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Marcos Vinicius

Marcos Vinicius, one of the youngest and most well known of Brasilian contemporary guitarists, began his concert career at the age of fourteen and from that moment has obtained enormous success and acclaim from the public and critics and has played in the most important cultural centres of Brasil and Europe.

He has performed concerts in many countries such
as Italy and Austria. In Poland he represented Brasil in the International Guitar Festival. He has also founded and directed the only Brasilian classical guitar magazine “Violao America” and created and directed the “Belo Horizonte Guitar Ensemble, “the most famous guitar group in Brasil”. President of the Classical Guitar Academy of Milan.

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Sharon Wayne

Sharon Wayne San Francisco guitarist Sharon Wayne has delighted audiences throughout the United

States and Japan. A highly accomplished young artist, Sharon Wayne was the First

Prize winner of the 1991 American String Teachers Association Solo Guitar

Competition in California.

Maro Razi

Evangelos Boudounis and Maro Razi

  • Evangelos Boudounis, born in Athens, studied classical guitar with Dimitris Fampas at the National Conservatory, then with

    Jose Tomas in Spain. After winning first prize in a competition of Andres Segovia, he studied with Segovia in Granada and Madrid.

  • Maro Razi, born in Athens, studied classical guitar with Evangelos Assimakopoulos at the National Conservatory. She continued her studies in the “Ecole Normale de

    Musique” in Paris with professor Alberto Ponce. She has given recitals in Athens and in several other Greek cities as well as

    France, Cyprus and Spain. She has also played for radio and television on many occasions.

Lynn Harting-Ware‘s dramatic musical flair, beautiful tone, and variety of timbre enable her to transverse musical styles and venues with great success. Her recordings and concerts blend traditional guitar repertory with her own arrangements, such as Bach’s and Schumann’s. She blends popular styles such as jazz, blues, folk music and new age into her programs. Like Andres Segovia and Julian Bream, her dedication and musicality inspires composers. She has premiered and commissioned numerous compositions.

Lynn Harting-Ware

Aniello Desiderio

Born in Naples in 1971, Aniello Desiderio studied with Bruno Battisti D’Amario and Stefano Aruta, and has frequented master classes with Leo Brouwer

By age 26 Aniello has already won an impressive array of international competitions.

The program for his first CD is a mixture of 19th and 20th century music. Dionisio Aguado, Napoleon Coste and

Francisco Tarrega are names that are probably not familiar to most listeners but are extremely well known in the guitarists’

world, being considered among the most interesting and prolific composers of the 19th century.

Leo Brouwer, who studied at the Juilliard School and at the University of Hartford, has

performed in every continent in the world and has made over a hundred records. His

compositions are considered classics in the guitar‘s repertoire. Leo has written hundreds of

works for other instruments as well, including chamber works, cantatas and orchestral works

and over a hundred film scores. Principal conductor of the Cordoba Symphony (Spain), artistic

director of the Havana Symphony and member of the International Council of Music, Leo is in

constant demand worldwide for his many talents.

Victor Pellegrini (Rosario, Argentina 1958) has performed as soloist in every continent of the world

participating with many orchestras.

Victor lives in Havana where he is Professor of Guitar at the University of Havana.

Andrew York

  • Perfect Sky Album
  • Denouement Album
  • Centerpeace Album

Paco de Lucia – Spanish Flamenco Guitarist info at:

friend of John McLaughlin

Paco de Lucia

Progetto Avanti – The Swedish Guitar Project A classical guitar duo with an unique concept of transcribing and performing complete orchestral works on two guitars. Progetto Avanti performs & records exclusively on guitars by Australian Luthier Jeff Kemp, equipped with Pro Art Strings by D’Addario

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin & his Mahavishnu Orchestra

Born 1942 in Yorkshire, England. Style: Jazz-Fusion

A household name since the early ’70s, John McLaughlin was an innovative fusion guitarist when he led the Mahavishnu Orchestra and has continued living up to his reputation as a phenomenal and consistently inquisitive player through the years.

John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra is considered by many to be the greatest Jazz-fusion group of all time. The group was formed in late 1970 and faded into the sunset in 1975. McLaughlin went on to solo work and further collaborations with Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926-91) and guitarist Carlos Santana

A screaming
double neck guitar,
a mellow
acoustical guitar,
incense, and
dressed in
white–these are
the trademarks of
Mahavishnu John
McLaughlin. He is
considered by
many to be the
finest guitar player
alive today. His
music is
generated from
within, creating
some of the most
powerful or the
most serene
passages of guitar
work in the
jazz-rock field
today. He has
worked with all
the great modern
jazz people
(Davis, Coryell,
Corea, etc.) and
has formed two
small orchestras,
attracting the best
musicians of their
respective fields.
Mclaughlin has
been so influential
that his style is
imitated around
the world.

Sharon Isbin

    Sharon IsbinOfficial Homepage

  • Journey to the Amazon Oct 1997 Album: Sharon Isbin, saxophonist Paul Winter and percussionist/composer Thiago de Mello. The three musicians explore South American, particularly Brazilian, rhythms and songs, devising a mesmerizing fusion of worldbeat, jazz and classical.

David Tanenbaum

  • David Tanenbaum’s Homepage
  • Acoustic Counterpoint (Album) Master classical guitarist Tanenbaum tackles some very

    intense music written during the 1980s by composers Sir Michael Tippett,

    Steve Reich, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Roberto Sierra, and Taru Takemitsu.

    The 70-plus minutes of music demonstrate the broad sound spectrum the

    guitar is capable of expressing. The pieces range in style from the

    post-Romantic “The Blue Guitar” by Tippett to the minimalist pulsations of

    “Electric Counterpoint” by Reich in which the soloist pre-records as many as

    twelve guitars and two electric bass parts and then plays the final 13th guitar

    part live against the tape.

Eliot Fisk

  • Eliot Fisk’s Home Page He has also created a large body of guitar

    music through commissions of contemporary composers as well as his own transcriptions of

    works by Bach, D. Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Granados, Albeniz and others. A

    highly visible recitalist and soloist with orchestras, he performs frequently in various chamber

    music combinations as well

  • Guitar, Canciones Populares, Rochberg Caprice Variations, Four Centuries of Italian Music, American Folk Music, Latin-American Guitar Music

Odair Assad and Sergio Assad

  • Sergio Assad & Odair: Two acoustic guitarists from Brazil whose music bridges the gap between classical, jazz, and Brazilian tango music. They maintain a high level of musical proficiency often associated with classical music

Nigel North

  • Bach on the Lute This is the first volume in Nigel North’s series of transcriptions for lute. The entire 4 volume collection ranks is beautiful. Since Bach only wrote a few works for lute, it is exciting to have the solo violin works transcribed for the instrument.

David Starobin

Pepe Romero

  • Official Homepage Read his biography, visit The Music Store where you can browse through the catalog and listen to Pepe Romero’s musical collection, scan the critically acclaimed reviews, look up his busy calendar for the latest concert dates or browse through the vast reference collection in World of Classical Guitar

Naftali Lahav Classical guitar soloist and composer.
Lahav’s guitar compositions are inspired from the Israeli
and the middle east essence.
As the director of the “Israel Studio for Guitar” Naftali Lahav developed a
unique and New Music Education Project.

Clara Campese – Chitarrista Beginning her studies at a young age with Stefano Aruta, Clara Campese, born in Naples, received her degree in guitar from the “Domenico Cimarora” Conservatory in 1987

Vincenzo Pocci – Biography

Guitarist, Musicologist and Physicist

Vincenzo Pocci was born in Velletri (Rome, Italy), and started to study
classical guitar in early 1957.
He went on in his regular studies and received his Master degree in
Nuclear Physics at the University of Rome in 1969, and became involved
in the world of teaching and nuclear research.
He is currently a manager of a leading Italian Engineerig Company.
Vincenzo Pocci is the author of a catalog of 20th century Guitar Music.
He maintains a computerized database of compositions for guitar solo
and for all instrumental and vocal ensembles including guitar.
This list is periodically updated and published in a volume “Guida al
Repertorio della Chitarra nel Novecento”

Scott Morris Classical Guitarist. Scott Morris began playing the guitar at the age of nine. At the age of seventeen he moved to Los Angeles to continue his studies with John Dearman. Mr. Morris received his Bachelor of Music degree at U.S.C., where he
studied with William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant, and received his Master of Music degree at Yale University
as a student of Benjamin Verdery.

Richard Alcoy, guitarist Born on the island of Mindanao in the Southern part of the Philippines, Richard moved to Southern California in
1992. In 1998 Richard released his debut CD “Precious Companions”. This CD features classical works ranging from
Bach to Hindemith along with Richard’s arrangement of a traditional Philippine folk song and the works of
Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida. He is currently working on a recording and publication of traditional
Philippine music for guitar entitled Four Centuries of Spanish Heritage, Guitar Music of the Philippines and he
does transcriptions for Just Jazz Guitar magazine.

Richard is completing a book on the music of Chet Atkins, and recording a jazz CD project with the
Dave Suverkrup Quartet.

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