GUITARS INTERNATIONAL
presents the 14th annual
Cleveland International
Classical Guitar Festival
Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2014
in cooperation with the
Cleveland Institute of Music
 
Jason Vieaux
As Head of the Cleveland Institute of Music's Guitar Department, I invite you to attend our fourteenth annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival: Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1, 2014. Over the years this unique artistic event has consistently brought the world's finest guitarists, lutenists, lecturers, composers, teachers, and guitar makers to the Cleveland Institute of Music. This May my students and I look forward once again to sharing CIM's rich environment of world class performance, artistry, education and camaraderie with old friends and new, from around the USA and beyond, in a celebration of fine music and the classical guitar.
A Video Interview with Classical Guitarist Jason Vieaux
by Christopher Davis
Parts 1 2 3 4
First Prize, 36th International Guitar Competition Gargnano, Italy

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Polácková Biography
RECITAL (US Showcase Debut): Friday, May 30 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by:
Dowland, Giuliani, Mertz, Ponce, and Turina (program notes).
Admission: Free
Information: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502

About the Artist: Since 2003 classical guitarist Petra Polácková has won three first prizes in Czech Republic national competitions (Opava, Ceske Budejovice, and Pardubice) and six first prizes in international competitions: Dolný Kubín (Slovakia), Kutna Hora (Czech Republic), Bratislava (Slovakia), Krzyzowa (Poland), Krynica (Poland), and most recently in 2011 first prize at the 36th International Guitar Competition Gargnano (Italy). Learn more.

MASTER CLASS: Saturday, May 31 from 1:00 to 3:45 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113 (Directions)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM guitar students will perform and be coached by Petra Polácková.
Admission: Open to auditors free of charge
Information: Call CIM at (216) 791-5000.

Nigel North, lute (England) & Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano (USA)
Perhaps he is the greatest performer on the [lute] of all time. (Birmingham Post)
North Biography
RECITAL: Saturday, May 31 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: Corde, Dowland, Janequin, Johnson, Milano, Ravenscroft, Richafort, Rore, Sandrin, Sermisy, and Tromboncino (program notes).
Admission: $22.00 (Click here to purchase tickets on line)
Information: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502

About the Artists: Lutenist Nigel North has for over thirty years pursued a unique musical career which embraces activities as a renowned soloist, accompanist, scholar, and teacher. A prolific recording artist, he has participated in over 200 recording projects including 20 solo CDs. His Bach on the Lute (box set - Linn Records) is a classic. Most recently Dowland: Complete Lute Music (box set - Naxos) has gained him a garland of critical acclaim. Learn more. Soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw, 2010 McKnight Artist Fellow, brings a sense of adventure and style to the concert stage as a passionate interpreter of Baroque and contemporary repertoire. She has been acclaimed as a “major musical force” (St. Paul Pioneer Press), for her “flawless vocal agility” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “plangent intensity” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Learn more.

MASTER CLASS: Friday, May 30 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113 (Directions)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM duos consisting of guitar with voice will perform and be coached by Nigel North and Carrie Henneman Shaw.
Admission: Open to auditors free of charge
Information: Call CIM at (216) 791-5000.

LECTURE: Sunday, June 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113 (Directions)
Description: Nigel North will discuss baroque performance practice on the classical guitar: phrasing, ornamentation, and articulation
Admission: Open to the public free of charge
Information: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.

Henneman Shaw Biography
Unforgettable musicianship of the highest order (The Washington Post)

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SoloDuo Biography
RECITAL: Saturday, May 31 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: Albéniz, Beethoven, Debussy, Granados, Jolivet, and Rodrigo (program notes).
Admission: $22.00 (Click here to purchase tickets on line)
Information: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502

About the Artists: Classical guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli formed SoloDuo ten years ago. As a duo they have performed throughout Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada, and Latin America, and been acclaimed everywhere - from New York's Carnegie Hall to Seoul's Sejong Chamber Hall, from Kiev's Hall of Columns to Vienna's Konzerthaus - as one of the best ensembles ever heard. SoloDuo's long awaited May 31 recital marks this renowned Duo's much anticipated return to Cleveland, Ohio. Learn more.

MASTER CLASS: Sunday, June 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113 (Directions)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM guitar students will perform and be coached by Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela of SoloDuo.
Admission: Open to auditors free of charge
Information: Call CIM at (216) 791-5000.

Robert Gruca is a brilliant player with gorgeous tone and a flawless sense of rhythm. (Audaud.com)

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Gruca Biography
RECITAL: Sunday, June 1 from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: Johnson, Dowland, Handel, Barrios, Rodrigo, Brouwer, and Morel (program notes).
Admission: $22.00 (Click here to purchase tickets on line)
Information: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502

About the Artist: Classical guitarist Robert Gruca is an exciting young musician who performs a wide range of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire. He made his concerto debut In 2004 performing Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Nuvi Mehta. Since then he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra in the USA and Europe under the direction of both Franz Welser-Möst and Pierre Boulez. Much in demand as a recitalist and chamber musician, Robert Gruca has performed throughout the USA. Learn more.

MASTER CLASS: Friday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113 (Directions)
Description: Both non-CIM and CIM guitar students will perform and be coached by Robert Gruca.
Admission: Open to auditors free of charge
Information: Call CIM at (216) 791-5000.

Jason Vieaux, guitar (USA) & Julien Labro, bandoneon (France)
Among the elite of today's classical guitarists (Gramophone)

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Vieaux Biography
CIM FACULTY RECITAL: Sunday, June 1 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall,
11021 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (Directions)
Works by: Brouwer, Gnatalli, Metheny, and Piazzolla (program notes)
Information: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.

About the Artists:  Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux is a musician noted for virtuosic and stirring performances, imaginative programming, and uncommon communicative gifts. His collaborations with the Escher Quartet, flutist Gary Schocker, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and bandoneon/accordion virtuoso Julien Labro (who joins Jason Vieaux on his latest Azica C.D.) continue to display Vieaux's broad range of musical interests. Learn moreJulien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneon players in both the classical and jazz worlds. His artistry, virtuosity, and creativity as a musician, composer, and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide. Learn more.

MASTER CLASS: Saturday, May 31 from 9:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall (Directions)
Description: Non-CIM guitar students will perform and be coached by Jason Vieaux, Head of CIM’s Guitar Department.
Admission: Open to auditors free of charge
Information: Call CIM at (216) 791-5000.

Labro Biography
Elliott Biography
MASTER GUITAR MAKERS' DISCUSSION: Saturday, May 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113 (Directions)
Description: Master guitar makers Jeffrey R. Elliott and Cyndy Burton will discuss what motivated them to become guitar makers; instrument makers and musicians who have influenced them and why; their perspective on the renaissance craft movement of the mid 1960s and1970s, when they began their work, and the state of fine guitar making today; how their guitars have evolved over the years; and why they continue to make individually handcrafted guitars and why it matters. Classical guitarist Krystin O'Mara will perform on both Elliott and Burton guitars at the conclusion of this event.
Admission: Open to the public free of charge.
Information: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502

About the Guitar Makers: While Jeffrey R. Elliott's classical guitars are based on the Torres/Hauser design tradition, he has evolved his own interpretation that is reflected in his exceptional instruments - magnificent works of art, possessing unsurpassed musical refinement, purity, and beauty of sound. Clientele include: Julian Bream, Ralph Towner, Marcelo Kayath, Leo Kottke, Jonathan Leathwood, Paul Chasman, Dick Weissman, Earl Klugh, and Burl Ives. Learn more. In 1980 Cyndy Burton joined forces with Jeffrey Elliott in life and lutherie in Portland, Oregon a year after meeting him in Boston at a Guild of American Luthiers Convention and discovering their shared interest in traditional classical guitars, especially those in the Torres/Hauser tradition. Although they have made several guitars jointly, the emphasis has always been on the independence of their work, with the exception of the finish. Cyndy discovered early on that she loved French polishing, and soon took over that responsibility on Jeff's guitars as well as her own. Learn more.

Burton Biography
DeRoche Biography
LECTURE: Friday May 30, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Institute of Music, Studio 113 (Directions)
Description: What does it mean to be an expert classical guitarist, and how does one acquire this level of proficiency? Classical guitarist Brad DeRoche (USA) will discuss how recent research in science, education, and psychology has provided us with powerful new tools to better approach becoming expert classical guitarists.
Admission: Open to observers free of charge
Information: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.

About the Lecturer: Classical guitarist Brad DeRoche holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. He is an active concert artist, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist in North and South America, and has also appeared on public radio and television programs. Several composers have written works for him including a solo composition by Prix de Rome prizewinner Vincent Frohne. Dr. DeRoche is Chair of Delta College's Music Department. Learn more.

Rosette by Jeffrey R. Elliott
DISPLAY: Saturday May 31 from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. (performance on Exhibition guitars from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m.)
Location:
Cleveland Institute of Music, Pogue Lobby (Directions)
Description: Guitars International will display a selection of fine, individually handmade classical guitars by many of the world's foremost contemporary luthiers. Classical guitarist Krystin O'Mara will perform brief selections on each instrument. Learn more.
Admission: Open to the public free of charge
Information: Call Guitars International at (216) 752-7502.

About Fine Classical Guitars: A classical guitar can be a complex creation. On the one hand it can be admired simply as a tangible, static work of art, often breathtakingly beautiful in its physical form. On the other hand it should be first and foremost a tangible, kinetic work of art crafted to breathe and inspire, to give voice to the intangible art of a performer and the works of composers past and present. As such, it should be a conduit between artists of different disciplines and often different times and places. Of course, its ultimate function should be to enable communication not just between diverse artists but between diverse artists and the hearts and minds of an even more diverse population of receptive listeners. It is the ability to mediate between people in general with unimpeded sincerity and ease, then, which is the wonder of a truly fine classical guitar. Learn more.


O'Mara Biography