Young Artists Series

  • Open to the public. Voluntary contributions are encouraged.
  • Concerts will be held virtually on the Ottawa Guitar Society Facebook unless otherwise indicated.

Emmanuel Jacob Lacopo

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 7:30 p.m

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. 

Razvan Bezna

Saturday, November 27, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, January 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

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.

Madeline Hall

Saturday, February 19, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

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.

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