Artists

Dieter Hennings

Dieter Hennings Yeomans

Dr. Hennings is an Associate Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky's College of Fine Arts. Dieter Hennings is a very active performer and recording artist, attracting a vast array of talented guitarists to the UK guitar program. In addition to being an accomplished, award winning solo guitarist, Dieter actively promotes new ensemble music for the classical guitar and other instruments.

A native of Mexico, Dieter has won first prize in several prestigious competitions including the 2008 Aaron Brock International Guitar Competition (Toronto), 2005 Eastman Guitar Concerto Competition, the 2002 Villa de Petrer, Alicante (Spain) International Young Artists Competition, the 2001 Portland International Guitar Competition, among others. His recordings on guitar and early instruments can be found on the Nonesuch, Bridge, Parma, Nre Branch,  and Innova recording labels. His first recording is available on CD Baby here.

Listen to his new collaboration with tenor Zach Finkelstien on their album "Dark is Yonder Town"

Stanley Yates

Stanley Yates

British-born guitarist Stanley Yates enjoys an international career as concert performer and recording artist, teacher, arranger, and scholar. He has been described as "one of an elite breed of guitarists" (Classical Guitar Magazine), praised for the "transcendent quality of his interpretations"(Fort Worth Star Telegram), recognized for his "musical instinct and brilliant technique" (Suonare, Italy). A past prize-winner in such prestigious performance competitions as the Myra Hess (London) and the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, he has performed as recitalist and concerto soloist at major venues throughout the United States and Europe, as well as in Asia, South America, and Australia.

John Rivera-Pico

John Rivera-Pico

Born in San Juan, John is an avid performer and composer for the classical guitar.  In 2015, he recorded his debut album titled Fronteras. In December 2018 he made his debut as guest soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra performing Manuel Ponce's Concierto del Sur. ​As a composer, his works have been performed in Puerto Rico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, El Salvador, the United Kingdom and the United States by groups such as the Soundscapes Festival Sinfonietta and the El Salvador Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 he was awarded the Anthony and Susan Chow Scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to continue his graduate studies in composition at the King’s College London under the supervision of Silvina Milstein. 

​Among his current projects is his recently formed duo with the world renowned classical guitarist Dieter Hennings. Duo Contradanza originated with the purpose of exploring new avenues of repertoire outside the conventional classical guitar duo canon. Hennings and Rivera Pico started collaborating at the SoundSCAPES new music festival in Italy and have joined forces to commission new works and celebrate new pieces written since the last quarter of the twentieth century. 

https://www.johnriverapico.com/

Rafael Scarfullery

Rafael Scarfullery is an internationally recognized classical guitarist, composer, and conductor. He has won several awards for his cultural projects, compositions, and performances. His compositions are performed by internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles. As a guitarist, he has been invited to perform twice at the Ibero-Americano Guitar Festival in Washington DC, twice at the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival and Workshop in Maryland, at the Bethelem Guitar Festival at the Moravian College, and guitar festivals and competitions in the Dominican Republic, among others. He has performed two solo recitals at Carnegie Hall in NY and at El Teatro Nacional, El Teatro del Cibao, the National Conservatory of Music, the Universidad Autónoma and the Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic.

Tom Torrisi

Tom Torrisi

Tom Torrisi is a classical guitarist in Rochester, NY and is active as both a soloist and chamber musician. Tom has been heard performing throughout the United States and in the UK and has been featured on WXXI 91.5 Backstage Pass with Julia Figueras. His past performances have received top honors in numerous competitions including the APSU Concerto Competition (2013), the Memphis University International Guitar Competition (2014) and the Southern Guitar Festival Competition in Columbia, SC (2014).

Chris Lee

Chris Lee

Chris Lee is a classical guitarist who performs, teaches, and composes in Knoxville TN. His primary instruction took place at Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, and the University of North Texas. In addition to his performance and scholarly efforts, Chris strives to build connections between artists, educators, and the wider community. A recipient of Fellowships in University Teaching and Arts Leadership, Chris Lee completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas in May of 2012. He is currently the Education Content Manager for Austin Classical Guitar.

Chris Roseland

Chris Roseland

Chris Roseland is a guitar teacher on the faculty of Bellarmine University where he received a Bachelor of the Arts in 2011. He has been invited by organizations such as the Louisville Guitar Society, University of Kentucky Guitar Society and Bellarmine University Music Department as a featured soloist. During the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Chris, along with the University of Louisville Guitar Ensemble, premiered Gerald Garcia “Blue Nose Ballads” before an evening concert of Aniello Desiderio. In 2014, Chris graduated from the University of Louisville with a Masters in Classical Guitar. Chris has been lucky enough to experience master classes with a great deal of brilliant artists such as Marcin Dylla, Dale Kavanagh, Denis Azabagic, and Oscar Ghiglia.