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ASU School of Music announces the 2016–2017 Guitar Series

French guitarist Judicaël Perroy and his guitar

French guitarist Judicaël Perroy will appear in Tempe as part of the ASU School of Music's 2016-17 guitar series.

August 12, 2016

For more than 30 years, the ASU Guitar Series has impressed audiences with a selection of unforgettable performances by virtuosos from around the world. This year’s lineup is sure to continue this tradition, showing off the skills of seasoned musicians as well as introducing fresh new talent.

Thibaut Garcia
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Born in Toulouse, France, Thibaut Garcia began to play the guitar at the age of seven. At 16, he entered the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, where he completed his bachelor’s degree studying with Olivier Chassain. He currently studies privately with Judicaël Perroy. At 21, Garcia has already won important competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition in 2015, the Jose Tomás International Competition in Spain in 2014, the Sevilla International Guitar Competition in 2013, the Terra Siculorum in Romania in 2013, the Ana Amalia in Weimar, Germany in 2011 and the Valle de Egues in Spain in 2008.

Kithara Duo
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016

The Kithara Duo, made up of Olga Amelkina-Vera and Fernand Vera, was formed in 2002 and has performed nationally as well as in Europe and South America. Kithara Duo’s critically acclaimed debut CD, Beings, was released by Soundset Recordings in 2011. Kithara Duo is made up of faculty at Collin College in Plano, Texas, where Fernand directs the award-winning Guitar Studies program and Olga teaches in the guitar, theory, history and composition areas. For more information, please follow the duo at

Judicaël Perroy
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Born in Paris in 1973, Judicaël Perroy began his guitar studies at the Paris Academy of Music at the age of seven with Raymond Gratien. An acknowledged prodigy by the age of 11, he won numerous prizes, culminating with his triumph in 1997 at the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition. Perroy is in great demand as a teacher and adjudicator at numerous international festivals, and his students continue to win top prizes in regional, national and international competitions worldwide. He teaches at the National Academy of Aulnay-sous-Bois and École Superieur á Lille.

Andrew York
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Andrew York is one of today’s best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multileveled and accessible. York received a Grammy Award as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his 16 years with the cutting-edge ensemble. York’s authenticity in concert has inspired a worldwide following, with his touring schedule spanning more than 30 countries. He has presented recent concerts in Rome, Lima, Beijing, Ankara, Munich, Manhattan, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Japan.

All performances are in Katzin Concert Hall in the School of Music, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $22–General; $16–ASU Faculty, Staff and Alumni; $15–Senior; $12–Student.

Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at

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