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    Xavier Jara

    Rising star Xavier Jara has won numerous awards including first place in the senior division of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition, as well as in the youth division of the Indiana International Guitar Competition.  Xavier Jara was born in 1993. He started playing guitar at the age of 12. At 15 he began studying with Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN. In 2009, Xavier won 1st place in both the Schubert Club and Thursday Musical scholarship[...]


    Francesco Barone

    Award winning guitarist Francesco Barone has performed throughout the Northeast United States and in Italy as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been presented at guitar festivals and societies including The Hartt School Guitar Festival, the Connecticut Guitar Society and the New England Guitar Society. Francesco was also included on a La Bella Strings sponsored concert in 2011 in which he was a featured artist. His performances have been broadcasted on National Public Radio. In 2015 [...]


    Nick Cutroneo

    Final concert of the Windsor series, Nick is another up and coming classical guitarist out of the Hartt school, "An Intelligent And Communicative Player With Technical Ease And  Natural Musicality. A Real Delight To Listen."  —Antigoni Goni Known for being a “communicative player with natural musicality. Mr. Cutroneo has performed extensively throughout the United States and Italy.  As a highly sought after chamber musician, Mr. Cutroneo is currently involved with the [...]


    Duo Orfeo

    Playing a rare and eclectic repertoire on both classical and electric guitars, Jamie Balmer and Joseph Ricker as Duo Orfeo are emerging as one of the most distinctive voices in the classical music world. Duo Orfeo draws their repertoire largely from hidden and under-explored byways of western musical tradition both past and present—ranging from Renaissance lute and French Baroque harpsichord music to compositions by such modern masters as Arvo Pärt, Federico Mompou and Valentin [...]


    Criollo Clasico

    The most eclectic Caribbean musical ensemble touring today; equally versatile in Latin, classical and jazz idioms. This musical family unit (father and sons) brings a unique and unmatched versatility and energy to any concert stage. Jose Gonzalez Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Puerto Rican Cuatro Guitarist, composer and virtuoso Cuatro player, Jose is a top performer of contemporary Latin music. Acclaimed for his original compositions featuring "the Cuatro", (Puerto Rico's national [...]


    Scott Sanchez

    His playing is “very engaging, virtuosic and spirited” —David Leisner. Scott Sanchez's playing has been described as "Colorful and poignant" (Soundboard Magazine, U.S.A.) and “Very engaging, virtuosic and spirited” (David Leisner, Chair of the classical guitar program at the Manhattan School of Music).  Referring to his British debut Classical Guitar Magazine (Great Britain) said, “Sanchez drew the audience into his playing with his excellent [...]


    Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick

    "Elegant."  "Riveting." "Soulful." "Classic mastery." These are a few of the terms that have been used to describe the unique and stunning swing-jazz music of acoustic guitarist Guy Van Duser and clarinetist Billy Novick. Together as a duo for more than forty years, they have performed in concerts, clubs and festivals all over North America and Europe. You also may have heard them  as frequent guests of the Prairie Home Companion show.  Their music is based around Guy's innovative[...]


    Glenn Roth

    Norwalk native, Glenn is a sensational fingerstyle guitarist, his compositions suggest moods and narratives that compel the listener to fill in the details. Glenn Roth is not your typical commuter from Connecticut. Instead of a briefcase, he carries a gig bag. His workspace is the vaulted splendor of Grand Central Terminal or the tunnels and platforms of the New York City subway system. A literal “underground” sensation, Glenn is a licensed performer in the MTA’s “Music [...]


    Jamie Sherwood

    Jamie has been performing, teaching, recording and producing in Connecticut for over 30 years. He began his guitar career as a rock musician trained in jazz and eventually received a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance from the Hartt College of Music. There he performed many solo concerts along with ensemble work and had several master classes with Oscar Ghiglia and Sharon Isbin.      After school Jamie performed in several original rock bands throughout the [...]


    Randy Napoleon

    Fingerstyle jazz guitarist, has been described by George Benson as “sensational”. He has played on the Today and Tonight Shows, toured with Michael Bublé and Benny Green.  Randy Napoleon is a guitarist, composer and arranger who toured and recorded with Benny Green, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and Michael Bublé before joining The Freddy Cole Quartet in 2007; he arranged most of Cole’s last five albums, including the 2010 Grammy-nominated Freddy Cole [...]


    Tim Maynard

    Specialties: Classical, bossa nova, rock, jazz, flamenco,musical theatre, weddings Other instruments: electric bass, mandolin, ukulele, tenor and 5-string banjo Since arriving in CT 20 years ago, Tim Maynard has been and active teacher and performer. Like most, he started playing electric guitar as a teenager before changing course and earning his degree from The Hartt School in classical guitar. He has recorded 3 CDs of solo guitar music spanning the repertoire of the classical guitar, holiday [...]