Concert Series 2016/2017

May 24: Matthew McAllister

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 7:30pm
Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St.
Admission: $30/$20 members


Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Classical Guitarists in Europe. Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his insightful performances and effortless presentation in a concert career spanning well over a decade.

Born in Falkirk and raised in the East Neuk of Fife, Matthew studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, with Allan Neave. Since graduating with BMus (Hons) in 2003, Matthew has enjoyed continued success and is a regular performer and educator at Classical Guitar Festivals and Concert Series worldwide.

Matthew has performed at major venues across the world such as The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Purcell Room & St Martin in the Fields, London, Teatro Britanico, Lima, The Sage, Gateshead, Cenart, Mexico City, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Eugene O’Neil Theater, San Jose and Dom Armije, Sarajevo to name a few. Matthew has toured extensively throughout North & South America, Canada, Europe and Asia both as a soloist and chamber musician, and has also produced an extensive discography with Natural Studio Records.

As an educator Matthew holds the posts of Classical Guitar Tutor and Lecturer in Music at the University of St Andrews & Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and most recently established he Classical Guitar Retreat which presents a residential summer course on the Island of Cumbrae off the West Coast of Scotland.

Matthew enjoys keeping in touch with fans and guitarists worldwide and has a very wide reaching internet presence, you can follow him easily on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

April 26: Eden-Stell Guitar Duo

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
Geneva Hall, Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St., Ottawa Ontario)
Admission: $30/$20 for OGS members

Internationally renowned for their dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have ‘breathed new life into the world of the classical guitar’ (Rotterdam Dagblad).

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles, the duo’s chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of musical styles makes them a constantly evolving entity with a unique creative voice.

Likened to a ‘miraculous single guitarist blessed with an impossibly wonderful technique and an exceptionally delicate touch’ (The Observer) the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have been invited to perform at venues and music festivals around the world; including Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Turkey, USA, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and Australia, plus numerous radio and TV appearances on ITV, BBC and European and North American networks.

Mark Eden and Christopher Stell graduated from the Royal Academy of Music as recipients of the Principal’s Prize and the Julian Bream Prize, and continued their studies in Brussels with the Brazilian Guitar Duo, Sérgio and Odair Assad with the aid of a grant from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Soon after, the Duo were selected to perform for the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists’ Concert Series and won the South East Musicians’ Platform competition, giving them debut concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre where they have since become regular artists, performing at both venues for music organisations such as ‘Live Music Now!’, the Kirckman Concert Society, Classical Guitar Magazine, and the International Guitar Foundation.

Mark and Chris’ concerto engagements have featured performances with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and International Philharmonic at some of Europe’s largest venues including the Beethovenhalle and Stuttgart Liederhalle, with recent international recitals for prestigious events such as Guitar Foundation of America (2009), Omni Foundation Concert Series in San Francisco (2010), Wigmore Hall London (2009), London Guitar Festival at Kings Place (2008-9), The Sage Gateshead (2008-9), Alla Grande Festival in Canada (2009) and Uppsala Kongress Hall Sweden (2010), as well as many others.

The duo were the first guitarists since Julian Bream to be Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine with their ‘land mark recording’ of works by Stephen Dodgson. They have recorded 7 CDs to date on BSG, Hannsler Classics, and Docker labels, and are dedicatees of new works by Internationally acclaimed composers Stephen Dodgson, Adam Gorb, Dusan Bogdanovic, Gary Ryan, and Johannes Moller.

Mark and Chris are founder members of the VIDA Guitar Quartet who have rapidly become one of the most celebrated guitar ensembles in the last few years with concerts in Europe and USA and rave reviews for their debut CD ‘Love, the Magician’ (BGS118). They are also artistic directors of the Winchester Guitar Festival and the hugely popular World Youth Guitar Festival, the only classical guitar festival in the world dedicated to young players with over 200 students attending from over 15 countries as far a field as USA and Australia.

Mark and Chris were elected Associates of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of their outstanding musical achievements and they both currently hold teaching positions at the Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The duo are D’Addario strings endorsed artists.

February 11: The Assad Brothers

(presented in partnership with ChamberFest and Guitar Alla Grande)

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:30pm
Dominion Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St., Ottawa, ON


Over the past 40 years, Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have inspired a new standard for guitar performance, innovation, and expression. They have played an important role in expanding the repertoire for guitar duo, both through composition and transcription. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger and Francisco Mignone.

Odair is based in Brussels where he teaches at Ecole Supérieure des Arts. Sérgio resides in San Francisco, where he is on the faculty of the SF Conservatory.

The Assad’s repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio Assad and his re-workings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. Their standard classical repertoire includes transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau and Scarlatti and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera and Debussy. Their touring programs are always a compelling blend of styles, periods and cultures.

December 10: Guitar Gala Night


Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30pm
Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St.
Admission: $30/$20 members

Our big event of the year is coming up and the Ottawa Guitar Society is pleased to announce an incredible lineup of artists for this year’s Guitar Gala Night. Some of the most accomplished guitarists from the region will be performing on December 10th in the beautiful Tabaret. Invite your friends, invite your students, invite your mom!

This year’s lineup includes

John Armstrong
Louis Trépanier
Julien Bisaillon
Nathan Bredeson
Adam Cicchillitti
Steve Cowan
François Lacelle
Andrew Mah
OGS guitar orchestra
Luciano Saavedra
Emily Shaw
Ottawa Suzuki Strings guitar ensemble
Craig Visser

October 23: ChromaDuo

Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 3pm
Geneva Hall, Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St., Ottawa Ontario)
Admission: $30/$20 for OGS members


Great music you won’t hear anywhere else.

Whether the work of groundbreaking contemporary composers, gorgeous instrumental music rarely heard on guitars, or the genius of J.S. Bach, ChromaDuo is vigorously commissioning, arranging, and performing some of today’s most exhilarating music.

“These are uncommonly beautiful works, highly inventive and personal,” says Kenneth Keaton (American Record Guide). “ChromaDuo…is simply exquisite. Their sounds are perfectly balanced, yet individual, and each has a ravishing tone with lots of range. Ensemble is perfection, even in the freest passages; and their interpretations of these pieces are convincing, even compelling. This is some of the most purely beautiful playing I’ve heard in a while.” Germany’s Fidelity agrees: “The playing of ChromaDuo is extremely subtle and sophisticated, the communication nothing less than perfect.”

Their first recording, Hidden Waters, featuring five world-premieres by Roland Dyens, Stephen Goss, and Christopher William Pierce, was re-released by Naxos Records in 2012. Garrett Schumann of called it, “one giant, convivial, through-composed exploration of the guitar’s expressive range… [T]he restraint of the performance makes you want to lean in closer to hear the expression on every note.” Minor 7th described it as “modern guitar music at its most powerful, extending form and substance of the guitar to give the listener an almost orchestral experience,” and Jean-Baptiste Collinet raved, “Simply put, everything I heard blew my mind.” The CD is also recommended in Enrique Robichaud’s book, The Guitar’s TOP 100.

In 2015/16, Naxos will release their second album, the music of French Impressionist masters Debussy and Ravel.



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