Antigoni Goni, Greece (Cleveland Debut)
"An eloquent player with a graceful touch and a rich sound" (New York Times), the Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni is "One of the most compelling young talents today." Guitar Review

Vivaldi RV.93

Antigoni Goni has won seven International Guitar Competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of America Solo Competition, the Havana Guitar Competition and the Julian Bream Competition. She has toured Europe, Russia, Canada, the Far East and the United States extensively. In so doing, she has performed in some of the world's premiere halls: New York's Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls; Tokyo's Swing Hall, London's Wigmore Hall and Covent Garden, Munich's Gasteig Hall; Moscow's Bolshoi Theater; and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.

As a soloist and lecturer she regularly participates in numerous USA festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the GFA Festival and Eastman's Guitar Fest, the Portland Guitar Festival, the Banff summer festival and the Stetson International workshop as well as International Guitar Festivals in Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Mexico, Russia, Malaysia, Tokyo, and Athens.

2003 marked the beginning of a four-year collaboration with the San Francisco Performances, as she was chosen to be the new guitarist in residence for their award-winning and innovative artists-in-residence program.

A NAXOS recording artist, her three highly successful CD's for that label have been praised for demonstrating "supple musicality and vigorous temperament" as well as for being "expressively poetic and technically exciting."

Over the last several years Antigoni Goni has commissioned a number of new works for guitar, most recently "Dialogues" from Augusta Read Thomas as well as works from Sergio Assad and Stanley Silverman. Currently planned are commissioned works by Steven MacKey (for classical and electric guitars) and John Magnussen (for digitally enhanced guitar and actor).

Ms. Goni resides in Belgium, where she heads the Guitar Department at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In addition to her position at the Royal Conservatory, she is faculty at both the Juilliard Pre-College Division and Columbia University. For her International achievements, both as a performer and a pedagogue, the Royal Academy of Music in London, England awarded her with the honorary position of an Associate Professor.

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