James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition

June 4 - 7, 2020

presented in cooperation with the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Judges

Stephen Aron (USA)
Classical guitarist Stephen Aron, described by the New York Times as “cultivated and musical,” performs regularly throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. An avid arranger, his work is published by Tuscany Editions (“wonderful guitaristic arrangement,” American Music Teacher), Mel Bay Publications (“historic,” Guitart) and Clear Note Publications (“a book to be ignored at your peril,” Classical Guitar). Clear Note also published several of Mr. Aron’s original compositions...
Colin Davin (USA)
Guitarist Colin Davin has earned top accolades in several major international competitions, and was a two-time prizewinner at the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall; Alice Tully Hall; the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum’s collection); the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain; the Paris Conservatoire; and on The Late Show with David Letterman...
Mark Delpriora (USA)
Mark Delpriora has enjoyed a tripartite career as a composer, performer, and educator. As a composer his works have been performed all over the world and have been published by Editions Orphee, Bèrben Edizioni Musical, Les Productions d'Oz, and Mel Bay. They have also been recorded on Naxos, Brilliant Classics, and Baros Records. Delpriora’s work “Variations on a Theme by Sor” was chosen as the set piece for the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (ICAC)....
Drew Henderson (Canada)
Classical guitarist Drew Henderson is an active performer, teacher, recording artist and music producer living in Toronto. He earned a Master’s degree in Music at the University of Toronto where he studied with Eli Kassner and Jeffrey McFadden. After his post graduate degree, he was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study in Italy with Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, and Massimo Lonardi. During his studies, Drew was heavily involved in the competition circuit, so far being awarded six international prizes...
Armin Kelly (USA)
Armin Kelly is the founder and Artistic Director of the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival. Now entering its twentieth year, this unique four day Festival has been praised by Classical Guitar magazine as being among "two of the most important annual American classical guitar events." Armin Kelly counts among his formal classical guitar teachers Miguel Rubio, with whom he studied in Spain and at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music in Switzerland; and  Oscar Ghiglia and Phillip de Fremery...
Matteo Mela (Italy)
Classical guitarist Matteo Mela was born in 1971. Between 1991 and 1998 as a member of the Mela-Bandini Duo he won first prize in a number of prestigious chamber music competitions: Aram (Rome) 1992, F. Cilea Competition 1993, GMI 1994, Città di Gubbio, Città di Caltanissetta, and Perugia Classico Competitions 1995. In 2002 he formed with Lorenzo Micheli "SoloDuo," a guitar duo that has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the US, Canada, and Latin America...
Lorenzo Micheli (Italy)
Lorenzo Micheli has taken up a busy concert career throughout the world since winning first prize in some of the most prestigious international guitar competitions, including both the Alessandria and Guitar Foundation of America International Competitions. As a recitalist and orchestral soloist, he has performed in more than 600 concerts throughout Europe, in two hundred US and Canadian cities, and in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. In addition, since 2002 he has performed worldwide as one half of SoloDuo...
Nigel North (England)
"Perhaps he is the greatest performer on the [lute] of all time." Birmingham Post (England) Nigel North has for over thirty years developed 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. Most recently his Naxos CDs of the solo lute works of John Dowland have gained him a garland of critical acclaim...
Marco Sartor (Uruguay)
Classical guitarist Marco Sartor is a top prize winner in numerous international competitions, including First Prizes at the JoAnn Falletta International Concerto Competition, the Schadt String Competition, and the Texas Guitar Competition. He has performed solo and chamber music recitals on three continents to critical and public acclaim, and appeared with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and SODRE in Uruguay...
James Stroud (USA)
James Stroud is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia where he studied Classical guitar with Joanne Castellani. He received his Masters degree in classical guitar performance from the University of Akron where he was a graduate assistant of Stephen Aron. During this time he performed in master classes with Manuel Barreuco, Oscar Ghiglia, and David Russell. For the last fifteen years Jim has sponsored and served as a judge for the Stroud All Ohio Classical Guitar Competition...
Jason Vieaux (USA)
Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. Among his extensive discography is the 2015 Grammy Award winning album for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, “Play.” Vieaux has soloed with over one hundred orchestras and has fostered premieres by Jonathan Leshnoff, Avner Dorman, Jeff Beal, Dan Visconti, David Ludwig, Vivian Fung, and José Luis Merlin...