Performers and Artists Links

Raphaella Smits is a unique musician. Advocate of both eight-string guitars and historical instruments, she always commits to the soul of the music. rsmits.com
Jason Vieaux is one of the most highly acclaimed and sought after guitarists of his generation. His virtuosity, expressive music-making and exciting concert programs continue to earn him an active schedule of solo, chamber and concerto appearances around the US and abroad. jasonvieaux.com
Stuart Weber's recent accomplishments range from performing the inaugural concert in the new O'Shaughnessy Cultural Arts Center in Whitefish, Montana to writing a commissioned piece for ballet for the Montana Ballet Company. Last year, America got a taste of Weber's music in the televised documentary of Robert Redford's movie, The Horse Whisperer. Stuart plays on Jeffrey Elliot guitars. stuartweber.com
Brian Roberts - teacher and concert artist. Brian's brilliant performances have drawn such comments as "Spontaneous and Alive" from the famed author and critic, Hans Keller and "Elegant and Musical" from the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL. brianroberts.org
Teacher/Performer Benjamin Silva has been praised for his moving interpretations, and fiery style. Critics have said: "...the feeling he puts into every note...reaches into one’s soul. His love for his music and instrument comes across to the audience and hits the listener right where it should in the heart..."
Benjamin Silva is the current president and a founding board member of the Classical Guitar Society of Albuquerque: an organization dedicated to the promotion of the art of classical guitar playing. silvaguitars.com
Mark Wesling - teacher and concert artist. Mark teaches and performs in the Harrisburg and West Chester, Pennsylvania area. Visit his site and check out the reviews - nothing more need be said! markwesling.com
Classical guitarist Matt Gould and violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould are Duo46. An exceptional ensemble of world class stature. Read their reviews, listen to MP3s, and check out their concert schedule. duo46.com
William Simcoe, a new recording artist from the Albany, NY area. William has released his newest CD entitled "Studies, Memories, and Moons", a great collection of works from modern day composers. williamsimcoe.com
Site of the Canadian artist Bozidar. His playing ranges from classical precision through sunny flamenco to popular music with a classical flavor. Essentially he is an out front performer who is equally at ease accompanying a vocalist, or blending into a full orchestra. Bozidar is a talented guitarist, arranger, composer and teacher. bozidar.com
Check out Corvallis, Oregon flamenco guitarist, Berto Boyd's excellent website. bertoflamenco.com
The website of classical guitarist Chris Anderson and a great source of information about other classical guitarists and the world of classical guitar. Andersonsguitar.com
The website of classical guitarists/instructors Christopher Jenkins and Brett Floyd
A crisp site dedicated to their love of music and the instrument. thecodaduo.com
One one of the most talented guitarists of his generation, Australian born Rupert Boyd has performed throughout the United States, Spain, Italy, France and Australia, and among numerous prizes is the recipient of the Andrés Segovia Award from the Manhattan School of Music. rupertboyd.com
Emmy award winning guitarist/composer Jaime Guiscafré is highly acclaimed for his talent in Classical, Latin Jazz and World Music. Gusicafré won his Emmy in 1988 for his performance, composing, and direction in the soundtrack for the PBS documentary, "Hispanic Mosaic."He has performed as a soloist and with ensembles throughout North and South America, Spain and Italy. As a member of the celebrated Latin American group Sotavento, he made nine recording on Redwood Records and DiscosPueblo. He has two acclaimed recordings, "7 Latin American Composers," and "New music for Guitar with Roscoe Mitchell" on NEXTAGEM Records. In 2010 Caribbean Rhythms for Solo Guitar will be published by Alliance Music Publications as well as a new recording, "Guiscafré plays Guiscafré, Baden Powell and Barrios". jaimeguiscafre.net
Ruben Diaz is possessed of flamenco roots that are embedded in his family. Indeed, his father, Luis Chavarría, was a student and a disciple of Andrés Segovia and was he who first introduced an eight-year-old Ruben to his icon, Paco de Lucía. Ruben commenced formal studies with the renowned Argentinean classical guitarist, Manuel López Ramos, from whom Ruben obtained a solid foundation in classical guitar technique. rdiaz.org
As a player on the newly innovated 8 string guitar by Paul Galbraith (Brazilian Guitar Quartet and touring solo artist), Matthew Korbanic has toured the east cost and mid-west and has received grants to study with Mr. Galbraith. matthewkorbanic.com
Classical Guitar soloist, performer of chamber music and concerti, Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe. Dr. Trent performs on modern guitar, Renaissance lute and on an original French guitar from the early 19th c. and a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked Romantic guitar of Scherzer. radford.edu.../robert-trent.html
Lynn Wiles has been a guitarist for over three decades. He has developed a style influenced by Leo Kottke, Jorma Kaukonen, Wes Montgomery and many other finger-style and jazz greats. Lynn stays busy performing and teaching privately in his studio, the Wiles Guitar Studio located in Ithaca, New York. You can catch Lynn performing as a solo, with other guitarists, and with Jazz pianist Paul Kimball at many listening rooms throughout the US. wilesmusic.com
Kevin Kastning is a US-based composer/guitarist, signed to Greydisc Records, and his 10th album is being released May 2010. He is an artist endorser for Santa Cruz Guitars, Bartolex Guitars, and others. His 2009 European tour was with the guitarist in Sting's band, Dominic Miller. kevinkastning.com
Peruvian guitarist César Páucar brings new and innovative sounds to traditional music from Peru and Latin America. Flamenco and South American guitar techniques are interwoven with rhythms from the Caribbean, Andes mountains, and coastal Peru. His latin-jazz approach to acoustic guitar creates original music rooted in tradition yet enhanced by the fusion of world sounds. cesarpaucar.com
Mir Ali, Classical/Flamenco Guitarist. Since winning his first competition at the age of thirteen, Pakistani-born guitar virtuoso and composer Mir Ali has been described by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as “an exceptional nylon string guitarist," as "mesmerizing and hypnotic" by National Public Radio, and as “innovative and eclectic” by Soundboard magazine. mir-ali.com
Vikingo De Jerez AKA Rowland Schultz is inspired for his all original compositions by the Gipsy Flamenco artists of Andalucia Spain, whilst also being an accomplished self taught Oud player, Rowland has infused the sound of the Oud within his original self taught Flamenco guitar technique along with incredibly fast paco-ado runs and choppy breaks that left even Antonio Vargas speechless. myspace.com/vikingodejerez
Craig Dobbins is the author of many books and recordings on fingerstyle guitar, including two volumes on the music of Jerry Reed, and one on the music of Chet Atkins. His books have been published by Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Mel Bay, and Alfred Publications. craigdobbins.com
Homesick Mac was born Dragan Ruzic - Macan in 1960 in Subotica, former Yugoslavia, now Serbia. With the band "Blues Trio" or alone, Homesick Mac has played and toured in Italy, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, performing in clubs or festivals since 1978. homesickmac.com
A native Texan, Susan McDonald fell in love with the guitar when she was four and began playing when she was six. Self-taught for many years, she was accepted by Wolfgang Justen into the guitar ensemble at the University of St. Thomas when she was fourteen. Several years later she was invited to become the student of Pepe Romero, with whom she studied for many years. susanmcdonald.net
New York-based jazz guitarist and composer Rory Stuart has critically acclaimed recordings on labels including SmartCat, Sunnyside, and Cadence Jazz. He has performed in recent years in Brazil, Kazakhstan, Iceland, Denmark, Chile, Italy, South Korea, Columbia, India, Switzerland, Argentina, Austria, Israel, Bahamas, Czech Republic, Spain, and throughout the USA. He also teaches workshops and clinics, does private lessons in person and by skype, and is on faculty in the renowned New School Jazz and Contemporary Music department, where he designed and teaches the rhythm curriculum. rorystuart.com
Larry Beekman For you finger style aficionados, this site is a must. larrybeekman.com
Richard Robeson is a multidisciplinary teaching artist whose guitar-musicianship studio (FitMusicStudio) is in its 32nd year. The year 2008-09 marked an artist residency in the UNC-CH music dept. He is the first person in school history to hold simultaneous appointments in its medical school and it music department. gandivaus.com
Brett Floyd has taught guitar at Indiana University, The University of South Carolina, USC Upstate, and is a graduate assistant to Christopher Berg at the University of South Carolina. He has also performed and taught masterclasses in guest artist concert series as well as performing at numerous performing arts series. BrettFloydMusic.com
Formed in 2011, the Sudbury Guitar Trio (SGT) made their debut performance in March 2012 for Guitars Alive. The SGT has now assumed the role as Artistic Directors for the Guitars Alive organization. Sadbury Guitar Trio
Active as a composer Massimo Stefanizzi since 1985, among others his prize-winning composition Paradigma has been published. Since 1999 Stefanizzi has lived in Vienna where he teaches at the Conservatoire for Music and Dramatic Art and appears as a soloist. massimostefanizzi.com
Roger Scannura Flamenco Guitarist/Composer and disciple of Paco De Lucia, is an internationally recognized flamenco guitarist and a leading exponent of Nuevo Flamenco. Scannura was born on the history drenched island of Malta. rogerscannura.ca
Roger Hudson is a wonderful guitarist and composer who displays influences of Blues, Jazz, Classical as well as Brazilian and Mediterranean styles. Roger also appears in over 20 issues of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. rogerhudson.com
Guitarist/composer Jim Ferguson has been hailed by conductor/guitarist JoAnn Falletta, Classical Guitar Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, and many others. fergusonguitar.com
Pat Coldrick pushes the boundaries of classical guitar with his personal compositions and exciting musical interpretations, catering to a wide audience. patcoldrick.com
Ramon Amira has performed for many years as a classical and flamenco guitarist, and currently teaches both in New York City. RamonAmiraGuitars.com
Louis V. Johnson is a composer and guitarist busy with many activities including composing, administrating an annual young guitarists scholarship, adjudicating competitions, coaching, master classes, school presentations, concertizing, and publishing sheet music. LouisValentineJohnson.com
Q Morrow, a NYC Guitarist and Composer, is well schooled in many styles of music and guitar technique. Q is a rare breed of guitarist who feels at home in any style of music, on any guitar. qmorrow.net/
Marcos Pablo Dalmacio is a composer and researcher based in Brazil, not to mention a superb multi-instrumentalist. Ready for this? Guitar, vihuela, lute, four course guitar, baroque guitar, early romantic guitar, terz guitar, mandolin, violin and viola. Whew! marcospablodalmacio.com/en/
Serenade Duo is a stellar multi-award winning ensemble with Michelle LaPorte on flute and Gerry Saulter on guitar. They tour extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada as performers, educators, and world chamber music advocates. serenadeduo.com
Zachary Graft is a Michigan-based violinist, fiddler, and mandolin player. He primarily plays Celtic and Christian music, both individually and with bands. He maintains a busy wedding performance schedule, as well as the occasional Irish music concert. zacharygraft.com/
Cam Olver is an emerging contemporary fingerstyle guitarist and composer. As a recent Berklee graduate, he is using his skills to break into the music scene in Northern Colorado. For more information and links to his new EP visit camolver.com

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