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).
I met sung at the 2015 GFA at Oklahoma City and would like to add him to my growing list of guitarists / friends that live in Rochester, NY. As of the posting of this link Sung has recently become a member of the Tantalus Guitar Quartet. He is actively involved as a volunteer with the Guitar Foundation of America and is a current doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
In addition to his performing and teaching engagements, Stephen is the Director of the University of Louisville Guitar Festival and Competition. Alongside this role, Stephen is President of the Louisville Guitar Society, which hosts a concert series and advocates for guitar education through outreach programs and civic initiatives. From 2007-10 Stephen worked for the Guitar Foundation of America as Development Director and Convention Manager.
Sanja Plohl is an international award-winning concert guitarist working as a freelance musician and guitar instructor.
I have met and seen Phil Goldenberg around the Guitar Foundation attendees since I first started participating in the annual convention and just recently reqauainted myself with him at the 2019 convention in Miami. He is really a wonderful talent on the guitar. His dedication to a beautiful sound is easy for a luthier to admire and that's coupled with a real inherent grasp of phrasing and all the tone colors the guitar can use in expressing it. I will be shamelessly placing one of my guitars in his hands whenever I am fortunate enough to be in his presence again. Bravo maestro!
Praised as “an exceptionally musical and accomplished guitarist,” Nicholas Ciraldo is a leader among his generation of American classical guitarists. He has won awards and reached high levels at several prestigious solo competitions, including the Tredrez-Locquemau International Guitar Competition (France), twice at the MTNA Guitar Competition (USA), the Gaetano Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition (Italy), the GFA Solo Guitar Competition (USA), and the Portland International Guitar Competition (USA). Dr.
I met Nemanja on my trip to Minneapolis where we has giving a concert and masterclass as a visiting artist. Both his playing and the sound of the guitar he performed on were equally impressive and inspiration to me. A native of Serbia, Nemanja currently teaches guitar at the University of Indianapolis - a well warrented post for this guitarist. I look forward to my future interactions with him and highly recommend him as both a teacher and performer.
Maria Camahort is a guitarist, ensemble leader, composer and teacher. Graduating with a distinction in MMus Performance from the Guildhall School of Music, and awarded with the Guildhall Artist Fellowship 2010-12, her career has broadened vastly during the last five years. Her exceptional knowledge of her instrument and her devotion towards chamber music and collaborative projects have given her the opportunity to perform in a great variety of genres, settings and contexts.
I first met Maja Radovanlija at the Guitar Foundation Convention in Louisville, KY and was immediately impressed with her kind disposition and love for the classical guitar. She imparts these qualities to her students at the University of Minnesota where she directs the guitar program. She is one of a growing list of wonderful people and guitarists I continue to meet that just happen to be from Minnesota. On September 18, 2015, I had the pleasure to visit her guitar program and present guitars 25, 27 and 28 to her students and visitors.
I watched Lorenzo Michelli in concert during his GFA tour my freshman year in college. His performance is easily the most memorable of its kind in my mind. He plays with finess and wears his "heart on his sleeve" when he performs.
Kreplin has performed throughout the US, Spain, Portugal and South America. Critics and audiences alike have experienced his performances as having an easy warmth. His performances in Spain and South America were sponsored by the United States Information Service (USIS). Kreplin received an A+ rating from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and USIS for touring abroad.
Kreplin’s teachers have included Jose Tomas at the Oscar Espla Conservatory (where he studied for two years), Andres Segovia at Musica de Compostela, and John Marlow at American University.
Widely admired for her technique and artistry, Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States for numerous guitar societies, universities, and arts organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few.
A prolific, award winning Italian guitarist/composer
It is a pleasure to have Ethan owning my guitar no. 40. It had previously played a very nice Oribe Grand Surprema, which I found to be a bit ironic in that no. 40 and 42 were built with Cocobola from Oribe's wood collection that was sold upon his retirement.
A performer in nearly every style of music on guitar, mandolin, lute, bass, piano, and percussion. Duane is also an educator and a scholar. He just released a new CD of his own arrangements (check out the Prokofiev) available on CD baby
Austin is one of my favorite guitarists and one that I am very proud to know somewhat personally. I first met him at the 2012 Guitar Foundation Convention in Louisville. Even if you don't know what he looks like then he is easy to spot - just look for arguably the most friendly, positive person in the room and introduce yourself.
Austin currently works towards his master's degree at Eastman Conservatory in Rochester, NY.