ANDREW YORK
Andrew York is one of today's best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. Andrew received a GRAMMY as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his sixteen years with the cutting-edge ensemble. York’s compositions have been featured on GRAMMY-winning recordings by Jason Vieaux (CD “Play”, featuring Andrew’s iconic composition “Sunburst”, 2015) and Sharon Isbin (CD “Journey to the New World” featuring “Andecy”, 2010). In 2006 Andrew recorded and performed with the Atlanta Symphony for the opera “Ainadamar” by Osvaldo Golijov.  The recording of “Ainadamar” (Deutsche Gramophone) won two GRAMMY awards.

Andrew has released CDs on Sony-U.S., Sony-Japan, King Records  (Japan), Telarc, GSP and Delos labels, as well as inclusion on Rhino Records “Legends of Guitar” and numerous other compilations. Andrew’s 2010 CD release “Centerpeace” offers individual collaborations with guitarist Andy Summers, and pianists Mitsuko Kado and Allaudin Mathieu.

Andrew’s most recent solo recording “Yamour” was released on vinyl as a double LP album, and garnered the number one spot in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s “Essential Recordings of 2012” by editor Teja Gerken.  Commenting on the more than eighty minutes of new pieces for solo guitar he composed for this major work, Andrew says “When I write I feel a connection to my spirit and the joy and sorrow of life.  My entire life comes into focus and there is no separation between me as a boy, a young man and now in my later years.”

In Andrew’s concerts the theater becomes a living room, and the musical conversation begins with the first note. His authenticity has inspired a worldwide following, with his touring schedule spanning more than thirty countries. Recent concerts include Rome, Lima, Beijing, Ankara, Munich, Manhattan, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Andrew’s twelfth tour of Japan.


In film, Andrew performs in the live documentary “Primal Twang,” written and hosted by eminent musician and storyteller Dan Crary, with other artists Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Doc Watson, and Mason Williams.

In dance, the Los Angeles-based Vaughn Dance Company presented an entire show of modern dance choreographed to Andrew’s compositions, premiered at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California.

York's compositions have also been recorded by guitar luminaries John Williams and Christopher Parkening, Sharon Isbin, Jason Vieaux, and Japanese pianist Mitsuko Kado. In addition, generations of younger guitarists make Andrew’s music a staple of their repertoire in their performances and studies. As a published composer, York's works appear in print worldwide through Majian Music, Alfred Publications, Hal Leonard, Mel Bay Publications, Guitar Solo Publications, Doberman-Yppan in Canada, Ricordi in London, and Gendai in Japan.  

A love of music was instilled at an early age; Andrew’s father is a guitarist and his mother a professional singer.  Family reunions abounded with folk music ranging from frontier American to English and Celtic traditional songs. 

Andrew crosses over stylistic boundaries with an unusual authority - besides his classical contribution, he also has an extensive background as a jazz guitarist, studying with jazz legends Joe Diorio and Lenny Breau.  As a classical musician, Andrew was awarded a grant from the Del Amo Foundation for Study in Spain. Andrew received his Master of Music degree from University of Southern California, and is the only USC graduate in the school’s history to twice receive the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award – in 1997 as a member of LAGQ and in 2003 as the sole recipient. Andrew is a member of the Triple Nine Society.



RICHARD PROVOST

Founder and former chair of the guitar department at the Hartt School, University of Hartford Mr. Provost is currently Professor Emeritus at the school and is regarded as one of the Country’s leading guitar pedagogues. His students have won or been finalist in major guitar competitions including the GFA, MTNA, ASTA, and Alirio Diaz Competition.

His early studies were with Alexander Bellow of New York City and Oscar Ghiglia. In addition, he was selected to perform in the last of Andres Segovia’s summer master classes in Santiago de Compostella, Spain, as well as master classes given by Julian Bream, Oscar Ghiglia, and Rey de la Torre.

Mr. Provost made is solo debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in 1972. He has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Germany. In addition, he has conducted numerous master classes and workshops as well as authoring three books on guitar technique (Professional Guitar Publications) along with The Art and Technique of Practice and The Art and Technique of Performance. (GSP Publications) In 1988 he became a member of the Goldspiel/Provost Duo, where he continued to perform and record with his partner, Alan Goldspiel until 2010. Mr. Provost records for GPD and Brioso Records. 
 
As a soloist he has performed throughout the United States, British Isle, Germany and at numerous festivals and workshops most notably the GFA and National Guitar Workshop.


CHRISTOPHER LADD

Award winning guitarist Christopher Ladd has rapidly become known throughout the country as one of the most promising classical musicians of his generation.  Fingerstyle Guitar hails his performances as being  “… rendered confidently and expressively.” Praised as  “… an exercise in extremes.” by Soundboard Magazine, he is highly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician.  

Performances of note include Mengi and the Kaldalon Theater at Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland, the DiMenna Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Viennese Opera Ball hosted by the Austrian Embassy, the historic Byrdcliffe Theater in Woodstock, NY and for   former vice-president Al Gore at his residence in Washington, D.C.  Active also as a chamber musician, Mr. Ladd is a founding member of The Pandora Duo which features acclaimed flutist Janet Arms, and The Amaranth Duo with Icelandic violinist Asa Gudjonsdottir.

In addition to performing pieces of standard repertoire, Mr. Ladd has premiered numerous new works by composers such as Kenneth Steen, Robert Carl, Nolan Stolz, Lief Ellis, Kathryn Swanson, Ty Alan Emerson, Ernst Bacon, Phillip Houghton and Frank Wallace.  Recently he had the opportunity to work with Grammy and Academy Award winning composer John Corigliano, in a performance of his work Troubadours for guitar and chamber orchestra conducted by Edward Cumming.

As a recording artist Mr. Ladd’s multi-faceted career exemplifies his continual search for new ways to present the classical guitar.  He has appeared on numerous projects for feature film, theater and the stage.  His performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez can be heard on the documentary The Real Royal Trip directed by Sangh Kim and a selection of his performance of  J.S. Bach’s Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998 can be heard in The Asylum’s cult-hit Megashark vs. Giant Octopus.  Most recently he contributed his skills to the 25th Anniversary of the epic metal band While Heaven Wept’s newest release “Suspended at Aphelion” on Nuclear Blast Records which was released in late October 2014.

Mr. Ladd has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Solo Competition, American String Teachers Association Competition and was twice a semi-finalist in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition.

Mr. Ladd is currently serves on the faculty of The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut as an Artist/Teacher, Director of The Hartt School Guitar Festival and as the Chair of the Guitar and Harp Program

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