Archive for July, 2011

This year’s GFA Convention Guitar Orchestra was a huge success under the baton of Maestro William Kanengiser of LAGQ. Here are two clips of them performing Rossini’s Overture from La Gazza Ladra (arr. Shingo Fujii) and the Finale “The Dargason” from St. Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst (arr. Jim Smith). Two fantastic arrangements!


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Here are some excerpts from Vladimir Gorbach’s beautiful and charismatic performance in the final round of the 2011 GFA International Concert Artist Competition. As the 1st Place winner in the ICAC competition, he’ll be on tour from 2012-2013 (including a stop at Carnegie Hall, courtesy of D’Addario) and will be recording on the Naxos and GHA labels as well as a Mel Bay DVD.

If this doesn’t get you practicing, we don’t know what will…

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If you missed the Award Ceremony on Sunday night of the convention, be sure to check it out here.  In this video, our four International Concert Artist Competition winners are presented with their awards.  Congrats again to Vladimir Gorbach, our 2011 ICAC winner!

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GFA International Concert Artist Competition

The GFA International Concert Artist Competition Finals closed the 2011 convention tonight, and what a show it was!  Congratulations to our four finalists:

1st Place: Vladimir Gorbach (Russia)

2nd Place:  Andras Csaki (Hungary)

3rd Place: Damien Lancelle (France)

4th Place: Jeremy Collins (USA)

From left to right: Vladimir Gorbach, Jeremy Collins, Damien Lancelle, and Andras Csaki

Look for Vladimir Gorbach on tour in North and South America and beyond during the 2012-2013 season.  As our first place winner, he also receives a Carnegie Hall concert debut sponsored by D’Addario, three different recording prizes from GHA, Mel Bay, and Naxos, $7,500 cash, and generous string packages from Augustine, D’Addario, La Bella, and Savarez.  For a complete list of winners’ prizes, see this page.

Vladimir Gorbach, this year’s 1st prize ICAC winner.

GFA International Youth Competitions

Our GFA International Youth Competition winners played a stellar finals round this morning and afternoon.  Congratulations to these eight incredible young guitarists.

Junior Division

1st Place: Thomas Pfefer (USA)

2nd Place: Ashwin Krishna (USA)

3rd Place: Sergiu Hudrea (Romania)

4th Place: Jisu Lee (Korea)

Senior Division

1st Place: Xavier Jara (USA)

2nd Place: John Marcel Williams (USA)

3rd Place: Chaconne Klaverenga (USA)

4th Place: Kyle Comer (USA)

We hope you’ve enjoyed following the GFA Convention blog this week.  Thanks for a great convention, and see you next year in Charleston, SC! We here at GFA wish you safe travels home and a wonderful 4th of July.

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The Guitar Foundation of America Hall of Fame was created in 2008 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the GFA and the world of classical guitar throughout their careers. The GFA honors new inductees in a ceremony at the annual International Convention in one of three categories:

Artistic Achievement Award
This prestigious award is reserved for performers, composers, pedagogues, and scholars who have made monumental contributions to the development of the art and life of the classical guitar.

Distinguished Service Award
Honoring past GFA board members, officers, staff, and others for outstanding, critical and long-term service to the GFA.

Industry Leadership Award
Entrepreneurs, artisans and businesses who have made significant or visionary contributions to the advancement of the classical guitar and its community.

This year, we presented Matanya Ophee and Manuel Velázquez with the Industry Leadership Award, and David Starobin and Eli Kassner with the Artistic Achievement Award.

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It’s Saturday, which means we’ve only got one day left! It was another awesome jam-packed day at the GFA Convention today.

An education lecture given by Dr. Keith Calmes.

Technique class with Matthew Gould.

Lovely ladies of the guitar world – Sofia Gleeson, Risa Carlson, Martha Masters, and Iren Arutyunyan.

Rafael Aguirre on stage in Legacy Hall, playing the second half of this morning’s concert.

Luigi Attademo and Andrew Zohn backstage after his performance this morning.

2010 GFA Convention host Matt Hinsley, Brian Head, with Johannes Moller and his wife Laura.

Ricardo Cobo, GFA ICAC winner of 1987, plays today’s 4pm concert.

The GFA Convention Guitar Orchestra in an evening rehearsal with Maestro Bill Kanengiser conducting.

The magnificent David Russell in concert on Saturday night in Ford Theater, who earned four standing ovations and played three encores for the enthusiastic crowd.

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Congratulations to the following GFA 2011 International Youth Competition finalists, shown here with competition director Risa Carlson:

Junior Division (from left to right)

Thomas Pfefer (USA)

Sergiu Hudrea (Romania)

Ashwin Krishna (USA)

Jisu Lee (Korea)

Senior Division (from left to right)

Kyle Comer (USA)

Xavier Jara (USA)

Chaconne Klaverenga (USA)

John Marcel Williams (USA)

The Junior Division Finals will take place on Sunday, July 3 at 9:30am in Legacy Hall.  The Senior Division Finals will take place on Sunday, July 3 at 1:30pm in Legacy Hall.  The competitors’ repertoire selections and playing order will be available outside the door.

See you there!

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