- Open to the public
- Concerts will be held virtually on the Ottawa Guitar Society Facebook Page. Attendees will be able to support the artists through a voluntary contribution link that will be provided before and during the concert. All proceeds go to the artist.
Saturday, January 9, 2021, 7 p.m.
Silas Chinsen is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and choir director based in Guelph, ON. He completed a Masters and Bachelors of Music at the University of Ottawa, graduating summa cum laude. He studied guitar with Patrick Roux and voice with Dillon Parmer, and was twice the recipient of the Ed Honeywell scholarship for classical guitar. He also performed the role of Dr. Bartolo in uOttawa’s 2018 production of Le Nozze di Figaro.
Silas recently won the 2019 Ottawa Guitar Society’s composition competition with his piece “Different Expectations,” performing the premiere at the 2020 Guitar Alla Grande Festival.
Silas has received master classes from international guitarists such as Pepe Romero, Judicael Perroy, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, Sergio Assad, Jorge Caballero, Pavel Steidl, Marcin Dylla, and Marko Feri. He has won various local and provincial music festivals, and has performed at venues such as the the National Arts Center, the Shaw Centre, and the Rideau Club.
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 7 p.m.
Laureate of the prestigious competition Prix d’Europe in 2019, Bruno Gauthier- Bellerose completed his master’s degree with highest distinction under the tutelage of Jean Vallières at the Conservatory of Music of Montreal in 2019. He is now pursuing a performance diploma at the Conservatory with Jérôme Ducharme. In Montreal, he also studied with Garry Antonio and Alvaro Pierri and participated in masterclasses with guitarists such as David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Pepe Romero and Ana Vidovic.
Alongside his guitar studies, he took composition lessons with Nicolas Gilbert at the Conservatory. His compositions have been played in Quebec, Portugal and Belgium.
Bruno is also a laureate of the Indiana International Guitar Competition 2019 and received 2nd place at the Domaine Forget International Guitar Competition in 2017. He sets himself apart as a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec’s medal. Bruno has now been a member of the guitar orchestra Forestare for a year. His playing is distinguished by its strong musical and artistic depth.