Carlos Bonell has been described by Classical Guitar Magazine, UK as "one of the great communicators of the guitar world". He has recorded more than twenty albums and played in forty countries, with concert appearances ranging from intimate recitals to concertos with symphony orchestras.
His latest album Magical Mystery Guitar Tour, inspired by his association with Sir Paul McCartney, is dedicated to the music of the Beatles in Carlos' own arrangements for solo guitar. It went to number one on the UK iTunes classical album charts in May 2012. Carlos was born in London of Spanish parents in 1949. He started to play at the age of five, learning to play Spanish folk music on the guitar from his father who was a keen amateur guitarist, while also studying the violin more formally at school. He completed his studies at the Royal College of Music with John Williams, where he was appointed the youngest ever professor at the age of 22. His solo début in 1971 was a sell-out concert at the Purcell Room in the Royal Festival Hall, London; his concerto début was with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1975.
A real treat for all acoustic guitarists, this course will be held by the legendary Gordon Giltrap. With a career spanning over three decades, 40 albums released and an unmistakable sound Gordon will lead his students through three days of workshops and masterclasses. An opportunity not to be missed! Students will have the chance to perform live on stage with Gordon at the Student Gala in 24th August.
John Walsh is Ireland’s leading Flamenco Guitarist.
An accomplished musician and composer, John has been performing solo since 2006.
Along with performing concerts throughout Ireland and venues in Spain and the UK, he has performed in one of the most historically important flamenco venue’s ,’El Candela’ in Madrid, as well as being the invited International Artist for the 2014 Flamenco Festival Flamenco de Consuegra.
Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin’s new album MOJO FIX was recorded in Texas and is released in the UK in February 2013. Mojo Fix comes on the heels of four critically celebrated albums, years of touring and countless festivals that have built Martin a strong and solid fan-base spanning the globe.
Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. He is now expanding on his international success with recent time spent in the US recording and touring including his band’s recent November ‘12 feature performance at the LIVE IN THE VINEYARD music festival in Napa, California.
A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today.
Here we have one of the most talented young Polish classical guitarists of our time. She was the finalist of the Polish edition of the Eurovision Contest for Young Musicians heaving played with Maestro Wojciech Rajski and the Polish Radio Orchestra at the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio in Warsaw. She is a graduate from the Chopin’s University of Music in Warsaw which she finished in 2011. During her musical education Wiktoria Szubelak has participated in numerous courses and masterclasses of famous guitar virtuosos such as Carlo Marchione (Italy), Marco Socias (Spain), Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic), Thomas Müller-Pering (Germany), Marcin Dylla (Poland), Łukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland), Tomasz Zawierucha (Poland).
Wiktoria is prize winner of several classical guitar competitions including first prizes in in Gdansk and Gryfice Trzebiatow. She was finalist of the International Guitar Competition in Llerena in Spain in 2011.
Thibault Cauvin is one of the most talented, charismatic and sought-after guitarists in the world today. He is traveling the globe throughout the year at the invitation of the most prestigious festivals and concert halls such as the New York Carnegie Hall, the Shanghai Opera, the Moscow Tchaikowski Hall, the London Wigmore Hall, the Hong Kong Opera, the Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Munich Geistag, among others.
He has already given more than 1000 concerts in 120 countries, warmly greeted by the critics. He has also participated in many TV and radio programs and collaborated with famous musicians, composers and symphony orchestras. Considered as an innovative and creative performer, always working on the evolution of the classical music.