Classical Guitar Festival 2023 Tutors

Acclaimed international artists (UK, Australia, NZ)

Vincent Lindsey-Clark Guitar

Vincent Lindsey-Clark

Tutor/Performer

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Dominique Blatti

Dominique Blatti

Festival Director

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Gary Ryan

Tutor/Performer

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Miles Jackson

Festival Director

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Andrew Blanch

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Julian Raphael

Julian Raphael

Expanded Musicianship

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Vincent Lindsey-Clark

English guitarist Vincent Lindsey-Clark is well known for his compositions for the instrument. He writes music for both students and professionals, much of which, has been used extensively by the major exam boards and performed all round the world. He has also written two guitar concertos. Distinguished performers who have played his music include The English Guitar Quartet, David Russell, Gary Ryan, Craig Ogden Amanda Cook, Detlev Bork, Davis Owen Norris, Roland Gallery, Roland Chadwick, Duolism, John Couch, The Trio Jackson, Rachel Scott and The Agostino Duo and many more.

His debut was at the Wigmore Hall, London in 1983. He then became a member of the Segovia Trio in 1987 and currently the Modern Guitar Trio. He has travelled extensively around the world performing his own music. His composition ‘Fiesta Americana’ was written for Berta Rojas, who’s recording of the work was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award. In 2003 his work March on the Red Planet was performed by 100 guitarists at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Vincent has been a regular tutor and performer at the Sydney Guitar Summer School in Australia and was invited to the Taranaki Guitar Summer School in 2016. This year he performed and was a tutor at the inaugural Nelson Classical and Flamenco Guitar Festival in New Zealand’s beautiful South Island.

He currently has positions at London’s Centre for Young Musicians, The University of Southampton and England’s most famous

school, Eton College.

.....Lindsey-Clark has an extensive knowledge of repertoire to fuel a very inventive compositional engine. Lindsey-Clark seems to revel in the guitar’s most vital qualities. He uses dissonance only when needed and as with greats such as Maurice Ravel the form of these miniatures is always concise....Tim Panting Classical Guitar Magazine.

Gary Ryan

The British guitarist Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the instrument and has pursued a highly varied international career as an acclaimed solo performer, composer and teacher with recent invitations to perform including appearances in Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, India, New Zealand, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

Ryan studied guitar and piano from the age of 8 as a junior exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music, where he won the Director’s Prize, later winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study with Timothy Walker in 1987. In 1991 he graduated with first class honours and many awards, including the Julian Bream Prize, the John Mundy String Prize and the Dorothy Grinstead Prize for an outstanding all-round musician. He then continued his post-graduate studies with an award from the Fleming Trust, becoming an Associate of the RAM in 1997.

Ryan made his London solo recital debut for the Park Lane Group at the Purcell Room in 1994 to exceptional critical acclaim and was subsequently invited to perform a series of recitals for the Kirckman Concert Society at London’s South Bank Centre. In 1996, at the age of 27, he was then appointed as a Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music in London and currently combines a busy freelance career with his role as the RCM’s Assistant Head of Strings. In 2013 he became the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in recognition of his contribution to the instrument.

Also well known as a composer, Gary Ryan’s celebrated guitar compositions combine traditional classical techniques with contemporary guitar styles and a rich variety of musical influences from around the world. These include his acclaimed solo concert work, Benga Beat, which was premièred in 2011 and features on YouTube, Scenes from The Wild West, Lough Caragh, Hot Club Français, Shamal, Rossbeigh Strand and Generator (for guitar duo). Other publications include Easy Piazzolla for Boosey and Hawkes and Guitar Star for the ABRSM.

In 2015, Gary Ryan was invited by John Williams to form 6 Hands, a new collaborative guitar trio with the jazz guitarist John Etheridge which has since toured the UK extensively, including performances at St.George’s Bristol, the Bridgewater Hall and Snape Maltings. The trio also have further performances scheduled in 2020.

www.garyryan.co.uk

Andrew Blanch

Armed with formidable talent, passion, and conviction, guitarist Andrew Blanch has carved out his own path with a musical vision that equally values both the tradition and the inherent potential of this continuingly evolving art-form. His sought-after performances are delivered with great personal warmth and artistic consideration, and acclaimed for their ability to enhance the audience's connection with the music and the moment.

Andrew’s debut album Spanish Guitar Music (2015) was described by Jim McCutcheon for Soundboard Magazine (USA) as “one of the best debut albums I’ve ever heard.” He boasts more than ten prizes in international music competitions including first place at the Adelaide International Guitar Competition in 2019, and was featured on the cover of Limelight Magazine that same year, as one of the rising stars of Australian classical music.

In 2020, Andrew released his debut album on the ABC Classic label with long-time collaborator, guitarist Ariel Nurhadi.

The album was selected as Limelight Recording of the Month, Featured Album on ABC Classic, and was one of just a handful of albums nominated for the AIR Best Classical Album Award that year.

Highlights for 2021/2022 include collaborations with leading new music group Ensemble Offspring, harpist Emily Granger, guitarist Vladimir Gorbach and pianist Daniel Rojas, in performances for Sydney Festival, Musica Viva Australia, UKARIA, Canberra International Music Festival, Music in the Regions, Phoenix Central Park and more to be announced, as well as performances in Australia and Spain as orchestral soloist performing Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. 2022 will also be a busy year in the studio with a number of upcoming solo and ensemble recording releases due out in 2023 that are sure to delight audiences, including an album with harpist Emily Granger.

Andrew plays a 2014 Greg Smallman and Sons guitar, is based in Sydney, Australia, and is managed by Tier 1 Arts. He is acting president of the Sydney Classical Guitar Society and an enthusiastic tennis amateur.

Julian Raphael

(B.Mus, M.Phil, PTCS) is a highly experienced community musician, music educator, composer, and performer who works alongside children and grown-ups with a philosophy and teaching style that is influenced and informed by music-making of the world's cultures. He is director of Community Music Junction which started operating in Wellington for enabling both children and adults to sing together and learn a variety of musical instruments.

Julian founded the Wellington Community Choir and was their director for fourteen years, plus the men’s vocal ensemble MaleVocale as well as several daytime social-singing groups. The organisation relocated to Taranaki in January 2020, where it has established a community choir (The Taranaki Singing Venture) and marimba, mbira, and drumming classes. Julian also works with several schools in the area offering guitar tuition plus vocal and percussion workshops.

As a song leader Julian works nationally running choir workshops for mixed voices and is spear-heading a movement to get more men involved in group singing in a social environment. He was appointed musical director of the

Taranaki Male Choir in Jan ’22. Since 2012 Julian has worked with Chamber Music NZ facilitating the IHC-funded relaxed concert projects around New Zealand.

Dominique Blatti

Born and raised in Switzerland, Dominique started to learn the classical guitar at age 9 followed by a stint at the Music Conservatory of Geneva cut short by her immigration to NZ with her parents when she was 18 years of age.

Dominique has been teaching and performing classical guitar full time for over 20 years. She founded and conducts a variety of guitar ensembles, and has enjoyed performing in several collaborations, including string quartet, duets with flute, cello, recorder, violin, voice and guitar.

She is the vocalist in French Cafe group ‘La Mer’. She has been the president of the Classical Guitar Society of New Plymouth for many years.

In 2011, Dominique initiated, and is the coordinator of the successful Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School (TCGSS), www.taranakisummerschool.com, a biennial event held in New Plymouth since 2012. Due to Covid, 2022 has been cancelled, focus now being on TCGSS 2024.

Dominique is co-founder and co-director of the NCMA Classical Guitar and Flamenco Festival, held in Nelson, a week long event. The inaugural festival was held in 2019 and 2021 took place despite Covid19 putting many hurdles in the planning. This is a biennial event, held on the off years of TCGSS. Planning for 2023 in full swing. https://ncma.nz/festivals/

Dominique is an Associate Member of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand (IRMTNZ).
Dominique has a real passion for the instrument, and is dedicated to foster a classical guitar culture throughout New Zealand. Her formative years working for international companies as PA to CEOs and HR Manager equipped her well in delivering successful and well planned events.

Learn more about Dominique at: guitartaranaki.com

Miles Jackson

MILES JACKSON is one of New Zealand's most accomplished guitarists. He began his musical training on the violin, changing to classical guitar in 1965. He has studied with a number of distinguished teachers and several periods in Spain have allowed him to explore and develop considerable expertise in Flamenco techniques. An intense period of study with world-renowned Czech guitarist Vladimir Mikulka took place in the summer of 1982. This was followed with three years of study with the English master guitarist John Mills, which has provided Miles with a technical facility and musicianship of the highest standard.

He has been working as a professional musician since 1972. Apart from solo performances, he has performed with many different chamber music groups and has been a member of the John Mills Trio and the Delphinos Guitar Duo. However most of his work has been with violinist Margarita Jackson as Duo Jackson. They have given concerts and workshops in many countries, made numerous TV & Radio broadcasts and recorded many albums of their music. Miles founded the Goya ensemble - strings and guitar- and has given many concerts featuring chamber music for guitar. More recently his focus has been on Trio Jackson - two violins and guitar.

Miles has always had a keen interest in raising the levels of the teaching and performance of the classic guitar in New Zealand and since 1974 has been actively involved in creating and pioneering ways to achieve this goal. He attaches a special importance to the teaching of technique. A priority for Miles is to bring students together to make music in enjoyable ensemble situations and to perform as often as possible.

He has introduced and tutored classic guitar courses at:

  • The Kerikeri music schools
  • The Dunedin University music schools
  • Nelson School of Music winter music schools
  • The Nelson summer festival
 The Nelson Centre of Musical Arts
  • The Southland Polytechnic
  • The Rotorua Music School
  • The University of Singapore
  • The Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School

Director of The Inaugural NCMA Classical Guitar and Flamenco Festival / Summer School 2019 & 2021 Classical Guitar Festival.

In 1974 he was a founder and Vice President of the New Zealand federation of Classical Guitar Societies and its President from 1979 -1984. During this time he has also been a founding member of the Classical guitar society of Auckland, and founded the Guitar Societies of Dunedin and Nelson. He has been Musical director and organiser of four New Zealand Federation summer music schools. He has also organised concert tours and workshops for many outstanding Guitarists from other countries.

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