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utb guitar ensembles 

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: TSC Arts Center

“One of the best classical guitar programs in the United States.”  Tony Morris, Classical Guitar Alive!, National Public Radio

UTB was one of the first university guitar programs in the United States to develop extensive ensemble opportunities for its guitarists and this environment has become central to the rapid technical and musical growth of its participants. The UTB Guitar Orchestra performed on the Austin City Limits stage with the Miro String Quartet for a live radio broadcast to over one million listeners on Austin Public Radio. This orchestra was the first university group ever invited to perform for the Guitar Foundation of America annual convention. They have also performed in Austin’s Mexican-American Cultural Center and at the Texas State Capitol. The One O’clock Guitar Ensemble toured Austria in July of 2014 giving concerts in Vienna and Rankweil and played prestigious venues like the Schoenbrunn Palace and the US Embassy Amerika Hause.  This group was the featured concert of the Katy Guitar Festival (Houston area) in 2011 and they have performed for the Chancellor’s Council event (held in Austin’s largest indoor arena, the Erwin Center) and for the UT System Santa Rita awards at the request of the UT System Chancellor, Dr. Francisco Cigarroa. The UTB Guitar Orchestra has been featured twice on the internationally syndicated radio program “Guitar Alive!”, broadcast on National Public Radio, and it has been recognized as a large part of what makes UTB one of the leading classical guitar programs in the United States. Our students have placed in the top ten in regional, national, and international solo competitions. They have distinguished themselves individually in the UT-Dallas Texas Solo Guitar Competition, as top prize winners in the Eastfield Collegiate Competition, Houston’s Classical Minds Festival, UT Pan Am Competition, and as top ten performers at the Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition from a field representing the world’s top music conservatories.


Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location:  TSC Arts Center

Described by the eminent Sergio Assad as “the most inventive and exciting young guitar ensemble today”, Mobius Trio has made it its mission to fully integrate the classical guitar into the 21st century’s nascent musical lexicon. The Trio exclusively performs music that they have commissioned; they seek to expand the guitar ensemble’s repertoire to encompass all of the myriad currents passing through contemporary art music. Mobius Trio has commissioned over three dozen composers in their first few years of existence, and that pace isn’t slowing. Recent commissions include Sergio Assad, Luciano Chessa, and Ryan Brown, with more pieces and collaborations on the way. Mobius Trio was formed in 2010 by guitarists Robert Nance, Mason Fish, and Matthew Holmes-Linder while studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They started things off with a bang, commissioning and learning five pieces within the span of a couple of months, and performing many of those pieces at Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center the following April. Matt, Rob, and Mason are all accomplished, competition-winning guitarists in their own right, and they all live and work in San Francisco. When not rehearsing, the group enjoys home brewing, BBQ, Game of Thrones, and hacky sack.​


Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location:  TSC Arts Center

Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a prizewinner of more than fifteen prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013.  Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, guitarist and composer Roland Dyens calls him, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.”  As part of his prize from winning the GFA competition, Mr. Baranov will embark on a 50-city concert tour throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil, and has just recorded his first album on the Naxos label. Mr. Baranov has been a D'Addario artist since 2013. He currently teaches at his alma mater, the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Anton Baranov was born in 1984 in the Northwest region of Russia. He graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2010 under grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation. ​

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