Personalities

Guitarists from Victoria and Honorary Canadians!

Pepe Romero

Maestro Pepe Romero is an ardent supporter of Victoria's guitar energy

The brilliant Pepe Romero needs to introduction. There are very few true living legends in the world of classical music, few who have sustained greatness and grown throughout their lives. Pepe Romero is such an artist. He has been honored by kings, heads of state, and major institutions-the encomiums continue to pour in. But to Romero, his most important contribution has been reaching the common man. He has communicated the richness and beauty of the classical guitar to millions of people throughout the world. He has, indeed, become an ambassador of classical music, and, correspondingly, of the classical guitar. As soloist and member of Los Romeros, Pepe Romero has performed (by himself and with his family) at the White House, the Vatican for Pope John Paul II, for HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, and Queen Beatrice of Holland.  He has been a special guest at music festivals in Salzburg, Israel, Schleswig-Holstein, Menuhin Festival, Osaka, Granada, Istanbul, Ravinia, Garden State, Hollywood Bowl, Blossom, Wolf Trap, and Saratoga, among many others.

Pepe Romero and his illustrious father Celedonio, hold honorary doctorates from the University of Victoria. He plays often in Victoria in duos with Dunn, and in quartets with Dunn, Randy Pile and Robert Ward.

 

Adam Foster

Award-winning guitarist and teacher Dr. Adam Foster is a graduate of the Florida State University with a DMA in Guitar Performance under the guidance of Professor Bruce Holzman. His professional activity with the Tantalus Guitar Quartet allows frequent concertizing and repeat engagements throughout the United States and Europe. The quartet will be recording in the summer of 2012, featuring two World Premieres written expressly for the quartet by Apostolos Paraskevas and Juan Trigos.

Adam is originally from Victoria

 Dr. Foster also holds a Graduate Certificate in Early Music with performance experiences on eight-course Renaissance Lute, French Theorbo, and Tenor Viol da Gamba. His treatise involved developing the reception history of the solo and chamber guitar works of Swiss composer Hans Haug, and is currently working on the publication and recording of his findings. His principle teachers include Ricardo Cobo at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Dr. Alexander Dunn of the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. An active teacher, Dr. Foster maintains a thriving private studio in Tallahassee, Florida and is engaged as a clinician at college and high school campuses throughout the year. His arrangement of Haydn’s String Quartet Opus 9, No. 6 is published by Class Guitar Resources, Signature Series (www.classguitar.com). More information at www.adamfosterguitar.com and www.tantalusquartet.net.

Janet Grohovac

Janet is a Victoria native

A seasoned professional, Janet Grohovac is Adjunct Professor at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. Ms Grohovac earned a DMA at University of Texas, Austin under Adam Holzman, where she also completed a Masters Degree. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria under Dr. Alexander Dunn, where she graduated with distinction. Prior to her university studies, she completed an intensive performance and teacher training program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, leading to an AVCM Diploma. Janet was first place winner in the 2009 Northwest Guitar Festival and prizewinner in the 2010 Texas Music Festival “Classical Minds” as well as the 2011 Dallas International Competition. In addition to performing and studying, Janet is an experienced teacher and has been involved in creating and organizing curriculum for guitar workshops as well as instructing group lessons, private lessons, and master classes in classical guitar. Janet enjoys teaching students of all levels in the newly launched Guitar Project program at the University of Texas and is an Adjunct Guitar Professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin.

Carli Kennedy

Carli Kennedy and Roland Dyens

Reviewers, colleagues, and audiences alike describe Carli and Julie Kennedy as “fine players and truly communicative performers.” This dynamic duo is winning over a wide range of audiences with maturity beyond their years as instrumentalists, vocalists, and songwriters. With a musical connection reminiscent of other Canadian family groups, such as Leahy and The Rankins, audiences are falling in love with the music of Carli and Julie Kennedy.


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