2017-2018 Guitar in the Gallery Series


Virginia Yep, Sunday, October 15, 2:00pm
Gallery One, 408 N Pearl, Ellensburg WA, Admission by donation

Virginia Yep’s performances and compositions explore the acoustic possibilities of the guitar with the rigor of contemporary classical music fused with popular Latin American music, especially with that of Peru. Her guitar teachers were Juan Brito and José Luis Rodrigo. Her musical studies began at an early age at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música (Lima), and continued at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música (Madrid), and expanded at the Universidad de Lima (Bachelor of Communication) and at the Freie Universität Berlin (Ph.D. in Comparative Musicology), forming the basis for her current musical work. She has been a recipient of scholarships to courses in Granada, Santiago de Compostela, Bilbao (Flores Chaviano, José Luis Rodrigo), Ville de Castres (Leo Brouwer), Vigo (José Tomás), Prague (Vladimir Mikulka) and Siena (Oscar Ghiglia). She has been a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra playing the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquín Rodrigo, the Camerata de Cuerdas de Trujillo, the Lima Chamber Orchestra and various groups of ancient and contemporary music. She has made three recordings -“Preludios Americanos”, “Guitarreando” and “Poesía en cuerdas de guitarra”- and a documentary -“La guitarra y yo”, CCTV, Peking.


Michael Nicollela, Sunday, November 19, 2:00pm
Gallery One, 408 N Pearl, Ellensburg WA, Admission by donation

With a repertoire spanning from J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to Jimi Hendrix and Elliott Carter, Michael Nicolella is recognized as one of America’s most innovative classical guitar virtuosos. He has received wide critical acclaim for his performances, recordings and compositions. As a concert artist, Michael has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan as solo recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestra.

Michael’s newest recording is a double CD of his arrangement of the Complete Bach Cello Suites. His previous four critically acclaimed releases were albums of contemporary music for classical and electric guitar. Three solo albums (“Ten Years Passed,” “Shard” and “Push”) all featured works composed by Nicolella.

Known for his creative programming, Michael has introduced electric guitar into his “classical” programs and extended the repertoire and audience of his instrument not only with his own compositions and transcriptions, but also by premiering and commissioning works by some of today’s most exciting emerging composers. Michael has premiered dozens of new works for classical and electric guitar in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. In reference to his abilities on the classical and electric guitar, noted guitar composer, scholar and critic John Duarte stated in an issue of “Gramophone” magazine that: “Others have ‘crossed the track’ in one direction or the other but none has done so with the technical and/or musical success as Nicolella, who,chameleon-like, achieves comparable distinction in both fields”.


Neil & Tamara Caulkins, Sunday, March 4, 2:00pm
Gallery One, 408 N Pearl, Ellensburg WA, Admission by donation

Neil and Tamara Caulkins have been playing guitar together since they met during a guitar ensemble rehearsal at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. Together they earned Masters degrees in music at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. They completed their studies on scholarship for a year with maestro Jose Luis Rodrigo at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain. During their year in Spain, the duo received scholarships to study at the international Spanish music festival in Santiago de Compostela and the Manuel de Falla International music festival in Granada including a course with composer Luigi Nono. Upon their return to the United States, the duo recorded a critically acclaimed CD and pursued a rigorous concert schedule, including performances in New York, Calgary, and throughout the Southeast and Pacific Northwest. 

The duo has commissioned several new works for two guitars including Three Cherokee Legends by Sarah Pierce, Kootenai East, Op. 56 by Michael E. Young, Pentamerisms by Michael Daugherty, and Water Leaves by Bruce Reiprich. 

A forgotten manuscript of duets by Isidro de Laporta (fl. 1790-1820) on the shelves of the Royal Conservatory library in Madrid introduced Neil and Tamara to a wealth of early nineteenth century music for two guitars. They are currently bringing this repertoire to life through research in archival sources and a study of historically informed performance practices. Neil plays a replica of a seven string guitar made in Mirecourt, France, by Aubry-Maire in 1840 and Tamara plays an original anonymous French instrument from about 1825.


Angelito Agcaoili, Sunday, May 6, 2:00pm
Gallery One, 408 N Pearl, Ellensburg WA, Admission by donation

ANGELITO AGCAOILI studied guitar under the tutelage of Mario Rodriguez at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, with Jose Luis Rodrigo at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica in Madrid, Spain and in the U.S. with Elliot Frank at East Carolina University and Frank Koonce at Arizona State University. He has also participated as a performer in the workshops and master classes conducted by world-renowned guitarists such as Leo Brouwer, Jose Tomas, John Williams and David Russell.

A prize winner in guitar competitions in the Philippines (1st prize at the Concurso de Guitarra del Centro Cultural de España en Manila and 3rd prize and Honorable Mention at the National Music Competitions for Young Artists), Angelito Agcaoili has also been the recipient of several scholarship awards including grants from the Spanish government through the Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional and from the Young Artists Foundation of the Philippines.

His work and research on the guitar music of the Philippines has been steadily gaining recognition. He has premiered the guitar works of Filipino composers such as Bayani de Leon, Lucrecia Kasilag, Antonio Pahang, Jose Valdez and Angel Peña. Many of these compositions were either commissioned by him or dedicated and written for him.

Mr. Agcaoili has been featured in solo and chamber music recitals in the Philippines, Spain, Canada and the United States of America.

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