Tatyana Ryzhkova was born in 1986 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. At the age of 10, she took her first guitar lessons from the best music teacher of Belarus,V.V.Gromov. Thanks to her talent, perseverance and the guidance of her teacher,she was able to achieve a high proficiency level, which allowed her to perform successfully at an international duets competition in Poland. As the youngest competitor, Tatyana got the highest mark in her group and was given an honorary diploma.
In the following 2,5 years Tatyana took part in more than 200 concerts on some of the most significant stages of Minsk and Belarus, such as the Big Hall of The National Philharmonic, Theatre of Musical Comedy, the Church of St. Roch, and also at some governmental and presidential concerts.
In 1999 Tatyana Ryzhkova was given the scholarship of the Presidential foundation in support of young talents.Various radio and TV performances helped her win love and success of the public.
John Walsh is a Flamenco guitarist based in Dublin. An experienced musician, John has been giving concerts throughout Ireland as Europe and the UK.
After obtaining a Diploma in classical guitar from Trinity College London, John dedicated his studies exclusively to Flamenco guitar, travelling to Algeciras, Spain, home of the legendary Paco de Lucia to study with the brilliant guitarist Salvador Andrades and has since studied with other masters of Flamenco such as Jose Manuel Leon and Juan Antonio Suarez.
In 2008 he was invited to perform in the National Concert Hall Dublin and the Millennium Theatre Limerick supporting the Garcia Flamenco National tour. John was one of the 10 musicians (and the only guitarist) chosen for the 2009 ‘Musicians of the Future’ concert in the National Concert Hall performing 2 original compositions composed specially for the concert.
He has performed with many acclaimed artists including Salvador Andrades, Luis de Luis, Olayo Jimenez, Lucas Gonzalez, Felipe de Algeciras, Mercedes Garcia Lopez, Pepe de Algeciras.
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Pat Coldrick originally from County Meath in Ireland now lives in Dublin. He is initially self-taught, went on to study music at the College of Music in Dublin and subsequently study under world renowned guitarists David Russell and Gabriel Esterellas. Pat has successfully returned to the guitar after an absence of 25 years and to experiencing Pat Coldrick live, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy his varied reperto Ireand own material, in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Experiencing Pat Coldrick live, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy his varied reperto Ireand own material, in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.
His album “Cayendo”, released in 2011, includes some original compositions and arrangements as well as some guitar masterpieces such as “Asturias” by Albeniz and “Danza Paraguaya No.1” by Barrios. Modern day popular songs are also cleverly arranged by Pat for his live performances.
“A Maestro of the Classical Guitar” - Paulo Tullio
“His classical guitar recitals and session work has earned him a reputation of being one of the finest and most versatile guitarists in the country” – The Meath Chronicle
Zara Benyounes - Violin
Emily Holland - Violin
Sara Roberts - Viola
Kim Vaughan - Cello
Formed in 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Benyounes Quartet went onto win the Royal Philharmonic Society's prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship, funding their studies with Professor Gabor Takacs-Nagy at the Haute Ecole deMusique de Geneve. Here they won the conservatoire's most esteemed Prix d'Excellence for their Final Diploma.
Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s handsthe complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.
Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time. The session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland and a studio set for BBC Radio, frequently rebroadcast, began to spread the word.
Considered to be one of the leading lights on the Irish guitar scene, and described by the Venezuelan virtuoso Gabriel Guillén as "one of the most important guitarist in Ireland" Sean Woods unusually took up the classical guitar at the later age of twenty-one. In 1997 and at the age of 32 he studied at Leeds College of Music and at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds,where he received a BA (Hons) degree specialising in the classical guitar and under the direction of the renowned guitarist Luigi Palumbo.
Sean also holds a Master of Music degree in performance studies (MMus) from the University of Ulster studying with Carlos Bonell. He has given many performances in the UK and Europe both as a soloist and an ensemble musician, to which he has performed in duets and trios with Carlos Bonell, Margarita Escarpa and along side the internationally acclaimed flautist Sarah Murphy. Many of these include broadcasts on BBC Radio for the BBC Music Live Series and live broadcasts on Austrian TV. He established the first guitar orchestra in Ireland and is founder and artistic director of the City of Derry Guitar Festival. Sean has attended master classes with Carlos Bonell, Simon Dinnigan, Gabriel Guillén, John Mills,Allan Neave. He currently resides in Derry where he teaches at the University of Ulster.
"Sean Woods possesses an extraordinary control of his instrument, a musical expression of the highest quality and a personality that meets all the gifts required for an excellent career" - International Guitar Festival, Rust
"...a guitarist of great skill and boundless enthusiasm" - Classical Guitar Magazine.
As well as touring with Festive Flutes, Sarah works regularly with the Ulster Orchestra and gives duo recitals and BBC broadcasts with pianist Ruth McGinley. She is also leading an exciting new project called Wall2Wall Music which brings the work of Guildhall Connect, Musical Futures and NUMU into Northern Ireland for the first time. Her passion for creative music making is inspiring many of Northern Ireland’s young people. Sarah studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Philippa Davies, Kathryn Lukas and Edward Beckett. She has had a wide and varied musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. She has performed at many festivals and venues around Europe with leading musicians. Some of her personal musical highlights include: sell out performances with Juan Martin at London’s South Bank Centre: performing with the Brodsky Quartet in the Schleswig Holstein Festival : performing at the Istanbul Festival in the spectacular Sixth Century Church, Aya Irene, which sits in the grounds of Topkapi Palace; and adding her trade mark kiss on Festive Flutes CD’s: Christmas Crackers and Overnight Sensations!