Guests

Adam Levin

Artistic Director

Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, top prize winning classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin has performed on four continents across the globe. Levin has performed extensively across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, and Mayne Stage concert halls as well as at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago; Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; repeat appearances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Europe, Levin has performed in some of the finest venues across Spain, and in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. In the 2017-2018 season, Levin makes several debut solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances in China, Finland, and Ireland as well as return appearances in Brazil and Spain. 

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The Great Necks

The Great Necks Guitar Trio has enchanted audiences across the US with its whimsical, interactive, and daring performances. “This isn’t ‘classical’ guitar,” writes Fresh Out of the Booth of the Great Necks’ recent album. “This is universal killer music that I believe could hit anyone.” Read More

Raphaël Feuillatre

Born in 1996, Raphaël Feuillâtre starts classical guitar lessons at the age of nine with Hacène Addadi at Cholet Conservatory. In 2012, he enters Michel Grizard’s class at the Conservatory of Nantes. Three years later, he is accepted to Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance (CNSMDP) into the class of Roland Dyens and obtains his Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in 2017 with highest honors. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance with Tristan Manoukian. Read More 

Bokyung Byun 

Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary,” Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun​ enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. Ms. Byun holds the distinction of being the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, where Falletta herself described Ms. Byun’s performance as "stunning, showcasing her gorgeous tone, immaculate technique, and sophisticated musicianship. She is a winner in every sense of the word.” Read more

Derek Gripper

It took Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, “One Night on Earth.” The album created an unprecedented meeting point between the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots. Read More 

Yacouba Sissoko

Yacouba Sissoko was born in Kita, Mali, to a well-known djely family. Djelys for centuries they have been the traditional musicians and keepers of the factual history and fables of past rulers, nobles, social groups and families. The kora was the traditional instrument that djelys played.

At the age of 9, Yacouba started learning the kora and the oral traditions associated with it from his grandfather until he moved to Bamako, Mali’s capital, to attend the National Institute of the Arts. Based in the capital, he caught the attention of the music world and began touring with noted international African artists which eventually led him to settle in the United States in 1998. Read More

Redmond O'Toole

Redmond O’Toole is recognised as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation. He was the first to adopt Paul Galbraith’s  ‘Brahms guitar’. This groundbreaking instrument and technique uses an 8-string guitar in the position of a cello. He has performed at major concert halls and events throughout Europe such as Passau International Guitar Festival, Germany, Irish National Concert Hall, Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall and Hallein Guitar Festival, Austria .  Read More

Pierre Bibault

Openness and curiosity particularly characterize the musical thought of Pierre Bibault, multifaceted French Classical and Electric Guitar performer. Soloist and Chamber Musician, he explores all periods of music from the Renaissance to nowadays, with a particular attraction for contemporary music: pioneer of new music, he is a recognized transcriber and the dedicatee of numerous pieces from contemporary composers. Read More

Nicolo Spera

Italian guitarist Nicolò Spera brings to his teaching and performing a unique synthesis of European and American traditions. Spera is one of the few guitarists in the world to perform on both six-string and ten-string guitars, as well as on theorbo. His wide-ranging repertoire includes the extraordinary music of the Franco-Andalusian composer Maurice Ohana. Read More

Scott Borg

Praised as having “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique, who plays with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity”, Australian classical guitarist and Augustine Artist Scott Borg performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and is known for his colorful, refined, and daring performances. 

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Matthew Rohde

Matthew Rohde is a classical guitarist, educator, and film composer. As a soloist Matthew has performed on four continents and in such venues as El Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), La Casa de la Música (Quito), Il Pallazzo Chigiana (Siena), and Sprague Hall (New Haven). He has also performed alongside such luminaries as Grammy-nominated pianist Clarice Assad, recorderist Horacio Franco, and violinist Owen Dalby. Once he even performed for the president of China.      Read More

Gregg Nestor

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Gregg Nestor has built up a strong following for his abilities as soloist, accompanist and arranger. Finalist in the New York Concert Artist Guild Competition (one of 16 out of 2,800 competitors) held at Carnegie Hall, Gregg Nestor has recorded and broadcast in Holland, Belgium and Spain, and for the BBC (England). In his London debut, The Times critic commented on his being “uncommonly communicative, a real artist in timing and shading, in stylish fluency and tact besides wholehearted communication with his composers.” Read More

Peter Zisa

Dr. Peter Joseph Zisa is an award-winning performer on the six and eight string guitar. Reviewers and audiences across the U.S. and abroad describe Zisa’s musicianship as “dynamic, sensitive, authentic, inspiring and emotionally expressive”. Zisa is grateful for his studies with David Grimes, and with legendary performers Maestro Andrés Segovia, José Rey de la Torre, José Tomas, and Oscar Ghiglia, who have contributed to his musical development. Read More

Eric Christensen

Eric Christensen has taught and performed professionally for over ten years. He is proficient in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock and musicals. He has performed in a variety of settings including weddings, cocktail parties, corporate functions, art galleries, libraries, nursing homes, hospices, and churches. Primarily a classical guitarist, he has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States and Canada. Read More

Victor Main

Victor Main is an award-winning classical guitarist, composer and educator based out of Cranston Rhode Island. Victor is the guitarist in residence at Pumphouse Music Works in Peace Dale Rhode Island. Victor is also the president of the nonprofit organization the Rhode Island Guitar Guild. The Rhode Island Guitar Guild presents concerts and masterclasses of international soloists and ensembles in addition to leading educational outreach programs for aspiring musicians. Read More

Adam Levin

Artistic Director

Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, top prize winning classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin has performed on four continents across the globe. Levin has performed extensively across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, and Mayne Stage concert halls as well as at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago; Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; repeat appearances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Europe, Levin has performed in some of the finest venues across Spain, and in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. In the 2017-2018 season, Levin makes several debut solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances in China, Finland, and Ireland as well as return appearances in Brazil and Spain. 

READ MORE

The Great Necks

The Great Necks Guitar Trio has enchanted audiences across the US with its whimsical, interactive, and daring performances. “This isn’t ‘classical’ guitar,” writes Fresh Out of the Booth of the Great Necks’ recent album. “This is universal killer music that I believe could hit anyone.” Read More

Raphaël Feuillatre

Born in 1996, Raphaël Feuillâtre starts classical guitar lessons at the age of nine with Hacène Addadi at Cholet Conservatory. In 2012, he enters Michel Grizard’s class at the Conservatory of Nantes. Three years later, he is accepted to Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance (CNSMDP) into the class of Roland Dyens and obtains his Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in 2017 with highest honors. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance with Tristan Manoukian. Read More 

Bokyung Byun 

Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary,” Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun​ enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. Ms. Byun holds the distinction of being the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, where Falletta herself described Ms. Byun’s performance as "stunning, showcasing her gorgeous tone, immaculate technique, and sophisticated musicianship. She is a winner in every sense of the word.” Read more

Derek Gripper

It took Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, “One Night on Earth.” The album created an unprecedented meeting point between the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots. Read More 

Yacouba Sissoko

Yacouba Sissoko was born in Kita, Mali, to a well-known djely family. Djelys for centuries they have been the traditional musicians and keepers of the factual history and fables of past rulers, nobles, social groups and families. The kora was the traditional instrument that djelys played.

At the age of 9, Yacouba started learning the kora and the oral traditions associated with it from his grandfather until he moved to Bamako, Mali’s capital, to attend the National Institute of the Arts. Based in the capital, he caught the attention of the music world and began touring with noted international African artists which eventually led him to settle in the United States in 1998. Read More

Redmond O'Toole

Redmond O’Toole is recognised as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation. He was the first to adopt Paul Galbraith’s  ‘Brahms guitar’. This groundbreaking instrument and technique uses an 8-string guitar in the position of a cello. He has performed at major concert halls and events throughout Europe such as Passau International Guitar Festival, Germany, Irish National Concert Hall, Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall and Hallein Guitar Festival, Austria .  Read More

Pierre Bibault

Openness and curiosity particularly characterize the musical thought of Pierre Bibault, multifaceted French Classical and Electric Guitar performer. Soloist and Chamber Musician, he explores all periods of music from the Renaissance to nowadays, with a particular attraction for contemporary music: pioneer of new music, he is a recognized transcriber and the dedicatee of numerous pieces from contemporary composers. Read More

Nicolo Spera

Italian guitarist Nicolò Spera brings to his teaching and performing a unique synthesis of European and American traditions. Spera is one of the few guitarists in the world to perform on both six-string and ten-string guitars, as well as on theorbo. His wide-ranging repertoire includes the extraordinary music of the Franco-Andalusian composer Maurice Ohana. Read More

Scott Borg

Praised as having “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique, who plays with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity”, Australian classical guitarist and Augustine Artist Scott Borg performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and is known for his colorful, refined, and daring performances. 

Read More

Matthew Rohde

Matthew Rohde is a classical guitarist, educator, and film composer. As a soloist Matthew has performed on four continents and in such venues as El Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), La Casa de la Música (Quito), Il Pallazzo Chigiana (Siena), and Sprague Hall (New Haven). He has also performed alongside such luminaries as Grammy-nominated pianist Clarice Assad, recorderist Horacio Franco, and violinist Owen Dalby. Once he even performed for the president of China.      Read More

Gregg Nestor

Peter Zisa

Dr. Peter Joseph Zisa is an award-winning performer on the six and eight string guitar. Reviewers and audiences across the U.S. and abroad describe Zisa’s musicianship as “dynamic, sensitive, authentic, inspiring and emotionally expressive”. Zisa is grateful for his studies with David Grimes, and with legendary performers Maestro Andrés Segovia, José Rey de la Torre, José Tomas, and Oscar Ghiglia, who have contributed to his musical development. Read More

Eric Christensen

Eric Christensen has taught and performed professionally for over ten years. He is proficient in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, rock and musicals. He has performed in a variety of settings including weddings, cocktail parties, corporate functions, art galleries, libraries, nursing homes, hospices, and churches. Primarily a classical guitarist, he has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States and Canada. Read More

Victor Main

Victor Main is an award-winning classical guitarist, composer and educator based out of Cranston Rhode Island. Victor is the guitarist in residence at Pumphouse Music Works in Peace Dale Rhode Island. Victor is also the president of the nonprofit organization the Rhode Island Guitar Guild. The Rhode Island Guitar Guild presents concerts and masterclasses of international soloists and ensembles in addition to leading educational outreach programs for aspiring musicians. Read More

Adam Levin

Artistic Director

Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, top prize winning classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin has performed on four continents across the globe. Levin has performed extensively across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, and Mayne Stage concert halls as well as at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago; Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; repeat appearances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Europe, Levin has performed in some of the finest venues across Spain, and in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. In the 2017-2018 season, Levin makes several debut solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances in China, Finland, and Ireland as well as return appearances in Brazil and Spain. 

READ MORE

Raphaël Feuillatre

Born in 1996, Raphaël Feuillâtre starts classical guitar lessons at the age of nine with Hacène Addadi at Cholet Conservatory. In 2012, he enters Michel Grizard’s class at the Conservatory of Nantes. Three years later, he is accepted to Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance (CNSMDP) into the class of Roland Dyens and obtains his Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in 2017 with highest honors. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance with Tristan Manoukian. Read More 

Bokyung Byun 

Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary,” Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun​ enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. Ms. Byun holds the distinction of being the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, where Falletta herself described Ms. Byun’s performance as "stunning, showcasing her gorgeous tone, immaculate technique, and sophisticated musicianship. She is a winner in every sense of the word.” Read more

Derek Gripper

It took Derek Gripper untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté and find a way of playing them on six-string guitar. The results appeared on his ninth album, “One Night on Earth.” The album created an unprecedented meeting point between the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots. Read More 

Yacouba Sissoko

Yacouba Sissoko was born in Kita, Mali, to a well-known djely family. Djelys for centuries they have been the traditional musicians and keepers of the factual history and fables of past rulers, nobles, social groups and families. The kora was the traditional instrument that djelys played.

At the age of 9, Yacouba started learning the kora and the oral traditions associated with it from his grandfather until he moved to Bamako, Mali’s capital, to attend the National Institute of the Arts. Based in the capital, he caught the attention of the music world and began touring with noted international African artists which eventually led him to settle in the United States in 1998. Read More

Redmond O'Toole

Redmond O’Toole is recognised as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation. He was the first to adopt Paul Galbraith’s  ‘Brahms guitar’. This groundbreaking instrument and technique uses an 8-string guitar in the position of a cello. He has performed at major concert halls and events throughout Europe such as Passau International Guitar Festival, Germany, Irish National Concert Hall, Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall and Hallein Guitar Festival, Austria .  Read More

Zaira Meneses

She is the first Mexican female artist to record a CD “WunderBach”, 45 minutes of music by J S Bach. She included her own transcription for Guitar of Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004. Her album was produced and distribute by one of the oldest independent recording company in USA – Centaur Records. Read More

Scott Borg

Praised as having “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique, who plays with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity”, Australian classical guitarist and Augustine Artist Scott Borg performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and is known for his colorful, refined, and daring performances. 

Read More

Matthew Rohde

Matthew Rohde is a classical guitarist, educator, and film composer. As a soloist Matthew has performed on four continents and in such venues as El Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), La Casa de la Música (Quito), Il Pallazzo Chigiana (Siena), and Sprague Hall (New Haven). He has also performed alongside such luminaries as Grammy-nominated pianist Clarice Assad, recorderist Horacio Franco, and violinist Owen Dalby. Once he even performed for the president of China.      Read More

Eliot Fisk

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.” Read More

Corey Harris

Corey Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, travelling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work.  Read More 

William Knuth

William Knuth, a violinist and Fulbright Scholar who has earned recognition for his artistry as a solo and chamber musician, teaches violin and viola and gives private lessons. As a current member of Duo Sonidos with guitarist Adam Levin, Knuth has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and South America. Read More 

Patricia Price 

Patricia Price specializes in international public relations, classical music marketing, and non-profit strategy. She founded 8VA Music Consultancy, which was named by the New York Observer as one of "the most powerful entertainment and media PR firms". Prior to starting the consultancy, Patricia Price was the Executive Director of Portland Piano International and the Classical Product Manager for Allegro Media Group.  Read More

Frederico Sheppard

Luthier Federico Sheppard wears many hats other than building great guitars, which include his unique “Camino” models and replicas of the main concert guitars of Agustín Barrios Mangoré. He hosts guitar workshops and presents concerts (over 500 to date) in the north of Spain along the Camino de Santiago, where he also writes and publishes articles for the Guild of American Luthiers and Soundboard magazine. Read More

Luther Enloe

Possessing a distinctively resonant sound quality, lyrical phrasing, and technical finesse, classical guitarist Luther Enloe has received acclaim for the expressive command of his live performances from both concert presenters and audience members alike. As printed in the Smokey Mountain Sentinel, “Luther captivates his audience through the beauty and intensity of his performance, while he engages even those audience members who are less than fans of classical guitar.” Read More

David Veslocki

One of todays most unique guitarists, David Veslocki has been heard by millions of people through his
work music for films, shows and radio. American guitarist, record producer, and educator David Veslocki is the winner of the International Songwriting Competition, the Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition, the Eliot Fisk Prize for Guitar and many other awards. He has performed as a soloist with the Hartford Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with world-renowned composer John Adams and many others. Read More