Two Huge Concerts Coming your way in April! March 29 2019

Two Exciting Concerts Coming Up in April! U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is excited to announce two outstanding upcoming concerts in the Portland International Guitar Series this April. First, Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez and New York based guitarist David Leisner will perform an exciting program of solos and duets on Thursday, April 4th at 8:00 PM at the historic Eliot Chapel located at 1101 SW 12th Ave. Portland, OR. Next, Croatian guitar virtuoso Ana Vidovic will perform a solo concert also at the historic Eliot Chapel on Friday, April 12 at 8:00 PM. These amazing concerts will continue to keep the caliber of the Portland International Guitar Series at the very highest level, putting U.S. Classic Guitar on par with the most elite guitar organizations in the world.

Eduardo Fernández is recognized as one of today's leading guitarists. Born in 1952 in Uruguay, he began his studies of guitar at age 7. His principal teachers were Abel Carlevaro, Guido Santórsola and Héctor Tosar. After being prized in several international competitions, the most notable being the 1972 Porto Alegre (Brazil) and 1975 Radio France (Paris) competitions, he won the first prize of the 1975 Andrés Segovia Competition in Mallorca (Spain). His New York debut in 1977 won critical accolades, being described as "A top guitarist...Rarely has this reviewer heard a more impressive debut recital on any instrument" (Donal Henahan, The New York Times).

David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher. “Among the finest guitarists of all time”, according to American Record Guide, David Leisner’s career began auspiciously with top prizes in both the 1975 Toronto and 1981 Geneva International Guitar Competitions. An innovative three-concert series at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall included the first all-Bach guitar recital in New York’s history, and currently he is the Artistic Director of Guitar Plus, a New York series devoted to chamber music with the guitar.

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. In addition to presenting the guitar series, the organization will continue to focus on education. Each region where a guitar series is offered,

U.S. Classic Guitar will present Master Classes from the top artists in the world, provide individual guitar lessons with carefully chosen university trained instructors, and organize a guitar ensemble class. On Wednesday, April 3rd, Eduardo Fernandez and David Leisner will conduct a master class and lecture at the Eliot Center Channing room located at 1011 SW 12th Ave. in downtown Portland. The traditional master class will be followed by two informative lectures. First, David Leisner will discuss the important aspects of his book Playing with Ease and Eduardo Fernandez will give a lecture on how to approach learning a new piece of music.