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Xuefei Yang (China)

Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. She is hailed as a musical pioneer - with a fascinating story of rising from the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution as the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, to becoming an internationally acclaimed professional musician on the world stage.

Her first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijing’s Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students.

Her international success has led her to be invited to play in more than 50 countries at numerous prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, all Southbank venues, and Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as the Philharmonie Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Espana, Barcelona Auditorium, Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center New York. In Asia she has appeared at the National Concert Hall Taipei, Hong Kong City Hall & Cultural Center, Esplanade Singapore, Seoul Arts Centre and gave the first guitar recital and concerto in the Beijing National Center of Performing Arts. Xuefei has also been invited to perform at major music festivals such as BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Klara International Festival, Korea’s Black Mountain Festival, Shanghai MISA Festival and the Beijing international Music Festival. From 2015, she is honoured to be the artistic director of Changsha International Guitar Festival.

Fei is frequently invited to play with the world’s leading orchestras including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Scotland National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, & Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, China National Orchestra

Fei’s recent highlights include return performances with the English Chamber Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Wintertour Philharmonic with Leo Brouwer conducting and Australian tour with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is also a committed recitalist and will be following on from the critical success she received in collaboration with Ian Bostridge on his album “Britten Songs” with a recital at the London’s Globe and a major tour across Asia. Fei’s dedication as a recitalist will see her appear across the world throughout the season. Her engagements include appearances in Sydney, Dallas, New York, GFA in America, China, Istanbul, London’s Kings Place (where she is giving two world premieres), Oxford, and Bristol. Since Xuefei premiered “Equipoise” by Timothy Salter, commissioned for her by the Park Lane Group, she has continued her journey to expand the guitar repertoire, with a particular interest in adding Chinese music and chamber music.She has made substantial new contributions both with her own arrangements and by commissioning new compositions. The recent Gramophone magazine praised her to be one of the leading innovators of her generation for building the guitar repertoire. This season sees her giving at least three world premiere performances.

Fei has made many albums including several acclaimed recordings for EMI Classics. Her first recording received a gold disc & her second was selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone magazine. Several of the recordings reflect Fei’s interest in expanding the repertoire. A concerto album recorded with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eiji Oue, featuring Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez also included a new Albeniz Concerto by Stephen Goss commissioned by EMI for Fei. Another recording of “Bach Concertos” featured Fei’s innovative transcriptions of solo works and concertos by J.S. Bach. Fei’s latest album “Heartstrings,” will be released by Universal in 2015, and again includes new transcriptions and original works for guitar.

Fei is one of the few guitarists whose artistry connect with audiences far beyond the guitar fraternity. She collaborates with an eclectic range of artists : classical musicians such as Jian Wang, Ian Bostridge, Rosalind Plowright, Sir James Galway and the Elias String Quartet ; pop musicians such as Jian Li, Leo Ku, & Eason Chen; cross-over artist Tommy Emmanuel, David Garrett. Fei has also appeared on numerous radio and television programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman's Hour, the BBC Proms, a BBC documentary ‘The Story of Guitar’, and China Central Television, who made a biographical documentary on Fei.

Xuefei was born in Beijing, & is a graduate of Beijing’s Central Conservatoire of Music, and went on to become the first Chinese musician to receive a full scholarship for postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. The UK classical music magazine, Classic FM, named Xuefei as one of the 100 top classical musicians of our time. In recognition of her distinguished career, Fei was awarded ‘Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music’ in June 2012. Xuefei is now based in the UK.

Gerald Garcia (England)

When not performing as a guitarist in Borneo or the Arctic Circle, Gerald Garcia composes music for film and live productions. His '25 Etudes Esquisses' for guitar solo have been recorded for NAXOS by John Holmquist and his music has been played and recorded by David Russell, Craig Ogden, Xue Fei Yang, Kuang Junhong, Su Meng, John Williams,  the Amadeus Duo, the Eden-Stell Duo,  the Tantalus Quartet, the Baltic Quartet, the LAGQ, Charivari Agreable, and violinists Takako Nishizaki, Mohamed Sharara and Vilhelmas Cepinskis, as well as major orchestras in Germany,Hong Kong, Lithuania and Egypt.

His Concerto for 2 Guitars based on themes collected by Garcia Lorca has been performed throughout Germany more than 50 times it has recently been recorded on the Hanssler label by the Amadeus Duo.

His orchestral and choral music has been performed at the Festival for Youth and Music two years running. His concerto for Violin, Guitar and Strings was premiered by Jeanne Christée and Florindo Baldessara at the Bad Munder celebrations in Germany, his work for Early Instrumental ensemble was broadcast in the Slovenia Early Music Festival by Charivari Agréable and his Prelude and Fugue for Accordion and String Quintet - "Signor Scarlatti in Buenos Aires" has been performed throughout Britain by the Oxford Concert Party.

His large scale choral work (Aeneid Fragments) with Brass, organ and timpani was premiered in Teignmouth in May 2003 and he wrote the music for a Carlton TV produc- tion 'Roswitha of Gandesheim' which was broadcast in 2003.

As a producer, he has recorded guitarist Kuang Junhong for the Naxos label and several piano programmes with Mark Hooper.

As a guitarist, he has recorded more than 14 CDs which have sold over 40,000 copies world-wide and plays in an Irish Group, with Simon Mayor s Mandolinquents and in duo with Alison Bendy.

Leo Brouwer (Cuba)

Composer, conductor, guitarist,academic, pedagogue and event producer, Leo Brouwer stands amongst today's most illustrious musicians. His discography extends to over 750 titles, covering a catalogue of more than 300 compositions across almost every imaginable genre and style. He holds over 300 international awards and distinctions: He is an Honourary Member of UNESCO, the Italo-Latin-American Institute, the Academy of Fine Art of Granada; an Associate Academic of the Royal Academy of Science, Fine Art and Letters of Cordoba; a Member of the Cuban Academy of Language; and the recipient of awards from numerous other prestigious international institutions, including the Manuel de Falla Prize in Spain (1998), Honourary Doctorates from Havana and Santiago de Chile, the National Music Prize of Cuba (1999), the MIDEM Clasico Prize of Cannes (2003) for his Helsinki Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, the Order of Pablo Neruda (2007), the Goffredo Petrassi Composition Prize (2008), the Cuban National Cinema Prize (2009), and the Tomas Luis de Victoria Ibero-american Music Prize (2010). He has conducted over 100 orchestras and chamber ensembles worldwide, including the Orchestra of Cordoba (1992-2001) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba (1981-2003). In Cuba he directed the first music departments of the ICAIC (1960) and the Music Theatre of Havana (1962). He was Founder and Director of the Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora of the ICAIC (1968), and Visiting Composer at the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Berlin (1970). He has been invited to judge numerous international guitar, composition and conducting competitions. Various groups and festivals bear his name, such as the Brouwer Guitar Quartet (USA), Brouwer Trio of Valencia (Spain) and the Leo Brouwer Young Sinfonia (Spain). Since 2005 he has directed the Oficina Leo Brouwer in Havana, under whose auspices he has presented the Leo Brouwer International Guitar Festival of Sao Paulo in Brazil; and in Havana, the Leo Brouwer Chamber Music Festival, Les Voix Humaines Festival and Countertenors of the World Festival.

ALEXANDER-SERGEI RAMIREZ

Peruvian born Alexander-Sergei Ramírez has appeared throughout the world in recitals, chamber concerts (with partners including violinist Renaud Capucon or Daniel Hope, the Amati String-Quartet, the Rosamunde Quartett) and as soloist in orchestral concerts (Orchestre National de Belgique, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Latvian National Orchestra) including appearances at the Salzburg Festival (Austria), Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany), Istanbul Music Festival (Turkey), Semanas Interamericanas (Washington, DC).

His albums on DENON-International were received with critical acclaim by the music press. His recording dedicated to the works of the Paraguayan composer Agustín Barrios-Mangoré was released on DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON and was hailed as “the most engrossing 75 minutes I have ever heard” (Matanya Ophee) and was selected as “Recording of the month” by Classical Web Magazine. His CD Odyssey, (also on DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON) a musical voyage around the world with compositions from Spain, Russia, Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, Perú and Cameroon was selected “CD of the month“ by ECOS-Magazine.

His latest recording “Guitarra Clásica del Perú” (on CAvi) focuses world premiere recordings of Peruvian composers of the 18th and 19th century like Perdo Ximénez Abrill Tirado (1780-1856) - “one of the greatest discoveries of the classical guitar repertoire in the past decades!” ORF - Austrian Radio Program.

Since several years his interest also focuses on the “romantic guitar”, performing in the unusual Duo-combination of guitar and fortepiano with Sheila Arnold.

Ramirez studied with Prof. Maritta Kersting, Germany, Jose-Luis Gonzalez, Spain and Pepe Romero, Spain/USA.

Beeing Professor at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule, Düsseldorf (Germany), Alexander-Sergei Ramirez is frequently invited to guitarfestivals, is giving worldwide masterclasses and is jurymember of different international guitar competitions.

MARCO PEREIRA

Marco Pereira was born in Sao Paulo and got classical guitar lessons with the Uruguayan master Isaias Sávio and music theory lessons at the Music and Drama Conservatory of São Paulo.

He lived in France for five years and received a classical guitar master's degree in performance from the Université Musicale Internationale of  Paris, and a master's degree in Musicology from the University of Paris-Sorbonne with his thesis Heitor Villa-Lobos and his guitar work (Editora Musimed – Brasília – Brasil).

In Paris, he was strongly influenced by jazz and Latin-American music which characterizes his compositional work, added to Brazilian styles. He performed with great success at 9ème Festival de Jazz de Paris that allowed him to perform in Germany, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Canada and the United States. In Spain, he won two awards in important international guitar competitions: Concurso Andrés Segóvia (Palma de Mallorca) and Concurso Francisco Tárrega (Valencia).

On his return to Brazil, Marco settled in Brasilia after he was invited by UnB (University of Brasilia) to establish the courses of Classical Guitar and Functional Harmony. He recorded his first two albums for Som da Gente (Violão Popular Brasileiro Contemporaneo – 1985 - and Circulo das Cordas – 1987). These two records allowed him to perform in The Town Hall of New York, in 1988. In 1989 he moved to Rio de Janeiro and took part in the Free Jazz Festival in four instances: in a memorable performance with Trio D'Alma in 1989; with his own work in 1991; with Wagner Tiso in 1992, and with Edu Lobo in 1996. He recorded with many prominent artists in the Brazilian musical scenario, such as, Gal Costa, Tom Jobim, Edu Lobo, Gilberto Gil, Wagner Tiso, Daniela Mercury, Zizi Possi, Zélia Duncan, Cassia Eller, Rildo Hora, Paulinho da Viola, Milton Nascimento, Leila Pinheiro, Fátima Guedes, Nelson Goncalves and Roberto Carlos amongst others.

Marco Pereira received the important Sharp Award in two different editions: as Best Arranger (1993) for Gal Costa's album and as Best Soloist and Best Album of the Year (1994) for Bons Encontros with the pianist Cristovão Bastos.

Currently, he a professor in the Composition Departament  at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). His compositions were issued by the publisher Éditions Lemoine - Paris, France - and GSP (Guitar Solo Publications) - San Francisco, CA - USA, Editora Musimed (Brasília - Brazil) and Editora Garbolights (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). and have been played and recorded by important guitarists all around the world.

In 1995, Marco released three albums: Dança dos Quatro Ventos for the Belgian label GHA; Elegia for Channel Classics of The Netherlands; and Brasil Musical for the Brazilian label Tom Brasil. In 1999, Marco released his solo album Valsas Brasileiras with an exquisite repertoire of the modern Brazilian popular waltzes. In 2001 he released the album Luz das Cordas recorded with the mandolin player Hamilton de Holanda. In 2004 he recorded two different albums: Original – GSP (Guitar Solo Publications - San Francisco, CA – www.gspguitar.com ) with his own compositions for solo guitar, and   O samba da minha terra – Independent – with new arrangements and compositions for guitar, bass, drums and percussion. In 2006 he did an album with harmonica: Afinidade; in 2007 he released his album with orchestra: Camerístico; still in 2007 he released his book+CD Ritmos Brasileiros (Braziian Rhythms). He also has two CDs in Europe: Stella del Matino (EGEA – Perugia – Italy) and Essence (Kind of Blue – Lugano – Switzerland).

In 2010 he released a new solo guitar album together with a book that contains all arrangements and compositions transcribed in musical notation. He also released a method for 7 strings guitar (‘Sete Cordas – técnica e estilo’). In 2011 he released his "Cadernos de Harmonia" (a Harmony method for guitar in 3 volumes) and a CD with his work for guitar and orchestra.

His composition "Lendas Amazônicas", for two guitars and orchestra was premiered in November 2012 in São Paulo, Brazil.

In 2017, his "Concerto Calunga", for guitar and orchestra, was premiered in Russia having Eduardo Isaac as soloist.

Clive Carroll

Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists.

Born in England, Clive began his musical journey in Chelmsford, Essex.  His parents had a taste for American country and old time music and it wasn’t long before Clive was playing in the family band on a homemade banjo.  By his early teens, guitar in hand, Clive was traversing the worlds the soul, pop, funk and traditional Irish music, balancing his affinity for Slayer with the etudes of Tárrega.  This breadth of musical curiosity was to become one of his strengths; even as a child Clive was as comfortable accompanying a group of folk singers as he was jamming along to Nirvana or performing standards with the Essex Youth Orchestra.  

Clive went on to earn a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition and Guitar from the famed Trinity College of Music in London, all the while balancing his classical work with forays into the world of the steel string guitar.  By the time he graduated from Trinity, Clive had not only penned orchestral works, he had a written an album’s worth of solo acoustic guitar music.  A chance meeting with English guitar legend John Renbourn proved the catalyst for Clive’s debut album, “Sixth Sense”, which Renbourn deemed “a milestone in the journey of the steel-string guitar”.  He subsequently took Clive on the road with him and the pair toured North America and Europe together, thus launching Clive’s solo performing career.

Since then, Clive has established himself as one of the world’s premier acoustic guitar players.  He has toured across Europe, Australia, the Middle East and North America, garnering praise for his sublime performances of everything from 16th and 17th century lute music to Jazz standards, Blues, Irish reels and his own groundbreaking compositions.  Lauded guitarist Tommy Emmanuel has also taken Clive on the road with him and similar nods to Clive’s musicianship have been given by everyone from classical guitarist John Williams to Madonna, Guy Ritchie, Michelin award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli and the Sultanate of Oman.

In addition to Clive’s three solo albums - “Sixth Sense”, “The Red Guitar” (which Tommy Emmanuel cites as one of his desert island discs!) and “Life in Colour” - Clive has written music for television and film.  He notably composed the music for the film “Driving Lessons”, which features Julie Walters and Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame.  Clive's latest CD “The Furthest Tree” is entirely self-penned and features a collection of music that showcases the prodigious developments in Clive’s music world in what is arguably his most original, compelling and groundbreaking album to date!

DUO  MELIS

The Spanish Susana Prieto and the Greek Alexis Muzurakis made their debut as the Guitar Duo Melis in 1999 at the International Guitar Festival of Volos (Greece). Since then they have performed in such prestigious halls as the Philharmonie in Berlin, the  Concertgebouw  in Amsterdam, the  Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the  Megaron in Athens and the  Merkin Concert Hall in New York. They have been invited to play concerts and give master classes in international guitar festivals in Europe and America.

Susana, from Spain, and Alexis, from Greece, have won numerous prizes, both individually and together. In 1999, as a duo, they won first prize at the International Guitar Duo Competition of Frechen (Germany). The next year they won the prestigious  Guitar Duo Competition of Montelimar (France)

as well as the  21st International Guitar Duo Competition “Mauro Giuliani” (Italy). In 2001 they captured the Duo/Ensemble prize at the Chamber Music Competition of Leipzig (Germany) and the same year were the winners at the International Guitar Duo Competition of Paris (France). In 2003 they recorded their first CD after winning the recording prize “Citta di Verona” at the International Chamber Music Competition “Gaetano Zinetti”  (Italy). In 2005 they successfully auditioned for the  Yehudi Menuhin Society  Live Music Now .

The Guitar Duo Melis has collaborated with international orchestras like the  Berliner Symphoniker , the  Neubrandenburger Philharmonie , the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie , the Radio Orchestra of Bucharest and the National Orchestra of Thessaloniki conducted by  Leo Brouwer . Their wide repertoire spans from the baroque music to the music of A. Piazzolla or A. Ginastera, and also includes concertos for two guitars and orchestra by Rodrigo, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Vivaldi and the newly composed concerto of Marek Pasieczny dedicated to Duo Melis.

Xavier Jara

American classical guitarist, Xavier Jara (1993), is the 1st prize winner of the 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition.  A native of Minnesota, Jara was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicael Perroy.  

Jara studied in Paris for six years with Perroy.  During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with French guitarist, Olivier Chassain, and lute master, Eric Bellocq.  He received 1st place in a number of international competitions including the Viseu International Competition (2014), the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015), the Ciudad de Coria Competition (2015), and the Tokyo International Competition (2016).  In 2016 Jara returned home to the United States to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s Rose Augustine Grand Prize.  

Jara's 2017-2018 concert tour begins in September 2017.  He will perform more than 60 concerts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala & Panama, including a concert at Carnegie Hall (April 5, 2018.)  

Bio Maria Vega

Dancer and choreographer born in Madrid. She completed her Spanish dance and Flamenco studies in the Royal Dance Conservatory in Madrid with distinction.

She also studied in the renowned Flamenco studio “Amor de Dios” in Madrid with great Flamenco masters such as Merche Esmeralda, Blanca del Rey, Belén Maya, Lola Greco or Rafaela Carrasco, as well as completing her contemporary dance and ballet studies.                                                                                        

She was invited by Rojas and Rodriguez to the “Nuevo Ballet Español” as a soloist. Later on, she joined as the principal dancer, the company “Antonio Najarro”, nowadays the director of the Spanish National Ballet.

Additionally, she continued to collaborate in different projects with the Flamenco Company “Carmen Cortés” and the Capitole theatre in Toulouse, France.        

She was chosen to play the leading role of the "Belle andalouse” in the musical “Don Juan” by Felix Gray, performing in the main theatres of Seoul (South Korea)  

Maria also collaborates as guest dance artist for YAMAHA international.

In her role as a teacher, she has been invited, as a Flamenco and Spanish Dance teacher, by several organizations, such as the Hispanic Ballet (New York), Detroit dance center (U.S), Franconville Theatre (Paris), the Belém Cultural Center (Lisbon), Spanish Dance Society (London), and Morley College (London) among others.

She started her career as a choreographer creating “Recuerdos del alma” chosen for the Spanish and Flamenco Dancing Choreography Contest and was presented in the Albéniz Theatre in Madrid.

She created the choreography “Solo dos” exclusively for a commemorative act in the Eiffel Tower  in Paris. “Tierra de nadie” and “Y yo sigo tu Luz”, were the following solo pieces performed in shows alongside international dance stars in Portugal and England.

As the guest artist of the Classical Orchestra of Madeira, she interpreted pieces from the traditional Spanish repertoire such as the “El Baile de Luis Alonso” and “La Vida Breve”.  

In 2014, she creates the show “De azabache y plata” still on tour, alongside the Spanish composer Javier Coble. Her Flamenco London based company "Maria Vega Dance Company" was formed in 2016. The company, formed by nine internationally renowned artists is currently touring with the show "A Dancer's Journey".

Maria has appeared on TV in several occasions, NBC, Channel 5, Arte Channel. She is being lately seen on Sky TV and in the film 'Spanish Dancer, London Life' by Richard Dunkley. A documentary film that follows Maria over three years as she moves to London to start a Flamenco/Jazz/Contemporary Fusion Dance company and creates her stage show.

Yi Che(China)

Yi Chen, Assistant Professor of Central Conservatory of Music’s Institute of Music Education and Visiting Professor as Master Supervisor of Musicology Program At International Asian Art Academy (AIAAA) Bankokthonburi University, Thailand.

Professor Chen worked in CCOM since 1987, she played cello with China Liberation Army Singing and Dancing Troup, then she learned the guitar performance by Professor Chen Zhi. She earned Arts Education Master Degree in CCOM in 2006. She went toColumbusStateUniversitySchwabMusicSchoolas the exchange scholar in 2008, and research the Western Classical Guitar Teaching method by Professor Andrew Zohn. During these time, she also went to Southern California University to be with LAGQ (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), and Toronto University with Professor Jeffry McFadden, as well as Canadian classical guitarist Bagher Moazen.

Professor Chen teaches classical guitar and other alternative causes. Her students earned great merit in theChinaand International competition. Besides, she takes the research subjects in CCOM, her research article such as : “The limitation for the guitar left hand“ , “Study for the Western Classical Guitar Teaching System”, “Africa-Cuban Music Style Study – Leo Brouwer”. Also, “Guitar Music for the Foreign Songs”, “Guitar Tab Music” were published by The People’s Music Publisher.

Professor Chen played guitar for Mahler “No. 7 Symphony” and  Shostakovich “No. 2 Jazz Suite” with EOS symphony and China National Symphony Orchestra in National Arts and Performance Center and Beijing Music Concert Hall. She was the director of judge for “Shenyang International Guitar Festival” and “Hunan Changsha International Guitar Festival” in recent years. She was the judge for CSU Guitar Symposium from 2011-2016; and she was a judge for the most prestige “GFA (Guitar Foundation of America )International Guitar Competition in Jun , 2011.

Professor Chen took her students to compete in 2014 Thailand International Guitar Festival in Nov. 2014, and won four division champions (Professional Artist Division, Youth Senior Division, Youth Junior Division II and Children Division) out of five divisions.

Professor Chen is appointed as Visiting Professor as Master Supervisor of Musicology Program At International Asian Art Academy (AIAAS) Bankokthonburi University, Thailand in 2015.

Bao Xu(China)

After Mr. Chen, China's second-generation echelon in classical guitar teaching is gradually recognized by guitar academic world in Europe and America. Bao Xu is one of those representatives. As an associate professor of Sichuan Conservatory of Music and Master Instructor, Xu’s achievement in teaching is obviously seen. Numerous students realized their dream with the instruction of Xu, among which Junhong Kuang, one of his students, tops most. He had ever held a recital in Carnegie Hall and released his solo albums in the laurel series of Naxos Record Company. At present, he had won the full awards of Peabody Conservatory of Music and will study further under the guidance of Manuel Barrueco.

In his spare time, Xu is often invited to perform in the Conservatory of Music around the world and give lectures or be as a judge in the Art Festival such as Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, The University of Music Detmold, University of Münster, Germany Iserlohn International Guitar Festival, Germany Weimar Anna Maria International Youth Guitar Festival, Spain Alhambra International Guitar Competition, South Korea Daejeon International Guitar Festival, and Thailand International Guitar Festival.

Qing He(China)

HE QING Associate Professor of Classical Guitar TJCM

He graduated from Tianjin Conservatory of Music in 1998, master of musicology. From 1997, he took guitar lessons from Prof. Chen Zhi at Central Conservatory of Music. In 2001, he established the guitar faculty in TJCM and the attached Middle School. From 2008, he was also invited to teach at Central Conservatory of Music. 2003-04 and 2014-15, as visiting scholar he studied lute and early music at die Hochschule für Musik, Theater and Medien Hannover with Prof. Hans Michael Koch. Besides classical guitar, he also plays lute and baroque guitar, while occasionally plays continuo in chamber music.

Peter Fang(China)

Peter Fang graduated from Xiamen (University), major in both of Law and English. He is not only a guitarist, but also a famous guitar educator, collector and connoisseur. At present, he is the Managing Director of Xiamen Philharmonic and the president of Fujian Guitar association.

Peter had ever studied with many guitar masters, including Zoran Dukic and Esther Steenbergen and many others. He is frequently invited to be the judge at many important National and International Guitar Competitions. Moreover, he is often invited to give lectures and concerts, including the invitation from Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Xiamen University etc. Peter is also an excellent guitar educator.

Peter organized and sponsored many  National and International guitar academic activities and festivals, including the Gulangyu Guitar Festival. He has ever invited Zoran Dukic,Marcin Dylla,Denis Azabagic,JanDepreter,SanelRedzic, Esther Steenbergen,OlgaFranssen,MaartenKoningsberger,OttoVowinkel,GarySouthwell, Xuefei Yang, Alfredo Huang to perform and give master classes in China.

Peter is an accomplished expert in guitar- making and appreciation. His book The Appreciation and Making of the Classical Guitar is by far the first and the only monograph in the field in China.

Peter Fang is also the founder of “GuitarIsland” website, which is one of the most influential classical guitar websites in China. He published a tremendous amount of articles about guitar method, guitar making and music appreciation on the website.

Dr Kenneth Kwan(Hong Kong)

Dr Kenneth Kwan graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo majoring in classical guitar, conducting and music theory. The Buffalo News called his playing “sensitive” and “Legato” commented on a performance of his which received “an ovation that clearly reflected the audience’s delight.” On Kwan’s conducting the Buffalo News wrote: "Its (the performance's) success here surely owed something to Kwan's sure-looking and persuasive manner with the music and the musicians." He is also an internationally recognized expert in the music of Chinese American composer Chou Wen-chung.

Dr Kwan was Community Cultural Ambassador for the Hong Kong government's Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) in 2004 and 2009, as well as Artist-in-Residence for various performing venues throughout Hong Kong. His series of lectures on guitar music for the LCSD 6 years in a row had received popular acclaim. The Guitar School Days program he designed and presented on behalf of the HK government had for 3 years in a row toured in different venues and brought guitar music to thousands of enthusiastic secondary school students.

In addition to performing concerts for Radio Television Hong Kong's (RTHK) program "Hong Kong Recital Hall", Dr Kwan had written and presented radio programs for Radio 4, as well as offering insights on the guitar for the populace on various cultural programs for Hong Kong Television Broadcasting (HKTVB).

Dr Kwan has taught at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Chinese University. He was Associate Professor and Director of International Exchange at the Kunming Arts Academy. Since 2006 he has established the classical guitar programs in the Orchestral Studies Department of the Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory, Xinghai Conservatory Graduate School, and Supplementary Highschool of Xinghai Conservatory, where he currently teaches. He has given lectures in Beijing (Central Conservatory), Shanghai (Shanghai Spring/Shanghai Conservatory), Taipei (Taipei-Canada Arts Festival), Kunming, Guangzhou, Macau and Hong Kong. He has also written for international guitar journals such as Hawaii's "Guitar and Lute", Guitar Foundation of America's "Soundboard" and the Hong Kong Guitar Information Alliance's online magazine "GIA News". He was on judging panels for competitions in the US, China and Hong Kong. The 16 volumes teaching manuals on contemporary music for secondary and primary school "Understanding Contemporary Music: A Teaching Resource Kit (with CD and DVD)" that he co-wrote and co-edited was published in 2006 by the Hong Kong Chinese University Press.

Zhenqi Min (China)

Faculty of Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Member of Council of Shanghai Guitar Professional Committee;Contributing Editor at Shanghai Music Publishing House

After study abroad, Mr. Min joined the Shanghai Music Publishing House as an editor. He currently teaches the classical guitar at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

In contemporary music, Zhenqipremiered the guitar concerto,Symphonic VariationsbyXuMengdong in the 33rd Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. Besides, he performedPoemeLyrique IIby Chen Qigang,Vacuite and Consistanceby XuShuya, and other modern pieces.

In addition, Zhenqi has been commissioned by SMPH since 2009. He is the author ofThe Pop Musicand111 Pieces of Classic Guitar Works, and the translator ofMel Bay Presents Complete Giuliani Studies.

B.M., Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studied with Mr. Dengmin Ye.

M.M., with Academic Honor, a recipient of Beneficent Society Scholarship, New England Conservatory, studied with Mr. Eliot Fisk.

Jiajiong Li(China)

Jiajiong Li, guitar faculty in Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.

Mr. Li studied classical guitar with Professor Zhi Chen in 1990. He attended the Middle School affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music in 1993, and then entered the Conservatory in 1997. He has performed on solo and chamber recitals in venues such as the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing Music Hall, and Zhongshan Music Hall.

Mr Li received both his Bachelor of Music and Master's degrees from the Central Conservatory, and in 2001 joined the faculty. During his teaching years, he has given master classes at Wuhan Conservatory, Shenzhen Art School, and Macao Conservatory, among others.

In 2010, he received a scholarship from the China Study Council and went to Rome Conservatory as a visiting scholar.

In 2013, his student, Xiaobo Pu, won first prize in the senior division of the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, and another student, Beiyan Liu, won third prize in the junior division of the GFA International Competition. In 2014, Mr. Pu was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music.

Le Li(China)

He took office in the Zhejiang Industry University. He was the vice president of the guitar professional committee of Zhengjiang music Institute. In 2005, he began to teach guitar. Several of his students were crowned in the national guitar contests. He held the Hangzhou international guitar festerval in 2008. In the same year, the “sounds of nature” guitar art center in Hangzhou was founded. This Art center owns more than 10 professional classical guitar teachers and more than 200 guitar youth learners.

Haibiao Zhao(China)

Haibiao Zhaowas graduated from Yunnan Normal University. Now he assumes office in the Modern Music Department of Yunnan Art College. He is also a professional classical guitar teacher in the Fine Art Department, School of Art and Design,Yunnan University. From 1993 to 2005,he went on professional tour in many major cities around China. Till now he’ve held several solo concerts and been as a judge in numerous important guitar competitions. In 2006 ,the Haibiao guitar art school was founded in Kunming In 2013 , his classical guitar album,"Listen to the Sea" was Published.

Zhengxian Qian(China)

Zhengxian Qian, head of guitar department in Wuhan conservatory.

Mr Qian Studied classic guitar with professor Zhi Chen in Central conservatory of music, China and received bachelor  of music degree in 2001. He has been performed in many places such as “classical guitar concert” for CCOM’s 50 anniversary in Central conservatory of music. In 2000, he was invited as one of the jury by Fujian music society for it’s guitar competition. In 2004, he founded the guitar department in Wuhan Conservatory.

Mr Qian has participated in festivals including Ligitar international guitar festival (Swiss), Bach guitar festival(Japan), Tianjin guitar festival(China), Guitar Foundation of America festival (USA), Among others. Mr Qian edited the “guitar grades for examination” and published a paper called “Bach in classical guitar world.”

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