Seattle Classic Guitar Society
International Concert Series, 2017-2018

Matt Palmer
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


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Guitarist Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. An active performer, winner of numerous guitar competitions, and author of The Virtuoso Guitarist method, Matt Palmer has gained worldwide recognition as a virtuosic and soulful concert artist. Matt Palmer holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Arizona, where he studied with Thomas Patterson and Artists-in-Residence David Russell, Sergio Assad, and Odair Assad. In demand as a performer, his recent concert engagements have taken him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Shakespeare Theatre, The Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, numerous universities, guitar societies, and dozens of international guitar festivals throughout the world. Matt is the Director of Guitar Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival and Workshop. A recent recipient of the "Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year" award by Guitar International Magazine, Matt Palmer is a Strings By Mail sponsored artist and plays D'Addario strings. Matt plays a custom handmade guitar by luthier Michael Thames.


“One of the world's best guitar players” The Royal Gazette

Brasil Guitar Duo
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


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Brasil Guitar Duo, a 2006 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its "maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity," is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series. Its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works, resulting in a full global touring schedule and a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. The Duo has appeared internationally on major concert series and at festivals throughout the world. Duo members João Luiz and Douglas Lora have been performing together for twenty years, and actively strive to expand the repertoire for two guitars, with Lora contributing works of his own and Luiz arranging both classical and Brazilian music. Appearing frequently in diverse non-traditional spaces, the Duo combines a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos with such traditional Brazilian dance forms as choro, samba, maxixe, and baiao. Committed to performing new chamber music employing the guitar, the Duo joined cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto in the October 2014 world premiere of El arco y la lira, a work for two cellos and two guitars by the esteemed Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. Their 2015 Naxos CD of Brouwer's complete works for two guitars was nominated for a Latin Grammy award for Best New Composition.


“It was immediately and consistently evident that the Brasil Guitar Duo works at a high level of musical achievement. Every aspect of their playing was magnificent.” Free Times

Xuefei Yang
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


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Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world's finest classical guitarists. Hailed as a musical pioneer Š her fascinating journey began after the Cultural Revolution, a period where Western musical instruments & music were banned. Xuefei was the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first internationally recognized Chinese guitarist on the world stage. Xuefei Yang has won numerous prizes in international music competitions. She was awarded first prize in the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award by the City of London's Worshipful Company of Musicians, and won the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for a recital at Fairfield Hall, Croydon. Gramophone magazine praised Xuefei as one of the leading innovators of her generation for continuing to build the guitar repertoire. Xuefei is committed to commissioning new works and making her own arrangements, with a particular interest in adding Chinese music and chamber music, many of which have appeared on her recordings. Xuefei has received new works from composers such as Chen Yi, Stephen Goss, Timothy Salter, Carlo Domeniconi. Xuefei has made many albums including several acclaimed recordings for EMI Classics. Her first recording received a gold disc and her second was selected as 'Editor's Choice' in Gramophone magazine.


“Feisty virtuosity, impeccable technique and sensitive musicianship” New York Times

Jéremy Jouve
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


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Jéremy Jouve had his musical training in France, studying with distinguished guitarists including Eric Franceries, Alberto Ponce, and Roland Dyens. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and of the Paris Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse in guitar and chamber music. He was selected to pursue further studies with Laszlo Hadady, principal oboist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Precocious as a musician, at the age of ten he played a Vivaldi concerto with the Orchestre de Chambery, going on to win various national prizes. Based in Paris, he embarked on an international career, with awards including first prize in the International Competition of the Guitar Foundation of America (Mexico, 2003) and in the Tychy International Guitar Competition (Poland, 2002). After a concert tour of forty venues in the United States, Canada and Mexico, he appeared at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the German Iserlhon Guitar Festival, the Radio France Festival at Montpellier, the Mexican Saltillo Guitar Festival, and at the concert hall of the Luis Angel Arango Library in Bogota, as well as in India, Singapore, Great Britain, Greece, Spain and elsewhere.


“Jéremy Jouve - new ambassador of classical guitar all around the world” French National Radio

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- Matt Palmer, Saturday, September 23, 2017
- Brasil Guitar Duo, Saturday, November 18, 2017
- Xuefei Yang, Saturday, March 3, 2018
- Jéremy Jouve, Saturday, May 5, 2018
Benaroya Hall:
The SCGS International Concert Series performances are held at Benaroya Hall (Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall) located at 200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-3428

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