Florida: The Florida Guitar Foundation (FGF) is proud to announce its 2nd annual Classical Guitar Competition featuring evening performances by world-renowned David Russell, and flamenco virtuoso Grisha Goryachev. For ticket information, please visit www.floridaguitar.org.
Thursday, March 15th @ 8pm
Grammy Award winner classical guitarist David Russell is world-renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. Mr. Russell spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious halls in main cities, such as New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Toronto or Rome.
Concert-goers everywhere are in awe of his musical genius and inspired by his captivating stage presence. His love of his craft resonates through his flawless and seemingly effortless performance. The attention to detail and provocative lyrical phrasing suggest an innate understanding of what each individual composer was working to achieve, bringing to each piece a sense of adventure.
The New York Times wrote about his performance: “… Mr. Russell made his mastery evident without ever deviating from an approach that places musical values above mere display. It was apparent to the audience throughout the recital that Mr. Russell possesses a talent of extraordinary dimension.” Upon hearing play in London, Andrés Segovia wrote: “My congratulations on your musicality and guitaristic technique.”
GRAMMY award winner in 2005 for his CD AIRE LATINO, in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music.
Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2014.
Classical Guitar Competition:
Friday, March 16th – 17th
Florida Guitar Foundation will be hosting its second annual Classical Guitar Competition on March 15-17 at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. The competition will feature approximately 30 competitors and over $6,500 in prizes, plus concerts and master classes by David Russell and Grisha Goryachev. All competition rounds and master classes are free and open to the public.
GRISHA GORYACHEV, flamenco guitar.
Saturday, March 17th @ 7pm
Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles. He returns to Miami by popular demand after a sold-out performance in April of 2014. Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas.
Grisha strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces that now exist only on records, by performing them in concerts. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar.
Grisha received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. He was one of the 30 people in 2006 to become a fellow of the distinguished Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his chosen field. Since his arrival to the United States, Grisha has toured extensively in the states and abroad as a performer, instructor, and judge for many prominent festivals and venues. A firm believer in exposing the young generations to the beauty of classical and flamenco guitar, he likes to include Outreach performances and workshops at schools as part of his concert tours. Grisha’s YouTube videos have collected over two million views and many notable comments. Grisha recorded two CDs: “Alma Flamenca” and “Homenaje a Sabicas”.
University of Miami’s Gusman Concert Hall
University of Miami
1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146