“Guitar Hamilton is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the classical guitar in the Hamilton area through concerts, workshops and community outreach activities. Our third season features a remarkable roster of local and international artists. We welcome them to Hamilton’s creative community.
It is a great pleasure to bring the compelling beauty and rich versatility of the classical guitar to the stage in Hamilton. I look forward to seeing you for another spectacular season celebrating the art of the guitar!”
Emma Rush, Artistic Director
Guitar Hamilton Presents: Víctor Villadangos
October 21st, 2012 7pm
Born in Buenos Aires, Víctor Villadangos graduated from the Juan José Castro Conservatory with the degree Profesor Superior de Guitarra under the tutelage of María Herminia Antola de Gómez Crespo.
Since 1980, Mr. Villadangos has performed extensively, both as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles, having appeared on the stage of all of the major concert halls and theaters of Buenos Aires and more than one hundred different cities throughout Argentina. Internationally, he has concertized in Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Canada, the US, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Israel, South Africa and Japan.
Twelve solo CD recordings, as well as his participation in numerous recordings of classical and popular music, give testimony to his prolific activity in the recording studio, featuring world premiere recordings of numerous works, many of which are dedicated to him. In 2000, Mr. Villadangos joined the roster of artists recording with the Naxos International Record label. His first recording, Guitar Music of Argentina, includes works by Argentine composers: Carlos Guastavino, Juan Falú, Máximo Pujol, Héctor Ayala, Walter Heinze and Narciso Saúl. The second, Tango Argentino, features tangos by Piazzolla, Gardel, Troilo and Mores, among others. His third recording with Naxos will include works by C. Guastavino, M. Pujol, S. Natali, M. Coronel, J. Santillán, and J. Ferrer and of his own authorship.
Victor Villadangos has performed with prominent musical organizations including: Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo (Uruguay), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Orquesta Sinfónica Juan de Dios Filiberto, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Ramat Gan (Tel Aviv), Orquesta de Cámara Mayo, Orquesta de Cámara de Morón, Orquesta de Cámara de La Plata, Orquesta Académica del Teatro Argentino (La Plata), Orquesta de Cámara Juvenil de Buenos Aires, Orquesta de Cámara Scherzo, the String Quartet of the Universidad Nacional of La Plata, Buenos Aires String Quartet, the Artave string quartet (Portugal) among others.
Since 1990, Mr. Villadangos has given master classes and seminars throughout Argentina, including Tucumán, Salta, Jujuy, Santa Fe, Corrientes, San Luis, Puerto Madryn, Mendoza, San Juan, Mar del Plata, Colón and Victoria (Entre Ríos) and abroad in Rosario and Curitiba (Brazil), Bergen (Norway), Innsbruck (Austria), Frankfurt, Iserlohn and Coesfeld (Germany), Torino and Livorno (Italy) , Oliveira do Bairro and Santo Tirso (Portugal), Stratford (Canada) and Tel Aviv (Israel).
Guitar Hamilton Presents: Gaelle Solal
September 16, 2012
Born in Marseilles (France) in 1978, Gaëlle began the guitar at age of 6 with René Bartoli. With 14, she won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles and as the best student of all instruments, was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille. Afterward she studied with Alberto Ponce at Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Roberto Aussel at Musikhochscule Köln (Germany) and Alvaro Pierri at Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada). She participated in many masterclasses with legendary guitarist such as: Pepe Romero, Antigoni Goni, Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, Leo Brouwer, Alvaro Pierri and Joaquin Clerch.She played big amount of concerts, and also got many prizes on international competitions. Some of them are: 1st Grand Prix at Alessandria Competition, 1st Prize in Locquémeau, 1st Prize in Savona, 1st Prize in Sernancehle, Finalist at Concert Artists Guild New York, Honor Diplom at Accademia Chigiana and 2nd Prize at Guitar Foundation of America. She has performed in Festival dIle de France, Noches en los Reales Alcázares in Sevilla, Festival dAvignon, Festival Montpellier-Radio France and at Salle Cortot (Paris), Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley), Tsuda Hall, Nikkei Hall, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Merkin Concert Hall (NY). She recorded for NHK, France Musiques, RFI, and RAI.Gaëlle played with the Berkeley Symphony, the Garde Républicaine Orchestra and the Philharmonic Turin Orchestra. She toured in more than 30 countries including Germany, Myanmar, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Spain, France, Gabon, India, Iceland, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Palestine, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, US.
Having a passion for contemporary music, Gaëlle performed the 1st interpretation in Italy of Concerto by Maurice Ohana, the creation of the Double Concerto by Naomi Sekiya with Kent Nagano in Berkeley, the creation of three new compositions at Cordoba Guitar Festival 2006 and the creation of a new piece for clarinet and guitar by Ibarrondo. Her curiosity to explore the boundaries between classical music and popular music leads her to get a “Meisterklasse” diplom in « Akustische Gitarre/Konzertmusik/worldmusik/Jazz/Pop » with Thomas Fellow at Musikhoschschule of Dresden.
Gaëlle has been teaching at the Superior Conservatories of Cordoba (2002-04) and Sevilla (2003-09) in Spain. Appreciated teacher, she now travels all over the world to give concerts and masterclasses as well as workshops and to be jury at national and international competitions.
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