Masterclasses will be held on Zoom. There will be a fee of $20 to play in a masterclass. If you would like to participate in or audit a masterclass, please email the society.

Emmanuel Jacob Lacopo

Sunday, September 26, 2020, 1 to 4 p.m.
This event is open to the public.

Canadian Guitarist and Composer, Emmanuel Jacob Lacopo, is an artist driven by collaboration and innovation, placing a focus on re-defining the constraints of the 21st century guitar and an examination of the social implications of the music we present. With the goal of creating a body of work that promotes diversity, inclusion and ingenuity, his music challenges conventions and offers an expanded world of soundscapes and textures. His projects encompass an exploration of new approaches to electroacoustic performance practice, an intermingling of mediums and collaborations that challenge the conventions of the recital model, and the equitable programming of under-represented and silenced composers.

Emmanuel received a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery, and is currently working towards his Doctorate at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. 

Rene Izquierdo

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 1 to 4 p.m.
This event is offered exclusively to members of the OGS.

Rene Izquierdo, a native from Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo TomasAmadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, Mr. Izquierdo earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. While at Yale he represented the university in an exchange program with the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse du Paris and worked with guitarists Olivier Chassain and Roland Dyens. Rene has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba and Europe. He has shared the stage with prestigious guitarists including Eliot Fist, Benjamin Verdery and Jorge Morel, as well as renowned flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, David Jolley and Paquito d’Rivera. Renowned composers such as Jorge Morel and Carlos R. Rivera have dedicated works to him. Mr. Izquierdo is a recipient of numerous awards. He is a winner of JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar CompetitionSchadt String competitionStotsenberg International Guitar Competition among others.

He is currently a professor of classical guitar at the Wisconsin State University in Milwaukee and an active solo performer and chamber musician. Rene has studied with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Eli Kastner, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, David Starobin, Eduardo Fernandez, Jorge Morel, Robert Beaser and Anthony Newman among others.

 “ … unforgettable versatility, sensitivity and sublime musicianship.” – Classical Guitar Magazine, July, 07.

Raz Bezna

Sunday, November 28, 2021, 1 to 4 p.m.
This event is open to the public.

Razvan Bezna is a dynamic and passionate classical guitarist currently pursuing a Doctoral degree at McGill Schulich School of Music under the supervision of Professor Patrick Kearney. Razvan holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied under Professor Adam Holzman. In 2020, Razvan completed a Master of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance at Florida State University under the direction of Professor Bruce Holzman. Razvan’s accomplishments include a nomination to represent the Province of British Columbia at the National Performing Arts Festival in Kelowna in 2014, The Sarah and Ernest Butler Excellence Scholarship in Music, and Graduate Excellence Scholarships to study at Florida State University and McGill University. Razvan is also part of the NWSE duo. In 2020, the NWSE Duo was awarded 1st prize in the adult ensemble division at the International Southern Guitar Festival and 2nd prize at the Houston International Guitar Competition. As a doctoral student, Razvan’s research focuses on discovering, cataloging, and performing classical guitar compositions by Canadian women.

Marc-Étienne Leclerc

Sunday, January 16, 2022, 1 to 4 p.m.
This event is open to the public.

Marc-Etienne Leclerc is a guitarist, yogi, and teacher whose path differs from the norm. He began his musical career traditionally through studies with Sylvie-Louise Fortin and Miodrag Zerdoner, taking 1st place in the Canadian Music Competition in 2011. Driven by a profound need to help people, he completed a degree in sciences and became a doctor, which initiated a long period of self-reflection as he travelled the four corners of the world. Marc-Etienne continued to create music during this period, self-producing two albums (Traveling in 2015, and Ici et ailleurs in 2019), studying Vipassana meditation throughout Asia, and training to become a yoga instructor in India. He continues to enrich his music with teachings from other disciplines and uses the therapeutic power of music to help people in palliative care. Since 2019, Marc-Etienne has been studying classical music interpretation with Patrick Roux at the Conservatoire de musique in Gatineau, Quebec.

Patrick Roux

Sunday, January 30, 2022, 1 to 4 p.m.
This event is offered exclusively to members of the OGS.

Patrick Roux is a graduate from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec in Gatineau. A scholarship recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts, he has studied with David Russell and Manuel Barrueco, among other masters.

In 1989, he won the National Guitar Competition of Canada and is also a prizewinner in prestigious international competitions including the Guitar Foundation of America International Artist Competition.

While pursuing a career as a teacher and concertist, Patrick Roux has developed over the years a great passion for composition and his works, published by Les Productions d’Oz, are now performed around the world. He is a founding member of several ensembles including the renowned Canadian Guitar Quartet with which he has performed many national and international tours. 

He has produced several discs with these various ensembles, including Les Scènes de Quartiers which, in 2006, won the Trille Or prize awarded to the best instrumental music disc. The year 2017 marks the completion of his first solo disc devoted entirely to his own compositions.

Guest soloist of numerous orchestras and chamber music ensembles, Patrick Roux has delivered the world premiere of many works including his own concertos. He has performed on numerous occasions on Radio-Canada and has played for dignitaries such as the Queen of Jordan and the Prime Minister of Canada.

Patrick Roux teaches at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau, the University of Ottawa and the International Academy of Music and Dance at Domaine Forget. He is the founder and artistic director of the Guitar Alla Grande Festival. 

Madeline Hall

Sunday, February 20, 2022, 1 to 4 p.m.
This event is open to the public.

Madeline Hall is a guitarist, pianist, teacher and composer based in London, Ontario.  Madeline is a versatile musician who has experience ranging from performing as a soloist, as well as in chamber groups, jazz bands, choirs and orchestras.  Madeline is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance at Western University, studying with prof. Wilma van Berkel. Madeline has received many awards for her playing, including first place prize in the 2020 Grand Metropolitan International Music Competition, the winner of  “Best 20th Century Performance” in the Great Composers 2021 Competition, first prize in the 2021 Quebec International Music Competition, second prize in the North International Music Competition, and first prize in the Ontario Music Festivals Association Provincial Guitar competition in 2018, 2019, and first prize at the open level in 2021.  Additionally, Madeline was awarded 4th prize at the 2021 Boston International Guitar Festival Academy Competition, and was also the first recipient of the Eliot Fisk Guitar Academy prize. In 2020, Madeline was a featured artist at the First St. Andrew’s Strings Ensemble winter concert, in which she performed as a soloist, and premiered her composition, Foliage, for string orchestra and electronics. Madeline has also played guitar in the pit orchestra for two productions at the Grand Theatre (London, ON) , Evita (2017) and The Louder We Get (2018). Madeline performs on a 2020 Stephane Ferre guitar.


Sunday, May 8, 2022, 1 to 4 p.m.
This event is offered exclusively to members of the OGS.

ChromaDuo is building a unique repertoire of some of today’s most compelling music for two guitars. Through a commitment to commissioning, recording and performing the works of ground-breaking composers, ChromaDuo has established itself as one of the leading guitar duos in North America. 

Forging relationships with composers such as luminary Roland Dyens, irreverent British powerhouse Stephen Goss, and brilliant Christopher William Pierce, resulted in their first CD Hidden Waters. 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.” A love for French Impressionist masters inspired their second recording featuring the duo’s own arrangements of piano and orchestral works of Debussy and Ravel. Classical Guitar described it as “a revelation, and a superior achievement.” This is Classical Guitar raved, “Their sound is so perfectly blended that I can’t imagine hearing a better ensemble.” Minor7th’s reviewers dubbed it “genius.”

ChromaDuo’s upcoming and recent projects include commissioning, premiering and recording dedicated works from dynamic Canadian guitarist and composer Dale Kavanagh, Brazilian gem Sergio Assad and legendary Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer.

In demand as performers, pedagogues, and adjudicators, Tracy Anne Smith and Rob MacDonald have been guest artists in guitar series and at major festivals such as the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Convention, Boston’s Festival 21, and the International Festival of Guitar Culiacan, Mexico. ChromaDuo has performed in England, across their native Canada and throughout the United States.

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