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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jim Doyle - Jim is a Suzuki teacher and performer in the Albion, NY area. An excellent teacher with an excellent resume. Visit his site and learn all about his philosophy and approach to teaching.
Mario Amaya is a solo flamenco guitarist who teaches and performs in Seattle, Washington. His CD "Flamenco Guitar" is available now.
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!
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.
James Piorkowski is a multi-faceted musician who performs as a soloist, is passionate about chamber music, actively composes, arranges, and records, all while serving as a respected teacher at the University level. Piorkowski
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.
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.
Adam Pettit is currently pursuing his Master of Music degrees in Guitar Performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Julian Gray's studio. Most recently, at the music festival Domaine Forget, Adam Pettit studied with Bruce Holzman and Patrick Roux, and performed in master classes with Pepe Romero and William Kanengiser. For more information, visit Adam’s website.
Arc Duo (formerly Windstrum Duo) received the Artists International Chamber Music Award in 2003 and performed to a sold-out audience at their Carnegie Hall debut in 2004. For more information visit their website.
Sonidos De Flamenco is the site of artist/performer Don Pedro Partida. Plenty of flamenco dance and music for flamenco aficionados.
Check out the site of 8 string classical guitarist Brian Canzanella.
Check out Corvallis, Oregon flamenco guitarist, Berto Boyd's excellent website.
The website of classical guitarist Chris Anderson and a great source of information about other classical guitarists and the world of classical guitar.
The website of classical guitarist Michael Fogler as well as The Elliott-Fogler Flute & Guitar Duo.
The website of classical guitarists/instructors Christopher Jenkins and Brett Floyd
A crisp site dedicated to their love of music and the instrument.
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.
Emmy award winning guitarist/composer Jaime Gusicafré 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".
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.
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.
Chaconne Klaverenga is a student of Denis Azabagic. Although she is only 17, she holds 10 international and national classical guitar championship titles in the junior, senior and collegiate divisions -- including seven 1st place finishes. She is touring now and has a new CD out.
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.
Performing authentic early 19th-century music for guitar and fortepiano, Robert and Pamela Trent have formed a duet delighting audiences in the US and Europe.
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.
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.
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.
Nemanja Ostoich is a classical guitarist from Serbia, but resides in the US. He is a winner of 15 international contests, and has performed in concerts on 4 continents. Maybe the most important concert was when he performed Aranjuez with Leo Brouwer and Athens Chamber Orchestra (Greece), 2004.
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.
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.
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.
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.
George Lovato has been performing as a singer, guitarist, and ukulele player for many years, in the mainland and in Hawaii, with his own unique style which he calls polynisian folk blues. Until recently, he performed under the stage name, George Rama, but now prefers to use his birth name.
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.
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.
Hannabach endorsed guitarist Christopher Jenkins has performed all over the USA as well as Spain and Argentina. In addition to performance, he also teaches in various capacities in the Washington DC metro area.
Site of guitarist/composer Jeffry Steele. Jeffry's credits include television, film, theatre, an dance productions. Check out Jeffry's Guitar-Piece-of-the-Month club and the wide variety of CDs for you to download.
Larry Beekman For you finger style aficionados, this site is a must.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sudbury Guitar Trio (SGT) reaches the widest audience demographic possible with their song selection and stage presence. SGT is one of Canada’s leading chamber ensembles.
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.
Led by oudist Tarik Banzi, the Al-Andalus Ensemble is internationally known for a creative fusion which etches a fine line between the exquisite and raw, the passionate and powerful while treating the listener to a confluence of the best of the East and West.
Guitarist/composer Jim Ferguson has been hailed by conductor/guitarist JoAnn Falletta, Classical Guitar Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, and many others.
Pat Coldrick pushes the boundaries of classical guitar with his personal compositions and exciting musical interpretations, catering to a wide audience.
Ramon Amira has performed for many years as a classical and flamenco guitarist, and currently teaches both in New York City.
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.
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.
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!

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