• Roland Dyens
  • Gaëlle Solal
  • Nicholas Goluses
  • James Piorkowski
  • Alonso-Drummond Duo (ADDUO)
  • Kenneth Meyer
  • Matthew Slotkin
  • Steven Thachuk
  • Emma Rush
  • Eric Carlin


Foto Dyens 1Roland Dyens shares the joy of his musical talent through his performing, composing and teaching accross the world. This three-dimensional profile provides the basis for his phenomenal success and his ongoing evolution.

Always transformative events, Roland Dyens’ concerts unfold as personal experiences of emotional awakening for the audience. Inspired by the musical unity demonstrated in his concerts, audience members will often later use the impact of the artist’s virtuosity and creativity to guide their own perception of music and, more broadly, their lives as well. For those who are unfamiliar with the contours and nuances of classical guitar performance, one often witnesses an inspirational discovery of the instrument and its musical potential, not to mention the pleasure it gives the audience.

Roland Dyens has a sensitive and colorful approach to the guitar – an unfailing open-mindedness which brings together all forms of music to each and every one of his programs. His stage presence, his improvised openings and unique relationship with the listeners undeniably position him at the forefront of guitar performance today. For a long time now, his music has been an integral part of the instrument’s repertoire, placing him at the heart of a select group of contemporary guitarist/composers who enjoy such a privileged position.

His compositions and arrangements are widely performed and highly acclaimed throughout the world. They provide a new breath of life for the guitar as this player and composer never ceases to challenge the limitations of his instrument. The growing number of participants and auditors in Roland Dyens’ master classes is surely due to the depth of his approach which is rich in innovative themes. With a keen sense of quality and emotional strength, his natural ability to communicate with younger generations of guitarists transforms the formality of a master class into a joyful encounter.

Roland Dyens teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
Born on October 19, 1955, French interpreter, composer, arranger and improviser Roland Dyens began guitar studies at the age of nine. Four years later he became a student of Spanish Master guitarist Alberto Ponce and, in 1976, was awarded the Licence de Concert de l’École Normale de Musique de Paris.
While learning his instrument, Roland Dyens also studied composition with the renowned teacher, composer and conductor Désiré Dondeyne under whose guidance he was awarded the First Prize in Harmony, Counterpoint and Analysis.

Among the most distinguished awards obtained during the early years of his career, Roland Dyens received the Special Prize at the International Competition Città di Alessandria (Italy) and the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles-Cros, both in honor of the major Brasilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. At the age of 25 he became a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. Eight years after this, he was recognized as one of the “Best Living Guitarists” in all styles by the French magazine Guitarist. On the 30th of September 2006, he was awarded the “Chitarra d’Oro 2006” for his body of compositions by the Presidency of the Città di Alessandria International Competition. The following year, in 2007, he was honoured by the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), which chose him to compose the set piece for its prestigious annual competition, held in Los Angeles. More than 50 guitarists presented «Anyway» and its central improvisation. (It’s noteworthy that two students of Roland Dyens, Jérémy Jouve and Thomas Viloteau, won the highly coveted first prize at the GFA competition in 2003 and 2006 respectively.) In October 2007, during his autumn tour of North America, Roland Dyens’ October 6th recital in Winnipeg earned five stars from the Winnipeg Free Press. It was only the second time that the daily paper, established in 1872, had awarded such high praise. On the 27th of July 2008, his works are again recognized in Italy with the Premio per la Composizione at the 2nd International Festival of Città di Fiuggi, near Rome. A few months later, he was privileged to be asked to compose the music and conduct the ensemble which will be performing in order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the prestigious Guitar Ensemble Association of Japan. “Soleils levants” was finally premiered on November 9th 2008 in Nakano Zero Main Hall of Tokyo.

On the 21st of January 2010, Roland Dyens is honored with the privilege of being the only classical guitarist invited to participate to an homage to the great Django Reinhardt, in a concert that will be given at the legendary Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
In July, 2011, his recital at the International Córdoba Guitar Festival received the highest accolade of the coveted “Five Stars” from the Spanish Press, titling its review “Roland Dyens, El Mago de la guitarra” (the Wizzard of guitar).

Roland Dyens is ranked highest in the “Top 100” list of most recorded original works for the guitar by living composers, worldwide. Furthermore, three of Dyens’ compositions are part these 100, according to the remarkable book by the Canadian musicologist Enrique Robichaud, “Guitar’s Top 100 : Classical Guitar’s Most
Recorded Music” published in 2013.


Gaëlle Solal

Gaelle_v4_CD1Born 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.


Nicholas Goluses

Nicholas Goluses“Wit, charm, virtuosity, and depth of feeling, adding up to the humanity to which all artists should aspire. A model of virtuosic display. Goluses was dazzling,” wrote the New Jersey Star Ledger about Nicholas Goluses, one of America’s most sought-after guitarists. The New York Times wrote: “Goluses produced an elegant sound. And the finales, taken dangerously fast, were accurate, transparent, and impressively articulated. Mr. Goluses gave persuasive, energetic readings.” The Generalanzeiber (Bonn, Germany), acclaimed: “Goluses reached the highest levels of instrumental virtuosity.”

One of America’s most sought-after guitarists, Nicholas Goluses is Professor of Guitar and director of the guitar programs at the Eastman School of Music, widely recognized as one of the world’s premier conservatories and a leading center for guitar study. At Eastman, he received the Eisenhart Award for Excellence, and is currently CoChair of the string department. Mr. Goluses has held the Andrés Segovia Faculty Chair at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, and was the recipient of both the Pablo Casals Award “for Musical Accomplishment and Human Endeavor” and the Faculty Award of Distinguished Merit. Mr. Goluses is in great demand for master classes at major colleges, universities and conservatories throughout the world. His students have won top prizes in major international guitar competitions such as Darwin (Australia), Allentown, GFA, D’Addario, MTNA, Appalachian, Taxco (Mexico), Rantucci, Rosario, Stotsenburg, Paracho (Mexico), and the Aaron Brock Memorial International Competition (Canada). They have won university positions throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Australia and Mexico.

Nicholas Goluses appears in solo performance, as chamber music player and as soloist with orchestras across North and South America, Europe, Australia and the Far East to critical acclaim. He has been a featured artist at numerous international festivals, where Twentieth Century Guitar wrote: “Nicholas Goluses is a true American master.”

Mr. Goluses has recorded for NAXOS, Albany and BMG, and has received wide critical and audience acclaim for his solo CDs of Sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach and late solo guitar works of Fernando Sor. He enjoys an active association with flutist Bonita Boyd, and their widely praised debut CD for Albany Records features contemporary American music by Joan Tower, Augusta Read Thomas, Katherine Hoover and Roberto Sierra. He has just completed a new recording for Albany with violist George Taylor of works for viola and guitar.

Committed to performing new music for guitar, Goluses has given world premiere performances of Concertos for guitar and orchestra including those by Samuel Adler, Augusta Read Thomas, Giampaolo Bracali, Blas Galindo, Roberto Sierra, Mark Di Palma, Dinos Constantinides, Elias Tanenbaum and Bill Dobbins. In addition, he has given premieres of over 100 solo and chamber music works by many of today’s leading composers.


James Piorkowski

JJames Piorkowskiames Piorkowski is a multi-faceted musician who performs as a soloist, is passionate about chamber music, actively composes, arranges, and records, all while serving as a professor of guitar studies at Fredonia State University.

He has performed repertoire that spans a wide historical and stylistic spectrum, from Renaissance lute works to world premieres of 21st Century compositions. His recitals have been heard in Venezuela, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Canada, and the United States, including various television and radio broadcasts.

As a composer, Piorkowski has written many pieces for guitar, both in solo and in chamber settings, including a large work, “The Greatest of These”, for mixed choir and guitar which received it’s premiere at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. His works have been published by Mel Bay Publications, Sergio Assad through Editions Henry Lemoine and Clear Note Publications. Of his writing style, Buffalo Magazine wrote, “His music evokes comparisons to jazz icons because of his refusal to adhere to idiomatic pigeon-holing.”

His recording, Freedom Flight: Guitar Music by Ortiz and Piorkowski, features original compositions for solo guitar, duo guitar, guitar and flute and guitar and voice. The compositions of Ortiz openly display the roots and influences of Puerto Rican culture while the works of Piorkowski are “inspired by Shakespeare, Venezuela, and religious imagery when he sets out to work his magic” -El Nuevo Dia (San Juan). The CD has been summed up as “Great music and wonderful musicians” -American Record Guide.

His most recent recording, Sentient Music, features seventeen original solo guitar compositions, including his increasingly popular Sentient Preludes. Critics have called the recording, “an absolutely engrossing collection.”- Buffalo News, “Charming”, -American Record Guide, while the esteemed French guitarist/composer Roland Dyens wrote, “Bravo for the CD! You do have your very own world, man – it’s great!”

For eighteen years, Piorkowski was a member of the world renowned Buffalo Guitar Quartet, which disbanded in 2000. With the BGQ, he performed in Europe, Russia, South and North America and the Caribbean. The Buffalo Guitar Quartet released four highly acclaimed recordings. One of Piorkowski’s compositions, The Struggle of Jacob, was featured on the BGQ’s CD, New Music for Four Guitars (New World Records). Guitar Player Magazine wrote that the Buffalo Guitar Quartet was ” one of the world’s premiere classical guitar ensembles.”

James Piorkowski is a Professor of Music at the Fredonia School of Music, State University of New York, where he has headed the guitar studies program since 1983. In 2006, Piorkowski was the recipient of both the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Robert W. Kasling Award for Scholarly and Creative Excellence. He was the recipient of the University’s William T. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award in 1998.


Alonso-Drummond Duo (ADDUO)

www.albrightknoxAfter graduating from Yale University, performing artists Orlay Alonso, piano, and Evan Drummond, guitar, joined forces to create the powerful and energetic combination of this Cuban-Alaskan Duo. After a series of successful concerts presenting programs of re-imagined interpretations of some of the most cherished repertoire of Spain and Cuba, the duo has embarked on the exhilarating adventure of their New York debut recital.  The Alonso-Drummond Duo will present their own arrangements of well-known composers in a quasi- ballet suite format. By drawing on the long heritage of each instrument, the ensemble brings to life a rich and vibrant reading of the score while melding the best of piano and guitar literature in an evening of virtuosic Spanish and Cuban music from the last 150 years.

Guitarist Evan Drummond has been a featured performer throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Drummond joined the Music Department faculty as lecturer where he teaches private guitar instruction, guitar chamber music, music history for non-majors, music theory for non-majors, and aural perceptions. Drummond also holds a position at the State University of New York, Fredonia School of Music as instructor of guitar. His previous appointments include teaching at Eastman Community Music School, the California State Summer School for the Arts, and the New York City Guitar School.

Evan Drummond is currently a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music where he was awarded a te  aching assistantship. His educational credits also include graduation from Interlochen Arts Academy, bachelor of music from Eastman School of Music, and a master’s degree in Music from Yale University. Recently, Evan Drummond also earned his Professional Studies Certificate at the Manhattan School of Music. Drummond has participated in master classes with Roland Dyens, Elliot Fisk, Sharon Isbin, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Raphaella Smits, Castellani Andriaccio Duo, and Pepe Romero.

In addition to his emergent status as a performer and mentor, he has also experienced some early success as an arranger. The guitarist signed with Dunvagen Music Publications for an arrangement of a Phillip Glass composition. Drummond has also been a guest feature writer for Guitar Review Magazine.

Pianist Orlay Alonso is gaining widespread recognition as a versatile performing artist throughout the United States. With his communicative gifts Mr. Alonso has captivated audiences at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Sprague Memorial Hall at Yale University, Steinway Hall, Rockwell Hall at Buffalo Sate University, Tishman Hall of the New School University, The Spanish Institute, Lefrak Hall at Queens College, Rosch Recital Hall at SUNY Fredonia, Elebash Hall at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Trinity Church, and the Liederkrantz among others.

Both his personable style in addressing the audience and his projective performances go beyond his career as a recitalist; his orchestral appearances as a soloist have been lauded for keeping “the listener’s imagination stimulated at all times” and for being “capable of fine gradations and subtleties” – The New York Concert Review. Mr. Alonso has performed with the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Ossia Symphony Orchestra, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble Orchestra and worked with acclaimed conductors as Maestro Jonathan Strasser, David Gilbert and Orlando Alonso.

Mr. Alonso has garnered top prizes in numerous piano competitions such as Kingsville International Piano Competition, Artists International Young Artists Piano Award, Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition, Queens College Cultural Heritage Competition, The Young Bronx Artists Competition, Yale School of Music Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and Isabel Scionti International Piano Competition.

Mr. Alonso’s impressive array of teachers includes Lilian Kallir and Claude Frank, fellow Cuban- American Horacio Gutierrez and Juana Zayas. In addition he has participated in master classes with distinguished artists including Richard Goode, Jerome Rose, Vladimir Feltsman, Philippe Bianconi, Boris Berman, Nelita True, Pavlina Dokovska, Jorge Luis Pratz, Peter Frankl and Pamela Frank.

Considerable intelligence and intense emotions drove Mr. Alonso’s musicianship from the National School of Arts in his native Cuba to F. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City, where he was awarded the Ann-Marie McDermott Memorial Scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division with Ubaldo Díaz-Acosta. Mr. Alonso graduated from the Mannes College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and later continued his graduate studies at Yale University where he received his Master of Music degree. The thirst for excellence in his performances has no end  as he received his Professional Studies degree from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently pursuing his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) degree as a Graduate Teaching Associate at The Ohio State University with professor Steven Glaser.

For the past several years Mr. Alonso has taught private piano lessons to a diverse group of pupils of all ages and levels. He has served on the staff of Lincoln Bassett School in New Haven, CT, Saint David’s School in NYC, The Spence School in NYC, as a Teaching Assistant at Yale School of Music in CT, and Our Lady of the Assumption School in Bronx, NY. He has been sought after not only as a performing artist but also as an educator by Buffalo State University and The Fredonia School of Music of the State University of New York, where he has given master classes and lectures. 


Kenneth Meyer

Kenneth MeyerKenneth Meyer, the national first-prize winner at the Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, is regarded by the Washington Post as “A thinking man’s guitarist – he focuses on the inner structure of a piece…and plays with impressive gravity and power.” The Buffalo News has called him “Impeccably articulate with superb technique.”

Since his professional concert debut at the Teatro de la Opera de Maracay, Mr. Meyer continues to appear in recital, as a chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra in venues throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Highlights include concerts in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall (New York City), Wolf Trap (Virginia), the Skirbal Cultural Center (Los Angeles), the historic Basilica di San Clemente (Italy), the Museo de Barquisimeto, Museo del Teclado, the Sala José Felix Ribas, the Teatro de Teresa Carreño (Venezuela), Liviu Rebreanu, Gheorghe Dima Music Academy, the National College of Art Ion Vidu (Romania), the Fészek Muvészklub (Hungary), and the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (Canada). In addition to live concerts, his performances have been featured on film, radio and most recently, on the Albany records label.

Frequently in demand as a guest artist at colleges and universities across the country, Mr. Meyer has given concerts and lectures at, among others, the Eastman School of Music, the State University of New York College at Fredonia, Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Southern Mississippi, North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Hochstein School of Music, Delta College, Canisius College, Finger Lakes and Saint Joseph’s Community Colleges and the University of Caracas in Venezuela. In addition, he is an active performer and teacher at music festivals and has been featured at the Rome, Alexandria, Eastman Guitar Summerfest, and the Alirio Diaz Guitar Festivals.

Mr. Meyer’s commitment to the cultivation and performance of new music has led to awards from the Barlow Endowment, the Argosy Foundation, and the Eastman School’s Hanson Institute for American Music, interpretive instruction from Milton Babbitt, and premiere performances of compositions by, among others, Leslie Basset, Edward Green, Gregory Mertl, Edie Hill, Kevin Ernste, Nicolas Scherzinger, Jesse Benjamin Jones, Donald J. Sparr, James Piorkowski, and Canadian composer Robert Baker. His diversity as a musician has led to performances on mandolin, banjo and electric guitar with among others, the Syracuse Opera, the Syracuse Society for New Music and the Broadway touring production of the Who’s rock opera Tommy. Most recently, Meyer was the featured soloist in a concerto for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble composed by Evan Hause.

Mr. Meyer holds degrees in music composition and performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia and master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music. He has served on the faculties of East Carolina University, SUNY at Fredonia, and the Eastman School of Music and currently directs a thriving guitar studies program at the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music.

Dr. Meyer resides in Geneva, N.Y. with his wife and two young sons.


Matthew Slotkin

Matthew SlotkinMatthew Slotkin is an acclaimed performer, teacher, avid post-modern enthusiast, water color collector,trappist, and scholar, and has appeared in leading venues throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has achieved success in solo performance, chamber music, and as a soloist with orchestra. A commitment to the promulgation of new compositions has resulted in numerous premieres of works by composers including John Anthony Lennon, Scott Lindroth, John Orfe, and many others. Recent performances include tours of Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Greece, as well as concerts at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Walled City Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, the Guitar Foundation of America, the Chautauqua Institution, and the World Saxophone Congresses in Scotland, Thailand and Slovenia. He has given performances with many prominent chamber ensembles including the Metropolis Ensemble, the Mallarmé Chamber Players, Duo Montagnard (with Joseph Murphy, saxophone), and Dez Cordas (with Craig Butterfield, double bass). American Record Guide praised Slotkin on his Centaur Records release, “Twentieth Century Music for Guitar,” for his “musical sensitivity and technical control,” and for giving “strong readings of this appealing music.” Soundboard magazine called him an “exceptional” player, and a recent concert review from the Classical Voice of North Carolina stated that “Slotkin performed brilliantly.” Summit Records released “Gone Away” in 2011, a recording with bassist Craig Butterfield, which American Record Guide called “a magnificent achievement…The concept of this program is brilliant.” The duo’s previous Centaur Records release, “Dances Songs Inventions,” was called “wonderful” by WRUV radio (Burlington, VT) and “very enjoyable” by Soundboard magazine. Slotkin directs the guitar program at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, and has previously taught at Mansfield University, Buffalo State College, and Alfred University. He has given masterclasses at numerous institutions and festivals including the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, Victorian College of the Arts (Australia), ESMAE (Portugal), the Alexandria Guitar Festival, and many others. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied guitar with Nicholas Goluses and historical performance practice with Paul O’Dette.


PictureSteven Thachuk is known as one of Canada’s most outstanding and versatile guitarists. Performing works from J.S. Bach and Toru Takemitsu to John Lennon and Radiohead, he consistently challenges the nature of the instrument’s repertoire and boundaries. Playing both traditional classical guitar and a steel string instrument he has appeared in recital, as a chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra throughout North America, Great Britain and Europe.  Thachuk has performed most of the major concertos in the guitar repertoire with orchestra and has had concerts broadcast on NPR in America and the CBC in Canada. His playing has drawn critical acclaim.  The Westfalen Post in Germany has commented that after his concerts “the audience remains in the seats for a long time, saddened that the concert has ended”  and the Nordeste in Mexico has called Thachuk “a master of interpretation and artistry” In addition to many other awards, he received the prestigious Chalmers Performing Arts Training Grant in 1994.

An avid supporter of new music, Thachuk has premiered numerous works by composers such as Gerald Garcia,  Liviu Marinescu, Elisabeth Sellers, Robert Baker, Denis Dion, Luke Mercier and Scott Adams. In 2007 he appeared as soloist with the Pacific Symphony and Chorus in Oswlado Golijov’s Oceana with Grammy Award winning guitarist John Dearman.  Thachuk has also given the world premiere performances of Gerald Garcia’s Heart of the Rose-Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, in Manchester, England and Scott Adams’ Eurasia for Guitar and Orchestra in New York. Capstone Records released his performance of Liviu Marinescu’s Pastiche in 2008.

In addition to his performing career, Thachuk has an international reputation as a leading teacher and pedagogue of the instrument.  He is much in demand for masterclasses and concerts at universities, conservatories, and major guitar festivals throughout North America and Europe, most recently teaching at the Guildhall School for Music and Drama and the University of Surrey in England. In 2002, Steve Thachuk was appointed as Professor of Guitar and Chair of Guitar Studies at California State University, Northridge. Previously, he has served on the faculties of the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Queen’s University.  Thachuk also serves on juries for many major international guitar competitions. In 2008, he was appointed to the Council of the MusikAkademie in Koblenz, Germany.

Steven Thachuk’s studies began when he was eight years old.  He pursued his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, and continued his studies in Germany and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he completed his doctorate degree in 1998.

Thachuk regularly collaborates with other artists.  He performs with flutist Sarah Wass and is a member of the experimental music ensemble Freshly Squeezed.  He also appears in duo concerts with American fingerstyle virtuoso, Michael Chapdelaine.  Thachuk is also a member of the Meyer/Thachuk Guitar Duo. In 2009, he toured with Jeff Young (Megadeth, Badi Assad) and Scott Morris in the USA and England).  This trio formed the basis of Line Forms Hear, an eclectic guitar trio whom Thachuk toured with alongside Morris and Julian Coryell.

Recent highlights of his performance career include solo appearances with the Pacific Symphony, Surrey Mozart Players, ProArte Chamber Orchestra Colorado,  Fort Wayne Philharmonic,  Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonietta, Quinte Symphony, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Philharmonia, as well as concerts and masterclasses throughout the world. Thachuk has released two CDs, Evocacion, with the Meyer/Thachuk Guitar Duo, andCurrents,  a solo recital CD of 20th century guitar works.

Steven Thachuk is a BMI composer and lives in Los Angeles and Toronto.

Steven Thachuk is a D’Addario performing Artist and uses D’Addario strings exclusively


Emma Rush

Emma_Rush41Canadian guitarist Emma Rush was involved with music from an early age and played many instruments before discovering a love for the guitar. After initial studies, Emma Rush moved to Nova Scotia to complete an undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax. During her years in Halifax, she was active in playing solo and chamber music concerts and performing to great acclaim in numerous masterclasses. She quickly became known for her warm sound and expressive playing.

From 2002-2006 Emma Rush lived in Dortmund, Germany. She completed post-graduate studies with world-renowned guitarist Dale Kavanagh at the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold (February 2006). She graduated at the top of her class. The years in Germany offered her many opportunities to refine her skills in masterclasses with David Russell, Roland Dyens, Carlo Marchione, and Tilman Hoppstock, among others. In addition to many solo concerts in Germany and beyond, she played regularly as a duo with Turkish guitarist Tuba Akkaya.

Emma Rush is now based Hamilton where she maintains a busy teaching studio in additional to faculty appointments at Redeemer University and Mohawk College. She performs throughout North America and Europe and appears regularly at international guitar festivals (Iserlohn, Acadia, Sauble Beach). Emma Rush is the founder and artistic director of the successful Guitar Hamilton concert series and the Hamilton International Guitar Festival. In 2011 she was a top prize winner at the International Guitar Competition in Columbus, Georgia and the Great Lakes Guitar Competition in Rochester, NY, and the winner of the 2011 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Music. Recent engagements include the 20th International Guitar Festival in Iserlohn, Germany, the Guitar Fort Worth Masters Series, Texas, the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, and a tour of the eastern provinces of Canada. Upcoming appearances include concerts in Canada, the United Staes, Germany, Spain, Mexico and Turkey.


Eric Carlin

Eric CarlinEric Carlin is a Mansfield University Alumni where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar in 2005 under the direction of Dr. Matthew Slotkin. Mr. Carlin is currently a candidate for the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where he completed his Master of Music degree in 2008. He is also a faculty member at Nazareth College and the Nazareth Community Music Program where he teaches classical guitar to all ages and levels as well as Guitar Methods. Previous teaching experience includes the Eastman Community Music School and secondary guitar instruction at the Eastman School of Music. A native of Hornell, NY, Carlin enjoys songwriting as well as singing and playing popular music. As an eclectic musician Carlin also enjoys performing electric blues and country. Eric resides in Rochester, NY with his wife Jodie.




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