Noteworthy Moments & Thoughts . . .

Alex Preuss - 1st Place Finish 

Congratulations to Alex Preuss for his first and second place finishes at the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival this past weekend. Well done! It is wonderful to see the progress that you have made over this past year.

David Liu - Northwest Guitar Festival 

Congratulations to David Liu who placed second in the youth competition of the Northwest Guitar Festival. I am very proud of you! Players from Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, Alberta, and British Columbia participated and the seven semi-finalists were amazing! And congratulations to all those who stepped on stage and shared their talents. You are all heroes in my eyes. A special tip of the hat to all the instructors of these talented young men and women.

A special thank you to James Reid, Michael Partington, Jon Yerby and the rest of the organizers for a job well done.

Thank you Langley Advance, Langley Times, and Aldergrove Star 

Extremely grateful to Miranda Fatur and the Langley Advance, the Langley Times, and the Aldergrove Star for their coverage of the 22nd edition of the guitar festival. 🙏🙏 

Do not miss the opportunity to hear the Russian/American guitarist, Peter Pakhomkin. Peter took home First Prize from the 2012 Mexican International Guitar Competition in Culiacan and top prizes from the Boston GuitarFest International Guitar Competition, the Great Lakes Guitar Competition, the Montreal International Guitar Competition, and the European International Guitar Competition, "Enrico Mecatali" in Italy. Piotr also won the 2016 Respighi Internatinal Soloist Competition and made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Chamber Orchestra of New York's "Masterwork Series" in June 2018. His abilities are absolutely magical. 

Tickets are still available through Brown Paper Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3616276

22nd Annual Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival 

I am very excited to announce that the featured artist of the 22nd edition of the Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival is Piotr Pakhomkin. “Hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine as ‘one of the bright lights of the younger generation of classical musicians, a player of tremendous skill and sensitivity,’ Russian-American guitarist, Piotr Pakhomkin has performed and given masterclasses in Europe, Central America, Canada and the U.S. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies under the guidance of Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory in 2010. As a laureate of multiple international competitions, including first prize at the 2012 Mexican International Guitar Competition "Culiacan", Piotr was also the first guitarist to win the 2016 Respighi Prize for all instrumentalists. Piotr made his debut at Carnegie Hall with the Chamber Orchestra of New York in 2018 and subsequently signed with McDaniel Artist Management.”

Also appearing is the Brazilian guitarist, Vinicius Linhares, who will be performing music of his native country. Finally, I am thrilled and honoured to be performing with one of the most exciting and dynamic string quartets, the Borealis String Quartet. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3616276

The Volterra Project - July 2019 

I'm very excited to join an amazing team of contributors to the Volterra Project in Tuscany, Italy in July 2019. The summer guitar institute is headed by internationally renowned classical guitarist Antigoni Goni, and focuses in on helping young guitarists "develop well-rounded non-competitive approaches to performance" as well as prepared them for "the multiple aspects of performing careers." Luca Isolani (Chamber Music), Michèle Swennen (Movement), David Jaggs (Recording), Gretchen Egolf (The Acting Guitarist), and master classes by the incredible Dusan Bogdanovic and Antigoni Goni will give you a 360 degree prospective of the world of classical guitar. For more information and applications, please visit: http://www.volterraguitar.org/ 

See you in Italy this summer!

2018 RCM Regional Gold Medal Recipient - David Liu 

Congratulations! 

Dear Don, 

The recipients of the 2018 Regional Gold Medals have been determined and we are pleased to invite you to the Gold Medal Awards ceremony as the teacher of: 

David Liu, British Columbia and Yukon Region, Level 7 Guitar 

Gold Medals are awarded each academic year to exam candidates who have obtained the highest mark for their level, discipline, and region while meeting all the necessary requirements. In recognition of the important role that you played in this fantastic achievement, your Certificate of Recognition will be mailed to you.

 

Congratulations to my student, David Liu. Also, a special thank you to David's parents for their amazing ongoing support of David.