Applauded by critics and audiences for his unique blend of powerful virtuosity, beautiful tone, and natural musicianship, festival director Elliot Frank is a frequent guest performer and teacher at guitar festivals and on concert series throughout the Americas and Europe. Recent highlights include performances for the Mediterranean Guitar Festival in Cervo, Italy, the Sea and Guitars Festival in Vrsar, Croatia, the inaugural Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Villa Caletas in Herradura, Costa Rica, the 2009 Fort Worth Guitar Guild Festival, and the Sauble Beach Festival of the Classic Guitar in Sauble Beach, Ontario. He has also been featured performer at the 2006 Guitar Foundation of America Festival, the 2009 Classical Minds Guitar Institute, Alexandria Guitar Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, the Appalachian Guitar Fest, the Festival Lachine in Montreal, Canada, at the Southwest Guitar Festival in San Antonio, and at the Sixth Guitar Festival of the Dominican Republic. Other international performances include appearances in Colombia, Venezuela, and Vienna, Austria. He has also performed for the Tampa Classical Guitar Festival, the North Carolina Bach Festival, Columbus State University Guitar Symposium, and the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival, where he serves as Artistic Director. ACA Digital Recordings recently released his first compact disc, South American Guitar Music, which has been praised as being “eloquent” and “delightful.” He has also appeared in solo recitals for the Tallahassee Guitar Society, the University of Memphis Classical Guitar Society, the Dallas Guitar Society, the Piedmont Guitar Society, the Richmond Classic Guitar Society, and Guitar Houston. An aficionado of guitar music of Hispanic cultures, he has performed lecture/recitals pertaining to the music of Antonio Lauro for the Guitar Foundation of America at international festivals in Pasadena and New Orleans. Elliot Frank has commissioned and performed works for guitar including an important new sonata by Andrew Zohn, E Sonata, which was premiered in 2004 at the New Music at ECU Festival. Most recently he gave the world premiere of an important new guitar concerto by Marc Faris, This World May Lose Its Motion, at the 2012 New Music at ECU Festival.
Elliot Frank is also a prizewinner in national and international competitions including the Concurso Internacional de la Casa de España in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Elliot Frank was selected to initiate the guitar studies program for East Carolina University and is currently teaching there in addition to maintaining an active concert schedule. His students and alumni have distinguished themselves with an impressive array of first prizes in national and international competitions.
NPR describes Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” and Gramophone magazine puts him “among the elite of today's classical guitarists.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In June 2014, NPR named “Zapateado” from the album as one of its “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far).”
Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. Recent and future highlights include returns to the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and New York's 92nd Street Y, as well as performances at Argentina’s Teatro Colon and Oslo, Norway’s Classical Music Fest. Vieaux’s appearances for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others have forged his reputation as a first-rate chamber musician and programmer. He collaborates in recitals this season with Escher Quartet, acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker.
Jason Vieaux has performed as concerto soloist with nearly 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Ft. Worth, Santa Fe, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Kitchener-Waterloo, Richmond, Edmonton, IRIS Chamber, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Chautauqua Festival, and New Hampshire Music Festival. Some of the conductors he has worked with include David Robertson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jahja Ling, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern, David Lockington, Steven Smith, and Edwin Outwater.
Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. His latest album Together, with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, was released in January 2015. Of his 2014 solo album Play, Soundboard Magazine writes, “If you ever want to give a friend a disc that will cement his or her love for the guitar, this is a perfect candidate,” while Premier Guitar claims, “You’d be hard pressed to find versions performed with more confidence, better tone, and a more complete understanding of the material.”
Vieaux’s previous eleven albums include a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra; Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1, which hit No. 13 on Billboard’s Classical Chart after its first week and received rave reviews by Gramophone, The Absolute Sound, and Soundboard; Images of Metheny, featuring music by American jazz legend Pat Metheny (who after hearing this landmark recording declared: “I am flattered to be included in Jason's musical world”);and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz, which made several Top Ten lists the year of its release. Vieaux’s albums and live performances are regularly heard on radio and internet around the world, and his work is the subject of feature articles in print and online around the world, including such magazines as Acoustic Guitar, MUSO, Gramophone, and on NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence.” Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.
Vieaux is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America, and is affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia.
Jason Vieaux is represented by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd. For more information, visit www.jasonvieaux.com; Jason is tweeting @JasonVieaux, and his Facebook fan page is www.facebook.com/jasonvieaux
Heralded by The New York Times for his “effortless virtuosity with intelligence and good taste,” by The Tallahassee Democrat for his “sweet, pure sound, technique to burn and strong sense of musical and poetic phrasing,” and by (Puerto Rico’s) El Nuevo Dia as a “magnificent North American guitarist, full of virtuosity, magnificent technical precision, and a masterfully delivered diverse range of sound,” Stephen Robinson tours extensively as a recitalist, collaborative artist, and orchestral soloist. He has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras, and conducts master classes at leading musical institutions and festivals worldwide. Robinson’s eight recordings for Clear Note Records, Centaur Records and Lakeside Records have received unanimous critical acclaim with his most recent Clear Note release, Imagine hailed as “a CD which will rise toward the top of the listener’s playlist” (Jim McCutcheon, Soundboard Magazine). McCutcheon continues, Robinson “played with a spaciousness in which only a masterful musician can transport the listener to that nirvana-like level of pure being.”
Of his disc, Stephen Robinson, Munich’s Fonoforum states, “A guitarist of the first order … Robinson fills the melodic lines with a great individual emotion.” His solo CD, An American Record, features the debut recording of works by Samuel Adler, Harold Blanchard and Harold Schiffman, which Soundboard calls “masterful and poetic.” Robinson’s release on Clear Note Records, Felicidade, is an eclectic mix of music. Soundboard’s Richard Long writes, “Stephen is a guitarist who invariably reminds me of why I fell in love with the guitar many years ago; to put it simply, he plays beautiful music, and he plays it beautifully.” And Steve Marsh of Classical Guitar said “Occasionally a CD comes along in the review stack in which the featured performer immediately stands out from amongst the others for their sheer musicality, technical virtuosity and ‘listenability’ factor — and this new release from North American guitarist Stephen Robinson is such a CD.”
Clear Note Records release of Robinson’s CD, Découpage, is a collection of works spanning nearly three centuries, combining recent jewels with timeless standards. Steve Marsh of Classical Guitar noted, “This CD has to be one of the most attractive ones I’ve listened to in quite a while. Robinson’s musicianship is of the highest calibre, his effortless technique allowing him the freedom to do with this music just about anything he wants and what he does do is exceptionally good from every angle. This is music making of high order.”
A top prize winner in five major international competitions, including the XXIII Concours International de Guitare in Paris and the VI Concurso Internacional de Guitarra in Venezuela, Robinson is an alumnus of the distinguished Affiliate Artists Touring roster and a member of the State of Florida Touring Program. He has received numerous awards, fellowships and grants, including two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalists Awards, an NEA Recording Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship for Performance and Research in Music to Canada. A native of New York, Stephen Robinson began his guitar studies with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, and worked closely with Andrés Segovia, who called him “a magnificent guitarist, one of the most brilliant guitarists of our times.” After pursuing graduate work at the Yale School of Music, Florida State University awarded Robinson the first Doctor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance.
Stephen Robinson is Professor of Music at Stetson University, where he founded and has directed the guitar program since 1983. His graduates have excelled in the finest graduate programs of Yale University, The Eastman School of Music, The Peabody Conservatory, Florida State University, and University of Southern California, among others, and many now hold prominent positions in the professional world.
Stephen Robinson resides in DeLand, Florida with his wife, Patrece, and together they have raised four sons. He performs exclusively with D’Addario Strings and plays a 2013 Antonius Müller guitar.
“Soulful and virtually flawless,” hails the Portland Oregonian and the Boston Globe writes, “In warm, round tones, the notes of Bach cascaded from the guitar, every note correct and played without hesitation.” Classical guitarist, pedagogue and educator Isaac Bustos, enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him to Canada, Central America, Europe and all over the US. Dr. Bustos has made several Radio and Television appearances and is in demand as clinician and master class teacher invited to perform in some of the most prestigious festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America Annual Convention, Portland Guitar Festival, St. Joseph International Guitar Festival, Southwest Guitar Festival, Brownsville Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Festival, Festival Internacional de Guitarra Monterrey, Festival Ramon Noble and Festival del Noreste in Mexico. Isaac has also appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain, The Baytown Symphony Orchestra, The Nicaraguan National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro JoAnn Falletta.
Isaac holds an impressive number of top prizes in over 12 major international competitions, 7 of which are first prizes. Some of these include: the Miami International Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Lachine International Guitar Competition, St. Joseph International Solo Guitar Competition, Portland Solo Guitar Competition, East Carolina University Solo Guitar Competition, Appalachian State University Solo Guitar Competition, International JoAnn Falletta Concerto Competition, Columbus State University Solo Guitar Competition, Southwest International Guitar Competition, Boston Guitar Fest International Guitar Competition and the prestigious Concurso Internacional Guitarras Alhambra held in Valencia, Spain.
In the fall of 2008, Isaac released his debut CD titled Caprichos y Sonatas which Soundboard magazine described as “…one of the best…it has everything one could want.” In addition, Bustos has performed several premieres of new music for guitar. Most recently, works by composers Peter Askim for solo guitar, Andrew Dickinson for four guitars, a work for two guitars and electronic sound effects by Jeremy Cumbo and “After Sylvius” a solo guitar work written for Isaac by composer/guitarist Frank Wallace. In the summer of 2010, Bustos premiered a new guitar Sonata commissioned and dedicated to him by renowned American Composer Peter Lieuwen.
Isaac holds a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of New Hampshire, where he was the only guitarist to ever hold a full scholarship, a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he also completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman. Bustos is also a founding member of and performs regularly with the award-winning Texas Guitar Quartet.
As an educator, his commitment to teaching is reflected in the success of his students whose prize-winning performances have included the Eastfield Guitar Festival and competition, The Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition, the Classical Minds Guitar Competition, the Houston Young Artist, the East Carolina University Competition, The Rosario Competition, the Appalachian State Competition, The Boston Guitar Fest International Competition and the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition. Since 2005, Dr. Bustos serves on the faculty at Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies where he is head of guitar studies and artistic director of the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition.
American guitarist Andrew Zohn is recognized internationally for his work as a performer, instructor, and composer. He has performed concerts on five continents as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to extensive touring throughout the United States, recent performances include venues in China, Argentina, Italy, Egypt, Malaysia, Germany, and the Netherlands. 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 directs the annual CSU Guitar Symposium. He has performed and taught at many of the world's most prestigious music festivals including the Festival of New Music (Central Conservatory of Music, China) the Guitar on the Mediterranean Guitar Festival (Italy), Sevilla Guitar Festival (Spain), Guitar Festival Changsha and Shenyang Festival (China), the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium (Germany), Borguitar Festival (Italy), the Guitar Foundation of America (USA), Festivale Emilia Romagna and Musica Ravenna (Italy), and GuitareMontreal (Canada). Students of Andrew Zohn have won prizes in dozens of international competitions including, among others, The Parkening International, The Guitar Foundation of America, The World Guitar Competition (Serbia), and The Asia International (Bangkok). Many of his students have been also been featured on the American National Public Radio program highlighting outstanding young musical talent From the Top.
Original compositions and transcriptions by Andrew Zohn are published through Les Productions d'Oz, Canada, Tuscany publications (Theodore Presser), and FJH Publications. His recordings for Clear Note and Centaur Records have received wide acclaim from American Record Guide, Classical Guitar Magazine, GuitArt Magazine, Soundboard, Guitarra Magazine, and Rosewood Review.
2015 ECU Solo Competition winner Colin Fullerton began studying the classical guitar with Patrick Lui at Winston-Salem’s community music school when he was six years old. Seven years later, while under the tutelage of Chuck Mounger, he was accepted as an eighth grader to the North Carolina School of the Arts where he was a student of Joseph Pecoraro. He has had master classes or lessons with such artists as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Lorenzo Micheli, Zoran Dukic, Aniello Desiderio, Judicaël Perroy, The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Jason Vieaux, and in the Summer of 2013 he studied under Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival.
Colin is a winner of first prize in 10 national or international competitions, as well as 2nd prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition in both 2006 and 2010. He has performed in an array of venues throughout the US, Italy, and Spain, and in 2007 he and his former duo partner, John Kossler, were selected to perform at the GFA convention in Los Angeles as part of its "Youth Showcase." In 2014 Colin graduated from Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music where he was a student of Andrew Zohn and a recipient of the “Woodruff Award.” He’s now completing his master’s degree with Adam Holzman at UT Austin’s Butler School of Music.
Akerman Teixeira Duo
Mary Akerman teaches classical guitar at Kennesaw State University. She is a winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and has subsequently served on the GFA Board of Trustees for over ten years. She has performed/taught/adjudicated at many colleges and regional festivals including the Columbus Guitar Symposium, the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Workshop, the San Antonio Guitar Festival, and the GFA Festival. In 2011 she performed in Turkey as part of a faculty exchange between Kennesaw State University and Cocaeli University in Hereke, Turkey.
Robert Teixeira lives in Charlotte, NC and is a guitar instructor at Davidson College, Queens University of Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College. In addition to his Charlotte based teaching, he is active as a performer and guest instructor with recent invitations to instruct/perform at East Carolina University, Universities of Texas at Austin and San Antonio, Southwestern University, Kennesaw State University, Wofford College, and Furman University. He has performed and recorded with his wife, cellist Tanja Bechtler and with the world music chamber group ‘Without Borders’. His arrangements of the sambas from “Black Orpheus” by Bonfa are recorded on the Akerman-Teixeira Duo CD. With a continuing commitment to education, Robert has also composed a set of didactic works for right hand development. These works are published by Clear Note Publications and are available at clearnote.net
Bob and Mary met while in graduate school at Florida State University and decided to form a duo about 5 years ago. Since forming, they recorded the cd “Music For Two Guitars” which is available through Clear Note Publications or on the Naxos catalogue. They have performed regularly on established chamber music programs, colleges and university programs, and through invitations to participate in guitar festivals.
“They have a refined and well matched sound with flawless technique” SOUNDBOARD MAGAZINE
“This duo has continuity of string, a critical element, a relaxed and easy elasticity when needed, and precision” CVNC
Joseph Ikner is happy to serve the music faculty of Auburn University as an instructor of guitar and music appreciation. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Joseph engages a variety of audiences with an energetic, thoughtful and entertaining program of diverse repertoire for the guitar. Dr. Elliot Frank of East Carolina University hails, “Joseph Ikner plays with a beautiful and rich tone, one possessed by very few guitarists.” Joseph’s debut recording, Premiere, has been featured on public radio and is available on itunes.com and CDBaby.com
Joseph has directed guitar studies at Campbell University and served on the faculties of Shenandoah Conservatory, Barton College, Johnston Community College and Coastal Carolina Community College and has served as a guitar pedagogy advisor for the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He is a charter faculty member of the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Workshop. He has completed studies toward a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and holds a MM and BM, magna cum laude, in Guitar Performance from East Carolina University.
Administrative director Cindy Spell holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from East Carolina University, where she studied with Dr. Elliot Frank. Cindy has served as guitar instructor at several schools in North Carolina, including Barton College, Pitt Community College, Coastal Carolina Community College, and the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina. She has appeared as guest soloist with the Wilson Symphony Orchestra, PCC Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of Hope, and she recently joined the Salt Lake Symphony for an arrangement of Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. In her debut recording (Avenues, 2015), Cindy is joined by guitarist David Norton for an eclectic set of solos and duos from Elizabethan England to the 21st century including first recordings of works by Benoît Albert, Laurent Méneret, Andrew Shiels, and Andrew York. Currently a resident of Salt Lake City, Cindy is a member of the guitar faculty at Utah Valley University and serves on the Board of Directors and as Development Coordinator for Utah Classical Guitar. Cindy has been Administrative Director for the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival since 2003.