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International Guitar Festival
The 20th Annual Radford University International Guitar Festival brings internationally noted guitarist performers to the sonic splendor of the campus of Radord University in a virtual format for viewers around the world to enjoy.
The International Guitar Festival has consistently drawn an audience to the New River Valley from NorthernVirginia as well as beyond the borders of the Commonwealth of Virginia, including Maryland, North Carolina and as far north as New York State.
- Jorge Caballero
- Khytar 12.6. (Miguel Amaral, Portuguese Guitar; Pedro Rodrigues, Classical Guitar)
- Mesut Ozgen with Cihat Askin (Violin)
- Thomas Viloteau
- Las Flamencas (Marija Temo, Flamenco guitarist and singer; Kerensa DeMars, Flamenco dancer)
Dr. Robert Trent
Dr. Robert Trent, Director of Guitar Studies at Radford University's Department of Music, introduces the 2021 International Guitar Festival.
2021 International Guitar Festival Performances
Pedro Rodrigues, classical guitar, and Miguel Amaral, Portuguese guitar
Mesut Ozgen with Cihat Askin (Violin)
Marija Temo, Flamenco guitarist and singer with Kerensa DeMars, Flamenco dancer
2021 Festival Performer Bios
Guitarist and composer Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award, one of the most prestigious and coveted awards given to performers of any instrument, and comparable to the Pulitzer Prize for musicians. He is also the recipient of top prizes at the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Luis Sigall Competition, and the First Latin American Guitar Competition. Known for his dazzling virtuosity and his intense musicality, Mr. Caballero is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists in history. Jon Pareles of the New York Times called him a "masterly guitarist" and praised his "meticulous balance and chameleonic timbres."
Mr. Caballero has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic and the Presidential Symphony of Ankara, Turkey, among others. His recital appearances include performances at New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress in Washington (in the historic Great Performers Series), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and others. Recent performances include recitals in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Mr. Caballero was also featured as the center artist for the production of "Austin Pictures," one of the largest events ever produced featuring a solo classical guitar. The production took place at the Austin City Limits Live Theater and it involved visual arts, film, and Mr. Caballero's performance of Modest Mussorgsky's iconic work "Pictures at an Exhibition." The show was broadcasted live on National Public Radio (KUT 90.5 FM Austin), and on KLRU (PBS) National Television later.
Mr. Caballero's recordings, which include arrangements for solo guitar of Antonín Dvorâk's "New World" Symphony and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, make him one of only two guitarists in the world to perform and record these monumental works. His Musical Heritage CD of Bach Cello Suites, recorded in 2000, was highly praised by critics, drawing comparisons to Casals, Rostropovich and Segovia. In addition to these recordings, as was his most recent album, titled "Albéniz," featuring adaptations of works from Isaac Albéniz' famed suite Iberia. Mr. Caballero has also recently recorded Rimsky - Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol and "Albéniz," which feature his arrangements of selected works from Iberia. Mr. Caballero also recorded videos for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, playing the 1940 Hauser I guitar formerly played by the English guitarist Julian Bream.
A native of Lima, Peru, Mr. Caballero comes from a musical family. His mother is a well-known singer in Peru and as a child he spent many evenings sitting backstage at her concerts. He began his studies at the National Conservatory in Lima, although he had already absorbed much knowledge about the instrument from listening to his father give lessons. Growing up at a time when terrorists in Peru bombed electrical stations, he became an expert at practicing in the dark. He later studied in the United States, where he attended the Manhattan School of Music.
Mr. Caballero's repertoire is notable for its breadth and scope: When he applied to the conservatory, his teacher suggested that perhaps he should list the pieces that he did not play, since there were so few of them. It ranges from Renaissance works for the vihuela to modern composers like Carter, Berio and Ferneyhough. He is also known for his arrangements of orchestral and piano works, including Alban Berg's Piano Sonata Op. 1, widely regarded as some of the most important contributions made to the classical guitar repertoire in recent history.
Winner of Artist's International Auditions (New York), Sor Competition (Rome), Young Musicians Award (Lisbon) and prizewinner at Paris, Verona, Valencia, Montelimar, Sernancelhe among other competitions, Pedro Rodrigues started his musical studies at the age of 5 and the study of classical guitar at 9 with José Mesquita Lopes with whom he completed his course of study with highest honors and as recipient of the Gulbenkian Scholarship.
Later, he continued his studies with Alberto Ponce at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, receiving the Diplome Supérieur de Concertiste de Musique de Chambre and also the Diplome Supérieur de Concertiste de Guitare with top honors: "à l'unanimité avec felicitations du jury" and he has also taken masterclasses with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Joaquin Clerch and Darko Petrinjiak.
He received his Ph.D. from Aveiro University in 2011, under the guidance of Paulo Vaz de Carvalho and Alberto Ponce as recipient of the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia Scholarship.
Pedro Rodrigues performed either as soloist, chamber music ensembles or orchestras in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa in prestigious halls like Carnegie's Weill Hall - New York, Salle Cortot - Paris, Ateneo - Madrid, National Concert Hall - Taipei, Sala Raúl Juliá-San Juan, Endler Hall - Cape Town, Centro Cultural de Belém - Lisbon, Gulbenkian Foundation - Lisbon, Casa da Música - Oporto and made recordings for RTP, RDP, RTM, SABC, WIPR, Cesky Rozhlas Broadcasting Companies and for NUMÉRICA, JNS Music, Portugaler and Nuova Venezia recording labels. He was a soloist with Gulbenkian Orchestra, Beiras Philharmonic, Algarve Orchestra among others and collaborated with Orchestrutópica, Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, Grupo Música Nova and Miso Music Portugal.
Miguel Amaral was born in O´Porto in 1982. His first contact with music happened at the age of 6, when he started studying piano with Madalena Leite de Castro. Also studied portuguese guitar with Samuel Cabral, José Fontes Rocha and Pedro Caldeira Cabral, music education with António Torres Pinto, analysis, harmony and counterpoint with Daniel Moreira, composition with Dimitris Andrikopoulos and jazz with Nuno Ferreira.
Since then, he has been performing regularly in solo recitals in Portugal and abroad, as well as in chamber music ensembles or in orchestra music programs in concert halls such as Casa da Música, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Culturgest, Teatro Solis (Montevideo), Centro Cultural Kirchner (Buenos Aires), Teatro Nescafé (Santiago de Chile), FIL Guadalajara (Mexico). In 2010 he joined the orchestra of Ricardo Pais “Sombras”, premiered at Teatro Nacional S. João with subsequent performances at Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Cidades das Artes (Rio de Janeiro), Teatro Paulo Autran (SESC Pinheiros, S. Paulo), and Mossoviet Theater (Moscow).
In 2019, Miguel Amaral alongside Yuri Reis recorded the album “Saudade” featuring the portuguese guitar and 7 chords guitar. On their first CD the duet plays traditional portuguese guitar and 7 chords guitar repertoire and three original themes “Fado Barroco” from the Portuguese piano player Mário Laginha, “Três Marias” from João Camarero and “Caprichosa” from Pedro Amorim.
Mesut Özgen with Cihat Askin (Violin)
Mesut Özgen is a “highly accomplished and exciting player who gets the most out of the music he plays” (Classical Guitar magazine of England), as well as a composer whose works show the deep influence of traditional Turkish music. Critically acclaimed as “stunningly versatile and expressive” by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Mesut has been busy with concertizing, recording, composing, conducting and teaching.
Özgen joined the faculty of Florida International University in the fall of 2013 as director of guitar studies and the FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra. He has performed and taught master classes throughout the United States, Spain, and Turkey and was the director of guitar studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 1998-2013. In addition to being a prizewinner in both the International Portland Guitar Competition and the National Guitar Competition of Turkey, he has performed as featured soloist in many festivals, including the International Paco Peña Guitar Festival in Cordoba, Spain, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Istanbul CRR concert series, April in Santa Cruz: Contemporary Music Festival, Cabrillo College Distinguished Artists Series, Ankara METU Art Festival, Kars Art Festival, Konya Mevlana (Rumi) Cultural Center, and UCSC Arts & Lectures Series among many others. He was also the founder, director, and conductor of the Santa Cruz Guitar Orchestra between 2010-2013.
Özgen's degrees include Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, as well as an MD from Hacettepe University Medical School. He was the first guitarist to be awarded the “Dean’s Prize,” the highest honorary prize at the Yale School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of renowned guitarist Benjamin Verdery. He began playing guitar in 1981 while pursuing his study at the School of Medicine. During his seven years of medical practice, as a self-taught guitarist, he also played concerts and taught guitar at the Gazi University School of Music Education and the Hacettepe University in his native Turkey. After his two performances in the International Paco Peña Guitar Festival in Cordoba, Spain in 1989 and 1990, he was invited to the U.S. by Benjamin Verdery to study with him at Yale University, School of Music. Özgen completed both his Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma at Yale. Later, Özgen studied with Professor Frank Koonce in the doctoral program at Arizona State University and worked as his teaching assistant between 1994-1998.
His guitar studies also include many master classes with such distinguished musicians as Leo Brouwer, John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, and David Russell, as well as private studies with Jose Luis Rodrigo in the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. Additionally, he studied early music on guitar, lute, and Baroque guitar with Jaap Schroeder, Rosalyn Tureck, John Metz, and Robert Spencer.
Özgen has also a long-standing interest in bringing classical guitar music to wider audiences. His staged performances include not only multimedia performances of the "New Dimensions in Classical guitar" concerts, but also “Folkie Classical Guitar” concerts with special stage design and costumes, presenting classical music based on various folk cultures, such as American, Spanish, Turkish, Greek, and Argentinean, as well as “Pick and Roll” for guitar ensemble by Ben Verdery, featuring a basketball player in dialogue with the ensemble and utilizing spatial elements in the hall.
French guitar phenomenon Dr. Thomas Viloteau is widely considered one of the most gifted classical guitarists today. His first concert was in his home country of France only a year after he began playing, in front of an audience of 200 people. Since that concert, Thomas has played in some of the best venues throughout the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, Taiwan and Puerto Rico.
Born into a family of fine arts enthusiasts, Dr. Viloteau took his first lesson at the age of twelve. Eight years later he won first prize at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and subsequently spent a year concertizing in the United States. Other first prizes include the Francisco Tárrega competition in Spain, Mottola competition in Italy, Sernancelhe competition in Portugal, Ville d’Antony competition in France, and Segovia competition in Spain. Dr. Viloteau is the only guitarist to ever win the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association.
His book on guitar technique, ‘In the Black Box, Technique(s) of the Classical Guitar,’ has sold more than a thousand copies worldwide. He has been the Artist-in-Residence at the radio show Performance Today, broadcasting his playing performances to more than a million people across the USA. Dr. Viloteau has released recordings with Naxos, MelBay and La Ma de Guido. His two latest albums, ‘Dances Through the Centuries’ and ‘A Song and Dance’ released on Tigado, contain world premiere recordings of the Suite Brasileira 3, which was commissioned and dedicated to Dr. Thomas Viloteau, and of the Suite Brasileira 4, both by Sergio Assad.
Dr. Viloteau has lived in Barcelona, Paris, San Francisco, London, Arizona, Montréal and Rochester, NY. In 2019, he joined the guitar faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
Marija Temo & Kerensa DeMars
Marija Temo, described as a “triple threat”, is widely recognized as a virtuoso classical/flamenco guitarist, flamenco vocalist, conductor, and former dancer. She has come into her own, combining her flamenco and classical abilities. She actively performs as a soloist with symphony orchestras, in guitar concert series and festivals, as a flamenco singer/guitar accompanist, and has been featured in unique types of performances. She has performed for many dignitaries and with highly acclaimed artists, and has also received several awards. In addition to her versatile performance career, she is known for her teaching methods, educational programs, and workshops. Marija Temo plays a “Marija Temo” Model flamenco/classical hybrid TM, which she designed with luthier Tom Rodriguez. Ms. Temo has also received the endorsement of D’Addario Strings.
Symphonic highlights include: Tango Fantasy” and “Concierto del Fuego”, two works for guitar and orchestra, that explore the characteristic qualities of Flamenco, written for Ms. Temo by Loris Chobanian; Falla’s “El Amor Brujo”, which she has frequently performed as a featured flamenco vocalist and former dancer with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, Calgary, Edmonton, Florida, Alexandria, Hilton Head, Kennett, Parma, and Ocean City Pops Symphonies.
Solo concert highlights feature Ms. Temo as a classical/flamenco guitarist and vocalist and at times with a guest flamenco dancer. Ms. Temo has been featured at The Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Festival and Competition as a performer and judge (2017, 2020- Judge,), Asunción, Paraguay; Radford University, Radford, VA; VCU Flamenco Guitar Festival, Richmond, VA;The First World Guitar Congress (where she was also a guest speaker in a symposium with David Russell and Tuck and Patti), Towson, MD; The New York Guitar Festival, NYC, NY; LMU Guitar Festival, Los Angeles, CA; the Baltimore, Connecticut, Calgary, and St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Series; GSFA Classical Guitar Society Series, Pittsburgh, PA; The Theatre at Washington, VA (where she shared the stage with Gene Bertoncini and Frank Vignola), and The Baldwin-Wallace World Music Series, Berea, OH.
Ms. Temo is also a flamenco guitar and vocal accompanist to many flamenco dancers and dance companies and has worked with many throughout the US and Canada.
Unique performance highlights include: Vocal contestant on La Voz US, NBC TV, with a 4 chair turn from judges, Carlos Vives, Luis Fonsi, Alejandra Guzman, and Wisin (2020); Composer and Arranger for a production of the Flamenco Nutcracker, Milwaukee, WI (2020); Presenting her own guitar/vocal arrangement at the world largest Bachata Festival, Washington, DC (2015); Guest soloist with the Zac Brown Band, Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA (2014), Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD (2013 and 2014); Music for GE Capital/ Taylor Guitar national television commercial (2010), (which received an award for being top commercial in the industry); NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim, CA (where Temo shared the stage with Rock n Roll artists, showcased the new Taylor classical guitar prototype, and performed for the GE Capital team); Flamenco Documentary, entitled “Sobre las Olas” (the history of flamenco arts in the US); Chicago Flamenco Festival (2015-2017); ; Chicago Flamenco Festival (2015-2017), with Wendy Clinard and Temo's premiere of an original work; "Man of La Mancha" with the Annapolis Chorale and Orchestra; Temo's arrangement of The "National Anthem" for guitar, dilruba, voice, and tabla , which she presented at the Library of Congress; Fuego Ibérico” (a flamenco musical set in cabaret style, centered around Ms. Temo’s talents, in which arrangements of Lecuona’s orchestral music are blended with pure flamenco); Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” (which Temo performed and arranged for violin, piano, flamenco guitar and voice); Temo's arrangements of Lorca's “Blood Wedding" & "Yerma"; Latin festival (where she performed her flamenco/pop crossover music as opener for La India); Ms. Temo's performances as guest accompanist with the Alberta and Cleveland Ballet Companies; and feature presentations showcasing Ms. Temo’s talents on PBS television specials in Ohio and Maryland.
Currently, Ms. Temo is Guitar Chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, WI, offering flamenco and classical guitar classes, and has taught in the bilingual inner city schools. In addition, Ms. Temo offers flamenco dance classes for children and adults, and private instruction online. She is a former faculty member of the Preparatory of the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University. She received her Masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, studying under Manuel Barrueco, and her Bachelors degree from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music, studying under Loris Chobanian. Ms Temo has taken master classes from many great flamenco artists, such as Paco Jarana, Paco del Gastor, El Viejin, and Pedro Cortes, but intensive studies with teachers that have had significant influence include: Marta del Cid, Bruce Catalano, Sophie Ginn-Paster, Teo Morca, and Manolo Leiva. For more information, see http://marijatemo.com.
Kerensa DeMars is a Flamenco dancer and choreographer, and the director of Studio K Flamenco. She lived in Spain from 1996-2004 where she trained intensively in flamenco dance with Spain’s foremost artists. She has performed internationally at venues including London's Royal Festival Hall, the Teatro Calderón of Madrid, the Tivoli Theater in Barcelona and San Francisco's Fort Mason Center for the Arts. Kerensa has toured with major flamenco companies in the US and is the founding director of the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company. Prior to relocating to Milwaukee in 2019, Kerensa served as Artistic Director of the Flamenco Room, San Francisco’s longest running weekly flamenco show, for fifteen years.
Kerensa has received major choreography commissions from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Azahar Dance Foundation, the Teatro Pradillo and Theatre Bay Area for her work. In 2019 she was commissioned to create ‘Volver’ - which premiered to sold out audiences and featured a multidisciplinary collaboration with guitarist/composer Amir John Haddad 'El Amir.'
Kerensa has worked extensively throughout her career with musicians from many backgrounds including Moroccan Gnawa, Palestinian, Turkish Romani, classical, Latin jazz, traditional and contemporary Flamenco. She has directed ten full length Flamenco programs (including three works for children) and presented her work in Madrid, San Francisco, Chicago, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Paris.