Guitare Montreal | artists

MAY 24 to 26, 2019

Giovanni Grano

He was born in Basilicata, Italy. He studied guitar under Ruggero Chiesa at the "G.Verdi" Academy of music in Milan, where he graduated with honors. He then participated in several masterclasses with Oscar Ghiglia at the "Accademia Chigiana" in Siena and in Gargnano, as well as with Hopkinson Smith (lute) in Sesto Fiorentino. He is a also a graduate in italian literature from the University of Bologna and has studied at the University of Paleography and Musical Philology in Cremona. He also studied composition for several years with Franco Donatoni at Milan “G. Verdi Conservatory and conducting in Prague with J. Stvàn.G. Grano has published a number of essays on musicology for Bulzoni, Zanibon and Bèrben editions and has revised many unknown and rediscovered works for solo guitar as well as for guitar ensembles. His activity as a guitarist has seen him regularly playing on stages in many capitals of Europe, Russia, the United States, China and Thailand, and performing in numerous festivals. He has recorded for the ORF in Austria, RAI in Italy and for national tv and radio broadcasting corporations in Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Romania, Russia, Czech Republic and Hungary. He plays in duo with the violinists Pavel Berman and Vadim Brodski, with the cellist Mark Varshavski, as well as with many others prominent musicians and ensembles. He keeps in his repertoire the most important concertos for guitar and orchestra (Vivaldi, Carulli, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, Giuliani, Boccherini). Having been for many years a regular teacher of "Poetic and dramatic Literature" and "Music History and Aesthetics", Giovanni Grano holds the chair of guitar at the "F.E. Dall'Abaco" State Academy of Music in Verona. He also gives masterclasses and lectures in many european Academies and in North American Universities. He is often invited to judge guitar competitions in Italy and abroad. Many prominent composers have dedicated works to him for guitar, guitar ensembles as well as first performance concerts for guitar and orchestra works. In june of 2005, he was decorated with the academic title of "Honorary Professor " at the Faculty of Music of the Brasov University, and has been invited to give a masterclass in april of 2008 at the prestigeous Yale University. He has already recorded a series of monographic CD dedicated to the romantic music for guitar, like the Paganini sonatas for violin and guitar (in duo with V.Brodski) for the austrian label "Zero Point Music". His last CD "Phantasia" was recorded and produced by the italian label "Symposium". Giovanni Grano ranks among the best guitarists of his generation and he has always been enthusiastically received by the public and critics. He has been artistic director of around twenty Music Festivals and Congresses and is the director of the Verona International Guitar Festival and of the Anacapri international Guitar Festival. He plays on an Alhambra Villaplana NT guitar Read more

Robert Wang

He is an emerging classical guitarist and composer. In 2015, he made his debut performance at the Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory of Music, one of the world’s premiere music halls. He has won second prize at the 2016 Boston GuitarFest International Youth Competition (Senior Division), first prize in the 2017 GTA (Qinling) International Guitar Festival Youth Competition in China, and has won the Guitare Montreal Youth Competition in 2018. He is a former member of the Rivers School Chamber Orchestra, receiving gold at the 2017 MusicFest Canada in Niagara Falls, Ontario.Although a composer for the genre of contemporary classical music, Robert’s influences ranged from the Renaissance period to the late Romantic period. His most recent works are mostly distinguished, however, by his extensive use of atonality and serialism of the Second Viennese School. One of his composition, “Like the Flowing River” is praised by famous composer and guitar virtuoso, Carlo Domeniconi: “I must say that the guitar needs exactly people like you. Love and discipline.” In 2016, two of his pieces, “Hommage à Rodrigo” (for guitar, violin, and piano) and “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” (for guitar and soprano, influenced by Emily Dickinson’s poem), were premiered in the 38th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young, at the Rivers School Conservatory. During the 2018 Victoria Guitar Summer Academy, “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” was also performed by Dr. Alexander Dunn and Susan Young at the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall of the University of Victoria. Read more