Thanks to his numerous tours all over the world and his recognition by the audience as well as by the musical critics,Costas COTSIOLIS is nowadays considered as one of the greatest guitarists of this time.He has appeared in great concert halls like the Auditorium De Madrid, Grant Auditorium Radio France, Concertgebow Amsterdam, Concert Hall BBC, Alt Opera Frankfurt, Palais de Beaux Arts Brussels, Concert Hall of Athens (Megaron),Palais de Congress (Paris), Herodium (the Acropolis Theater) etc. co-operating with great symphonic orchestras like the ones of the Broadcasting of Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, BBC, The Junge Deutsche Philarmonie, the soloists of Sofia and Belgrade, the symphonic orchestra Queen Sofia of Madrid, Cordoba, Cannes,Lithuanian, etc.
He appeared at the biggest guitar Festivals of the world like Cordoba, Liege, Canarian Islands, Tijuana, Paris, Martinique, Leverkusen, Koblenz, Havanna, GFA of the USA etc.. He worked together at concerts with great artists like John Williams, John McLaughlin, Maria Farandouri, Milva, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Patrice Fontanarosa, Al di Meola, Larry Corryel, Jean Jacques Kantorow, Stanley Jordan, Vicente Amigo. Great guitar composers like Leo Brouwer, Ernesto Cordero, Sergio Assad, Dusan Bogdanovich, Anton Garcia Abril have dedicated their works to him.
Besides he played many premiéres of composers like Mikis Theodorakis, Theodore Antoniou, Leo Brouwer, Ernesto Cordero, Sergio Assad etc. Costas Cotsiolis has been the art director of the Volos International Guitar Festival since 1978 (since 2006
called the Naxos International Guitar Festival), where more than 9000 students as well as about 400 professors and soloist appeared from all over the world. Many fabulous guitarists started their international career as young talents at this festival.
He is professor of the Conservatory of Athens, the New Conservatory in Thessaloniki and the University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus, creating an exemplary school of excellent guitarists who have been awarded all over the world and have international career. He gave seminars abroad at great universities and music academies like the Manhattan School of Music, Weimar, Berlin, Dallas, Oslo, Mozarteum of Salzburg etc. In 1998 he became an honorary citizen of Dallas (Texas).
"Costas Cotsiolis is one of the best performers of my music, probably the best. But also hear him in Barrios, de Falla, or Ginastera. Virtuoso playing or sensibility, all in one." LEO BROUWER
"Costas Cotsiolis is one of the greatest guitarists of our time. Besides being higly acclaimed as a top performer he has established major artistic achievements over the course of three decades of international carreer." SERGIO and ODAIR ASSAD
One of the most prominent guitar professors working in Austria, Gabriel Guillén was born in Maracay, Venezuela. He studied in South America with Abel Carlevaro, Leopoldo Igarza, Jose Gregorio Guanchez and Alberto Espinoza.
In 1987 he was the prize winner at the Antonio Lauro Competition and was awarded first prize by Rotary International. During this time he took an active part in masterclasses given by Abel Carlevaro, Rafael Benatar, Bartolomé Diaz and Franka Verhagen. In 1988 Gabriel Guillén moved to Vienna, Austria, studying under Prof. Walter Würdinger and in Zurich, Switzerland under Prof. Konrad Ragossnig.
Guillén gave critically acclaimed concerts throughout Europe, South America, U.S.A and Japan. Gabriel Guillén received the “Merit Award” from the Austrian Government, The Kery Award, The Artinger Award, the “Amigo de Venezuela“ award from the Venezuela Postiva and the “Honors Award” from Caracas-Avila.
Internationally acclaimed artist Gabriel Guillen records for Philips and Record.v4m. He teaches at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt and the Richard Wagner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria and has given masterclasses and concerts in more than 34 countries around the world. He has a huge following of students in Austria where he is in great demand. He is artistic director of the International Guitarfestival RUST in Austria. He is currently working with the Simon Bolivar orchestra in Venezuela under the direction of Alfredo Rugeles.
Judicael Perroy was born in Paris in 1973. At the age of 7, he began guitar studies at the Paris Academy of Music. An acknowledged prodigy by the age of 11, he played two Vivaldi Concertos conducted by famous French musician André Girard at the Theatre of Le Mans in 1984 and won the Second Prize of the International Competition of the Ile-de France at the 14 years of age.
Perroy's studies continued under the tutelage of Roberto Aussel and Daniel Lavialle. In 1994 Judicael earned his diploma at the Ecole Normale of Paris in the class of Alberto Ponce and won the 7th International Competition of Bourg-Madame, a competition in which the audience selects the prize-winner.
In 1996 he graduated from the Paris National Conservatoire of Music, earning the highest placement in his class. In October 1997, Perroy won the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition in La Jolla, California and took is GFA "Winner's Tour of the Americas" performing over 60 concerts and master classes.
In February 2000, he recorded a piece by Nikita Koshkin in trio with the composer himself and Frank Koonce for the CD Company Soundset. A video of a live performance in Lubbock (Texas) has also been recorded for the label Mel Bay in 1999.
In 1995, he was awarded the "CA", the highest teaching certificate that an individual must have in order to teach in a National Academy. Whereas Judicael usually teaches at the National Academy of Aulnay-sous-Bois near Paris, he stood in for Stephen Robinson, the guitar teacher at Stetson University in DeLand (Florida) for the first semester 2000.
Liviu GEORGESCU is the president of the Romanian Guitar Foundation and the organizer of Sinaia International Guitar Festival. He is a representative figure for classical guitar not only in Romania, but also for the international guitar community. By organizing the Sinaia Guitar Festival, master classes and recitals, Liviu Georgescu has the merits of connecting the young Romanian guitar community to the larger and more experienced international community. He teaches classical guitar at "George Enescu" Music High School, Bucharest, his students being laureated in important national and international guitar competitions.
András Csáki was born in Budapest 1981, and began to play the guitar at the age of 11. He graduated at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music with honor in 2007, where his professor was József Eötvös. In 2012/2013 he pursued graduate studies in the University of Southern California as a student of Scott Tennant. He received his Doctorate degree in 2014 at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.
Since 1995 András has been a regular participant of international master classes all over the world, including master classes held by Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, Abel Carlevaro, Costas Cotsiolis, David Russell, Angel and Pepe Romero.
Until the year of 2011 he received 24 prizes, among others he was awarded with the first prize in the 51st Tokyo International Guitar Competition in 2008, and in the 42nd “Michele Pittaluga” Guitar Competition in Alessandria, Italy 2009, Julian Arcas Guitar Competition, Spain 2011.
Besides solo recitals, he is also devoted to chamber music. He has had several opportunities to play guitar concertos with symphonic orchestras in Hungary and abroad. He has frequently been asked to give master classes in various countries, such as China, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Romania, Russia, USA and his native Hungary. At the moment he is appointed assistant professor at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest.
Mihai COJOCARU s-a născut în 1977 în Bucureşti. A studiat chitara la Liceul de muzică „George Enescu” cu Liviu Georgescu şi la Hochschule für Musik „Franz Liszt” din Weimar - Germania, cu Gerhard Reichenbach.
A beneficiat de lecții private cu Carlo Marchione și Thomas Müller-Pering și a participat în master class-uri cu Aniello Desiderio, Hubert Käppel, Zoran Dukic, Joaquin Clerch ș.a. A câştigat premii la concursuri naţionale şi internaţionale (olimpiade de muzică, Sinaia, Craiova, Bucureşti) şi a apărut în emisiuni radio şi TV.
A făcut parte ca membru în juriile concursurilor Eduard Pamfil și Sinaia și a susținut cursuri de măiestrie la București, Sinaia și Cluj. În calitate de solist, Mihai Cojocaru a cântat împreună cu filarmonicile din Satu-Mare şi Bacău, precum şi în recitaluri la Bucureşti, Arad, Cluj, Constanţa, Weimar.