Current Season 2017/18

Matt Palmer 

Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30pm. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, MacLaurin Bldg. $20.00 & $15.00 Tickets available online or at the door (Please show student or senior identification with your email or printed receipt). map

Masterclass Wed. Sept. 27, 6-9pm. University of Victoria School of Music, Rm. B120

Guitarist Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean.  A recent recipient of the “Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year” award by Guitar International Magazine, Matt has been described by critics as “a young artist about to make a real dent in the world of classical guitar” (Premier Guitar Magazine), “highly expressive and technically virtuosic” (Modern Guitars Magazine), “a truly accomplished and refined musician” (Cleveland Classical), and “one of the world’s best guitar players” (The Royal Gazette).  An active performer, winner of numerous guitar competitions, and author of The Virtuoso Guitarist method, Matt Palmer has gained worldwide recognition as a virtuosic and soulful concert artist.

His debut CD, Un tiempo fue Itálica famosa, has been applauded by Guitar International Magazine as “an album of the highest quality…with flawless technique, deep levels of personal expression, and an artistic integrity that seems far too rare these days.”  Classical Voice of North Carolina proclaims Matt’s “positively nuclear” debut displays “stunning precision and unwavering accuracy enclosed in a huge dynamic envelope.”  In addition, Matt’s pioneering guitar method, The Virtuoso Guitarist, has been recognized as a valuable addition to guitar pedagogy, and “indispensable for any advanced guitarist or teacher to include in their library” (Classical Guitar Review). Matt Palmer is sponsored by D’Addario.

Matt Palmer holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Arizona, where he studied with Thomas Patterson and Artists-in-Residence David Russell, Sergio Assad, and Odair Assad.  In demand as a performer, his recent concert engagements have taken him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Shakespeare Theatre, The Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, numerous universities, guitar societies, and dozens of international guitar festivals throughout the world.  Matt is the Director of Guitar Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival and Workshop.  Matt Palmer is a Strings By Mail sponsored artist and plays D’Addario strings.  Matt plays a custom handmade guitar by luthier Michael Thames.


Xavier Jara

Friday Nov. 24, 7:30pm. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, MacLaurin Bldg. $20.00 & $15.00. Tickets available online, at the door, as well as at the following locations: Long & McQuade, Ivy’s Bookshop, Good Earth Cafe (Oak Bay).
(Please be ready to show student or senior identification with your email or printed receipt). map

Tickets – Xavier Jara

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Masterclass Thurs. Nov. 23, 6-9pm University of Victoria School of Music, Rm. B016

Stunning American classical guitarist Xavier Jara has taken first prize at numerous international competitions, including the prestigious 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition. His playing stands out for sheer musicality and technical brilliance, paired with imaginatively structured and adventurous programming. His Victoria concert will include fantasies of John Dowland, an impressive arrangement J.S. Bach’s own version of a Vivaldi violin concerto, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s first piece – Variations across the Centuries, and technically challenging works by Dusan Bogdanovic, as well as intriguing discoveries such as young composer Jeremy Collins’s Elegy. See his performance from the Boston GuitarFest:

A native of Minnesota, Xavier Jara was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris to study with Judicael Perroy for six years. During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with the French guitarist Olivier Chassain, and the lutenist Eric Bellocq.

Beethoven for Two Guitars Alexander Dunn & Michael Partington

Friday Jan. 19, 7:30pm. Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, MacLaurin Bldg. $20.00 & $15.00 Tickets available online soon or at the door. (Please show student or senior identification with your email or printed receipt).  map

Tickets – Beethoven for Two Guitars

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Seattle based Michael Partington and Alexander Dunn perform works of Beethoven on period guitars. Little-known versions of piano, string quartet and ensemble music set by Beethoven’s contemporaries. Sonata Op. 26, Variations Favorite (from Op. 59 #3 Quartet), Variations from Septet Op. 20, Sonata Op. 49 #2 and other works.

Beijing Guitar Duo                                           

Monday, Feb. 5, 7:30pm First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1205 Pandora Ave $30 & $20 Tickets available online soon. (Please show student or senior identification with your email or printed receipt). map

Tickets – Beijing Duo

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Masterclass Tue. Feb. 6, 6-9pm University of Victoria School of Music, MacLaurin B Wing, Rm. B037
Performers $60 Auditors $15

The remarkable Beijing Duo brings precision technique and splendid musicality to their Victoria debut. The Beijing Guitar Duo’s performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years.” Their debut CD Maracaípe, received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination for the titled piece, which was dedicated to them by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. Their second CD, Bach to Tan Dun, has been widely noted for the world-premiere recording of Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor, specially arranged for the duo by Manuel Barrueco. A recording in trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014. The Beijng Duo, composed of guitarist Meng Su and Yameng Wang, have consistently drawn rave reviews worldwide and are considered in the top echelon of today’s duos of any instrument.

Special Event Celino Romero

Saturday, March 3, 7:30pm First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1205 Pandora Ave All tickets $30 Tickets available here. (Please show your email or printed receipt). map

Masterclass Fri. March. 2, 6-9pm University of Victoria School of Music, Rm. B037 Performers $60 Auditors $15

When Celino Romero joined the all-family Classical guitar quartet, Los Romeros, in 1990 he ushered in the third generation of the group’s esteemed history. Established by Celino’s grandfather, father and uncles in their native Spain, Los Romeros have been performing together since 1960 for audiences worldwide.

They are regarded by the New York Times as “The Royal Family of the Guitar.” Celino was joined 6 years later by his cousin Lito, who stepped in to replace their grandfather. Los Romeros have performed for dignitaries worldwide, including two American Presidents, Pope John Paul II and the King of Spain. In 2007, Los Romeros were granted The Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award from the GRAMMYS in honor of their artistic achievements. Celino frequently performs as a soloist in recital and with major orchestras. In his first Victoria visit, Celino Romero will perform solo pieces and duos wth Alexander Dunn.

The Victoria Guitar Society supports the

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival Guitar Division

The GVPAF Guitar Division is an annual festival and competition featuring Junior Solo (14 years and under), Intermediate Solo (17 years and under), Senior Solo (28 years and under), Adult Solo (over 28 years), and various guitar ensemble categories. An external adjudicator visits to assess and support players. They have included Randy Pile, Michael Nicolella, Michael Partington, Murray Visscher, Daniel Bolshoy, Bryan Johanson, Ana Vidovic, Lynn McGrath, Antigoni Goni, Ricardo Cobo, Robert Ward, Xeufei Yang, Lily Afshar, and others.

Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21  Adrian Verdejo Adjudicator. First Metropolitan Church.  932 Balmoral Rd, Victoria, BC V8T 1A8 map

Registration for the GVPAF is by early January. Details to be announced.

Born to a musical family in Regina, Saskatchewan, Adrian Verdejo began studying the guitar at a young age. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Ottawa a BMus from the University of Victoria, and a Music Diploma from Capilano University. He studied with guitarists Patrick RouxDr. Alexander Dunn, and Stephen Boswell. Adrian Verdejo performs many works spanning the guitar repertoire and has commissioned and premiered several new pieces. He specializes in contemporary music with equal fluency in classical and electric guitar styles. Verdejo’s debut solo album, Modern Hearts, was listed in the Top Albums of 2014 by Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight.


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