Season 2018-2019

Rovshan Mamedkuliev ~ Thu, April 18th, 7:30pm

First Church of Christ, Scientist (1205 Pandora Ave)Masterclass:Friday, April 19th, 2pm – 5pm. University of Victoria School of Music, Rm. B120

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.

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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.

Robert Wang ~ Fri, November 30th, 7:30pm
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, MacLaurin Bldg.PROMOTION:Free tickets for all university and high school youth students, ages 13-30! (Free for children under 13 accompanied by an adult.)Interview with Robert Wang: watch here.

His talent and intense musical activity are … remarkable.
Praised by the La Scena Musicale magazine, Robert Wang is an emerging classical guitar virtuoso who has inspired and impressed audiences worldwide despite his young age. In 2015, he made his debut performance at Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory of Music, one of the world’s premier music halls. Robert is the first prize winner of 2018 Montreal International Guitar Festival Youth Competition, the second prize winner of 2016 Boston GuitarFest International Youth Competition (Senior Division), and the first prize winner of 2017 GTA (Qinling) International Guitar Festival Youth Competition in China. Robert was also a receiver of Gold Standard at the 2017 MusicFest Canada in Niagara Falls, Ontario, as a member of the Rivers School Chamber Orchestra.

Robert Wang is also a composer in the genre of contemporary classical music, with his influences ranging from the Renaissance period to the late Romantic period. His most recent works are, however, distinguished, by extensive use of atonality and serialism of the Second Viennese School. One of his compositions, Like the Flowing River has been complemented by famous composer and guitar virtuoso, Carlo Domeniconi, “I must say that the guitar needs exactly people like you. Love and discipline.”

In 2016, two of his pieces, Hommage à Rodrigo (for guitar, violin, and piano) and Because I Could Not Stop for Death (for guitar and soprano, a setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem), were premiered in the 38th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young at the Rivers School Conservatory. During the 2018 Victoria Guitar Summer Academy, Because I Could Not Stop for Death was also performed by guitarist Alexander Dunn and soprano Susan Young at the University of Victoria.

Robert is currently a student of Dr. Alexander Dunn. His previous teachers included Eliot Fisk and Devin Ulibarri. Robert is currently attending St. George’s School in Vancouver, BC, and is planning to pursue Philosophy and Music in his university studies.

In program: works by Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Bach, Domeniconi, and more.

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

Purchase an advance discounted ticket below
(Single ticket at the door: $30/$25)

Tickets – Iliana Matos
General $25.00 CAD Student/Senior(65+) $20.00 CAD

***Your ticket will wait for you at the door. Please be prepared to show student or senior identification with your email or printed receipt. Advance individual tickets are also available for sale as at the following locations in Victoria: Long & McQuade, Ivy’s Bookshop, Good Earth Coffeehouse (Oak Bay)

Masterclass & Talk on Cuban Music. Sat,February 16th, 2019, 1pm – 4pm.
University of Victoria School of Music, David Lam Auditorium (MacLaurin A Wing).

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” (