Current Season 2018/19


Victoria Guitar Society is proud to announce its second international artist concert season! Our performers at a glance (scroll down for details).

Season Subscription Promo (four concerts) general $95, student/senior $75. Subscription sales are now closed.
Single ticket advance purchase: $25/$20
Single ticket at the door: $30/$25

Advance individual tickets are available for sale below as well as at the following locations: Long & McQuade, Ivy’s Bookshop, Good Earth Coffeehouse (Oak Bay)

Tengyue Zhang ~ Fri, November 30th, 7:30pm
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, MacLaurin Bldg.

Tickets – Tengyue Zhang

***Your ticket will wait for you at the door. Please be prepared to show student or senior identification with your email or printed receipt.

Masterclass: November 29th, 6pm-9pm. University of Victoria School of Music, Rm. B037. Free admission for auditors.

TY Zhang received First Prize in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of American International Concert Artists Competition in 2017. He has received First Prize in other top competitions  including the GFA International Competition Senior Division, Austria’s Forum Gitarre Wien International Youth Competition, the Changsha International Guitar Competition, the 2017 Schadt String Competition, and the 2017 Alexander Frauchi International Competition in Moscow.

TY has given recitals in Vienna, Serbia, China and the United States. His performance for the 2017 New York Guitar Festival was broadcast on WQXR radio. The GFA prize leads him on a concert tour starting in 2018 of over 50 cities in North America, including his recital debut in Carnegie Weill Hall, with additional dates in Europe, South America and his native China. TY performs Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Allentown Symphony in 2018 and recital/concerto tours in Russia as the prize of the Frauchi Competition. With the goal of sharing the love of music through guitar in every piece he plays, TY’s concert repertoire is filled with diverse cross-genre music he loves. His debut CD will be released on Naxos in June of 2018, and includes works by Bach, Scarlatti, Brouwer, Assad, Tansman and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. TY was born in Hebei, China. He began to study classical guitar at the age of five with his father. At seven, he was introduced to Professor Chen Zhi with whom he studied at the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 2012, he was accepted into The Juilliard School undergraduate program, and during his six years of study there with Sharon Isbin, he received his Bachelor of Music in 2016, and his Master of Music in 2018.


Iliana Matos ~ Fri, February 15th, 7:30pm
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, MacLaurin Bldg.

Tickets – Iliana Matos

***Your ticket will wait for you at the door. Please be prepared to show student or senior identification with your email or printed receipt.

Masterclass Date and time TBA. University of Victoria School of Music, Rm. B037

Hailed by the critics as “The guitar guru” (E-Veritas. University of Miami) “the powerful and intense style of Iliana Matos” (Classical Guitar Magazine) has made possible an extraordinary career. After hearing Iliana Matos perform in Caracas, the legendary Alirio Díaz wrote: “Her refined technique, always put at the service of a personal musicality, is what more can surprise in the guitar art of the Cuban and Latin American virtuosa Iliana Matos. All this, added to other exquisite qualities, has made her an appealing personality within our world of music”. Iliana Matos graduated from the National School of Art in Havana; she earned a Bachelor of Music from the Superior Institute of Havana, and received a Special Diploma given to the most outstanding graduate for her artistic creative work. She continued her studies at the Royal Music Conservatory of Madrid and graduated with a Master of Music Degree from de Extremadura University.

Prize winner of eleven major international competitions, including first prizes in the Andrés Segovia in Palma de Mallorca, Luys Milán, and Manuel Ponce International Guitar Competitions. She made history by becoming the first woman to win the prestigious S.A.R. La Infanta Doña Cristina International Guitar Competition, and the only person to win the special prize for Best Interpretation of Spanish Music in two consecutive years, 1995 and 1996.

Her highly acclaimed GSP CD “Angels in The Street” has earned universal acclaim from critics, placing her among the elite of today’s classical guitarists: “Her name deserves to go down in guitar history as one of the great players of our time.” (Classical Guitar Magazine); “a match-made-in-heaven recording that is about as perfect as guitar records get… she simply, radiantly shines, a virtuoso in service to the music” (American Record Guide); “she has sufficient of all credentials necessary to take her place in the annals of guitar as one of its truly gifted and outstanding exponents.” (, “it’s impossible while listening to ‘Angels’ to believe that her name will not someday ring the same peal of recognition as does Bream and Williams” (


Rovshan Mamedkuliev ~ Thu, April 18th, 7:30pm
First Church of Christ, Scientist (1205 Pandora Ave)

Tickets – Rovshan Mamedkuliev

Masterclass: Friday, April 19th, time TBA. University of Victoria School of Music, Rm. B037

Winner of the prestigious GFA
 International Competition, Rovshan Mamedkuliev was born in 1986 in Baku, Azerbaijan and grew up in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). From a very early age he showed exceptional musical talent and began guitar lessons at the age of 11. In 2004, he was accepted into the prestigious Nizhny Novgorod Conservatoire where he studied with nationally renowned guitarist Aleksey Petropavlovsky, graduated with honors, and was invited to join the faculty upon his graduation. In 2006, Rovshan received a special grant from Russian President Vladimir Putin for high achievements in the arts. Since then, Rovshan has performed in major cities in France, Russia, Germany, Spain and in the United States, where he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2012. He has also performed with a variety of ensembles and orchestras including l’Ensemble orchestral de Valencia (Spain), Orchestre du Conservatoire National de Musique Superiur de Paris (France), Azerbaydzhanian State Chamber Orchestra. As a competitor, Rovshan has been a laureate of over 23 competitions, earning the praise of judges and audiences. Notably, he has won first prizes and the special interpretive awards in three competitions based on performances of obligatory works of particular composers: the 41st International Guitar Competition “Francisco Tárrega” (Spain), the 10th International Guitar Competition “Hommage à Leo Brouwer” (France), and the1st International Guitar Competition “Heitor Villa-Lobos” (Spain). Being an advocate of new music, Rovshan has premiered many new works for guitar including the Concerto No. 3 “Antony” for guitar and orchestra composed by Philippe Lemaigre and the Concerto “Famalicao” by Elena Lebedeva for guitar with chamber orchestra.


We thank our 2018-2019 Season Supporters:


Artyom Dervoed ~ Wed, October 10th, 7:30pm
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, MacLaurin Bldg.

A recipient of eighteen international competition awards and a reputation as one of the world’s great virtuosos, Artyom Dervoed is an outstanding musical and performance presence. He became the first Russian to win two of the most prestigious contests, Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition in Italy and Her Royal Highness Princess Cristina Competition in Spain. The international attention allowed him to focus on recording projects, including the album of new works by Russian composers, which was released worldwide on Naxos in 2008 and became one of the top ten bestselling chamber music records. An official D’Addario artist, Mr. Dervoed will make his Victoria debut in what promises to be a season highlight.



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