2021 Kithara Project Online Guitar Festival
Saturday, May 22
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Welcome
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM | Student Masterclasses with Dieter Hennings, and Bill Kossler
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Luthier Roundtable Discussion (Panelists TBD)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM | Kithara Project Roundtable
7:00 PM | Guest Artist Concert: Gaëlle Solal
Sunday, May 23
(Updated!) 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM | Student Masterclasses with Gaëlle Solal and Bill Kossler
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM | Student Technique Workshop with Adam Levin and Matthew Rohde
7:00 Dieter Hennings Concert*
*Note: Immediately following the concert, competition results will be announced.
The musical endeavors of Dieter Hennings Yeomans span from new music on guitar to early music for lute, baroque guitar, and theorbo and can be heard on the Nonesuch, Bridge, Parma, Nre Branch, and Innova recording labels.
Mr. Hennings has been a soloist with Canada’s New Music Concerts Ensemble, Tito Sccipa Orchestra of Lecce, Italy, Eastman BroadBand Ensemble, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato, Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonora, the University of Arizona Philharmonia, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Monterrey among many others.
Mr. Hennings is an active proponent of new music, particularly that of Latin America, having recently worked with composers Mario Davidovsky, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Juan Trigos and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. Mr. Hennings has recently premiered works by composers Jake Bancks, Wes Matthews, John Aylward, Beth Wiemann, Hebert Vazquez, Luca Cori, Juan Trigos and Scott Worthington and many more.
Dieter Hennings is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Kentucky and curates the UK International Guitar Series, which has brought to Lexington some of the finest guitarists in the world. Some of the artists featured on the series include David Russell, Paul O'Dette, Paul Galbraith, Nicholas Goluses, Adam Holzman, Jorge Caballero, Marcin Dylla, Zoran Dukic, Grisha Goryachev, and many more.
Guitarist of extraordinary passion and virtuosity, Gaëlle Solal was born in Marseilles (France) and began the guitar at age 6 with René Bartoli. At 14, she won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles and, as best student among all instrumentalists, was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille. She was a first Prize winner at many competitions early in her career including the Alessandria, Locquémeau, Savona, and Sernancehle competitions, and a finalist at the Concert Artists Guild of New York.
Gaëlle, a classical guitar virtuosa, has performed in more than 35 countries around the world. She performed in the Festival d’Ile de France, Noches en los Reales Alcázares in Sevilla, Festival d’Avignon, Festival Montpellier-Radio France and at Salle Cortot (Paris), Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley), Tsuda Hall, Nikkei Hall, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Merkin Concert Hall (NY) and at the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Convention in 2011. As a soloist she appeared with the Berkeley Symphony, the Garde Républicaine Orchestra and the Philharmonic Turin Orchestra.
William Kossler holds BM and MM Guitar Performance degrees from the University of South Carolina and spent one year (1985-86) studying in Japan with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki as a Rotary Scholar. William is a graduate of the Japan Suzuki Institute, a co-author of the Suzuki Guitar Method, and conducts workshops internationally as a Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas
Youth Competition Information
All competitors are asked to submit a video (via youtube link) in which they perform two contrasting works. Microphone and video camera should be placed approximately 8 feet directly in front of the performer. Please announce your name, the pieces you will perform, and the name of the competition.
Please send submissions via youtube video link to firstname.lastname@example.org, by Tuesday May, 18 by 11:59 PM (Please note the updated deadline).
Competitors will be split into three divisions: elementary school (5 minute max video length), middle school (7 minute max video length), and high school (10 minute max video length).
Competitors will be judged according to four criteria:
- Sound (overall tone production, tone color changes)
- Musicality (dynamics, phrasing, ability for the music to tell a narrative)
- Technical Proficiency (accuracy and comfortability of notes)
- Overall impression (personality, stage presence, and presentation)
With the permission of competitors (and their parents), winning videos will be made public.
The decision of the judges is final.
The Special Prizes** for the Competition are:
Elementary School Division
1st Prize: $100
2nd Prize: $75
3rd Prize: $50
Middle School Division
1st Prize: $200
2nd Prize: $100
3rd Prize: $75
High School Division
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $150
3rd Prize: $100
All competitors will receive written commentary from a panel of at least three respected judges from the classical guitar field. (Kithara Project faculty will not serve on the jury.) A minimum of eight participants per division is required for each competition to proceed. Should this threshold not be met in any of the divisions, the participants in that division will be given the option of a refund or detailed written feedback from the jury panel.
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