Miami Classical Guitar Society - 2012 - 2013 CONCERT SEASON - 25th Anniversary

The Miami Classical Guitar Society

Celebrating 25 Years


Founded in 1987 by Carlos Molina and Ignacio Ares, The Miami Classical Guitar Society is commemorating its 25th Anniversary! This Season is a celebration of the Classical Guitar, and the Silver Anniversary of The Miami Classical Guitar Society's unparalleled record of excellence in initiating and developing a guitar movement in our city, and establishing South Florida as a hub of international importance for the instrument. Founded to raise awareness and encourage the knowledge and promotion of the classical guitar in our community, our non-profit organization has organized over One Hundred Fifty concerts with the highest standards, presenting some of the finest artists of the guitar from over thirty countries, as well as dozens of educational master classes, lectures, history courses, community ensembles, competitions and guitar festivals, among other events.

In 1991, the MCGS directed the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition, Guitar Festival of the Americas at FIU, the first international gathering of guitarists in the State of Florida, with over 150 guitarists attending from all over the world. The First and Second Guitar Ensemble Festival of Miami followed, and in 2002 the MCGS directed Sun Waves Guitar Fest, the outstanding GFA Convention at Miami-Dade Wolfson Campus, where 317 guitarists converged. In 2003, we began an International Course of Artistic Expressions, and in 2004 founded the Miami International Guitar Competition & Assemblage, launching 3 editions so far, allowing young students the possibility to compete at an international level.

We have gained a solid reputation as one of the most thriving guitar societies in the US, and were chosen this year as Finalists by the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Miami. This anniversary intends to portray the different generations of guitarists expanded through this tradition we have built over 25 years. This 2012-2013 Season includes Concerts, Masterclasses, and an Illustrated Lecture. We thank you for your support, and welcome you to celebrate with us!


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Lecture: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6:30 PM

ABOUT LECTURE - Beyond the Aranjuez: Great Guitar Concerti You’ve Never Heard. Focus will be on little-known, but great works for guitar and orchestra: Concerto de Mars by Jacques Bondon, Dialogos by Federico Moreno Torroba, Concerto Elegiaco by Leo Brouwer, and Megaron Concerto by Nikita Koshkin. Historical information and extensive recorded excerpts will be included!

BIO: Dr. Albert Kunze is widely known as the CD and DVD editor for Soundboard magazine, published by the Guitar Foundation of America. He teaches guitar in the college division of the New World School of the Arts and chorus at Miami Senior High School, where he is also chairman of the Department of Fine Arts. After four years in the Visiting Artist program in North Carolina, he came to Miami in 1977 to accept a full fellowship at the University of Miami, where he received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in guitar performance. Dr. Kunze’s master’s degree is from Florida State University, and his bachelor’s degree is from the University of Florida, where he was elected to the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Kunze’s principal guitar teachers were Pepe Romero, Bruce Holzman, and John Duarte, and he has performed in master classes with many other leading guitarists.

Dr. Kunze has performed extensively as a guitarist and also as a singer with the Florida Grand Opera and Ft. Lauderdale Opera, and was also Education and Community Affairs Manager for the opera. For the Miami Classical Guitar Society, he presented a concert of music for voice and guitar as well as a lecture on the music of British composer John Duarte, the subject of his doctoral dissertation.

LECTURE LOCATION: Società Dante Alighieri
300 Aragon Avenue, Suite 100; Coral Gables, FL 33134 MAP

FREE and Open to the Public . No reservations needed.
(Parking available at very low rate at Public Parking Lot across Books & Books on Aragon Avenue, and there is metered parking on the street).




Concert: Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 8:00 PM

“In the realm of classical guitar, there is a small handful of luminaries whose concerts and recordings have earned them international stature...Scottish-born guitarist David Russell is one of these rare performing artists who has garnered favor with audiences, guitar aficionados, music critics and concert presenters around the world.” -Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

The Miami Classical Guitar Society is proud to present our final concert of our 25th Anniversary celebration, featuring one of the most renowned, iconic classical guitarists in the world, Scottish-Spanish guitarist DAVID RUSSELL. This is the third time the MCGS brings Russell to perform in Miami, and we are honored that he will be here to celebrate our anniversary with us!

Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist David Russell, a 2005 Grammy winner, is considered one of today’s preeminent musical performers. He spends most of his time on tour, appearing regularly at prestigious halls in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Tokyo, Madrid and Rome. He also enjoys performing at music festivals and on college campuses, where he is immensely popular. His spring 2008 U.S. tour takes him to a dozen cities from coast to coast.

He received a 47th Annual GRAMMY Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) for his 2004 recording “Aire Latino.” One of 11 CDs released with Telarc International since 1995, this magnificent mix of Latin American music for guitar is hailed as a “beautiful disc, plain and simple.”

Concert-goers and musical critics alike are amazed by Mr. Russell's musical genius and captivating stage presence. His flawless and seemingly effortless performances are highlighted by great attention to detail and provocative lyrical phrasing, suggesting an innate understanding of what each individual composer was working to achieve and bringing to each piece an unparalleled sense of adventure.

Mr. Russell has received many honors in recognition of his great talent and international success. In 1997 he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2003, he was awarded the Medal of Honor of the Conservatory of the Balearics and was named an “adopted son” of Es Migjorn, the town of his upbringing in Menorca, Spain. Es Migjorn recently named a street after him, “Avinguda David Russell.” After he won the Grammy, officials in his current hometown of Nigrán awarded him the Spanish town’s Silver Medal. This year the music conservatory of Vigo, Spain, opened the new “Auditorio David Russell.”

During his studies at the Royal Academy, Mr. Russell was a two-time winner of the Julian Bream Guitar Prize. He went on to win numerous international competitions, including the Andrés Segovia Competition, the José Ramirez Competition and Spain’s prestigious Francisco Tárrega Competition.

CONCERT LOCATION: Saint Philips Episcopal Church
1121 Andalusia Avenue; Coral Gables, FL 33134 MAP

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*Masterclass: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

Società Dante Alighieri
300 Aragon Avenue, Suite 100
Coral Gables, FL 33134 MAP

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Adam Holzman


Concert: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Hailed as "...polished and quite dazzling" by The New York Times; "...brilliant!" by De Gelderlander, Holland; and "...masterful!" by The Toronto Star.

The Miami Classical Guitar Society is proud to present our fourth concert of our 25th Anniversary celebration, featuring critically acclaimed international performing and recording artist, Maestro ADAM HOLZMAN. Holzman was amongst the Miami Classical Guitar Society's roster of artists invited to perform in our 1988 First Inaugural Season, and we are very excited to have him celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us!

Five-time winner in major international competitions, including First Prize Winner of the 1983 Guitar Foundation of America, International Competition, Adam Holzman has performed at the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, distinguished New York venues such as Kaufman Hall at the 92nd St. Y, Merkin Hall, and Carnegie Recital Hall, as well as in music festivals and series from Miami to San Francisco, Boston to New Orleans. His extensive international performances have taken him throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and Latin America. Mr. Holzman‘s recordings for the Naxos label have been critically acclaimed. The first two are discs of the music of Fernando Sor and have been called "...irresistible" by Gramophone Magazine. Discs three and four contain the music of Manuel Ponce. Of the Sonata for Guitar and Harpsichord on Ponce Volume II Classical Guitar Magazine (England) says "It's a fine and substantial work and here it receives the finest recording yet..." His recording debut, on HRH Records, is a collection of rarely or never before recorded selections. According to The American Record Guide this performance is "…so flawless he makes it all sound easy." Of his Naxos release, The Venezuelan Waltzes of Antonio Lauro, the American Record Guide had this to say: "The landmark recording was David Russell's 1980 LP. Now, 20 years later, comes another masterly recording by Adam Holzman: in many ways it raises the benchmark still further." His latest Naxos release is the Bardenklange, Opus 13, of Johann Kaspar Mertz.

His commitment to new music has led him to co-commission Samuel Adler's first Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. Holzman has also premiered works by composers Robert Helps, Roland Dyens, and Stephen Funk Pearson among others.

Founder of the Guitar Department at the University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music where, in addition to his active performing career, Holzman heads a thriving guitar studio, and his students have won an array of international prizes. Mr. Holzman has held the title of "Maestro Extraordinario" by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, where he served as artist-in-residence, was awarded the Ernst von Dohnanyi Prize for Outstanding Achievement from Florida State University, and has been named The Parker C. Fielder Regents Fellow in Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Holzman has been featured on the covers of both Classical Guitar Magazine and Guitart Magazine.

Mr. Holzman's performance studies were with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, Albert Valdes Blain, Eliot Fisk and Oscar Ghiglia, and he was chosen twice to perform in the historic Master classes of the legendary Andres Segovia.

CONCERT LOCATION: Saint Philips Episcopal Church
1121 Andalusia Avenue; Coral Gables, FL 33134 MAP

TICKETS*: $25 general admission at the door, $20 members/seniors/students with ID. Children under 12 are free. No Reservations needed.
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*Masterclass: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 5:00pm-8:00pm

Società Dante Alighieri
300 Aragon Avenue, Suite 100
Coral Gables, FL 33134 MAP

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Vladimir Gorbach


Concert: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 8:00 PM

The Miami Classical Guitar Society is proud to present the third concert of our 25th Anniversary celebration, featuring Russian guitar virtuoso VLADIMIR GORBACH, First Prize Winner of the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. Gorbach made his debut in the United States with The Miami Classical Guitar Society during our 2006-2007 Season, and we are very excited to welcome him to Miami again!

Internationally acclaimed Russian guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across the world on stages in Austria, Australia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Spain and Turkey in addition to the United States and his native country of Russia as a soloist and with orchestra. He has been a featured performer for some of the most highly regarded concert organizations, festivals, and musical institutions in the world, performing on the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and for the Sydney Crow’s Nest Concert Cycle. He also has been a soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestra de Las Beiras and Orchestra de Aveiro in Portugal and performed with the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra "Musica Viva".

As a first place winner more than 10 of the most important international competitions (Serbia, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Italy), his most recent win at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition has earned him a more than 50-city concert tour of the US, Mexico, and Canada with appearances in Brazil and China. Now a member of a prestigious group of prize laureates who include some of the most active concert artists and pedagogues in the field of classical guitar, his tour will also include a Carnegie Hall debut through the D’Addario Foundation.

Gorbach grew up in Siberia, Russia and graduated with honors from the Music College of Novosibirsk, the city where he was born. At a young age he received recognition for his accomplishments with prizes at numerous youth competitions, and he later received scholarships from such prestigious sources as the Russian Ministry of Culture. He later left Russia to complete his Bachelor and Masters degrees at the famed Conservatory for Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany under the tutelage of internationally renowned concert artists and pedagogues Roberto Aussel and Carlo Marchione. He has since had live and recorded performances broadcast in Eastern and Western Europe.

As a soloist, Vladimir Gorbach recently recorded a CD with Naxos, the world’s largest classical label and is also due to record with the same label as a member of Duo Cologne along with Goran Krivokapic, the 2005 1st prize-winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.

Vladimir's International Guitar Competitions, First Prize Winner awards include:
1st Prize - Guitar Foundation of America, USA
1st Prize - Naxos International Guitar Festival, Greece
1st Prize - Guitar Competition Barmenia-Insurance, Germany
1st Prize - Concurso e Festival de Guitarra Clasica, Portugal
1st Prize - International Guitar Festival, Gevelsberg, Germany
1st Prize - Concorso Internazaionale de Chitarra Mauro Giuliani, Italy
1st Prize - Concurso de Guitarra Ciudad de Velez-Malaga, Spain
1st Prize - International Guitar Competition, Niksic, Montenegro
1st Prize - International Guitar Competition, Koblenz, Germany
1st Prize - Guitar Art Competition, Belgrade, Serbia

LOCATION: St. Bede Episcopal Chapel
1150 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 MAP
(At the University of Miami campus) Parking is free.

TICKETS*: $25 general admission at the door, $20 members/seniors/students with ID. Children under 12 are free. No Reservations needed.
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Alejandro Cordova - Concert


Concert: Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 8:00 PM

The Miami Classical Guitar Society is proud to present the second concert of our 25th Anniversary celebration, featuring Mexican guitar virtuoso ALEJANDRO CORDOVA - First Prize Winner of the 2011 Ciudad de Coria and the 2012 Gredos de San Diego International Guitar Competitions in Spain.

Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Alejandro Cordova studied at the University of Veracruz (State University) with Consuelo Bolio, Massimo Gatta and Alfredo Sanchez. He later studied with Paolo Pegoraro at the Guitar Refinement Academy Francisco Tarrega in Pordenone, Italy, and with Stefano Viola at the Conservatory Jacopo Tomadini in Udine, Italy. Cordova has participated in master classes with guitarists Oscar Ghiglia, John Williams, Alvaro Pierri, Pepe Romero, Eliot Fisk, Pavel Steidl, Zoran Dukic, Carles Trepat, and others. In 2004 he was invited to join the Guitar Orchestra of Xalapa, founded and directed by guitarist Alfonso Moreno.

Since very early in his career, Cordova has been awarded First Prize in numerous renowned international guitar competitions around the world. Some of these include:
1st Prize - Gredos de San Diego, Madrid, Spain, 2012
1st Prize - Ciudad de Coria, Spain, 2011
1st Prize - Pisa, Italy, 2010
1st Prize - Paracho, Michoacan, Mexico, 2010
1st Prize - Julian Arcas, Almeria, Spain, 2009
1st Prize - Lamporecchio, Italy, 2009
1st Prize - Condado de Jaen, Spain, 2009
1st Prize - Durango, Mexico, 2008
1st Prize - Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico, 2008

Presently, Cordova has an intensive concert activity throughout Europe and has recorded his first CD with Naxos and EMI producer John Taylor in London.

This is Alejandro Cordova's debut performance in the United States!

LOCATION: St. Bede Episcopal Chapel
1150 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 MAP
(At the University of Miami campus) Parking is free.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 5:00 PM

"...excellent artist and great interpreter of the unforgettable master Villa-Lobos" -Mindinha Villa-Lobos

*Featuring Guest Artists:
Carlos Averhoff saxophone
Ahmed Barroso electric guitar
Federico Britos violin
Sergio Gonzalez piano
Suzan de Gooyer flute
Teresa Madiedo guitar
Marisa Molina soprano

With a Special presentation by:
Horby Lopez & Ferguson High School Guitar Ensemble

Program includes a great variety of musical selections from XVI century vihuelistas to the most contemporary classical and popular styles, featuring several outstanding instrumentalists pairing with the guitar - and a special touch of newer generations with the 16 student guitar ensemble of Ferguson High School, one of the most exceptional educational guitar programs in Miami-Dade County with 150 guitar students led by Horby Lopez, former student of Carlos Molina.

LOCATION: Saint Philip's Episcopal Church
1121 Andalusia Avenue; Coral Gables, FL 33134

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Opening Gala Concert - About Musicians

Carlos Molina: (guitar) Has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, such as The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, The Metropolitan Opera House, NY, the Philarmonia Theater of Saint Petersburg, among others, and shared concerts with guitarists Leo Brouwer, Turibio Santos, Alirio Díaz, Benjamin Verdery, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and Nikita Koshkin. Won First Prize at the National Guitar Competition in Cuba in 1970, and toured internationally with the National Ballet of Cuba. Has performed in 56 international festivals and juried 36. Received the Alirio Diaz Order, Venezuela 2009, and Lifetime Award Premio Chitaristico Citta di Fiuggi, Italy 2007. Founded The Miami Classical Guitar Society in 1987.

Carlos Averhoff: (saxophone) Grammy-winning virtuoso saxophonist, and co-founder of world-renowned jazz band Irakere. Has over 30 recordings, including a Grammy-winner for Best Latin Recording (1979) and two subsequent Grammy nominations. Has shared the stage with Stan Getz, Tito Puente, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, The Heath Brothers, Kenny G, Steps Ahead, Manhattan Transfer, Dave Valentin, Carmen McRae, Betty Crater, and others. As Chucho Valdés put it, “Irakere’s D’Rivera-Averhoff-Varona horn section is the best ever in the history of Cuban Music.”

Ahmed Barroso: (electric guitar) Played with famous cuban jazz group Los Cinco de Armando Sequeira and Los Armonicos. Has accompanied renowned musicans like Arturo Sandoval, Ela Calvo, Miriam Ramos, Elena Burke, Omara Portuondo, Beatriz Márquez, Gema Corredera and many others.

Federico Britos: (violin) Five-time Grammy Award Winner, served as principal chair, soloist, and Concert Master with some of the great symphony orchestras of Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru, and Cuba. Has peformed with Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Charles Mingus, and Piazzola, among many others.

Sergio Gonzalez: (piano) First Place Winner of the National Piano Competition and National Cuban Music Piano Competition in Cuba, and Winner of the District of Caracas Special Prize in Venezuela, as well as University of South Florida, Tampa, St. Petersburg Piano Teachers Association Competition, Fl, and OAS Piano Competition, Miami, Fl.

Suzan de Gooyer: (flute) Has performed with the Ft. Lauderdale Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, Greater Miami Opera, American Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, and the Royal Ballet. Is Principal Flute with the Miami Wind Symphony, Piccolo with Miami Symphony Orchestra, Piccolo soloist with the South Florida Youth Symphony, Conductor and founder of Miami Flute Ensemble.

Teresa Madiedo: (guitar) Graduated from Superior Institute of the Arts in Cuba under the teaching of Carlos Molina. Has performed in major halls in Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Algeria, and with the Symphony Orchestra of Matanzas, and Quartets Chamber Orchestra of Havana. Created innovative method for teaching elementary guitar whose foreword was written by Leo Brouwer. Founded and organized the Children's Guitar Festival of Havana, Cuba.

Marisa Molina: (soprano) Repertoire focuses on voice and guitar, including classical, spanish and latin american. Has performed in major international guitar festivals together with her husband Carlos Molina throughout Italy, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, and the US.

Horby Lopez & Ferguson HS Guitar Ensemble: Classical guitar student of Carlos Molina at FIU, now leads one of the most outstanding educational guitar programs in Miami-Dade County, with 150 guitar students. Will feature a special presentation with a 16 student guitar ensemble.



Carlos Molina & Friends, Opening Gala (Cuba/USA) Past Event5:00 PM Nov 18, 2012Saint Philips Episcopal ChurchMap
Alejandro Cordova (Mexico) Past Event8:00 PM January 26, 2013St Bede Episcopal Chapel Map
Vladimir Gorbach (Russia) Past Event8:00 PM February 23, 2013St Bede Episcopal Chapel Map
Adam Holzman (USA) Past Event8:00 PM March 9, 2013Saint Philips Episcopal Church Map
David Russell (Scotland) Past Event8:00 PM April 20, 2013Saint Philips Episcopal Church Map
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The MCGS is a 501c3 non-profit cultural organization, brought to you with support from our SPONSORS: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, Savarez Strings, The D'Addario Music Foundation, Societa Dante Alighieri, Country Inns and Suites, Vitalini Corazzini PA, Mad Studios, Bacardi USA, Spizzigo Restaurant, Nero D. Avola, Harvey & Margie Willensky, World Pop Videos. In Collaboration With: Guitar Foundation of America, USA; Ciudad de Coria International Guitar Festival, Extremadura, Spain. Special Thanks: Spizzigo Restaurant, Nero D. Avola, Cupcakes by Hilda. Brochure Design by: Heber Siqueiros.

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