Seattle Classic Guitar Society
International Concert Series, 2014-2015

Roland Dyens (France)
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM
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Roland Dyens shares the joy of his musical talent through his performing, composing and teaching across the world. This three-dimensional profile provides the basis for his phenomenal success and his ongoing evolution. Always transformative events, Roland Dyens' concerts unfold as personal experiences of emotional awakening for the audience. Inspired by the musical unity demonstrated in his concerts, audience members will often later use the impact of the artist's virtuosity and creativity to guide their own perception of music and, more broadly, their lives as well. For those who are unfamiliar with the contours and nuances of classical guitar performance, one often witnesses an inspirational discovery of the instrument and its musical potential, not to mention the pleasure it gives the audience. Roland Dyens has a sensitive and colorful approach to the guitar - an unfailing open-mindedness which brings together all forms of music to each and every one of his programs. His stage presence, his improvised openings and unique relationship with the listeners undeniably position him at the forefront of guitar performance today. For a long time now, his music has been an integral part of the instrument's repertoire, placing him at the heart of a select group of contemporary guitarist/composers who enjoy such a privileged position. His compositions and arrangements are widely performed and highly acclaimed throughout the world. They provide a new breath of life for the guitar as this player and composer never ceases to challenge the limitations of his instrument. The growing number of participants and auditors in Roland Dyens' master classes is surely due to the depth of his approach which is rich in innovative themes. With a keen sense of quality and emotional strength, his natural ability to communicate with younger generations of guitarists transforms the formality of a master class into a joyful encounter. Roland Dyens teaches at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris.


“Roland Dyens is unique in the enormous contribution he has made to the contemporary guitar.” Classical Guitar Magazine

Ana Vidovic (Croatia)
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM
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Ana Vidovic is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Ms. Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in major cities across the globe. Mel Bay Publications released Ana Vidovic's most recent DVD in 2009 entitled "Guitar Artistry in Concert," a journey through the music of Torroba, Piazzolla and Pierre Bensusan, Sergio Assad, Stanley Myers, Villa-Lobos and Agustin Barrios Mangore. "Guitar Virtuoso," Ana's performance of works by Bach, Torroba, Paganini and Walton, was released on DVD by the Mel Bay label in 2006. Ms. Vidovic continues to broaden her repertoire and captivates audiences around the world with her global touring. Ms. Vidovic has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions including first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain. Other top prizes include the Eurovision Competition for Young Artists, Mauro Giuliani competition in Italy, Printemps de la Guitare in Belgium and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In Croatia the guitarist has performed with the Zagreb Soloists and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, as well as having been featured in three television documentaries by the eminent Croatian film director Petar Krelja. Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Ana's reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005.


“Ana Vidovic has become a major artist in the classical guitar world. Her appearance at An die Musik reconfirmed why. She has a finely honed technique and a remarkable stylistic sensitivity that allows her to communicate eloquently.” Baltimore Sun

Amadeus Duo (Canada/Germany)
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM
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Dale Kavanagh (Canada) and Thomas Kirchhoff (Germany) have been playing together since 1991 and have given more than 950 concerts in more than 50 European countries and North, Central and South America and Asia. Critics and audiences acknowledge the young musicians bubbling temperament in virtuoso recital, their highly sensitive creative ability in musical phrasing and articulation, and their great guitar-tone, which fills large auditoriums with a warm, rich sound. Beside their work in chamber music programs they often take place in concerts with large orchestras and perform compositions for two guitars and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo, Gheorghe Zamfir, Sergio Assad, Harald Genzmer, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime M. Zenamon, Roland Dyens and Antonio Vivaldi and Joseph Haydn. The Amadeus Guitar Duo performs regularly with The Prague- Munich and Mannheimer Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonia Hungarica, The President Orchestra Ankara, The Philharmonic State Orchestra Halle, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, The International Philharmonic Orchestra and The Kurpfalzische Kammerorchester Mannheim, The Mainzer Chamber Orchestra and the Thuringen Philharmonic Orchestra. They have been called the specialists for guitar and orchestra. Twelve records (Haenssler-Classic, FONO) and regular radio and television broadcasts in many countries certify the high quality of the Amadeus Guitar Duo. Prominent Composers have dedicated work to Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff. Among them are concertos for two guitars and orchestra by Roland Dyens, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime Zenamon, the Cologne composer Christian Jost and Gerald Garcia of Oxford and many compositions for guitar-duo by Stephen Dodgson, Harald Genzmer, Jaime M. Zenamon, Christian Jost and Martin Herchenroder. They are both teaching at the Musikhochschule in Detmold and have established one of the biggest classical guitar festivals in the world. They play exclusively D'Addario strings and guitars by Stephen Connor, Boston and Antonius Muelle, Germany.


“One of the most innovative duos in the world.” Guitarre & Laute

Marcin Dylla (Poland)
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM
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Hailed by Washington Post as "among the most gifted guitarists on the planet" Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world's elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the '2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition' in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world followed by tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-09 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos 'Top 10 Bestselling Albums' in September 2008. His live recital DVD "Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk" was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year. He has appeared in a number of distinguished concert halls such as Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Palais Lobkovitz in Vienna (Austria), Auditorio Nacional and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid (Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russian Federation), Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo (USA), Villa Hugel in Essen (Germany) and the Palazzina Liberty in Milan (Italy). Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow in 1976. He received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz. He then completed his studies with Prof. Oscar Ghiglia, Prof. Sonja Prunnbauer and Prof. Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Music Academy in Krakow and Katowice.


“Dylla handled all this music with an unusual combination of technical bravura and musical sensitivity, thrilling the large and enthusiastic audience.” SF Classical Voice

Series Tickets:
Series Tickets can be purchased via credit card from
Rosewood Guitar (206) 297-8788, or the Benaroya Box office (206) 215-4747
4-Concert Series: $125 ($95 for SCGS members, students & seniors)
3-Concert Seres $100 ($75 for SCGS members, students & seniors)

Single Event Tickets:
Single Event Tickets can be purchased via credit card by clicking the links below.
Pricing: $38 ($28 for SCGS members, students & seniors)
- ROLAND DYENS, Saturday, September 27, 2014
- ANA VIDOVIC, Saturday, November 8, 2014
- AMADEUS DUO, Saturday, March 7, 2015
- MARCIN DYLLA, Saturday, May 2, 2015
Benaroya Hall:
The SCGS International Concert Series performances are held at Benaroya Hall (Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall) located at 200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-3428
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