Artist Bios 2018-2019
TY Zhang is the First Prize winner of the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Concert Artist Competition, known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world. He also won the GFA Senior Division in 2010. Zhang will perform a 2018–19 GFA concert tour of over 50 cities in North America, including his recital debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, with additional dates in Europe, South America and Asia.
TY Zhang has received several First Prizes including the Forum Gitarre Wien International Youth Competition, the 2015 Changsha International Competition which pre- sented him on tour throughout China, the 2017 Schadt String Competition, and the 2017 Frauchi Competition in Moscow which will present him in recital/concerto tours in Russia.
Zhang studied in China at the Music School of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Chen Zhi, and has been a student of Sharon Isbin at The Juilliard School since 2012, where he received his BM and MM.
Stephen Bennett is an American acoustic guitarist. Aside from his work on the six-string guitar, Bennett is also one of the world's premiere performers on the harp guitar. Born in Oregon, Bennett grew up in New York and has lived in Virginia for the better part of the last three decades. Since his 1987 first-place win at the National Flatpicking Championship in Win eld , Kansas (The Walnut Valley Festival), he has become known as a versatile fingerstyle and flatpicking guitarist who consistently garners critical praise and audience enthusiasm for his recordings and live performances..
Aside from his work on the six-string guitar, Bennett is also one of the world's premiere performers on the harp guitar, an instru- ment he indirectly inherited from his great-grandfather. As a composer and arranger, he has created an enduring repertoire and a signi cant body of recorded work for this instrument.
The image of Bennett embracing his harp guitar is the one that tends to linger. The fact that Bennett is only too happy to champion the cause of the harp guitar may inadvertently obscure his abilities on the six-string instrument. In what is becoming known as the Golden Age of Guitar Luthiery, it's easy to overlook the fact that this is also the Golden Age of Guitar Playing. With six strings or more, as one of the most original and prolific composers and arrangers for the guitar on the current scene, Bennett is clearly a part of the latter heritage.
Born in Zagreb in 1969, the guitarist Zoran Dukić has a busy schedule in performing, teaching, recording and publishing. He is a professor at the music academies in Barcelona and The Hague and has himself studied with Darko Petrinjak and Hubert Käppel. Between 1990 and 1997, he won an astonishing number of competitions, including both Andrés Segovia competitions in Granada and in Palma de Mallorca, as well as competitions dedicated to Fernando Sor, Manuel Ponce, Manuel de Falla, and Francisco Tárrega among many others. This, in addition to his unique expressiveness and poetry on the guitar, launched his worldwide career, bringing him unrivaled distinction among contemporary guitarists.
Tidewater Guitar Orchestra
The Tidewater Guitar Orchestra, one of the first of its kind in the United States, is an ensemble of more than a dozen accomplished guitarists who use the lush timbral resources of an orchestra of guitars of different sizes to explore a rich repertoire ranging from Bach to Bartok and specializing in music of the Americas. Founded in 1995 by Sam Dorsey, the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra was inspired by a similar orchestra in Costa Rica led by Luis Zumbado. The orchestra is composed of traditional classical guitars supplemented by requintos (soprano guitars tuned a fifth higher) and bajas (baritone guitars tuned a fourth lower). The TGO has commissioned new works from composers Andrew York and Ben Verdery and is particularly pleased to perform works written and arranged by its own members. The orchestra has made numerous appearances locally and represented the United States at the International Guitar Festival in Costa Rica in October of 1999 and again in 2010.
Jason Vieaux, USA (2015 Grammy Award Winner)
"Among the elite of today's classical guitarists" Gramophone
NPR describes Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” and Gramophone puts him “among the elite of today's classical guitarists.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In June 2014, NPR named “Zapateado” from the album as one of its “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far).” Vieaux’s latest release is Together, with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, out in January 2015. Jason Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music.
His schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America, as well as many important festivals abroad. Recent and future highlights include returns to the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, New York's 92nd Street Y, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music@Menlo, Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin, and more.
He has performed as concerto soloist with nearly 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Fort Worth, and Buffalo. He continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well, and has released thirteen albums, which regularly broadcast around the world.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an interface that provides online study with Vieaux for students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.
Vieaux is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America. In 1992 he was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant, and was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series.
Jason Vieaux performs on a Gernot Wagner double top classical guitar.
Artist's Website: jasonvieaux.com