.  During his education at WFU, he performed in Europe in cities that include Milan, Italy and Postojna, Slovenia.  He has also won the New York Artists International Competition for 2016.  John has just finished his Masters of Musical Arts degree in guitar performance with Ben Verdery.  Along with writing and arranging music, he currently teaches and performs throughout the country.

    • Sunday, December 01, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
    • 200

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

          Acknowledging and appreciating the artists that live in our vicinity is essential to ensuring the longevity of all fields of the arts. The arts flourish not just in distant havens such as Paris, New York, or Tokyo, but also in the homes of our neighbors in Philadelphia. Our talented membership includes guitar builders, composers, instructors, professional performers, and college professors. This annual concert is our homage to the many talented members of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.
          We invite you to join us for the concert and stay for our post-concert Holiday Party where you can meet other members and local artists and celebrate the holiday season.

    • Sunday, January 12, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
    • 200

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

         John Marcel Williams is an American classical guitarist establishing a reputation as a virtuoso soloist. He has been awarded over 20 prizes at young artist competitions across the country, including first prize at the Boston Guitar Festival, Rosario Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Guitar Festival, and 2nd prize at the international Guitar Foundation of America Young Artist Competition. In addition he was awarded first prize at the James Stroud Competition and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Audition. He entered the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD when he was 16 where he studied with classical guitar legend Manuel Barrueco.  
         Williams unique musicality combined with virtuosic technique has led him to numerous solo performances. He is frequently invited to perform and teach at venues across the United States as well as internationally. Most recently in 2018, John toured Panama as a guest artist for the Panama Guitar Festival where he not only performed but gave masterclasses and adjudicated for the Panama Guitar Competition. Other recent concerts include solo recitals at Oberlin College and Moravian college. John Marcel has made numerous media appearances on various radio and TV programs, most notably performing on NPR’s program, “From the Top,” where he was also awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Future engagements for Mr. Williams include a performance of Elmer Bernstein’s Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra with the Wheeling Symphony, and as a featured artist for the upcoming season of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. 
         John began to study the guitar at age 10 and his talents were quickly noticed by the late Aron Shearer, who encouraged him to continue his pursuit as a classical guitarist. John went on to study with Stephen Aron at the Oberlin Conservatory at age 13, under whose guidance he began to gain attention winning competitions across the United States. He also spent a summer studying at the Aspen Music Festival after an invitation from Sharon Isbin, professor of guitar at the Juilliard School.
         Williams started his collegiate studies with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute of Music in 2011, and received both his undergraduate and masters degree in guitar performance. He is currently enrolled at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying under Grammy award winning artist Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.

    • Sunday, February 09, 2020
    • 10:00 AM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
    • 200

    PERFORMER INFORMATION COMING SOON / TICKET INFORMATION COMING SOON

    Widely admired for her technique, artistry, and passionate performances Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed 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. 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 International Guitar Festivals in Canada, Panama, Italy, and Mexico. She has been featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with 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.” Her playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.”


          In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She maintains a private studio in New York City and frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops during her concert travels.  Ms. Vardanyan is an author of four books from Mel Bay Publications with a fifth one of its way. She has an extensive list of instructive guitar videos on both her own channel and the Strings by Mail channel.
          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.

           Gohar Vardanyan is sponsored by Strings by Mail and plays on Royal Classics Recital strings.
                                                         ​Guitar: 2012 Jean Rompé

    • Sunday, February 09, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
    • 200

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

          Widely admired for her technique, artistry, and passionate performances Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed 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. 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 International Guitar Festivals in Canada, Panama, Italy, and Mexico. She has been featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with 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.” Her playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.”
          In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She maintains a private studio in New York City and frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops during her concert travels.  Ms. Vardanyan is an author of four books from Mel Bay Publications with a fifth one of its way. She has an extensive list of instructive guitar videos on both her own channel and the Strings by Mail channel.
          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.

           Gohar Vardanyan is sponsored by Strings by Mail and plays on Royal Classics Recital strings.
                                                         ​Guitar: 2012 Jean Rompé

    • Sunday, March 08, 2020
    • 3:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA
    • 250

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

         Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America, Europe, and in Asia, performing on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, and historic instruments of the nineteenth-century, in particular the 10-string Scherzer and authentic 19th c. guitar.
          A first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition (which was for all instruments) and the chamber music prize at the International Competition “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy in Period Instrumental performance.  Reviewers have said: “His interpretations are dignified, formal, and carefully thought out, with a sense of structural integrity that informs every passing tone.” NEW YORK TIMES;
          In addition to his solo recitals he performs regularly with fortepianist Pamela Swenson Trent (as Duo Firenze). In past summers they have been in residence as performers and teachers in period instrument performance at the “Accademia L’Ottocento” in Rome and Verbania in Italy. Duo Firenze is the recent recipient of
    numerous awards including: unprecedented two Career grants from The Johns Hopkins University - Peabody Conservatory, two Faculty Development Grant from Radford University, twice from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
           As a scholar is published by guitarchambermusic.org; has contributed improvised cadenzas in the style of Fernando Sor to the “Complete Sonatas of Diabelli, Giuliani and Sor, Vol. 1”, published by Mel Bay; chaired the national standards committee for the guitar division of the American String Teachers of America (ASTA); and, served on the editorial team of the Guitar Foundation of America’s ‘Soundboard Scholar’; and, blogs on music, guitar, practicing and historical performance practice at kitharamuse.blogspot.com.
            He was the conductor for the inaugural concert of the All-Virginia Guitar Ensemble, which is composed of guitar students selected by audition from across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
            He is the first recipient of the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in guitar performance from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Julian Gray, Manuel Barrueco, lutenist Ronn McFarlane, and singer John Shirley- Quirk. He also holds a Master of Arts of degree in music from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) from whom he has received the Distinguished Music Alumni Award, and a Bachelor of Music in performance from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now the University of the Arts).
            Dr. Trent is in his 26th year as Full Professor of Music (Guitar and Renaissance Lute studies) at Radford University where he is in his 19 th year as director of Radford University’s Annual International Guitar Festival. Many of his students are performers, educators, and administrators at all levels in the U.S., and in Asia.

    • Saturday, March 28, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Mandell Theater, Drexel University 3220 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    • 200

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

         Ana Vidovic is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. She is known for her beautiful tone, precise technique, well-defined phrasing and thoughtful artistry and musicianship.
          Her international performance career includes frequent recitals, concerto engagements and festival appearances in most of Europe’s cultural destinations including Amsterdam, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, London, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Salzburg, Vienna, Warsaw and Zagreb. Her tours have also taken her to Australia, Brazil, Israel, Japan, Korea and Mexico.   Equally impressive is the fact that she has recorded 6 CDs. Mel Bay Publications has released Ana Vidovic’s DVD entitled “Guitar Artistry in Concert,” a journey through the music of Torroba, Piazzolla and Pierre Bensusan, Sergio Assad, Stanley Myers, Villa-Lobos and Agustin Barrios Mangoré, and “Guitar Virtuoso,” a performance of works by Bach, Torroba, Paganini and Walton.
         During recent seasons Ms. Vidovic’s prolific career has taken her to London where she has performed at King’s Place twice;  Bordeaux and Paris, Carthage (Tunesia), Cuenca (Equador), Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Avezzano and Pescara (Italy), Aachen, Ansbach and Ettlingen (Germany), Japan, Sao Paulo (Brazil), Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney (Australia), Hong Kong, Bulle (Switzerland), Uppsala (Sweden), Istanbul, Tel Aviv,  in addition to the Canadian cities of Calgary, Edmonton Kitchener Toronto and Winnipeg,   She has performed throughout the U.S. at major performance venues in Austin,  Baltimore,  Bethesda (The Strathmore),  Boston, Champaign, IL (Krannert Center),  Cleveland, Dallas,  Dayton,  Ft. Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Portland (OR), St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Fe, Seattle, Washington, DC and New York City where Ms. Vidovic has performed in recital at the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes College of Music, Baruch College as well as at the 92nd St. Y.   Her dazzling concerto performances have taken place with the Asheville Symphony, Bangor Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic, Glacier Symphony,  Hartford Symphony,  Idaho Falls Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic,  Knoxville Symphony, Missoula Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony (Oregon),  Westmoreland Symphony (PA), West Virginia Symphony, Wheeling Symphony Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra;  and with the Slovene Orchestra  and Zagreb Philharmonic.   Festival appearances include Le Domaine Forget (Quebec), International Guitar Festival (London), Big Sky, Montana, Caramoor Festival (Katonah, NY), Colorado Music Festival and Lake Tahoe Summerfest.
         Ms. Vidovic’s 2017-18 season included recitals in Germany (Baden-Baden),  Jeunesse Musicale (Vienna), Hong Kong,  Peoria IL, Chicago, Washington, DC (Marlowe Guitar Series), Los Angeles, and Jacksonville (FL) and a concerto engagement with the Idaho Falls Symphony, in addition to  a tour to Japan where she performs almost annually.   Her 2018-19 season begins with an appearance at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge followed by concertos with Washington, DC’s  Apollo Orchestra and Orchestra Iowa.   Further recitals take place in New York City (New York City Classical Guitar Society), Boston, Washington, DC,. (Dumbarton Oaks), Austin, Cleveland, San Francisco and the Hawaiian Islands in addition to London, Baden-Baden and a tour to Japan.
         Ms. Vidovic has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions including first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain. Other top prizes include the Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In Croatia, the guitarist has performed Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, as well as having been featured in three television documentaries by the eminent Croatian film director Petar Krelja.
         Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5.  At age 7, she gave her first public performance and at the age of 11 she was performing internationally.  She became the youngest student at age 13 to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer.   Ms. Vidovic’s reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory from which she graduated.

    • Sunday, March 29, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
    • 200

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

          This full day of classical guitar events includes the PCGS Annual Classical Guitar Competition finals, a masterclass with festival opening performer Ana Vidovic, professional workshops, student recitals, vendor fair, and a recital by the PCGS Concert Ensemble.  In addition to these exciting events are concerts by the 2019 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition Adult Division Winner, and a closing concert with Jay Kacherski.

           This is an opportunity for all of the classical guitar lovers in the Philadelphia area and beyond to come together and enjoy a full day of events focused on the instrument that they love. 

                                            Sunday Events will include:

        2019 PCGS Competition 1st Place and Peter Segal Prize Winner Recital Congyi Zhang

        Student Recitals             

        PCGS Concert Ensemble

        Guitar Workshops

         Vendors Fair

    Congyi Zhang bio:

    Congyi Zhang is a guitarist from Beijing, China, currently living in New York City.  Congyi first learned to play classical guitar under his father’s instruction at the age of eight.  He attended Central Conservatory of Music of China Middle School under Professors Zhi Chen and Jiajiong Li, graduated from Central Conservatory of Music of China in Beijing in 2016 with his Bachelor of Music degree studying with Jie Li, and is now a second-year Master of Music scholarship student at Mannes School of Music, College of Performing Arts at The New School in New York City, in the studio of Professor Michael Newman.

    Honors and awards for Congyi include the First Prize and the Peter Segal Award at the major 2019 Philadelphia International Classical Guitar Competition, the 2018 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition (the Greiner Award for Best Performance of a Contemporary Guitar Concerto, and a top prizewinner in the overall competition), and the 2018 Charlottesville International Competition.  He received the first place award and was the only full-scholarship student at CCOM Middle School.  His concert performances have been at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Manet Club, Peking University, Grand Hall of CCOM, Tishman Hall in New York City, the Frick Collection, SUNY Oneonta, and venues throughout China, Canada, and the United States.

    Congyi also enjoys playing fingerstyle guitar and mandolin, as well as performing in ensembles including Chinese dulcimer, er-hu, other guitars, flute, violin, piano, and larger ensembles.  He premiered new works by Xue Rui and Hong Liu at the Golden Hu Qin Competition, winning first and second prize for the two composers.  One of his first New York performances was with MACE, playing Frank Zappa's “G-Spot Tornado” and “Dog Meat.”

    Congyi performed in Leo Brouwer’s New York City master class during Brouwer’s first classes in the United States in over three decades.  His performance of Ernesto Cordero’s “Concierto Antillano” marked its premiere performance with Buffalo Philharmonic.  He also premiered new music by Dutch composer Jan Bartlema at Peking University.


    • Sunday, March 29, 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. Philadelphia, PA 19147
    • 200

    TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

        "Virtuosismo" and "technical dominance" are the words used by the press to describe American guitarist, Jay Kacherski.  A native of New York, Kacherski has performed around the world as a soloist and member of the highly praised Texas Guitar Quartet.  He has collaborated with Grammy-winners and nominees such as the chamber choir Conspirare and Chilean flutist Viviana Guzman, as well as with  Piazzolla's successor, Argentinean bandeneonist Daniel Binelli with the New Orleans Opera company.  Kacherski has performed at distinguished festivals and venues such as the Festival International de Guitarra de Taxco, the Florida Guitar Foundation, the Brevard Music Center, Round Top, the Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Conservatorio Nacional de Música, Mexico City, and the New Orleans International Guitar Festival. 

        Jay Kacherski spent two years living in Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar and member of the guitar faculty at the Escuela Nacional de Música, the music conservatory for the National University of Mexico (UNAM) researching, performing, and promoting contemporary classical guitar music of Mexico.  His guide and teacher for this work was the world-renowned Mexican guitarist Juan Carlos Laguna.  Kacherski has since premiered many new works from Mexico and has created a complete catalog of Mexican guitar works with links to videos, audio, scores, and more that can be found at www.kacherskiguitar.com.

        Jay Kacherski is currently on the guitar faculty at Loyola University, the University of New Orleans, and McNeese State University, as well as NOCCA, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.  He is an Associate Editor for Soundboard Magazine, the director of the Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra Guitar Program, and the Artistic Director of the Houston Classical Guitar Festival and Competition in Texas. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin,  a master's degree from the Eastman School of Music, and undergraduate degrees from Florida Southern College where he graduated with honors.

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Address: 2038 Sansom street - Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: +1 (215) 567 2972
Email: info@phillyguitar.com 

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