Friday Sept. 28, 8:oopm, Victoria Conservatory of Music, Wood Hall. The VGS welcomes virtuoso Michael Kolk, one of Canada’s finest young guitarists. Michael Kolk make his first visit to Victoria for a program of Bach, Ponce, Debussy, Barrios – and the Sonata by English impressionist Cyril Scott.
Winner of numerous first place prizes in North American guitar competitions and recognized at an early age for his exceptional musicality, Michael Kolk has performed at music festivals and concert halls in Italy, Estonia, Germany, USA, and Canada.
The spirited and sensitive play and inventive arrangements of the Henderson-Kolk Duo (with guitarist Drew Henderson) have resulted in concert engagements across Canada as well as two successful CDs to date. In 2011 the Duo performed at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Conference in Columbus, Georgia and served as adjudicators for the GFA competition.
Michael has collaborated with a variety of musicians, and made his orchestral debut with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra in 2011 performing Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. He has appeared on CTV and CBC TV as accompaniest to featured vocalists and is a member of the rock band Delusion Manifesto.
Originally from Vancouver, Michael now lives and teaches in Toronto. He holds a Performer’s ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Toronto. The VGS looks forward to the opening concert of its season with this exceptional soloist.
Fri. Sept. 28, Wood Recital Hall, 8pm. Tickets at the door $22/20
and coming soon:
Sat. Sept. 15 – Latin Delights music for guitar and strings including Castelnuovo-Tedesco Quintette for Guitar & Strings, Ponce Quartet (a little known work of Ponce left unfinished, and completed by Albert Ubach), Turina Quartet (one of the unknown lute quartet works of Turina, here arranged by Dunn for guitar and strings.) and music for string quartet. With the DieMahler Quartet. Sat. Sept. 15, 7pm. St. Mary the Virgin Church, 1701 Elgin Rd. Tickets: $25/22.50.
Fri. Oct. 19 Alexander Dunn with Vox Humana in the North American premiere of a work of Alan Hovhaness for guitar and choir, and a newly commissioned work by Liova Bueno.
Sun. Jan 13 Stephen Lochbaum (St. Barnabas Church, 3pm). Virtuoso Stphen Lochbaum, currently completing a doctorate in performance at University of Texas.
Apr. 8/9 Matthew McAllister (Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival adjudicator). From Glasgow, Matthew makes his first Victoria visit.
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