2018-19 Virtuoso Series

will take place at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music!

Made possible by the Robert K. and Anne H. Zelle Fund for Fine and Performing Arts

of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and by generous donors like you. 

 

SoloDuo

Matteo Mela &

Lorenzo Micheli

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7:00PM

Vanderbilt University

Blair School of Music

Turner Recital Hall

2400 Blakemore Avenue

Nashville, TN 37212

Free Admission

From delicate, light-as-air washes of color to unison passages in jaw-dropping precision, this was playing of rare intimacy and insight.”

- The Washington Post

As SoloDuo, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli have performed throughout Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada and Latin America, and have been acclaimed everywhere – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall, from Kiev’s Hall of Columns to Vienna’s Konzerthaus – as one of the best ensembles ever heard. About one of their performances, “The Washington Post” wrote: “The duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous – profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.” In addition to classic, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo – joined by lutenist Massimo Lonardi – have extensively explored Italian music from the XVII and XVIII century on early instruments. Together, Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa’s Three Quartets, op. 19, a CD of 17th Century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo (“La Suave Melodia” ), a selection of Arias and Cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti (“Clori, ninfa e amante”), an anthology of 20th Century masterpieces for two guitars (“Solaria”), the Duos Concertants op. 31 by Antoine De Lhoyer, a collection of 19th Century pieces for two guitars (“Noesis”), the Sonatas of Ferdinand Rebay, the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and the album “Metamorphoses”, as well as a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Brilliant, Contrastes, Kookaburra, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius. Their latest recording features a selection of Beethoven’s Sonatas. They are in charge of a collection of music for two guitars (“SoloDuo Collectio”) for the Canadian publisher Les Productions d’Oz.
 

Matteo resides in Geneva, Switzerland, where he teaches at the Conservatoire Populaire. Lorenzo lives in Milan, Italy; he is the guitar professor and Head of the Graduate Studies at the University School of Music in Lugano, Switzerland. They are Artists in Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder and Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. Matteo and Lorenzo use D’Addario strings.
www.soloduo.it
www.soundtreeartists.com

Marko Feri

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:00PM

Vanderbilt University

Blair School of Music

Turner Recital Hall

2400 Blakemore Avenue

Nashville, TN 37212

Free Admission

Marko Feri took his Diploma in guitar at the “G.Tartini” conservatory in Trieste (Italy) in 1990 and then attended many masterclasses with D.Russell, M.Barrueco and A.Ponce. He plays regularly in important music festivals in Europe (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, Germany, France, Romania, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Hungary), USA (GFA 2006 – Columbus GA, GFA 2012 – Charleston SC, and other festivals in New York State, Texas, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee), Canada (Toronto Guitar Society Series 2011,2012), Mexico, Australia and Japan, both as a soloist and with chamber music ensembles. He has recorded several CD’s: “Barok”, “Vivo” and “Nocturnal” as soloist; “Views” with the flutist Alenka Zupan; “Notes Vagabondes - Live” and “Modulante” with the Gorni Kramer Quartet; “Strolic” with Natissa choir (music by Sivilotti); “Castelli friulani” with the flutist N.Mazzanti (music by G.Tortora); “20th Century Original Works For Flute And Guitar” with E.Michelazzi; “Viva Sevilla” with the “Italian Guitar Consort”; “Astor Piazzolla-Orchestral Works” with the Concordia Chamber Orchestra; “Evasion” (music by Piazzolla and Bolling) with Evasion group. He teaches guitar at the Glasbena Matica “Marij Kogoj” in Trieste-Italy from 1991, is visiting professor at the Academy of Arts of Osijek (Croatia) and gives masterclasses in Europe, USA, Canada and Mexico. He is also the founder of the International Guitar Festival “Kras” (Italy/Slovenia).

www.markoferi.net

Raphaël Feuillâtre

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 7:00PM

 

Vanderbilt University

Blair School of Music

Turner Recital Hall

2400 Blakemore Avenue

Nashville, TN 37212

Free Admission

2018 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition Winner

Born in 1996, Raphaël Feuillâtre began classical guitar lessons at the age of nine with Hacène Addadi at Cholet Conservatory. In 2012, he entered Michel Grizard’s class at the Conservatory of Nantes and, three years later, he was accepted to Paris National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance (CNSMDP) into the class of Roland Dyens where he obtained his Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in 2017 with highest honors. Recently, Raphaël completed his Master’s in Classical Guitar Performance with Tristan Manoukian in 2019.


As a result of his 2018 win of classical guitar’s most prestigious competition, Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), Raphaël completed the recording of his second opus for the Naxos Label (2019) and will set out for a nine month tour of North America. In June 2019 he will be a featured soloist at the GFA conference in Miami followed by several tours to North America September 2019 through April 2020. He will present solo concerts, conduct masterclasses and outreach activities in over 50 cities across the United States and Canada.

 

Raphaël Feuillâtre has appeared at classical guitar festivals and venues including the International Guitar Festival, Budapest, Hungary; Festival of Guitar, Ciutat d’Elx, Spain; Guitar Art Festival, Subotica, Serbia; International Guitar Festival Jose Tomas – Villa Petrer, Spain; UPF Guitar Festival, Brazil as well as festivals and venues in Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Holland, Montenegro and Argentina.
 

In France he is regularly invited to perform chamber music with the Orchestral Ensemble of Pau (France) at the Folle Journée de Nantes Festival and as a soloist at guitar festivals and venues, among them the Paris International Guitar Festival, Sul Tasto Festival, Festival de Baume-les-Messieurs and Guitars in Picardy Festival. In 2019 he will have residencies at 6 Cordes au Fil de l’Allier Festival and Guitare en France.


Prior to his 2018 GFA win, Raphaël Feuillâtre participated in various other international guitar competitions obtaining several major awards. In 2017, he won 1st prize in the International Guitar Competition Jose Tomas – Villa Petrer in Spain which awarded him the opportunity to record his first album with JSM Guitar Records in 2018 (Bach, Granados, Tansman, Assad, Dyens). In 2015, Raphaël won 1st prize in the Concours & Festival de guitare de Fontenay sous Bois (France). He is also a laureate of Festival International de Guitarra Ciudad de Coria in Coria, Spain (2nd prize, 2014) and Festival Internacional de Musica da Primavera de Viseu in Viseu, Portugal (3rd prize, 2016).


Raphael is an endorsee of Savarez guitar strings, one of the world’s leading string manufacturers (founded in 1770).


Raphaël divides his time between performing and teaching. He is regularly invited to give masterclasses during his numerous engagements and holds a permanent teaching position at the Music School of
Villeneuve-la-Garenne in Paris region.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 7:00 PM

Vanderbilt University

Blair School of Music

Turner Recital Hall

2400 Blakemore Avenue

Nashville, TN 37212

Free Admission

Duo Sudamericano

Javier Contreras &

José Antonio Escobar

DUO SUDAMERICANO – Javier Contreras & José Antonio Escobar, guitars 

Ever since they met in 2003, renowned Chilean guitarists José Antonio Escobar and Javier Contreras have collaborated in their respective solo performances, in various festivals and concert series in Chile and abroad. Showing their solid virtuosity and musicality they have been warmly welcomed by the general public as well as by specialized reviewers. Based on this, starting in 2008 they decided to continue their joint development in a targeted fashion, becoming one of the most outstanding new instrumental ensembles in the last few years. Duo Sudamericano (South American Guitar Duo) provides the trademark of promoting an attractive repertory that is essentially created and inspired in South America, with a fusion of the most varied expressions of the contemporary classical school, folklore, jazz and Latin
American popular music. 

 

In 2009 they recorded their first album “Truco” (Trick), containing mainly works composed by Javier Contreras himself, as well as other great South American composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Egberto Gismonti, and Alberto Ginastera. In 2010 they premiered in Chile the first Concerto for Two Guitars and String Orchestra by Javier Contreras. Currently they continue to work as soloists and as part of the duo, performing in various countries in South America, North America, Europe and Asia, as well as giving master classes, sharing their knowledge with future generations of guitarists.
 

In Abril 2020, they are preparing the recording of a new album which will be exclusively dedicated to new music for two guitars all composed by Javier Contreras. It will be distributed worldwide by Naxos Records label.


JAVIER CONTRERAS
Javier Contreras (b. Chile, 1983). Guitarist and composer born in the Chilean Patagonia. Recognised by peers as possessing great technical excellence and considered by many as one of the most brilliant composers of his generation, having in his repertoire a large quantity of pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, orchestras and choirs.

 

As a composer he has been largely self-taught and as a guitarist his main teachers have been his father, Manuel Contreras and recognised Chilean guitarist, José Antonio Escobar.

 

He won First Prize in the “Boston Guitar Fest” Composition Competition (Boston, USA), First Prize in the Lisker Music Foundation Composition Competition (Chicago, USA) and recently the First Prize at Black Cedar Inaugural Commissioning Competition (USA). He has also won First Prize in the Liliana Perez Corey National Classical Guitar Competition (Chile), awards in the Miguel Llobet International Classical Guitar Competition (Barcelona, Spain) and in the “International Guitar Festival Rust” Composition Competition (Austria).


He has toured, performing concerts, recordings and giving masterclasses in the USA, Spain, England, France, Japan and India and has participated in the most important guitar festivals in South America, such as the “Festival Guitarras del Mundo” in Argentina among other important festivals in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Paraguay. During the year 2015 he was invited to inaugurate the Kirchner Cultural Centre by giving a concert in the main hall of the centre, currently the biggest in Latin America.
 

His music has been recorded by the award-winning guitarist José Antonio Escobar in the album “Guitar Music of Chile” on the Naxos label as well as on various independent records of his own music. The prominent publication “Mel Bay” in the United States has published a number of his pieces and also the specialized classical guitar magazine “Gendai Guitar” in Japan.
 

Prestigious musicians from across the world have performed his pieces, among them the guitarists Ana Vidovic (USA - Croatia), Petri Kumela (Finland), Graham Devine (England), Shin-Ichi Fukuda (Japan), Eduard Fernandez (Uruguay), J.A. Escobar (Chile), the cellist Alexander Ramm (Russia), Duo Ribeira-Leite (Brazil), David Lisker (USA), the Chamber

Orchestra of The Catholic University of Chile, the St. Michel Strings Orchestra (Finland) and grammy-award winning Duo Halasz (Germany).


Currently he is part of a number of chamber music groups, among them the ensemble “Extremo Sur” and the guitar duo “Dúo Sudamericano”.


JOSÉ ANTONIO ESCOBAR
"I cannot and should not miss the opportunity to speak in favor of one of the most remarkable musicians devoting their talent to the guitar. His name is José Antonio Escobar..."

-Angelo Gilardino, Suonare Magazine, Italy


José Antonio Escobar (b. 1973), was born in Santiago de Chile, where he graduated with Top Honors after studying at the Conservatory of Music-University of Chile. Immediately after graduating, he continued to perfect his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Augsburg, Germany with Franz Halasz. Under the influence of his first master, the lutenist Ernesto Quezada, he became deeply interested in original ancient instruments from the guitar family.
This motivated him to round out his studies by attending Early Music courses and master classes with renowned specialists such as Hopkinson Smith and Eduardo Egüez.

 

While he is greatly interested in ancient music, he has always felt at home when performing Contemporary Music. This has led him to commission, premiere and record works by renowned composers such as Angelo Gilardino (Italy), Clarice Assad (Brazil) and the most important young composers from Chile such Javier Farías, Christian Vásquez and Javier
Contreras. He has also devoted some time to studying and interpreting music with popular and folk influences from Latin America. In this regard, he has worked in various projects both as a soloist and as part of the ‘Dúo Sudamericano’, along with Javier Contreras, the outstanding Chilean composer and guitarist.

 

Throughout a period encompassing almost 10 years, he obtained more than fifteen prizes in the most prestigious International Guitar Competitions today, such as the Francisco Tárrega (Benicassim, Spain), Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil), Alirio Díaz (Venezuela), Forum Guitar Wien (Austria), Viña del Mar (Chile), Stotsenberg (USA), Alessandria (Italy), Alhambra (Spain), Guitar Foundation of America (USA), Julian Arcas (Spain), Karl Scheit (Austria), among many
others.


As a soloist and chamber musician he has toured over 30 countries, covering almost all of Europe and the Americas, as well as some North African countries, the Near East, Asia and Oceania. He has been invited to perform as a soloist with distinguished orchestras, namely Israel Camerata (Jerusalem), Orquesta de Extremadura (Spain), Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino (Italy), St. Michel Strings (Finland), State Academic Symphony Orchestra Evgeny Svetlanov (Moscow), Hofer Symphoniker (Germany), and the best Orquestas from Chile. He has also been invited to major concert halls such as the Brahms-Saal at the Vienna Musikverein, St John’s Smith Square and the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Carnegie Hall (New York), Herbst Theatre in (San Francisco), Sala Cecilia Meireles (Rio de Janeiro), Teatro Monumental (Madrid), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas), Sala Luis Angel Arango (Bogotá), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), Hakuju Hall (Tokyo), Phoenix Hall (Osaka), etc.


He has completed several recordings under the Naxos label, receiving impressive reviews from specialized media. He has also worked on several independent recordings both as an artist and producer. He is currently living in Barcelona (Spain), and he is constantly invited to not only perform at recitals but also share his expertise by giving master classes and lectures at major music festivals, courses, seminars and workshops in prestigious universities around
the world.