GuitarSarasota 9th Annual International Guitar Concert Season plus GuitarSarasota’s MiniConcert & Lecture Series

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Sarasota, Florida • Friday, October 3, 2014

GuitarSarasota 9th Annual International Guitar Concert Season plus 

GuitarSarasota’s MiniConcert & Lecture Series

 exciting International Guitar Concert Season features the following acclaimed international performers (biographies below):

Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Anton Baranov – Russia

Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Bejing Guitar Duo – Meng Su & Yameng Wang – China
Saturday, March 21, 2015 – András Csáki – Hungary
Saturday, April 11, 2015 – Grisha Goryachev – Russia

New this season, due to consistently “sold out” concerts, GuitarSarasota’ musicians perform in the slightly larger Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Florida 34232. All concerts start at 7:30pm. A short reception follows each concert to honor the performing artist with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments generously provided by founding sponsor, Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering.

Season tickets are on sale November 10, 2014 through December 12, 2014 and can only be purchased for this limited time. Season tickets are purchased online only at Season tickets are $90 for all four concerts. This special offer, providing four tickets for the price of three (one for each concert), is the most economical way to reserve seats for the entire season.  

Individual tickets are on sale December 13, 2014 until noon the day of each concert and are available online at Individual tickets cost $25 for GuitarSarasota members and $30 for non-members.

All remaining tickets are available at the door the day of the concert. Doors open at 7pm. No credit cards at the door, cash or check only.

Student rush tickets may be purchased at the door for $5, fifteen minutes prior to the beginning of each concert with current student ID.

GuitarSarasota’s annual membership starts at $20 for individuals. GuitarSarasota’s members receive discounts on concert tickets (including tickets for all guest), an email newsletter, and the benefit of supporting a respected local non-profit arts organization. The membership fee is tax-deductible. GuitarSarasota Membership applications and ticket information are available online at

GuitarSarasota Mini-Concert & Lecture Series for 2014-2015 Season

GuitarSarasota’s popular Mini-Concert & Lecture Series presents six free events with eclectic, award-winning performers (biographies below) at Art Center Sarasota on the following dates:

November 10, 2014 – Michael McCallie – Classical Guitar

December 8, 2014 – Ulisses Rocha – Classical Guitar

January 12, 2015 – Trio Violà – Flute, Violà, and Classical Guitar

February 9, 2015 – Chris Adkins – Classical Guitar

March 9, 2015 – Lady and The Bard – Bluegrass and Folk Duo

April 13, 2015 – Youth Showcase

This series features a half hour, interactive, and moderated performance with host Dr. Zachary Johnson followed by an artist’s reception held at Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Concerts are from 7:30pm-9pm, they free, open to the public, and do not require reservations.


GuitarSarasota’s 2015 International Concert Series Artist’s Bios

Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Anton Baranov – Russia

Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a prize-winner of more then 15 prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competitio”, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. In 2013, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition. Guitarist and composer Roland Dyens, known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, calls Anton, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.” As part of his prize from winning the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) competition, Mr. Baranov will embark on a 50-city concert tour throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil, and has just recorded his first album on the Naxos label. Mr. Baranov has been a D’Addario artist since 2013 and currently teaches at his alma mater, the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Anton Baranov was born in 1984 in the Northwest region of Russia. He graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2010 under grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation.


Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Bejing Guitar Duo – Meng Su & Yameng Wang – China

Beijing Guitar Duo, composed of Meng Su and Yameng Wang, first met at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, where they both studied with Chen Zhi. In 2006, the year of their graduation, they met Manuel Barrueco while he was on tour in Hong Kong. At his personal invitation, they applied and were accepted to his studio at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, USA, on a full scholarship. As recommended by Mr Barrueco, Meng Su and Yameng Wang officially formed the Beijing Guitar Duo in December 2009. Each young woman came to the partnership with exceptional credentials, including a string of competition awards. Both were born in the coastal city of Qingdao, in the province of Shandong, China. Ms. Su’s honors include victories at the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, while Ms. Wang was the youngest guitarist to win the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12, and she was invited by “Radio France” to perform at the “Paris International Guitar Art Week” at age 14. Both young artists had given solo recitals both in China and abroad, and had made solo recordings before they formed the Bejing Guitar Duo. Among their first achievements, the Beijing Guitar Duo received the Solomon H. Snyder Award, which underwrites the New York debut of select exceptionally talented students. As a result, the duo made their New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in April 2009 to critical acclaim. It was with this concert that the Beijing Guitar Duo launched their international concert career. This past season took them to countries such as Holland, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Croatia, China, and the US. They have also toured extensively with their mentor Manuel Barrueco, appearing in such countries as Germany, Finland, Spain, and the United States. In 2009 the Beijing Guitar Duo released their debut recording, Maracaípe, for Tonar, their exclusive label. The title piece, written and dedicated to them by Sérgio Assad, received a Latin Grammy Award nomination for best contemporary classical composition. Their second recording, titled Bach to Tan Dun and released in October 2011, features music of Bach, Scarlatti, Tedesco, Granados, as well as the world premiere recording of Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor in an arrangement for two guitars. Future projects include a trio recording with Mr. Barrueco and their third album. The Beijing Guitar Duo has also been appointed Resident Artists of the San Francisco Performances. This four-year residency brings them twice a year for a weeklong outreach program in the Bay area, with performances and master classes in public schools and the San Francisco Conservatory

Meng Su – Born in the coastal city of Qingdao, in the province of Shandong, China in 1988, Meng Su demonstrated her artistic gifts as an exceptionally talented guitarist from an early age. Embarking on an exciting guitar career as one of the most outstanding guitarists of her generation, Meng Su began her training in classical guitar with renowned Professor Chen Zhi at the age of nine, where she quickly began attracting attention as a remarkable young talent. Before graduating from the High School of the Central Conservatory of Music of China in 2006, Ms. Su had already won many awards, including the 5th Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the 48th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, and the 2nd Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany. As a performing artist, she has performed solo, duo, and quartet concerts across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Finland, Croatia, Korea, Japan, and China, in which she has impressed audiences with an ability and artistry that exceeds her years. Ms. Su performs regularly in chamber music setting, both with orchestras as a soloist, this past season she performed the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo and Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre for a chamber music ensemble. Meng Su obtained her Performer’s Certificate and the Graduate Performer’s Diploma from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, USA, and is currently continuing her studies with guitar virtuoso Manuel Barrueco in the chamber music program. Ms. Su’s discography includes a live CD and DVD release of a 2005 guitar concert in Korea as well as a release of “Four Angels.”

Yameng Wang – Born in Qingdao, China in 1981, Yameng Wang fell in love with the classical guitar at a young age and began studying with the leading guitar professor in China, Professor Chen Zhi, when she was 10 years old. She became the youngest winner of the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12. She went on to win second prize in the Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition in Italy at the age of 13, and at the age of 14 she was invited by Radio France to perform at the Paris International Guitar Art Week and won second prize in La Infanta Doña Cristina International Guitar Competition in Spain. “Classical Guitar” magazine noted that at the age of 14, she already played like a seasoned professional. After graduating in 2006 from the Central Conservatory of Music of China, Ms. Wang enrolled in the “Peabody Conservatory” in Baltimore, Maryland. There, she finished her Masters of Music degree in 2008 and is currently in the Graduate Performance Diploma program, studying with Maestro Manuel Barrueco. Ms. Wang has given acclaimed recitals across the US, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Croatia, Britain, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, Japan, and Malaysia both as a soloist and in chamber music setting. Her first album, “Caprice” was recorded when she was 16 years old. “A Very Special Album” was released in 1999, and in 2003 she contributed GHA’s album, “The Best of Classical Guitar.” In 2005 she released “Classic Guitar – Aquarelle, Un Sueño en la Floresta.”


Saturday, March 21, 2015 – Andrés Csáki – Hungary

András Csáki was born in Budapest 1981, and began to play the guitar at the age of 11. In 1996 he was admitted to the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music, and in 2002 he continued his studies at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, where he graduated with honors in 2007 and was awarded Doctor of Liberal Arts in 2014. András Csáki was awarded the Junior Prima Prize in 2009 and the Márciusi Ifjak Prize in 2010, and in 2012 he received a music scholarship to the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music for the 2012-2013 academic year. Since 1995, András has been a regular participant of international master classes all over the world, including master classes held by Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, Abel Carlevaro, Costas Cotsiolis, Aniello Desiderio, Zoran Dukic, William Kanengiser, Pablo Marquez, Paul O’Dette, Thomas Müller-Pering, Judicaël Perroy, Angel Romero, Pepe Romero, David Russell, Scott Tennant, Kováts Barna, and Vásáry Tamás. András’ international career started in 1999 after winning the XXVI Dr. Luis Sigal International Musical Competition in Chile. This prestigious contest awarded him a number of concert opportunities, playing in Europe, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Norway, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, and the United States. He has won a number of prizes including first prize in the 51st Tokyo International Guitar Competition in 2008, in the 42nd Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition in Alessandria, Italy 2009, “Nikita Koshkin International Guitar Competition” in Calcutta, India, and  the Julián Arcas International Guitar Competition La Herradura, Spain. He was awarded second place in the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition and in the “45th Francesco Tarrega International Guitar Competition” in Spain 2011.


Saturday, April 11, 2015 – Grisha Goryachev – Russia

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. Grisha strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces that now exist only on records, by performing them in concerts. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar. Grisha began playing guitar at the age of six, studying first with his father Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. Leading an extensive career as a child prodigy at nine years old, Grisha performed regularly before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union. Following a tour of Spain, Grisha was invited to play for flamenco legend Paco de Lucía, who soon after personally intervened in support of his application for an American visa, which was awarded in 1997 on the basis of “Extraordinary Ability”. In May 2005 Grisha was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the VI International Classical Guitar Competition Julian Arcás in Almería, Spain. Grisha received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. He was one of the 30 people in 2006 to become a fellow of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his chosen field.  A firm believer in exposing young performers to the beauty of classical and flamenco guitar, he likes to include Outreach performances and workshops at schools as part of his concert tours. Grisha’s YouTube videos have collected over two million views and many notable comments. Grisha has recorded two CDs: “Alma Flamenca” and “Homenaje a Sabicas”.

GuitarSarasota Mini-Concert Meeting Series Biographies

November 10, 2014 – Michael McCallie

Award-winning guitarist Michael McCallie has distinguished himself as one of the most promising young performers and teachers working within the classical guitar community today. He earned top prizes in the 2004 Stetson University Concerto Competition, the Chattanooga Young Artists’ Competition, and Cleveland Young Artists’ Competition. He performed in concert halls throughout the United States, including Sprague Memorial Hall at Yale University in Connecticut, Historic Town Hall Milford in Connecticut; and the Cohen-Davison Theatre at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Maryland. In 2003, Michael was chosen by guitarist and composer, Roland Dyens, to perform the composer’s own “Songe Capricorne” for an audience of guitar luminaries at the Stetson University International Guitar Workshop. Michael holds a Master’s of Music in Guitar Performance from Yale University where he was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship, as well as a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University. Currently, he is a Doctoral Candidate under Bruce Holzman at Florida State University. Michael’s principal teachers include Dr. Stephen Robinson, Kevin Gallagher, Benjamin Verdery and Bruce Holzman. Michael also teaches young children using the Suzuki Method.


December 8, 2014 – Ulisses Rocha

Ulisses Rocha is one of the leading solo guitarists and educators from Brazil. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Mr Rocha became interested in classical guitar, as well as jazz and Brazilian popular music. His extensive career as a teacher, composer, and performer has brought him to many stages and learning centers worldwide. Having performed at some of the most popular music festivals in Brazil, Mr Rocha has shared the stage with the likes of Al Di Meola, Egberto Gismonti, Paulo Belinatti, and Marco Pereira to name a few. As a recording artist, Ulisses has countless CDs released under his name, and his music is also popular on YouTube. Ulisses’ contributions to the world of solo guitar and music education are felt worldwide, but we have the privilege and the honor of experiencing his music, one night only, at Art Center Sarasota!


January 12, 2015 – Trio Violà

Trio Voilà is a mixed ensemble comprised of a flute, a viola and a guitar. Offering a unique musical experience, this combination of instruments has a long tradition with original compositions from the 19th and 20th centuries. Along with new, groundbreaking and exciting music by contemporary composers programming can be varied and unconventional. By nature, the tone creation of a wind, bowed and plucked instrument is very different, therefore producing sound colors that cannot be created by traditional wind or string ensembles.

Dr Jane Hoffman is a sought after flute teacher and soloist, who is currently on the music faculty of State College of Florida in Bradenton. She enjoys working at Sarasota County public schools, where she has been an active music pedagogue since over ten years. As a performer, Jane tours nationally and internationally, and she has worked with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and the Craig Turley Orchestra in Tampa.

Laura Jensen-Jennings, a member of the Sarasota Orchestra, is equally talented on the viola and the violin. As the principal second violinist of the Sarasota Orchestra, Laura has enjoyed a successful career with the orchestra since many years. As a violist, she follows her passion in performing chamber music with Trio Voilá. Her passion to teach has put her in collaboration with many of Sarasota’s finest schools and music institutions.

Classical guitarist, Thomas Koch as performed at venues in New York City, Berlin, and Paris. He performs with many orchestras on Florida’s west coast as soloist, and he has appears on radio and TV shows throughout the area with his fellow Trio Voilá members. Thomas is on the music faculty of State College of Florida, and Booker High School. As the founding president of GuitarSarasota, he has invited a large number of international guitar virtuosos to perform recitals in Sarasota.


February 9, 2015 – Christopher Adkins

Christopher Adkins has distinguished himself as one of the most talented young guitarists of his generation. As a performer, Mr Adkins has multiple awards in both regional and international guitar competitions, including first prizes in the Appalachian GuitarFest Competition at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, the Music Academy of North Carolina Guitar Competition, and the Mississippi Guitar Competition. Mr Adkins has performed at the Legacy Hall at Columbus State University, A. J. Fletcher Recital Hall at East Carolina University, Grusin Hall at The University of Colorado at Boulder, and Dohnányi Recital Hall at The Florida State University. In the spring of 2014, Christopher was selected to represent The Florida State University College of Music on a tour of Costa Rica. Mr Adkins holds his Bachelors and Masters of Music from East Carolina University where he was a scholarship student of Dr. Eliot Frank. He participated in the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, where he was the Graduate Assistant to Dr. Andrew Zohn. Mr Adkins performed for: Sergio and Odair Assad, David Russell, Jason Vieaux, Paul Galbraith, and Johannes Möller. Currently, Mr Adkins is a Doctoral Candidate at The Florida State University in Tallahassee and the Graduate Teaching Assistant to the world-renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman.


March 9, 2015 – Lady and The Bard

“Lady and The Bard” are a bluegrass and folk duo with the occasional touch of celtic and gypsy jazz. Their tunes are exhilarating and virtuosic, featuring tight vocal harmonies, and intricate finger-style guitar playing. Their performances have taken them from the small stage to the concert hall; from their hometown of Saint Petersburg, Florida to Western Europe. Jimmy Moore has been a featured performer in music festivals around the US, Canada, and Europe. He has been awarded numerous prizes in classical and finger-style guitar. His training includes a Doctor of Music degree in Classical Guitar from Florida State University (FSU). He completed his treatise on the works of America’s pioneer guitarist, Justin Holland, and has premiered numerous works by other American composers. His love for Americana sprang from his desire to rediscover his roots and to explore the origins of the guitar in America. Jimmy met Michelle at FSU where she studied voice. They hit if off so well that they decided to get married. Her love for roots music was inspired by hearing the complex harmonies in Americana recordings. They ventured forth to create Lady and The Bard to explore their love for Americana together.


April 13, 2015 – Youth Showcase Concert 

This concert will feature the next generation of classical guitarists as soloist and ensemble players.


GuitarSarasota is a non-profit organization promoting the education, appreciation and cultural significance of the classical guitar as a solo and chamber music instrument. 

GuitarSarasota membership is open to all who are interested in the guitar.

Contact: Thomas Koch, President of GuitarSarasota at 941.362-2991 or email: [email protected]

GuitarSarasota Inc. 

PO Box 15772

Sarasota, FL 34277-1772


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