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Juan de Dios García Aguilera was born in 1959 in Madrid and has lived since childhood in Andalusia. He studied with Professors Ramón Roldán Samiñán and Francisco González Pastor at the advanced con­servatoires of Málaga and Granada and with Gabriel Brncic at the Ga­binete de Música Electroacústica (Electroacoustic Music Laboratory) in Cuenca, and has received guidance from distinguished musicians and from fellow members of his own generation. The most cherished of these encounters was the one that took place in Córdoba with the Cu­ban conductor and composer Leo Brouwer, which represented a turning point in his career and a decisive stimulus to write orchestral music, as Brouwer conducted some of his first premieres in that city.

García Aguilera’s work ranges over a good many genres in the areas of both electroacoustic and instrumental music, and he feels comfort­able in both media. His electroacoustic experience has influenced his instrumental works, and he has sometimes turned to the visual arts as a source of inspiration and has participated in collaborative projects with various artists.

He has written commissions for a number of institutions and these have been presented at universities, museums, festivals and concert halls in Spain and abroad. Some of them have been recorded on CD by the Córdoba Orchestra and other performers.

Since 1989 he has taught harmony and fundamentals of composition at the various conservatoires in Córdoba. He is currently professor of composition at Córdoba’s Rafael Orozco Advanced Music Conserva­toire, of which he is also the director.

Together with the saxophonist Jesús Núñez he is the co-founder of the S3 (Spectral Sax Style) duo, in which he is responsible for the electro­acoustic part, and since 2004 he has directed the Contemporary Music Festival held annually in Córdoba. He has also been a music critic for the newspapers Córdoba and El Día de Córdoba, and from time to time he gives lectures, is invited to write notes and commentaries for various series of concerts and writes on subjects related to musical composi­tion.

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Considered one of today's most acclaimed young guitarists, Andrea stands out for her character and sensitivity. She has recently been awarded with the First Prize at the “XIII Alhambra International Guitar Competition”, being the youngest guitarist to achieve it. She has obtained more than twenty national and international prizes such as the First Prize and the Special Prize "Carla Minen" at the “XL International Competition F. Sor” (Rome) or the Honorary Prize David Russell for young talents.

In 2017 she made her debut in China offering a tour of concerts in six cities of the country, obtaining excellent reviews. In her growing career, she has been invited to festivals such as "Guitar Festival of San Diego" (USA), "International Guitar Festival of Szeged"(Hungary)," Guitar Festival of Monterrey "(Mexico) , "Festival Isaac Nicola" in Havana (Cuba) or Viva la Guitarra in Düsseldorf (Germany) where she played as soloist with the "Sinfonietta Ratingen" orchestra the and the conductor Thomas Gabrisch. Andrea has also performed in distinguished theaters such as the “National Auditorium of Madrid” and the “Juan March Foundation” among others. Selected by the "International Guitar Foundation" of London in 2016, she debuted in the UK offering concerts in venues such as King's Cross in London or Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, expanding the number of countries in which she has performed.

Andrea has been supported by “Alexander von Humboldt Foundation”, “DAAD” (German Academic Exchange Service), “AIE” (Society of Performing Artists of Spain) and “Provincial Council of Guipuzcoa” to study at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf (Germany), where she graduated with honors.

In 2017 Andrea published her new CD recorded by Naxos, where she combines new guitar compositions dedicated to her by J.Clerch and masterworks for guitar by I.Albéniz, F.Tárrega or B.Britten.



Peruvian born Alexander-Sergei Ramírez has appeared throughout the world in recitals, chamber concerts (with partners including violinist Renaud Capuconor Daniel Hope, the Amati String-Quartet, the Rosamunde Quartett) and as soloist in orchestral concerts (Orchestre National de Belgique, National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, Latvian National Orchestra) including appearances at the Salzburg Festival (Austria), Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany), Istanbul Music Festival (Turkey), Semanas Interamericanas (Washington, DC).

His albums on DENON-International were received with critical acclaim by the music press. His recording dedicated to the works of the Paraguayan composer Agustín Barrios-Mangoré was released on DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON and was hailed as “the most engrossing 75 minutes I have ever heard” (MatanyaOphee) and was selected as “Recordingofthemonth” by Classical Web Magazine. His CD Odyssey, (also on DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON) a musical voyage around the world with compositions from Spain, Russia, Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, Perú, and Cameroon was selected “CD of the month“ by ECOS-Magazine.

His latest recording “GuitarraClásica del Perú” (on CAvi)   focuses world premiere recordings of Peruvian composers of the 18th and 19th century like Pedro Ximénez Abril Tirado (1780-1856) - “one of the greatest discoveries of the classical guitar repertoire in the past decades!” ORF - Austrian Radio Program.

Since several years his interest also focuses on the “romantic guitar”, performing in the unusual Duo-combination of guitar and forte piano with Sheila Arnold.

Ramirez studied with Prof. Maritta Kersting, Germany, Jose-Luis Gonzalez, Spain and Pepe Romero, Spain/USA.

Being Professor at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule, Düsseldorf (Germany), Alexander-Sergei Ramirez is frequently invited to guitar festivals, is giving worldwide masterclasses and is jury member of different international guitar competitions.

Marco Tamayo, a Cuban with Austrian nationality, acclaimed as "Il Re della Chitarra" by the Italian newspaper L'Stampa in 1999 when he won the "Michele Pittaluga" contest in Alessandria. He is the winner of numerous important international competitions such as Andrés Segovia in Spain , the First International Competition of Rust, Austria, the Leo Brouwer International Competition of Havana in 1994 among others. He has performed as a soloist with renowned orchestras and conductors around the world from Russia to the United States, from England to Johannesburg, and he is a leading figure in the classical guitar both as a concert performer and as a teacher. He is Professor at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, also at the Landeskonservatorium (Gustav Mahler University from 2019) in Klagenfurt, both in Austria, Visiting Professor at the Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland, and he was a professor at the University of Sydney in Australia. His book entitled "Essential Principles for Performance in the Classical Guitar" has renewed the teaching of the guitar globally. Marco Tamayo is artistic director of the Michele Pittaluga Int. Contest in Alessandria, Italy, he is an honorary citizen of the city of Alessandria and Solero, both in Italy. He  is Chairman of Marco Tamayo Edition, created in 2014.
Guitarist Andrea Vettoretti has liberated the classical guitar. This instrument, too often linked to the Spanish or purely classical tradition, has been refashioned by Vettoretti into a new form. One does not only listen to a musician of great talent and instrumental elegance, but the audience also becomes captivated by the originality of his music that merges into a unique style. Harmonies that resemble the sophistication of another famous Italian composer: Ludovico Einaudi, but with the magic of Seicorde. The charm of his original style is the fusion of a sound both enchanting and warm, a sound that one cannot miss.

A polished musician who expresses himself with a language both cultured and emotional, connecting classical music with many other genres.

As Andrea Vettoretti says:

“I like to experiment, searching for new paths that lead to a synthesis, even if the journey is long. I am passionate about the depth and complexity of classical music and I love the simplicity of other genres and the power they can communicate”

Vettoretti obtained his music diploma with full marks from the “G. Rossini” Conservatory of Fermo and then continued his studies at the prestigious “Ecole Normale de Music” in Paris under the guidance of Alberto Ponce, where after only two years he gained the “Diplome Supérieur de Execution” and the “Diplome Supérieur de Concertiste”. He has won 13 international music competitions. Concerts by Vettoretti are accompanied by choreographed light and effects which follow the music, interpreting it in a poetic, passionate and elegant way. He has played many concerts and international tours, from the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, to the Salle Cortot in Paris, stopping in metropolitan cities, among them Rome, Berlin, Dublin, Valencia, Mexico City, Miami and Sydney.

He has recorded 10 CDs for various recording companies. Vettoretti’s music can be heard on iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. His CD RAIN, published by CNI Unite in 2015, represents a bridge between the depth of the classic style and the new music of Andrea Vettoretti. The new single ‘Through the Looking Glass’ is available on iTunes and all digital channels and is the precursor to the album ‘Wonderland’ which came out in 2017. The album, with original interpretation is inspired by the fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland. His music has been used by the director Davide Del Degan (selected for the Cannes Festival in 2016) in his short films and in the official video Sensations, winner of the Akademia Music Award 2016.

Andrea Vettoretti is sponsor and ambassador of a musical education program for children from the Santa Eulalia Valley in Peru, known as Musicare. Andrea Vettoretti binds the RAIN project to the Water Civilisation International Center (Centro Internazionale Civiltà dell’Acqua) Onlus. The center works to build sensibility in our territory to “Water Culture”, and generally a renewed sensibility for the environment and nature.

He is the Art Director of the prestigious International Guitar Festival “Delle Due Città” Treviso – Rome.

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