2010-2011 Concert Season
GCGS and FCP partner with the express purpose of bringing these performers to a quality performance setting that would match their art form. The Coconino Center for the Arts fits the bill.
“In the intimate setting of the theater at the Coconino Center for the Arts,” says John Tannous, Executive Director for Flagstaff Cultural Partners and the CCA, “these performers will truly shine. There is a magic here when artist and performer can connect so closely.”
For more information about the Concert Series, please contact Grand Canyon Guitar Society at (928) 213-0752 or info@CanyonGuitar.org.
Information about each artist is listed below in this document. High quality PHOTOS of artists available upon request.
Born and raised in the Cajun Country of South Louisiana, Craig began piano lessons at age 5 before discovering the beauties of guitar as a teenager. Craig moved to New Orleans to pursue a degree in classical guitar performance, studying with John Rankin at University of New Orleans and Elias Barriero at Tulane University. After completing his undergraduate studies, Craig moved to Arizona to study with Frank Koonce at Arizona State University. Earning a Master's Degree in Musical Arts in 1997, Craig came to Flagstaff to be closer to the Grand Canyon.
Craig has performed extensively in the Southeastern United States and the Four Corners Region, and has performed in Master Classes for artists such as Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening, Paul O'Dette, William Kanengiser, Jorge Morel, Eduardo Fernandez, and Adam Holzman. Craig has also studied privately with Michael Lorimer and David Leisner. In 2003, Craig founded the Grand Canyon Guitar Society, a non-profit arts group dedicated to guitar education and performance in Northern Arizona. Craig continues to lead this group as the current Executive Director.
Craig currently teaches guitar privately in Flagstaff, and can be found in performance around Northern Arizona when not backpacking in the Grand Canyon.
Laurence Juber (Two-Time Grammy Winner)
As a young working musician in London, England in the 1970s, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary, life-changing break when Paul McCartney picked him to become Wings' lead guitarist. During that time he won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® for the track "Rockestra" from the Wings album, "Back To The Egg."
After Wings folded, Juber embarked on a career as a solo artist, composer and arranger, and soon developed a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso, being voted #1 by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. He has released 14 critically acclaimed solo albums.
Folios and DVDs of his compositions and arrangements are published by Alfred Publications. The venerable C.F. Martin Company currently offers an 'LJ' Signature model guitar and GHS Strings market Juber's Signature guitar strings.
Grand Canyon Guitar Society is honored to present Mr. Juber in his first Northern Arizona concert.
Flavio Cucchi is considered by critics as one of the most renown and admired Italian guitarists of the international scene. Flavio Cucchi has given hundreds of recitals in America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and gave his first guitar recital at the age of 8. His concerts focus on contemporary music, and he has played world premieres in prestigious theaters in Italy and abroad.
He is a professor at Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Pietro Mascagni” of Livorno since 1986 and has held masterclasses in the United States, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, and more.
Florian Larousse (2009 GFA winner tour)
The young French classical guitar virtuoso Florian Larousse, at the age of 22, has already wowed audiences on multiple continents. From numerous prizes in the some of the most significant international competitions of the guitar world to audience choice awards and recording contracts, Larousse has shot to the forefront of his field.
Florian Larousse has earned prizes in a number of international competitions in various countries. In 2009 he won the coveted first prize of The Guitar Foundation of America International Artist Competition, resulting in a 9-month concert tour in the United States, including a performance at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in New York
Born in 1988, French guitarist Florian Larousse began studying guitar at the age of 8, later continuing his studies at the prestigious National Conservatory of Paris. He makes his Arizona concert debut with GCGS in Flagstaff.http://guitarfoundation.org/drupal/tour
Argentinian guitarist Eduardo Isaac in a special Tuesday night concert appearance! He won the Porto Allegre, Rio de Janeiro, Vina del Mar, Caracas, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca competitions and recently “Le Printemps de la Guitare” in Belgium.
Mr. Isaac teaches at the Entre Rios Conservatory in Argentina and gives concerts and recitals with orchestras in South America, Europe, and the United States.www.EduardoIsaac.com
Adam del Monte (Flamenco guitar)
One of the leading flamenco and classical guitarists of his generation, Adam del Monte has made it his life mission to fully express himself in these two genres, transcending labeling and convention. He has embarked on a journey of creating a unique sound and language of flamenco that is both steeped in tradition and progressive in its openness to musical flavors from around the world.
First Prize Winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, he has studied flamenco & classical guitar in Spain, Israel, and England. In 2000 he performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the LA Philharmonic, and has recorded for Deutsche Gramophone. Adam has been on the studio guitar department faculty at USC since 2000, where he teaches flamenco and classical guitar.
Don't miss an exciting conclusion to the 2010-2011 with hybrid Flamenco/Classical guitar stylings of Adam del Monte!
Mr. del Monte will conduct a flamenco guitar technique workshop as part of the GCGS Statewide High School Guitar Ensemble Festival. The workshop will take place on Friday, April 29 from 1:00-2:30 at Coconino Center for the Arts and is free and open to the public.