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Florida's pioneer Classical Guitar nonprofit organization, the Miami Classical Guitar Society initiated and developed a guitar movement in Miami since 1987, establishing South Florida as a hub of international importance for the instrument. Dedicated to enriching our culture, MCGS promotes art, awareness, and education of Classical Guitar through world-class performance, innovation, and vision.

The MCGS has created and organized over 200 concerts featuring world-renowned guitarists and local talent, founded Miami's International Guitar Festival & Competition, Miami's Guitar Ensemble Festival, and the Miami Classical Guitar Orchestra, as well as directed two of the most prestigious International Guitar Festivals in the country through the Guitar Foundation of America in 1991 and 2002. A strong advocate for music and guitar education, MCGS actively works with school music programs yearly, visiting young musicians and highlighting student guitar ensembles and performers as part of our series.

Through our yearly cultural programming including world-class concerts, master classes, lectures, lecture-recitals, guitar courses, ensembles, and international competitions, MCGS founder Carlos Molina is a tireless promoter of the instrument, dedicated to offering guitar lovers, performers, teachers, and students the opportunity to enjoy wonderful performances and further develop their talents.

We look forward in continuing with our cultural endeavor to share and foster the love for this beautiful instrument within our community and beyond. Join us!

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Irina Kulikova (Russia)
Irina Kulikova

Wednesday, June 13

8 PM


Irina Kulikova was born in 1982 in Chelyabinsk Russia. A daughter of a musical family, she began studying guitar at the age of six. In 1992 she was admitted into “New Names,” the International program for young talents. In October of the same year she won First Prize for young guitar players at the International Competition in Chelyabinsk. This was followed in 1993 by participating in a regional and a television competition, winning First Prize in both. In 1994 she won three First Prizes, “Classical Guitar in Ural” in Chelyabinsk; “Classical Guitar Players” in Novosibirsk (Siberia); and “Guitar in Russia” in Voronezh. As winner of international competitions, Irina was invited to play a number of concerts in Italy, and in 1995 she received invitations to play at gala concerts in Russia. The following year she was invited to the 11th International Guitar Festival in Poland. In 1997 she took part in the “International Festival of Classic Guitar” in England (West Dean). In 1998, Irina won First Prize at the “Open Competition S. Saidascheva” in Kazan, Tatarstan.

From 1998 to 2000 she studied at the “Tchaikovsky College” in Chelyabinsk with Professor and composer Victor Kozlov, and Professor of musicology Alexandr Volgusnov, graduating with excellent results. Since 2000 she has been studying with Professor Vladimir Chlopovsky at the “Academy of Music Gnessins” in Moscow.

Currently, Irina is studying in the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Irina has taken master classes with Kryshtoph Pelech, John Mills, Eliot Fisk, Manuel Barrueco, Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey, Sergio Assad, Ricardo Gallen and David Russell.

First Prize Winner at Concurso Internacional, Ciudad De Coria, 2006

“…she has dazzled audiences with her virtuosity, and has matured into a performer of enormous warmth and vitality.”

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