2019-2020 Friends of the Guitar Hour Concert Series
October 11, 2019
Feb. 14th, 2020
May 8th, 2020
Mateusz Kowalski is a classical guitarist born in 1995 in Koszalin, Poland. He has recently received international acclaim after winning several international competitions, including: 1st prize in the International Guitar Festival RUST, Austria (2018), 1st prize in the Joaquin Rodrigo International Guitar Competition in Olsztyn, Poland (2018) 1st prize in the XIX International Guitar Competition in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland (2018), 1st prize + audience prize in the XVIII International Guitar Competition in Anthony, Paris, France (2017).
Mateusz started playing the guitar at the age of 7 in Koszalin School of Music under Dariusz Schmidt. In 2014 he began his studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He finished his bachelor exam with the highest grade possible. At this time, he attends the second year of a masters degree course at the FCUM in the class of Ryszard Balauszko. Mateusz has given concerts in Spain, France, Belgium, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, and many others. Furthermore, he recorded his debut CD in 2018 with the Polish label CDaccord, distributed by NAXOS. He is a member of the EuroStrings Artist programme for the 2018/19 season. He is also a scholarship winner of the polish KFnRD and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage programme Young Poland. He took part in numerous guitar courses and masterclasses, including lessons with Sergio Assad, Alvaro Pierri, Zoran Dukic.
Jacob Edward Johnson is being hailed as one of the leading classical guitarists of the up and coming generation. At the young age of 23, he has began a regular performing career, a thriving private studio, and has won several awards in competition including first place in Spokanes own music fest northwest young artist guitar division. He is currently studying for his Doctorate in guitar performance at Florida State University where he is studying with the world renown guitar pedagogue Bruce Holzman and was awarded the guitar teaching assistantship there, giving him a full tuition waiver. He received his masters in guitar performance at University of Georgia where he also held a TA, and studied the international virtuoso Daniel Bolshoy. Being an original Spokanite, Jacob got his start in classical and his undergrad at SFCC and Eastern Washington University where he studied with J.P. shields and Michael Millham. Along with performing and teaching, Jacob composes regularly and has been commissioned by guitarists like Kirk Redman, Luis Medina, and Sebastian Robles, as well as groups like UGA guitar ensemble and the DNT trio.!
Xuefei Yang is acclaimed as one of the worlds finest classical guitarists. Hailed as a musical pioneer - her fascinating journey began after the Cultural Revolution, a period where Western musical instruments & music were banned. Xuefei was the first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, & became the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist on the world stage. Her first public appearance was at the age of ten and received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China presented her with a concert guitar. Her debut in Madrid at the age of 14 was attended by the composer Joaquín Rodrigo and, when John Williams heard her play, he gave two of his own instruments to Beijings Central Conservatoire especially for her and other advanced students.
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Post Falls, ID 83854
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