Wichita Guitar Society

Next Meeting: Saturday, January 7, 2005, 3:00 pm • Evergreen Branch Library • 2601 N. Arkansas

Matinee Series 2005-2006 at the Wichita Art Museum
1400 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita, Kansas
All Concerts Are Saturdays at 2:00 pm

Season Tickets: $52.00 for WGS Members / Quantity:
Season Tickets: $63.00 for General Public / Quantity:

November 5, 2005
Raphaella Smits, (Belgium), In 1986 Raphaëlla Smits gained the first prize in the XX Certamen International de Guitarra Francisco Tarrega, the famous international guitar competition in Benicasim (Spain). It was the first time that it had been won by a Belgian and also by a woman. This prize crowned the first ten years of her career, and at the same time confirmed previous successes in the Granada and Palma de Mallorca competitions. A graduate of the Royal Conservatories in Antwerp and Brussels, she studied with José Tomas at the Catedra Andrès Segovia in Spain to perfect her art. At that time she started to give her first recitals, and has appeared in the major concert halls throughout Europe and America, both as solo performer and in duos. Raphaëlla Smits is also an excellent guitar teacher. At present she gives courses in guitar and chamber music at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven. She has given numerous master classes in many European countries and in the United States. Her teaching talent is responsible for the fame of The International Guitar Happening which she organises every summer in Belgium.
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"Raphaella Smits' playing is hypnotic,
virtuosic and captivating."


January 21, 2006

“Soulful and virtually flawless.”


Isaac Bustos, (Nicaragua), Born in Managua, Nicaragua. By age 12, he was accepted into the Conservatorio Nacional De Musica in Managua where he received top honors in guitar performance. Isaac immigrated to the United States in 1988 and continued his studies with the late Cuban guitar virtuoso Juan Mercadal. He has gained internatrional critical acclaim and is quickly becoming recognized as one of the top young guitarists of his generation. He holds an impressive array of first prizes including the: 2005 Texas International Solo Guitar Competition, Dallas TX; 2004  Lachine International Guitar Competition, Lachine, QC, Canada; 2004 St. Joseph International Solo Guitar Competition, St. Joseph, MO; 2004 Portland Solo Guitar Competition, Portland, OR; 2004 East Carolina University Solo Guitar Competition, Greenville, NC; 2002 University of New Hampshire Concerto Competition, Durham, NH; 2003 Appalachian State University Solo Guitar Competition, Boone, NC; He was also a Semi-finalist in the 2000, 2001 and 2004 Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Guitar Competitions.

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February 25, 2006

Carlos Perez (Chile), Internationaly known guitarist from Santiago. He graduated with top honors from the Arts Faculty of the University of Chile where he studied under Ernesto Quezada.He has won first prize in many major international competitions in Europe and America, including the: X “Alirio Díaz”, Venezuela 1996; XX “René Bartoli”, France 1997; VI “Printemps de La Guitare”, Belgium 1998; III “Forum Gitarre”, Austria 2000; and XIV “Fundacion Guerrero” Spain 2000.

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". . .a master guitarist with true star quality"

March 18, 2006

"It was one of the most inspiring guitar performances I have ever heard."

- Dusan Bogdanovic

Dimitri Illarionov (Russia), began classical guitar studies at the age of seven. In 1993 Dimitri graduated from music school "cum laude" and entered the Academic Musical College of the Moscow State Conservatory "P. I. Tchaikovsky." He finished the Academic College with honors and continued his education at the Russian Gnesins´s Academy of Music with Alexander Frauchi. Dimitri has won numerous top prizes around the world. We will list, but a few. In 1997, he became the winner of "Guitar Moscow" Competition and the laureate of the Second Prize (First Prize was not awarded) at the International Competition "Classic Heritage". In 1999, he was given title: "The Greatest Hope" of the "X Gdansk Meeting of Guitarists.” In the fall of 2002, he won, possibly his the most prestigious: “The Twentieth International Guitar Foundation of America Solo Guitar Competition. As a result his tour brought him to Wichita where he wowed audiences in March of 2004.His most recent victory ids for winning the International Guitar Competition in Coria, Spain in August 2004.

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April 15, 2006

Lily Afshar
(Iran). Born in Tehran, Lily was 10 years old when she began learning the guitar. She graduated with a BA from the Boston Conservatory and a MA in guitar performance from the New England Conservatory. At Florida State University, Lily became the first woman in the world to earn a Doctorate of Music in guitar performance. In 1986, Lily was among twelve international guitarists selected to play for Maestro Andres Segovia at the University of Southern California, at which time Maestro Segovia predicted that "she will be a beautiful celebrity.". She has since been hailed by the Washington Post as "remarkable, impeccable," and is the winner of the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Female Classical Guitarist, chosen as "Artistic Ambassador" for the United States Information Agency to Africa, is the winner of the Tenth, Eleventh, and the Twelfth Annual "Premier Guitarist" awards, conducted by the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.  She has also won the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Music, the National Endowment for the Arts Recording Award, Grand Prize in the Aspen Music Festival Guitar Competition, and First Prizes in both the Music Teachers' National Association and the American String Teachers' Association Guitar Competitions. She was also the second prize winner at the 1988 GFA guitar competition.Lily is currently the Head of the Guitar Program at the University of Memphis where she was awarded the 2000 Eminent Faculty Award. She maintains an very active touring schedule.

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May 13, 2006

"Nadia belongs to the rare group of performers for whom every note counts in a phrase. She has a way of turning every single note to catch the light, nurturing it, bringing each to life no matter how long it lasts. Annie collaborates as an equal partner... with the same kind of musical current and energy."      - Halifax Herald

Duo Similia: Nadia and Annie Labrie (Quebec, Canada), Passionate, dynamic, and gifted: these are the qualities that define Similia. Formed in 1998, the duo unites identical twins Nadia Labrie on flute and Annie Labrie on guitar. They began their musical studies at the Québec Music Conservatory where they obtained their diplomas with high honours (Supérieur I in guitar with Paul-André Gagnon and Prix avec grande distinction in flute with Richard Lapointe). They then completed their master’s degree in performance at Université de Montréal with Lise Daoust in flûte and Université Laval with Alvaro Pierri in guitar. Similia also worked under the direction of the distinguished flautist Patrick Gallois. The members of the duo have received advanced tuition in France, Austria, Canada, the United States, and Spain with such masters as Alain Marion, Emmanuel Pahud, Abel Carlevaro, Hubert Käppel, Roberto Aussel, and Robert Langevin.

Nadia has been soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire and obtained the Medal of the Governor General of Canada in 1998. She has also been a member of the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales with which she toured in America, Europe, and Asia with renowned soloists such as Anne-Sophie Mutter and James Ehnes, under the baton of such great conductors as Kurt Masur, Yoav Talmi, and Franz-Paul Decker. For her part, Annie performed as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Moisan.

Similia has received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, from the FCAR Fund, from the Beaulieu-Langis Foundation, the Solange Charest bursary, the Domaine Forget bursary for excellence, and the Bourse de la Savoyane. Annie and Nadia were also winners of the Canadian Music Competition.

"You will find yourself rejuvenated. Similia will give you a new lease on life."      - Classical-Music.ws

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WGS members receive discounted tickets to all its personally sponsored concerts, workshops and events, additional discounts on all sheetmusic and selected materials found on sologuitarist.net , free classified listings and a free bio listing with links on the WGS members webpage. Membership fees go far to bring world-class guitarists to Wichita, help showcase our local talent in the community, as well as, provide educational outreach programs.


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