Who better to kick off our celebration of women in classical guitar than the first woman in the world to be awarded a Doctor of Music in Guitar Performance? Dr. Lily Afshar holds this this claim to fame alongside her long list of equally as impressive accolades. Originally from Iran, her performance will feature Persian and Azerbaijani Ballads which are sure to delight.
Described by Operaworld Magazine as, “the female voice of the Spanish guitar”, Andrea González Caballero is quickly making a name for herself as one of the top guitarists alive today. Originally from Spain, Andrea’s fiery interpretations of Spanish repertoire will take us on a journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Save yourself the trip overseas and explore the streets of Spain from the comfort of The Ethical Society!
Berta Rojas’ most recent accomplishments include becoming the first Latin American guitar teacher at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and a performance with the legendary John Williams at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Needless to say, she is a busy woman, and we are so thrilled she’s making time to join us here in St. Louis! You certainly want to make time for what will be a dynamite performance.
Ana Vidovic began her international performing career at the age of eleven and has since become one of the most recognizable names in classical guitar. A quick YouTube search of her name brings up videos with millions of views. In fact, the video above has 27 million! Listen for yourself, you won’t be disappointed, but you will be inspired to join us for our season finale!
Irina Kulikova has been traveling the world performing concerts since the age of twelve. With the rare beauty of her tone and enchanting presence on stage, Irina captures the hearts of audiences across the globe. When describing her performance, Soundboard Magazine wrote, “Some of the most sheerly beautiful playing I have ever heard.” She is long past due an appearance in St. Louis, and her concert is sure to end the season with a bang!
Ricardo Cobo’s spellbinding presence is made up of a combination of flawless technical ability, passionate musicality, and his warm, endearing personality. He follows these traits with diverse and innovative musical selections to create an exceptional performance that is not to be missed. One critic described the experience as, “…characterized by generosity of spirit, to say nothing of knockout virtuosity. His playing was extroverted, lyrical, and rhythmically alive.”
Jérôme Mouffe is quickly making a name for himself as a performer with unbridled virtuosity. Originally from Belgium, Jérôme came to the United States to study with one of the greatest guitarists alive today, Eliot Fisk. Now a graduate of the New England Conservatory he has racked up an impressive number of performances in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
His St. Louis debut is sure to be nothing short of jaw-dropping!
Junhong Kuang picked up the guitar at the age of 5 and by the age of 13 he had already performed in Carnegie Hall. Two years later he began studying with Maestro Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory, and now he is in his senior year with well over 100 performances under his belt.
He graciously stepped up at the last minute to fill in for Tengyue Zhang after complications with TY’s visa prevented him from leaving Beijing. This is sure to be a phenomenal evening!