The Castellani Andriaccio Duo
Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio have enjoyed a celebrated career as one of the foremost guitars duos in the world. Having received numerous awards and distinctions from the very beginning of their duo days including two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships and a scholarship to the master classes of Andres Segovia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, they have toured internationally as recitalists performing at the White House and the Kennedy Center and as concerto soloists with orchestras around the world. Sought after pedagogues as well, they have performed and taught at over one hundred colleges, universities and conservatories. Their collaboration with Grammy nominated composer, Roberto Sierra, has resulted in two magnificent new concerti for two guitars and orchestra, Of Discoveries and the Fantasia Corelliana.
The Duo has recorded ten acclaimed CDs, two named “Best of the Year” by Fanfare Magazine and American Record Guide and two DVDs. Critics around the globe from the New York Times to Gramophone Magazine have unanimously praised their, “elegance, style, poise and exquisite taste in interpretation”. Joanne also maintains a full private teaching studio of traditional and Suzuki guitar students. Michael recently released his world premiere recording of Goyescana, concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by three-time Grammy and Ace award winning composer, Michael Colina, with the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the two are founders of Fleur de Son Classics, a record label with over one hundred acclaimed titles, recognized internationally as a world leader in recorded chamber music. The two serve as Artistic Directors of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition presented by WNED and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the next edition taking place in Buffalo, June 2014..
The Duo’s latest CD, “Anima del Sur” (Soul of the South) released worldwide in July has garnered unanimous critical acclaim worldwide.For more information, please www.castellaniandriaccio.com.
The Amadeus Guitar Duo
Dale Kavanagh (Canada) and Thomas Kirchhoff (Germany) have been playing together since 1991 and have given more than 950 concerts in more than 50 European countries and North, Central and South America and Asia. Critics and audiences acknowledge the young musicians bubbling temperament in virtuoso recital, their highly sensitive creative ability in musical phrasing and articulation, and their great guitar-tone, which fills large auditoriums with a warm, rich sound.
Beside their work in chamber music programs they often take place in concerts with large orchestras and perform compositions for two guitars and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo, Gheorghe Zamfir, Sérgio Assad, Harald Genzmer, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime M. Zenamon, Roland Dyens and Antonio Vivaldi and Joseph Haydn. The Amadeus Guitar Duo performs regularly with The Prague- Munich and Mannheimer Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonia Hungarica, The President Orchestra Ankara,The Philharmonic State Orchestra Halle, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, The International Philharmonic Orchestra and The Kurpfälzische Kammerorchester Mannheim, The Mainzer Chamber Orchestra and the Thuringen Philharmonic Orchestra. They have been called the specialists for guitar and orchestra.Twelve records (Haenssler-Classic, FONO) and regular radio and television broadcasts (BBC, CBC, ZDF, WDR, TRT, RTL a.o.) in many countries certify the high quality of the Amadeus Guitar Duo.
Daughter of Michele Pittaluga, the Founder of the Alessandria international guitar Competition, Micaela Pittaluga is the President of the Pittaluga Competition and has been the head of the Organizing Committee since 1995. She studied performing arts, music and architecture and is now devoted to holding the guitar competition every year and the guitar composition competition every two years. She officially represents the Alessandria competition at the annual meetings of the WFIMC, and for next three years she was elected as member of the Executive Committee. Mrs.Pittaluga travels widely taking part in guitar festivals, competitions and concerts, attending to the competition and to the promotion of the young prize winners. She was from 2003 to 2008 President of the board of Directors at the Vivaldi Conservatorio of Music in Alessandria and in her town she promotes musical events, like founder and artistic director of FARELAMUSIC@ cultural society. Micaela Pittaluga was for a decade President of board of directors at the Conservatorio di Musica di Alessandria "A.Vivaldi"
David is very involved with WWFM, the classical music station in New York City. He is currently an afternoon host, music director and host of the popular Saturday afternoon program Cadenza.
Ana Vidovic is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Ms. Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas, St. Louis and beyond. Mel Bay Publications released Ana Vidovic's most recent DVD in 2009 entitled "Guitar Artistry in Concert," a journey through the music of Torroba, Piazzolla and Pierre Bensusan, Sergio Assad, Stanley Myers, Villa-Lobos and Agustin Barrios Mangoré. "Guitar Virtuoso," Ana's performance of works by Bach, Torroba, Paganini and Walton, was released on DVD by the Mel Bay label in 2006.
Ms. Vidovic continues to broaden her repertoire and captivates audiences around the world with her global touring in the 2010-11 season. Following performances in Poland in Summer 2010, Ms. Vidovic began the season with a tour to Reunion Island (France) and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Her schedule, internationally, continues with concerto appearances with the Romanian Radio Symphony in Bucharest, the Zagreb Soloists in Japan and recitals throughout Japan and at festivals in Brazil, Germany, Netherlands and Scotland. Ms. Vidovic's U.S. concerto engagements this season include the Missoula, Tacoma and Westmoreland symphonies. Her recital schedule in the USA is highlighted by her debut recital at New York's 92nd Street Y. She also performs recitals at The Strathmore (Bethesda, MD), Baltimore, Washington (DC), Jacksonville, Greensburg (PA), Boston, Clarksville (TN), Kansas City and Salt Lake City
Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Ana's reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005.