Benefit concert performers

hese performers have lent their time, patience and tremendous talents for the benefit of The
G.Roger Bailey Classical Guitar Scholarship solely in the hope that their efforts will bring greater
interest in the art of the classical guitar. For their tireless endeavors and their extraordinary
performances for this scholarship, we can never be grateful enough!

Sam Shalhoub
May 2017


am Shalhoub graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in June 2016 with a master's degree in music, with an emphasis in Renaissance lute and classical guitar performance. He has cultivated many other talents as well, including conducting wind ensemble, composing for various experimental ensembles and teaching theory and musicianship to undergraduates. Sam currently performs regularly both as a soloist and with his early music ensemble Apostasy. He is active throughout the Central Coast, from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz. Sam aspires to stage his opera, “Music, the Tormentor,” which features a guitar orchestra, and intends to open the Cambria Academy of Music in an effort to preserve and cultivate musical arts in his community. Sam came to the scholarship November 2006 and completed two legs of the scholarship in the subsequent two years. He also has fostered his love of classical guitar by aiding the scholarship both as a teacher and as a reliable resource.

Sam Shalhoub

Jaxon Williams
March 2017


axon Williams, a native of Ashland, Ore., began studying classical guitar at age seven. Jaxon has studied in master classes with world-renowned guitarists including David Russell, Ana Vidovic and Zoran Dukic, and with 2010 Guitar Foundation of America First-Prize winner Johannes Möller. Jaxon holds a bachelor of music degree in guitar performance from Brigham Young University and a master’s of music in guitar performance from Arizona State University. After completing studies with Juilliard’s Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival in 2015, Jaxon won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Seville, Spain, where he studied with Francisco Bernier, Zoran Dukic and Judicael Perroy as part of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide International Performance program.. Jaxon is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the Graduate Teaching Assistantship and studies with G. Roger Bailey Classical Guitar Scholarship supporter William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

To learn more about Jaxon Williams, visit this site: www.jaxonwilliamsmusic.com.

To see video of Williams, visit these sites: YouTube OR YouTube



Jaxon Williams

David Steinhardt
May 2016


avid Steinhardt is currently studying with Grammy-winning guitarists William Kanengiser and Pepe Romero at the USC Thornton School of Music. From age 11, David has participated in numerous competitions and festivals in the U.S., Canada and Europe. David has won awards in more than 10 competitions, including first at the 2012 Montreal International Youth Guitar Competition, the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition (Junior Guitar Division), the 2014 Great Lakes Collegiate Guitar Competition and the 2015 Hamilton International Guitar Competition. He made his orchestral solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014, a year in which he also was featured on NPR's "From the Top." Other notable performances include the 2013 Montreal International Guitar Festival headlining concert (with Polish virtuoso Marcin Dylla) and WXXI’s Backstage Pass (with Christopher O’Riley and Sir James Galway).

To view a sample performance by David Steinhardt, visit this site: YouTube.

David Steinhardt

Samuel McLain
March 2016


amuel McLain was born in Upland, Calif., and developed a passion for the guitar as a teenager. His early guitar teachers include Bruce Hunter and Mike Sawitzke. Samuel recently completed a Masters of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of previous scholarship benefit performer Stuart Green. In addition to being an active performer, Samuel maintains a thriving private studio and is on staff at San Jacinto Valley Academy.

To view a sample performance by Samuel McLain, visit this site: YouTube.

Samuel McLain

Tomasz Fechner
May 2015


omasz Fechner was born in Pleszew, Poland, in 1990, and started his music education at the age of 8. Since 2001, he has participated in guitar competitions throughout Europe and has received many accolades along the way. In 2014, he was awarded a Fullbright scholarship to the University of Southern California, where he studies with LAGQ founding member and G. Roger Bailey Classical Guitar Scholarship supporter William Kanengiser. Tomasz has both bachelor and master of arts degrees in classical guitar and studied at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland.


Tomasz Fechner

Michael Nigro
March 2015


ichael Anthony Nigro has performed across the United States and in South America, giving concerts and master classes for numerous universities, performing arts centers and at other venues, including the Auditorio Juan Victoria in San Juan, Argentina, and the Salon Parroquial Conciertos “El Rincón” in Villa-General Belgrano, Argentina. Michael’s discography includes “Homage to Piazzolla,” which received critical acclaim, and “Guitar Sudamericana,” featuring the compositions of José Luis Merlín, Jorge Morel, Eduardo Falú, Antonio Lauro and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Most recently, “A Journey through Latin America” showcases music by Gentil Montaña, Isáac Albéniz, Francisco Tárrega and José Luis Merlín. Michael directs the guitar program at Vanguard University, where he has established a comprehensive curriculum that includes Guitar Literature, Pedagogy, Fretboard Techniques and Guitar Ensemble. He also is co-author of “The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book.” Michael also performs with colleagues Gregory Newton and David Grimes as Trio Camino.

To read more about Michael Nigro, visit this site: http://nigroclassicalguitar.com.

Michael Nigro

Ines Thomé
Sept. 2014


nes Thomé is a multifaceted musician who performs internationally as a solo and chamber musician. She studied classical guitar in Frankfurt and Stuttgart. In 2013 she received a master's degree with distinction at Stuttgart State University of Music and Performing Arts, where she studied with professor Johannes Monno. In August 2013 she began post-graduate work at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, where she then continued as a doctoral student with professor William Kanengiser of the LAGQ. Ines won national competitions as a solo and chamber musician at a young age, and she has received awards at numerous international competitions in Germany and Italy; she received a special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Johann Sebastian Bach at the International Guitar Competition in Erwitte. In 2014 she won the International Guitar Competition in Walnut Creek, Calif., and is booked for a solo concert tour through northern California in 2015.

To read more about Ines Thomé, visit this site: Ines Thomé.

Ines Thome

Jon Mendle
May 2014


on Mendle has toured with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and made his Carnegie Hall debut while still a student at age 19. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Sergio Assad, David Tanenbaum, Lawrence Ferrara, Marc Teicholz and Dusan Bogdanovic. His first album, titled “L’Infidele,” was produced by his teacher, Latin Grammy winner Sergio Assad, and released in January, 2011 on In A Circle Records. Jon is a member of the San Francisco Guitar Quartet and has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Germany.

To read more about Jon Mendle, visit this site: Jon Mendle.

Jon Mendle

LeChic Duo
Sept. 2013


lassical guitarists Iren Arutyunyan and Sofia Gleeson have combined their talents to form LeChic Duo. Iren and Sofia met while studying guitar at the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in 2009 and formed LeChic in 2010. Receiving instruction from such teachers as Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, Martha Masters, Brian Head and Pepe Romero, LeChic Duo has flourished since. In 2011, Iren and Sofia produced a music video centered around Dusan Bogdanovic’s “No Feathers on This Frog.” During summer 2011, LeChic began hosting webisodes, titled "Guitar O’Clock," which document the lives of these up-and-coming musicians, including recording sessions, performances and the branding of the LeChic Duo. LeChic was chosen to participate in a live taping at Guitar Salon International in late 2011, which led to their performance at the 2012 and 2013 National Association for Music Manufacturers Convention in Anaheim, Calif., for Cordoba Guitars.

To read more about LeChic Duo, visit this site: LeChic Duo.

LeChic Duo

The Artisan Guitar Ensemble
Sept. 2016 / June 2013


he Artisan Guitar Ensemble, established in 2006, is guitarists Max Mendoza, Andre Giraldo and Daniel Ramirez, formed while the three were studying classical guitar under David Grimes and Richard Turner at CSU Fullerton. The trio made a commitment then to bring high-quality chamber music to a wide audience. The group since has been recognized for its accomplishments by numerous faculty and administrators in CSU Fullerton’s music department. In 2007, they were selected to participate in the university's 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, and in 2008 they were the only chamber group invited to perform with the CSUF Guitar Orchestra on a weeklong tour of California's Central Coast. The group participates in numerous master classes and works privately with internationally known guitarists including Roland Dyens, Martha Masters, John Dearman, Hubert Kappel, Gerard Abiton, Jose Luis Merlin, the Live Oak Duo, Pavel Steidl, and Eric Franceries.

To read more about The Artisan Guitar Ensemble, visit this site: The Artisan Guitar Ensemble on Facebook.

The Artisan Guitar Ensemble

Nicolas André Deuson
May 2012


icolas André Deuson was a semifinalist in the 2009 Tokyo International Guitar Competition and winner of the Pacific Guitar Festival and other competitions. Dr. Deuson currently is enjoying a burgeoning concert career both as a solo performer and chamber musician. Nic attended the University of Georgia on scholarship as an undergraduate, studying with John Sutherland, attended The Cleveland Institute of Music as a masters student of Jason Vieaux and studied with LAGQ founding member and G. Roger Bailey Classical Guitar Scholarship supporter Scott Tennant at the University of Southern California, obtaining his doctorate in 2009. Nic also has studied with such artists as Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. Nic received the Michael and Amelia Alban Award in Guitar in 2005. In addition to his duties as a performer, Nic is dedicated to the art of teaching, serving on the faculty of CSU Channel Islands and teaching at his atelier in Los Angeles.

To read more about Nicolas, visit this site: www.nicolasdeuson.com.

Nicolas Deuson

Eva Beneke
April 2012 / *March 2018


va Beneke was born in Berlin and studied guitar at the Berlin University of Arts with professor Martin Rennert. Her success there led her to the Franz Liszt Hochschule in Weimar to pursue a solo artist diploma with professor Thomas Müller-Pering, one of Germany’s most influential guitarists. In 2012, Beneke received a doctorate with honors from the University of Southern California, where she studied with the LAGQ's Scott Tennant, Pepe Romero and jazz-guitar legend Bruce Forman. In addition to prizes at international guitar festivals in The Netherlands, Italy and the U.S., Eva is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and published arranger. Career highlights include appearances with the German Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano, invitations to international music festivals in worldwide and a live performance with Carrie Underwood at the 2010 American Country Music Awards. In fall 2012, Eva joined the faculty of McNallySmith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she maintains an active guitar studio. Eva is the Artistic Director of Lowertown Classics, a chamber music series in St. Paul´s warehouse district.

To read more about Eva, visit this site: www.evabeneke.com.

Eva Beneke

Hugo Maia Nogueira
Sept. 2011 / April 2013


ugo Maia Nogueira was born in Rio de Janeiro but moved to Sao Paulo when he was 9. He started classical guitar lessons with composer Lupércio, who happened to be a neighbor. Hugo studied at the Conservatorio Souza Lima from 1997 to 2001. In 2001 he began a course of composition at FAAM and performed in the theater of Sesc Paulista in 2003; in 2004 he began taking instruction from Henrique Pinto. He continued studying with Pinto until 2010. During that time, in 2005, he participated in a master class with Nora Buschmann. He has taught classical guitar, electric guitar and music theory and presented workshops and concerts in various international cities. He has studied Brazilian music and jazz with Olmir Stocker (Alemão). He received his bachelor's degree in composition in 2007 and studied with professor Michael Kozubek while attending Azusa Pacific University for his master's degree in performance. Hugo won the competition of The American Guitar Society in 2011, and received his master's in December 2012.

Hugo Maia Nogueira

Roger Allen Cope
April 2011


oger Allen Cope is instructor of Guitar and director of the Guitar Ensemble at California State University, Bakersfield. Before joining the CSUB music faculty, Roger was a member of the affiliate artist music faculty at Brevard College in North Carolina as director of Guitar Studies. Roger ranks among the nation's finest performing classical guitar personalities. He has won auditions to study with some of the great guitarists of our time, including Christopher Parkening, Eliot Fisk, Oscar Ghiglia and Michael Lorimer. He has taken part in diverse interpretive studies from a broad range of musicians, including guitarist Leo Brouwer, soprano Beverly Wolf, pianist Paul Badura-Skoda and American composer Aaron Copland. Roger is widely acknowledged for his efforts to integrate the guitar into the mainstream of community and for his outreach programs initiated through local guitar societies.

To read more about Roger, visit this site: www.csub.edu/~rcope.

Roger Allen Cope

Scott Tennant
Sept. 2010


cott Tennant is considered one of the world’s premiere guitar virtuosos and is a favorite guest artist of orchestras, music series and major festivals worldwide. He is a founding member of the Grammy-winning ensemble L.A. Guitar Quartet, now in its 30th year. He has made numerous solo recordings on the GHA and Delos labels, and with members of the LAGQ he has recorded for GHA, Delos, Sony Classical, Windham Hill, Deutsche Grammophon and Telarc. The Telarc release “LAGQ Latin” was nominated for a Grammy, and it was their Telarc title “LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes” which won a Grammy as best classical crossover recording of 2005. Scott is well known as a teacher and author, currently with eight books to his name. His first, “Pumping Nylon,” is an advanced book on classical guitar technique and is used in most of the world’s major guitar programs. Scott lives in the Los Angeles area and is on the faculties of the USC Thornton School of Music and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

To read more about Scott, visit this site: http://scott-tennant.net.

Scott Tennant

Dr. Gregory Newton
June 2010 / March 2015


orn in Los Angeles, Gregory Newton began study of the guitar with Vahdah Olcott Bickford and attended the University of Southern California School of Music on scholarship, where he studied with Pepe Romero and from which he received B.M. and M.M. degrees with honors. His background also includes work with John Duarte, José Tomás, Alirio Diaz, classes with Andrés Segovia, Flamenco studies with Luis Maravilla and jazz studies with Laurindo Almeida and Lee Ritenour. In 2007 he completed a doctoral degree under the direction of Dr. Peter Yates at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Newton is on the faculties of Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College and Glendale College. He is also the classical guitar instructor on videoguitarlessons.com, a new educational Web site, and is president of the American Guitar Society. He is president of the American Guitar Society, director of the AGS International Concert Series, a former member of the GFA Board of Directors, has been a frequent contributor to guitar periodicals, and adjudicates on national and international competitions. Gregory also performs with colleagues David Grimes and Michael Nigro as Trio Camino.

To read more about Gregory, visit this site: www.americanguitarsociety.org.

Gregory Newton

David Grimes
June 2010 / March 2015


avid Grimes was first introduced to the guitar when he was a junior math major at Caltech and heard a recording of Andrés Segovia. He completed his degree in mathematics and subsequently worked at JPL in Pasadena for several years while he pursued his guitar studies with Guy Horn and Oscar Ghiglia. As a soloist he has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe, and recent concert tours have taken him to Mexico, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Denmark, France, Malta, Belarus, Serbia and Montenegro. He is frequently in demand at music festivals as a conductor and as a competition judge. Highly respected as a teacher and coach, David was Director of Guitar Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he developed one of the nation’s leading centers of guitar instruction. For 18 years David was President of the Guitar Foundation of America and now remains as Reviews Editor for the journal Soundboard. David also performs with colleagues Gregory Newton and Michael Nigro as Trio Camino.

To read more about David, visit this Web site: David Grimes.

David Grimes

Stuart Green
April 2010 / March 2014


tuart Green studied with Terry Graves, a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Falla Guitar Trio. Stuart also had additional studies with Kenton Youngstrom and classes with Dusan Bogdanovic, Juan Serrano, Christopher Parkening and John Holmquist. Some of you may remember his appearances in 2001 and 2003 at La Guitarra California. An active performer, Stuart enjoys a busy schedule both as a soloist and as a member of the Cabalo/Green Guitar Duo with Eric Cabalo. His recitals have taken him across California, Arizona and New Mexico. In early 2008 Stuart released his second CD, the first of three that will be the complete suites for guitar by Robert de Visee, French Baroque guitarist/composer — the first time these works have been recorded in full.

To read more about Stuart, visit this Web site: www.redlands.edu.

Stuart Green

Chris Burton Jácome
Sept. 2009


he scholarship was delighted to host noted Flamenco guitarist Chris Burton Jácome, who provided a wonderful introduction to Flamenco for the scholarship's classical audience. From his Web site:

Chris began playing guitar in 1986. While living in Sevilla, Spain, Chris studied Flamenco guitar with some of the greatest Flamenco performers of this era. Since his return from Spain, he has been performing more than 200 shows a year and has played many sold-out performances throughout the U.S. and Canada.

To read more about Chris, visit his Web site: www.chrisburtonjacome.com.
Chris Burton Jácome

Edward Trybek
April 2009 / May 2011


dward Trybek - classical guitarist, composer and winner of several awards - has garnered rave reviews for his musicianship. At the prestigious 49th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, Edward’s silver-medal performance impressed his critical audience and judges with masterful technique and superb musicality. Edward was the first American to have medaled in this competition with the exception of his mentor, LAGQ founding member Scott Tennant, who won gold in 1989. Having studied with Maestro Tennant since age 14, Edward has been mentored to use his unique gift to amaze and inspire audiences with his captivating performances.

To read more about Edward, visit his Web site: www.edwardtrybek.com.

Edward Trybek

David Isaacs
Sept. 2007


outhern California native David Isaacs has been playing guitar since 1988, and has studied classical guitar since 1995. David has performed throughout the U.S. and in Greece as a soloist, in a guitar duet, in a guitar-and-voice duet (as part of Chanson du Soir), and as part of the California State University Fullerton Guitar Orchestra. He has been a featured performer for the Pacific Guitar Festival, the Hermoupolis Guitar Festival, the Ventura County Classical Guitar Society, the Long Beach Classical Guitar Society, the Orange County Guitar Circle, the Dayton Classical Guitar Society and many other venues. David earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Classical Guitar Performance at California State University Fullerton under David Grimes.

To read more about David, visit his Web site: www.isaacsguitar.net.

David Isaacs

Triada
Sept. 2006 / Aug. 2008 / Sept. 2012 / Sept. 2017


riada combines the unique talents of Bulgarian brothers Nikola, Petar and Vasil Chekardzhikov, forming one of the most brilliant guitar ensembles now performing. Established as a trio in 2001, the three are former members of the guitar quartet “Four of a Kind” with their sister Petya. Since coming to the United States, the trio has performed in California, Wisconsin, Indiana, Colorado, Texas and Hawaii. In 2004, Triada won first prize in the Third Annual Guitar Ensemble Competition in Brownsville, Texas. The three brothers studied guitar from early childhood with professor Ljuben Haralambiev in Varna, Bulgaria. In America they completed graduate studies at Cal State Fullerton with David Grimes.

To read more about Triada, visit the Web site: www.triadatrio.com.

Brothers Nikola, Vasil and Petar Chekardzhikov with Scholarship Administrator Charlotte Bailey.

James Edwards
Sept. 2005


lassical guitarist James Edwards has been a performer, teacher and recording artist for more than 25 years. He not only plays the rich and varied traditional repertoire, but his own compositions and contemporary styles as well. James also plays historical instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, such as the five-course guitar and ten-course lute. James’ performance credits include the 1999 La Guitarra California Festival, soloist with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Arts Festival, Richard Schneiders’ Lost Mountain Guitar Festival and many other collaborations. James discovered the guitar at age 14; inspired by Christopher Parkening, with whom he later studied, James also has worked with Ray Reussner, one of Andrés Segovia’s most devoted pupils. Other teachers have included Manuel Barruecco and Michael Lorimer.

To read more about James, visit his Web site: www.jamesedwardsguitar.com.

James Edwards