VGS and the Victoria Conservatory of Music present the final event at the Summer Academy featuring two Canadian virtuosi: Steve Cowan and Michael Kolk. From Montreal and Toronto respectively, they join the Summer Guitar Academy faculty in teaching masterclasses and lessons, and as part of the principal quartet of the Guitar Orchestra. Michael Kolk is a prize winner at numerous guitar competitions, he has released two solo albums to date, as well as two albums as part of the Henderson-Kolk Guitar Duo, and an album of Mauro Giuliani guitar duos with Jeffrey McFadden on the Naxos label. His latest solo album, Mosaic, released by Alma Records, was praised as “playing and musicianship of the highest order” by Whole Note Magazine, and continues to receive frequent radio play in Canada.
Steve Cowan has won first place awards at 7 major national and international performance competitions. A distinguished teacher, he has given public
masterclasses at the University of Victoria, McMaster University, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and more. Steve is originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and holds degrees from Memorial University, the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at McGill University in Montréal. His former teachers include Sylvie Proulx, David Leisner, and Jérôme Ducharme. Mr. Cowan and Kolk will present works of Bach, Poulenc, Martin, Jose, Jobim.
Summer Guitar Academy Concert Sat. July 28, 8pm PTY Recital Hall at the University of Victoria, School of Music. $25/20 Admission
The 2018 Summer Guitar Academy runs from July 24 to 28th.