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Jérôme Ducharme
Jérôme Ducharme (b. 1978) started his musical studies at the Cultural Centre of Joliette in 1990, studying from 1994 with Jean Vallières at the Montréal Conservatoire, where he won high distinction. From the autumn of 2003 until the summer of 2004 he studied in Switzerland with Oscar Ghiglia and Stephan Schmidt. He also played in master-classes for numerous guitarists, incuding Manuel Barrueco, Roberto Aussel, Hubert Käppel, Rémi Boucher, Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, Odair Assad and Stephen Robinson. Many of these master-classes took place in the Domaine Forget, where he studied during summers from 1994 to 1998 and in 2005. He has participated in many competitions, including the Festival-Concours de Lanaudière, in which he won first prize in 2000. In 2005 he won First Prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, taking third prize the previous year. In 2004 he also won the third prize and the audience prize in the international guitar competition of Guitare-Antony in France. He also won first prize in the international guitar competition Guitare-Lachine held in Montréal in 2003. Jérôme Ducharme played in the inaugural concert of the Montreal Guitar Society and has performed many times for SRC-CBC radio. In 2005 he played with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra for Donizetti's Don Pasquale. He plays a 2005 guitar by René Wilhelmy.

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Guitar Recital: Jérôme Ducharme

Jérôme Ducharme, First Prize Winner in the 2005 Guitar Foundation of America Competition, studied at the Montréal Conservatoire with Jean Vallières and in Switzerland with Oscar Ghiglia. In this recital, featuring a guitar made by René Wilhelmy, Ducharme performs Falla’s Homage to Debussy, Rodrigo’s Tres piezas españolas, which evokes the stamping feet of a flamenco dancer, and Appalachian Summer, a theme and variations written for the 2005 GFA Guitar Competition by Matthew Dunne.

Appalachian Summer (Matthew Dunne) 07:13

Suite, Op. 41 (Jacques Hetu)
I. Prelude 01:26
II. Nocturne 03:46
III. Ballade 03:21
IV. Reverie 03:12
V. Final 03:33

Fantasie - Sonata, Op. A22 (Juan Manen) 18:01

3 Piezas espanolas: (Joaquin Rodrigo)
No. 1. Fandango 03:50
No. 2. Passacaglia 04:22
No. 3. Zapateado 03:03

Guitar Sonata, Op. 4 (Alberto Ginastera)
I. Esordio 04:35
II. Scherzo 02:50
III. Canto 03:53
IV. Finale 02:09

Homenaje, piece pour guitare ecrite pour Le Tombeau de Debussy (Manuel de Falla) 03:17

1st Prize Winning Performance From 2005 GFA Competition

Jerome Ducharme, October 2005, Oberlin Ohio: (28:75)
   1. Appalachian Summer - Matthew Dunne (7:27)
   2. Suite: Opus 41 - Jacques Hét)
         III. Ballade (3:19)
         V. Finale (3:23)
   3. Prelude in C minor - Agustin Barrios (2:28)
   4. Tres Piezas Espanolas - Joaquin Rodrigo
         I. Fandango (3:41)
         II. Passacaglia (4:28)
         III. Zapateado (3:04)

More video of Jerome can be found here

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