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Artists in Concert

 Verso Duo (Matthijs Koene – Panflute, Stefan Gerritsen – Guitar)
Verso Duo   Verso was formed in 1997. The duo was named after the work 'Verso', which was written for them by the American-Dutch composer Ron Ford. Passionately and with a sense of style the duo performs classical music, as well as contemporary repertoire.

One of the most important goals of Verso is the creation of distinguished repertoire for panflute and guitar. So far more than 40 works have been written for this special combination. The outstanding expression of the instruments is put to use in a very broad range of styles, from Dowland, Giuliani and Piazzolla, to the newest music by Theo Loevendie, Artyum Kim, Daan Manneke, Gerard Beljon, and Louis Aguirre.

For more information see http://www.panflute-guitar.nl/
 Dr Gregory Newton
  Dr Newton studied under the renowned Pepe Romero at the University of Southern California, where he received his BMus and MMus degrees with honors. He has taken master classes with Andrés Segovia and Alirio Diaz, and jazz master classes with Laurindo Almeida and Lee Ritenour. His doctoral degree was under the direction of Dr Peter Yates at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He has given concerts and master classes throughout Great Britain, the USA, Canada, South America, the Middle East, Scandinavia, and Western and Eastern Europe. Newton is on the faculties of Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College and Glendale College. He is president of the American Guitar Society, director of the AGS International Concert Series, a member of the Board of Directors of the Guitar Foundation of America, has been a frequent contributor to guitar periodicals, and adjudicates on national and international competitions. This will be his first visit to South Africa.
 David Grimes
  David Grimes was majoring in maths at Caltech when he was introduced to the classical guitar through an Andrés Segovia recording. He later pursued classical guitar studies with Guy Horn and Oscar Ghiglia.

As a soloist he has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe, and recent concert tours have taken him to Mexico, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Denmark, France, Malta, Belarus, Serbia and Montenegro. He is also in demand as a conductor and competition judge.

Grimes is past President of the Guitar Foundation of America and remains as Reviews Editor for the journal ‘Soundboard’. He has produced editions such as ‘Luys Milan: the Complete Fantasias’ and the celebrated series ‘Treasures of the Baroque’, published by Mel Bay Publications. He is Director of Guitar Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he has developed one of America's leading centers of guitar instruction
 Tessa Ziegler
  Tessa has developed a successful career as a professional performing artist, playing regularly for private and corporate functions. She has performed on numerous occasions for the Soirée Society, for the Classical Guitar Society of South Africa, for PACT, at the Grahamstown Festival, on radio and over many years on television, not only as a musician, but also as a presenter and actress. She joined the National Symphony Orchestra in accompanying Pavarotti on his SA visit and was at the opening act for the ‘Hollies’SA Tour.

The Spanish guitarist, Narciso Yepes, innovator of the modern 10-string guitar, also had a profound influence on Tessa’s musical development, and she has studied with him intermittently over the years while she was still studying with Fritz Buss, her mentor. She was the first matric student to play the classical guitar as her instrument, and continued her musical education at Wits, obtaining a B.Mus. (Hon) degree.

Tessa’s recording career has produced, amongst other, eight solo CD’s. Her collaboration with David Hewitt, guitarist and composer, as a duo comprised a significant period of her life as a performer and recording artist. Together with Dave she has published his works for solo guitar and guitar duet.

Her classical guitar repertoire is varied, from pre-Baroque, classical, romantic music to current, more popular ballads.
 Avril Kinsey
avril   In her diverse artistic career Avril has performed on 4 continents, recorded 5 CDs, composed over 25 works for classical guitar, produced documentaries for SABC television, authored 2 music books, a film script and several articles for ‘Classical Guitar’, UK, as well as having founded the Cape Town Academy of Music, where she also lectures.

She has been awarded prizes and scholarships including the Adcock Ingram Classical Guitar Competition first prize, the Jules Kramer Fine Art and Music Scholarship and the Astris award, a life time achievement award for excellence in music. In 2009 Avril obtained an MMus with distinction for her 308 page research dissertation ‘Music for Classical Guitar by South African Composers’.

She is the first person in South Africa to commission a classical guitar composition from a Black South African composer.
In 2010 she lectured and performed at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and gave master classes, adjudicated and performed at the Hermoupolis Guitar Festival and Competition in Greece.
 Saudiq Khan
  Saudiq Khan’s interest in flamenco guitar started at a young age. At 15 he had to leave school and work to support his family, who were thrown out of District Six by the forced removals of apartheid, but by 1989 he was able to fully pursue his love of flamenco when he travelled to Seville (Spain) to study under several aficionados.

On his return to South Africa he performed for several years with various Spanish bands and Flamenco dance groups. In 1992 he started his own Flamenco Guitar School. Besides his solo and group performances he has made several recordings with four of his compositions selected for inclusion on the soundtrack of the movie Confessions of a Gambler.