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Featured Performer: Janet Grohovac
Janet Grohovac, recent winner of the 2009 Northwest Guitar Competition is one of Canada’s musical gems! An Alumni of the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria, Janet played her ﬁrst guitar competition at age 16 winning top prize in the youth division of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. In 2007, Janet graduated from the University of Victoria obtaining a Bachelor of Music with distinction studying under Dr. Alexander Dunn. In May 2009, Janet received her Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Adam Holzman. This year, Janet has returned to Austin to begin her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas. Janet returns home for the Summer Guitar Academy and what will be an unforgettable concert!
“Janet Grohovac offers everything someone would want from the classical guitar: elegance, style, and beautifully compelling tone!” – Classical Guitar Canada
Guitar Academy Faculty and the Victoria Guitar Trio
Monday, July 5, 2010, 7:30pm
Victoria Conservatory of Music
$15 adults, $10 students
Join Alexander Dunn, Douglas Hensley, Emily Nagalbach (flute) and the Victoria Guitar Trio (Michael Dias, Adrian Verdejo and Bradford Werner) for a night of classical guitar chamber ensembles. An exciting concert of Bach, Beatles, Canadian works, and tangos!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Virtuoso classical guitarist Stephan Lochbaum performs transcriptions of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and J.S. Bach violin works. A multiple competition winner and extraordinary classical guitarist in all styles from solo masterworks to jazzy solos and pop arrangements this is one very versatile talent.
“One of Canada’s strongest players!” – Guitar Victoria
Guitar Academy Student Recital
Friday, July 9, 2010, 2:00pm
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Admission by Donation
Guitar Academy Student Showcase
& Orchestra Concert
Friday, July 9, 2010, 7:30pm
Victoria Conservatory of Music
VCM Guitar Academy Competition 2010
1st place: $700
2nd place: $400
3rd place: $200
Youngest Competitor Prize
(presented by Bradford Werner)
Both rounds of the competition are open to the public by donation.
Semi-Finals: July 5th, 9:30-10:30am, Alix Goolden Hall
Finals: July 8th, 9:30-10:30am, Alix Goolden Hall
B.Mus, M.Mus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; PhD, University of California, San Diego. Extensive summer studies at the Aspen Festival and Sommerakademie Mozarteum. Performances and activities at music festivals include Darmstadt, Salzburg, Vancouver New Music, International Guitar and Lute Institute, Stetson Internatioanl Guitar Workshop, Guitar Foundation of America, Boston GuitarFest, Northwest Guitar Festival, Paracho Festival de Guitarra, Vancouver Festival, Early Music Society of the Islands, CBC Festival de Printemps, Zihuatenejo International Guitar Festival, Appalachian Guitar Festival, Singapore Youth Festival, and many others. Mr. Dunn has performed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Cuba, and numerous other places. A sought after instructor, his students are regular prize winners at regional and national competitions. Dr. Dunn is an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and currently heads what is considered one of Canada’s top guitar programs at the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
B.Mus, University of Calgary; M.Mus, University of Victoria (Guitar Performance). An enthusiastic teacher and performer, Michael Dias completed a Masters of Music in classical guitar performance under Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria in 2008. A Calgary native, he previously studied under Jacob Salomons and has had the opportunity to play in masterclasses with reknowned artists such as David Tanenbaum, Roland Dyens, Benjamin Verdery, Adam Holzman, Judcael Perroy and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Michael was the recipient of the first prize at the 2008 Northwest Guitar Festival.
Janet Grohovac began her music studies at the age of 5 in Victoria, BC. Following extensive training in piano, musicianship and theory, she began guitar lessons at the age of 15. Shortly after enrolling at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Janet played her first guitar competition at age 16 winning top prize in the youth division of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. In 2007, Janet graduated from the University of Victoria obtaining a Bachelor of Music with distinction studying under Dr. Alexander Dunn. In May 2009, Janet received her Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Adam Holzman. Janet enjoys attending music festivals throughout North America and has played in masterclasses for world-renowned artists such as Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, Scott Tennant and Eliot Fisk. Most recently, Janet received first prize in the 2009 Northwest Guitar Competition. This year, Janet has returned to Austin to begin her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas.
Douglas has also worked with ensembles such as Aventa, Ensemble Laude, Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Victoria Children’s Choir, CapriCCio, Anima, Les Violes de Ste Colombe, and the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, and he has appeared in faculty recitals at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and UVic. In California, he performed with numerous ensembles as well as the Symphony Orchestras of San Francisco, Berkeley and Marin. He co-founded and co-directed the contemporary music ensemble ISKRA with conductor Kent Nagano. Mr Hensley has significantly enriched the guitar’s repertoire by commissioning and premiering over 50 works by composers from many different countries, including Jean Coulthard and Murray Adaskin (Canada), Henk Badings (Holland), Hans Holewa and Rolf Martinsson (Sweden), Rudolf Kelterborn (Switzerland), Larry Polansky and David Loeb (USA), Byung Dong Paik and Hyo-shin Na (Korea), Reza Vali (Iran), Junko Mori (Japan), György Geszler (Hungary), etc. He has recorded, on several labels, a wide variety of pieces for classical and electric guitars, lutes, viola da pendola, oud, and setâr. He has studied classical Persian music with several Iranian masters in California and Paris, including Mohammad Rezâ Lotfi, Dâriush Talâ’i, Rez Ghâsemi and Mahvash Guerâmi.
Classical guitarist Stephen Lochbaum began his musical studies with rock and roll and the blues when he was twelve years old. Over the years he explored every genre that came his way: jazz, blues, heavy metal, folk, county and flamenco. Stephen then attended Kwantlen University College in Langley where he began studying classical guitar with Dr. Bruce Clausen. He went on to earn his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Victoria. His guitar studies were with Dr. Alexander Dunn. Stephen has had the opportunity to perform with Pepe and study with him in masterclasses. He performed Dr. Dunn’s newly discovered Beethoven arrangements for two guitars in Festivals and recitals in Montreal, Calgary, Tofino, and Victoria. He placed third in the 2005 Northwest Guitar Competition, and later won the 2005 Canadian National Festival classical guitar section. In 2005, Stephen began teaching at the Victoria Conservatory of Music where he stayed for 2 years. Soon after he played with the Vancouver Cantata Singers, which was to be his first radio broadcast on CBC radio 2. In 2006, Stephen began playing classical concertos, pop arrangements, and original compositions in nightclub settings around Vancouver hoping to bring this music to new audiences. Currently, Stephen is preparing for international competitions as well as maintaining a rigorous jazz and classical performance schedule.
Adrian Verdejo began his musical training on piano and guitar at the age of eight. He studied with Raymond Bell and Michael Holzer at the Regina Conservatory of Music. He has played electric guitar with several bands. He studied with Stephen Boswell at Capilano College and in 2004 he earned his Bachelor of Music (distinction) at the University of Victoria studying under Dr. Alexander Dunn. In 2007 he received his Master of Music from the University of Ottawa studying with Patrick Roux. he has won top prizes in music festivals and competitions and performs regularly in a variety of settings. Mr. Verdejo is a faculty guitar instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
AVCM (Performance/Teaching); Diploma (Camosun); Artistic Director – VCM Summer Guitar Academy 2008-2010; Examiner and instructional faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Originally from Nelson, British Columbia, Brad now resides in beautiful Victoria where he teaches and works as a freelance musician. Primary guitar studies with Dr. Alexander Dunn at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and previous studies in various disciplines with Stephen Boswell, Wes Wraggett, Stephen Brown, and Murray Visscher. In 2009 he was a finalist in the Northwest Guitar Festival Competition. Brad is currently working with Adrian Verdejo and Michael Dias as a member of the Victoria Guitar Trio and Quelus Guitar Duo premiering new works with a focus on Canadian content.