Angelica Vinculado (Philippines)
Angelica Vinculado or "Iqui" as she is fondly called, graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music and was the first female graduate of Classical Guitar Performance. She sharpened her skills and honed her art under the tutelage of Professor Arthur Erskine Basilio. As a student, she was also a member of various organizations such as the UST Guitar Ensemble, the USTeMundo Ethnic Ensemble, 24 Strings Guitar Quartet and the UST Guitar Quartet. Acknowledging her skill as a performer, the Consuelo Chito Madrigal Foundation took her in as their scholar in her later years in the university (2011-2013).
A seasoned performer for various events both in and out of the university, Iqui has definitely become a force to be reckoned with. Attending masterclasses with virtuosos such as Rafael Serrallet, Angelito Agcaoili, Agustin Avila, Meng-Feng Su, Tomonori Arai, Joseph Mirandilla, Steve Lin, Shin-ichi Fukuda, and Carsten Linck, has only helped further her ability as a performer.
In February 2009, Iqui won first prize at the UST Conservatory of Music "Komposisyong Kwerdas" for her interpretation of the winning piece "Sa Kanyang Sinapupunan" by Kim Nimrod Cruz. The piece premiered to critical acclaim at the Philamlife Auditorium.
She was one of the members of the award-winning guitar ensemble Triple Fret. They were awarded first prize in the Guitar Ensemble Category in the 2014 Tarrega International Guitar Festival in Klang, Malaysia and first prize in the 27th Japan Guitar Ensemble Festival 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. With the group, she also traveled to Europe and Asia for concerts and attended master classes with David Russell, Carlos Bonell, Rafael Serrallet, Tomonori Arai, Lester Demetillo, and other influential guitarists. Presently, she is a faculty member of Miriam College Center for Applied Music and pursuing her solo career as a classical guitarist.
Dr. Paul Cesarczyk (Poland)
Described by Guitar Review Magazine as an “artist of uncommon command and maturity, with a broad, singing tone,” the Polish-born American guitarist Paul Cesarczyk is an active exponent of both the contemporary and the traditional repertoire. He made his New York City debut at the age of seventeen at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and has been concertizing since then throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Paul Cesarczyk has appeared in concert with the Manhattan Guitar Quartet (as a founding member), the Speculum Musicae, the Cremona Festival Orchestra, The Claremont Ensemble, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Manhattan Virtuosi, and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Cesarczyk has performed in many festivals including the Danish GuitarWave festival, playing the works of Per N?rg?rd, and the Long Island Guitar Festival, where he has performed Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece Electric Counterpoint, and David Leisner’s Sonata for violin and guitar. As a member of the Boyadjiev-Cesarczyk duo he performs alongside his wife, violinist Yavet Boyadjiev, and is currently expanding the contemporary violin and guitar repertoire with commissions.
Mr. Cesarczyk is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Andres Segovia Award, the Aaron Copland prize from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), the Artists International Award, a Kosciuszko Foundation Prize, and an Artistic Excellence Award from the New York State Senate.
An active proponent of new music, Mr. Cesarczyk has worked with contemporary greats such as George Crumb, both at the George Crumb Festival in New York, and in collaboration with the composer for his “George Crumb 70th Birthday Album,” released by Bridge Records (1999). A composer in his own right, Mr. Cesarczyk’s Debut CD “Polish Folk Melodies” (2009), featured his arrangements of Polish music for the guitar. His most recent arrangements include music by the King of Thailand and can be heard on the CD “Ekachai Jearakul Plays the Music of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej,” Bangkok, Thailand (2011).
Mr. Cesarczyk began guitar studies with his father, and was educated in New York City, including at the prestigious La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His most influential teachers were guitarists David Starobin and Jerry Willard.
Since 2009, Paul Cesarczyk serves as the Guitar Department Chair at Mahidol University College of Music, in Thailand. He is also on the faculty of the Cremona International Music Academy and Competition, in Italy, during the summer months. His dedication to teaching has produced numerous prize winners in national and international competitions. Mr. Cesarczyk performs on a guitar made by John Price and uses Augustine strings exclusively.
Please visit Dr. Paul personal website to find out more.
Giordano Passini (Italy)
“Giordano Passini is a guitarist that deserves attention. His musicality, already strong at the beginning and made precious by its own sensibility, is evident even in the choice of the repertoire of his concerts. These aspects, corroborated by an elegant technique, allow him to elaborate bright interpretations that start from a guitar tradition well known to him and are projected in an original, consistent and elegant world.” Ermanno Brignolo – guitarist, music critic and artistic director
Born in Bologna in 1986 he started to study music at 12. He started studying piano and, after a year, passed on to the classical guitar with the guitarist and composer Cristian Gentilini. He continues the guitar studies with M° Giovanni Maselli, while continuing the theoretical study and analysis of music with M° Gentilini. In 2011 he graduated at Licinio Refice conservatory, Frosinone, Italy. At the end of 2011 he attended, for two years, the specialization master at “ Tarrega Guitar Academy” in Pordenone with M° Paolo Pegoraro and M° Adriano Del Sal. At the same time he continues his studies with M° Giovanni Maselli.
In 2013 he attended a specialization Master at "Il Cantiere della Musica" Monterotondo (RM) under the guidance of Maestro Arturo Tallini. In 2015 he was admitted to the prestigious II Level Master in "Interpretation of Contemporary Music" at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome.
He partecipated in a lot of Masterclasses with important international guitar players including: Ricardo Jesus Gallén, Carlos Barbosa Lima, Roland Dyens, Walter Zanetti, Francois Laurent, Guido Fichtner, Johannes Tappert, Eduardo Eguez, Johannes Tonio Kreusch, Adriano Del Sal, Roberto Tascini.
He has held concerts at various Institution, Festival and Musical Events in Italy and abroad including: Alba (CN), Parma, Vergato (BO), Asti, Rome, Rastignano (BO), Syracuse, Sasso Marconi (BO) , Acerra (NA), Tirana (Albania), Madrid (Spain), Avila (Spain), Craiova (Romania), Hong Kong, Porto San Giorgio (FM), Bologna, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Banja Luka, Sarajevo. He made his debut as soloist with the orchestra performing "Fantasia para un gentilhombre" by J. Rodrigo.
During November 2015 he held two concerts in Bosnia - Herzegovina during the month dedicated to Italian Culture to the presence of the highest Italian and foreign diplomatic offices.
- 3rd prize at the National competition "Giovani Promesse" Acerra (Naples), 2010.
- Finalist at the International “Scharpach Guitar Competition” Oberhausen (Germany), 2011.
- 3rd prize at the National Competition “Riviera della Versilia”, Viareggio, 2012.
- 3rd prize at the International Competition “Città di Treviso” Treviso, 2013.
- 2nd prize at the National Competition “Riviera Etrusca”, Piombino, 2013.
- 2nd prize at the European Competiton “Città di Moncalieri” (Turin), 2013.
- 2rd prize at “Mario Gangi Competition “, Cassino 2013.
- 2nd prize (1st not assigned) at the XXIII edition of the National Competition “Daniele Ridolfi - Riviera della Versilia”, Viareggio 2014.
- 3rd prize (1st and 2nd not assigned) at “Festival delle due città”, Treviso 2014.
- 1th prize at the European Music Competition in Moncalieri, Torino 2014.
- 2nd prize at “Premio nazionale SilVer”, Empoli 2015.
- 1st prize at International Conpetition “Contea” 2015.
- 3rd prize at Internetional Competition “Città di Favria” 2015.
On the English magazine “Classical Guitar Magazine” (issue August 2012) was published an interview about him written by Lawrence Del Casale.
In 2014 he published his first solo CD entitled "Frammenti" containing music for guitar of the twentieth century. The album has been the subject of several interviews at radio broadcasts such as Radio Vaticana, Radio Kairos and Radio Tre (transmission "primo movimento"). On the specialized magazine "Sei Corde" in the number of April-June 2015, the album gets a great review by Ermanno Brignolo.
Winner in 2014 of the prize created by “Giovani Confcommercio - Ascom Bologna” dedicated to "Massimo Zivieri" for passion, innovation and expertise, he is moreover founder, chairman and professor of classical guitar at the music school “Ousia Armonica” in the area of Bologna and Modena since 2006.
From 2009 he created and conducts as artistic director the International Classical Guitar festival “Claxica” that in few editions has become a landmark in the guitar landscape, hosting guitarist coming from all over the world. He plays a guitar made by the Neapolitan guitar maker Alessandro Marseglia.
Hu Bin 胡滨 （China 中国）
From winning the first local competition at the age of fourteen to winning the 2016 David Russell Bach Prize, Bin Hu, an internationally acclaimed guitarist and doctoral student at the University of Arizona, has persistently progressed towards his childhood dream to become a world-class guitarist. Born in 1987 in Tianjin, a city near Beijing, Bin during his early years of guitar study was a pupil of Jiajiong Li, guitar teacher from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. In 2005, he was admitted to the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre for his undergraduate studies. Over the last decade, his studies have taken him to most of the European countries and to the United States. He attended master classes of world-renowned guitarists such as David Russell, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Leo Brouwer, Manuel Barrueco, Ricardo Gallén, Roberto Aussel, Timo Korhonen and Thomas Müller-Pering. In 2012, he obtained his Master's Degree with distinction from the Mozarteum University of Salzburg under professor Marco Tamayo.
His exquisite performing style has earned him the highest praises:
“Hu played with a commanding technique and stoicism, captivating the audience with his pensive interpretations. Hu managed to convey a meditative aura underscored with shades and hints of tastefully applied power and delicacy.” – Adam Brown, a concert review from Indiana University.
Among the abundant number of prizes he has been awarded around the world, winning the 2016 David Russell Bach Prize has been the most significant for furthering Bin’s reputation as a Bach specialist. David Russell, the sole judge of this competition, remarked after hearing his interpretation of Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003, “Bin’s performance was powerful and convincing, among the best performances of this sonata I have heard.”
Following the Bach prize, Bin received another award, the Northern Trust in Memory of Virginia Piper Enrichment Award, a competitive award within the three public universities in Arizona, for recording an all Bach CD with Eudora Records, a Spanish label specialized in Super Audio CDs. As his debut solo album, the program features his guitar transcriptions of Bach’s solo violin literature as well as transcriptions by David Russell and Marco Tamayo.
As an active concert artist in Europe, Asia and America, Bin appears on stage in various forms, including solo recital, guitar duo, chamber music and collaboration with symphony orchestras. In the past, he has worked with world-renown Finnish conductor Jorma Panula and collaborated with Jyväskylä Sinfonia (Finland) and Pärnu City Symphony Orchestra (Estonia). With the later one, he gave the world premiere of the guitar concerto Dos Mundos composed by Jorge Rodriguez-Caballero. As chamber musician, his collaborations with other instrumentalists have contributed a significant number of new arrangements to the guitar chamber music repertoire. In 2013, his arrangement of the Ouverture de I Masnadieri by Giuseppe Verdi was recorded in a CD dedicated to Verdi’s 200-year anniversary and published in Italy. With great passion for creative projects and collaborations, Bin will continue to introduce new repertoire to the guitar audience.
Scholarly speaking, Bin is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Arizona, where he also serves as a teaching assistant in the Bolton Guitar Studies Program under professor Thomas Patterson. He has been invited to give lectures and master classes in several Chinese institutes, including the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Wuhan Conservatory of Music and the Shandong International Forum of Classical Guitar Elites. His research on transcribing Bach’s music to the guitar has received acclaims from everywhere in China. Several local newspapers and music journals have written reviews on his scholarly activities.
Jacky LAU (Hong Kong)
With a reputation as a performer of "talented guitarist" (Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music School, HKAPA) and "the only Guitar Master of Hong Kong" (“Audio Technique ” , Hi-fi Magazine) Jacky Lau created a successful music career of distinction. Graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Jacky released the first classical guitar solo album of hymns in Hong Kong in 2007, "Amazing Guitar・Amazing Grace".
An active performing artist, Jacky was invited to give performances in different cities. His most recent work includes the composition of "Move On" has also been played in Shanghai and Beijing. In 2011, Jacky was invited to “International Fingerstyle Guitar Festival” in honor of Hong Kong represented Artist. Performed with the 14 guitar masters from various counties over the world included Alex de Grassi (USA), Sungha Jung (Korea) and Vitale Makukin (Ukraine).
Beside his proficiency in classical music, Jacky was also invited to performs with famous pop singers such as Andy Lau , Albert Au, Pakho Chau and Adia Chan.
In 2012, Jacky became the first Chinese artist who cooperated with international famous producer, Kim Person. At the same time, Jacky’s latest Fingerstyle guitar album “Move On” was produced in US. The album got onto the No.3 of HK Record’s chart , Top 10 in HMV after released in Hong Kong. With strong support from the guitar Masters Tommy Emmanuel and Sungha Jung, the outstanding artistic achievement was highly recognized by different media and celebrities.
In 2013, he was invited by Japan’s Government representing Hong Kong to perform in Kagoshima. Apart from Asia, Jacky was invited to perform all over the world. In 2014, he became the first artist of Hong Kong who invited to play in Maitisong Festival Botswana. He also had his Solo Guitar Concerts in Cape Town and Dubai in the same year. Jacky was elected to be "Alumni Star" of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in recognition of his outstanding achievement in music career.
Jacky published the book "You Raise Me Up" in 2015. In the same year, he was nominated to "The 10 Youth Dream Makers" in Hong Kong, and eventually awarded.
Jacky is the Director of Guitar Concept, Chairperson of Fingerstyle Guitar Hong Kong.
MadridGuitarDuo emerges as a meeting point of two parallel careers, those of guitarists Roberto Garcia and Pablo Gonzalez. Both were born in Madrid, where they began their musical studies with the passionate desire to surprise and delight everyone.
They end their master musical training at the "Conservatorium of Maastricht" (Netherlands) with Maestro Carlo Marchione in 2013, where they begin to play together and from time to time also with different groups of chamber music.
Later on, they focus in their solo careers and, independently, both have won prizes in various international competitions, performing in countries such as Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Serbia and China.
At present, in addition to their careers as performers, they are engaged in teaching in major music centres in Spain and Portugal, combining it with conducting master classes in different countries.
Mikoguitar Ensemble (Taiwan)
"Mikoguitar is as good as Japan's best ensemble!" KAZUYUKI TERADA -Chief Conductor of Niibori Guitar Academy-
"Miko Guitar is the best guitar ensemble in the Chinese-speaking community!" -Guitar Era (The most influential guitar media of China Internet)-
"No one can find dozen of people in 13 billion Chinese make such ensemble as good as Mikoguitar." -Yudai Hatanaka (Cenozoic Genius Composer in Japan)
They are good youth from Taiwan, They will soon be perform at the best concert halls on the world!
This Amazing ensemble - Mikoguitar, They are composed of a group of handsome and beautiful young people.They are young people who grow up in Taichung.They grew up together and learn guitar together.They want to convert classical music into the public understanding music.They had just completed the China music tour in July 2016.Let the other side of the fans because of listening to classical music and intoxicated.Even do not listen to classical music grandmother and grandpa who never use facebook are thumbs up praise!
After China music tour, Mikoguitar went on to perform at the Singapore Esplanade Concert Hall on October 16, 2016 (This is the best concert hall in Southeast Asia). They had the best performance in the concert hall of the dream. Mikoguitar novelty to subvert the traditional, they cast a fascinating shocking bombs In Singapore and Southeast Asia.
They are determined to change the burden of classical music traditions, And continues to compose neo-classical touching song!
They said :"Although the classical music market is only one of thousandth of popular music, Even only one of ten thousandth. However, we believe that - every music history background of each era is different, We will create a new classical guitar style, Let people enjoy music because fresh and refreshing. And reinterpret the classical spirit of the great composers of the past. Let our present music turn into classical music after 300 years.This is the idea that we insist on our dreams!"
LEO CHIAO(Head of ensemble), BARRY CHIAO, GARY HSIAO, KOUZI CHU, ANDY YU, ISAAC YU, ALLY CHENG, YIN YIN YU, CHING CIAO WANG, YI MIN MENG...about twenty members.