Mateusz Kowalski

Mateusz Kowalski is a classical guitarist born in 1995 in Koszalin, Poland. He has recently received international acclaim after winning several international competitions, including: 1st prize in the International Guitar Festival RUST, Austria (2018), 1st prize in the Joaquin Rodrigo International Guitar Competition in Olsztyn, Poland (2018) 1st prize in the XIX International Guitar Competition in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland (2018), 1st prize + audience prize in the XVIII International Guitar Competition in Anthony, Paris, France (2017).

Mateusz started playing the guitar at the age of 7 in Koszalin School of Music under Dariusz Schmidt. In 2014 he began his studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. He finished his bachelor exam with the highest grade possible. At the time, he attends the second year of a master’s degree course at the FCUM in the class of Ryszard Bałauszko. Mateusz gave concerts in Spain, France, Belgium, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, and many others. Furthermore, he has recorded his debut CD in 2018 with the Polish label CDaccord, distributed by NAXOS. He is a member of EuroStrings Artist programme for 2018/19 season. He is also a scholarship winner of the polish KFnRD and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage programme „Young Poland”. He took part in numerous guitar courses and masterclasses, including lessons with Sergio Assad, Alvaro Pierri, Zoran Dukic.

Giulia Ballaré

Giulia Ballaré is considered one of the most promising soloists of her generation. She has won more than twenty-five prizes in international competitions among them, first prize: Ciudad de Coria (Spain, 2017), Omis Guitar Fest (Croatia, 2017), Forum Gitarre Wien (Austria, 2016), Villa de Aranda (Spain, 2015), Comarca del Contado (Spain, 2014), Mottola (Italy, 2013); third prize: M. Pittaluga International Competition (Alessandria, 2017), A. Frauchi Internatioal Competition (Moscow, 2017), J. Tomas-Petrer (Spain, 2017), Sevilla (Spain, 2017), Emilio Pujol Concorso Internazionale (Italy, 2017).

In 2013 she released her first album with the label dotGuitar titled “Lirically Spain” since 2018 she has been a D’Addario Artist. She has been invited to perform in prestigious venues, such as the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Concert Hall of Gnessis in Moscow, Gosser Ehrbar Saal in Wien, the Aula Magna of University “La Sapienza” in Rome, the Hall of Mirrors in Bratislava, Kurfurstliches Schloss of Koblenz and many others. She had performed as soloist with Alessandria’s Orchestra (Italy) and Musica Viva’s Orchestra of Moscow (Russia).

Her recitals have been acclaimed from audiences and press: “… the Ballarè is getting noticed for a charge and an impact always classy and highly emotional expressive power, to establish a strong bond with the public … ” La Repubblica. Giulia Ballaré was born in 1987 in Novara, Italy. She graduated with the maximum from the conservatory in Novara with M° Guido Fichtner. At present, she is attending Master’s Degree course with M° Paolo Pegoraro at Kunst Universitaet Graz.

Simone Rinaldo

Italian Guitarist, Simone Rinaldo graduated at Conservatory of Music “G. Verdi” of Milan in 2013 under the teaching of M. V. Jedlowski with Summa cum Laude (Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar). In February 2016 he graduated with F. Biraghi with Summa Cum Laude and Special Mention (Master of Music in Classical Guitar).

Simone has attended several courses and masterclasses with great musicians, such as L. Micheli, M. Mela, M. Escarpa, C. Marchione, P. Steidl, M. Lonardi, M. Dylla, G. Tampalini, A. Goni, J. Savjioki, R. Iznaola. In summer 2017 he attended the Summer School of “Accademia Chigiana” in Siena, under the guidance of M° Oscar Ghiglia and obtained the prestigious Certificate Of Merit. He had been studying for several years with A. Dieci and B. Giuffredi at “Accademia Regondi” in Milan: the two of them were particularly important for his musical education. He is now attending the courses of P. Pegoraro and A. Del Sal at “Segovia Guitar Academy” in Pordenone.

He won important prizes in International competitions as a soloist, among the others we remind: Guimaraes Guitar Competition (Portugal), becoming an Eurostrings Artist, Mottola Festival International CompetitionSanremo International Guitar CompetitionBrussels International CompetitionUniversity of Boulder Guitar Compertition in Colorado (USA), Gargnano International CompetitionValle dei Laghi Guitar CompetitionBorguitar Festival CompetitionMoncalieri National CompetitionRospigliosi Guitar CompetitionClaxica Guitar CompetitionCorrado Alba International Competition in Rome. He also won twice the prestigious “Restelli prize” for plucked string instruments and “Rancati prize” for chamber music at Conservatory of Milan.

Dimitris Soukaras

Born in Corinth in 1995 Dimitris Soukaras is a Greek classical Guitarist, Chember musician and composer currently living in London. He is a Masters student at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in the classes of M.Lewin, S.Goss, D.Russell and F.Zanon. His studies are kindly supported by the Academy of Athens, Royal Academy of Music as well as the Athena Scholarship, kindly provided by Miss. Anna Weeks.

He has received distinctions in 12 international/national competitions. Among others, he won the 1st Prize at Mottola (Italy) International Guitar Competition and Festival (2018),  1st Prize at Philon Competition in Athens (2014), 1st Prize at Arion International Guitar Festival (2014), 2nd Prize at Thessaloniki International Guitar Competition (2015), 2nd Prize at Patra’s International Guitar Competition (2015), 3rd Prize at Dimitris Fampas International GuitarCompetition (2015) etc. Also, he is the winner of the Academy of Athens Music Award/Scholarship (2018)

As part of the prize of Mottola Guitar Competition he is included in the Young Stars project, witch gives him the opportunity of  a concert tour at 2019 in 14 European Guitar Festivals participating in the EuroStrings platform. Also, he will record his first CD “From Down to Dask” which will be published by the “dotGuitar Weblabel”. He is one of the Winners of the “Young Artist Platform” 2018 auditions organized by the International Guitar Foundation. He will perform for prestigious UK festivals and concert halls such as London Guitar Festival and Competiton at Kings Place, for the Bath Guitar Festival, and the North East Guitar Festival.

Peter Graneis

Stuttgart-born classical guitarist Peter Graneis received his first lessons at the age of 9. As a young scholar, he began his studies with Professor Johannes Monno at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany where he later received a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction. After completing a Master of Music program under the tutelage of Professor Zoran Dukić at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, Peter Graneis continued his studies with Prof. Dukić at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands. Here he published a research exposition on classical guitar technique and received his Master of Music degree in 2018 with distinction.

Peter Graneis is a winner, prizewinner and finalist of numerous international guitar competitions, a scholar of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now foundation and scholarship holder of the prestigious German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He has attended masterclasses with renowned guitarists such as Carlo Marchione, Judicaël Perroy, Laura Young, Thomas Müller-Pering and Joaquín Clerch and has performed solo recitals at various international guitar festivals including Oberhausen Guitar Festival, Lille’s Festival Horizon Guitare, Stuttgart International Classical Guitar Festival and Jüchen International Guitar Festival.

A debut CD ‘Portrait’, released in 2017 by TREKEL Records, presents interpretations of works by Weiss, Murail, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, Ponce, and Sor. He regularly records with Siccas Guitars and has been showcased by Open Strings Berlin. Peter Graneis can be seen in concert in countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany where he presents a carefully selected repertoire which includes his own transcriptions and lesser-known works for the guitar.