Wiktoria Szubelak is fast becoming one of Poland’s outstanding young classical guitarists
She was the finalist of the Polish edition of the Eurovision Contest for Young Musicians heaving played with Maestro Wojciech Rajski and the Polish Radio Orchestra at the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio in Warsaw.
She is a graduate from the Chopin’s University of Music in Warsaw which she finished in 2011. During her musical education Wiktoria has participated in numerous courses and masterclasses of famous guitar virtuosos such as Carlo Marchione (Italy), Marco Socias (Spain), Pavel Steidl (Czech Republic), Thomas Müller-Pering (Germany), Marcin Dylla (Poland), Łukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland), Tomasz Zawierucha (Poland).
She is also a prize winner of several International Classical Guitar Competitions, which includes first prizes in the Gdansk and Gryfice Trzebiatow and finalist of the International Guitar Competition in Llerena (Spain) 2011.
Isabel Martínez is one of Spain’s leading young guitarists. She tours worldwide attracting international attention with her musicality and stage presence. She is regularly invited to perform and teach at International Festivals in Europe, Asia and South America. She studied with Maestro Ignacio Rodes at the Music Conservatory in Alicante, and she completed a Master of Performance in the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, graduating with the highest grade of Distinction. In addition, she has also worked with internationally renowned guitarists including David Russell, Manuel Barrueco and Hopkinson Smith, among others. In addition to her concert career, Isabel also shares her passion for music to a select group of students at the Conservatory of Music in San Javier (Murcia) - www.isabelmartinezguitar.com
“Isabel’s performance was masterful... an outstanding guitarist with very high technical and musical level” (Grammy Award Winner David Russell).
Dominika Bialostocka is among the elite young guitarists now emerging from Poland… She started studying guitar at the age of 11. She is a graduate of the Academy of Music Wroclaw where she attended masterclasses with Costas Cotsiolis (Greece), Carlo Marchione (Italy) and Jorge Cardoso (Argentina), to name but a few. She was also the youngest guitarist at the age of 16 to be asked to record, Suite de los Mita-i by Jorge Cardoso. Dominika is a prize winner in many international guitar competitions, with performances across Poland and Europe.
Amir John Haddad
Amir-John Haddad was born In Freiburg Germany in 1975 with a Colombian and Palestinian background. He was raised and educated in Germany and lived for a short while in Bogotá (Colombia). Since childhood he hasn’t stopped travelling and has been always in contact with music. His family environment taught him how to play music by ear. He learned music, his future language, by oral transmission and was only 8 years old when he officially started studying the Flamenco guitar after learning Arabic oud at home by the hand of his father and first teacher Rimon Haddad.
Amir started playing live at school venues when he was 7 years old and by the age of 12 he gave his first public concert on a “real” stage. Since a very small age Amir was led to diverse music styles from South American folklore to classical music, classical Arabic and Oriental music over to African music, Flamenco music… as well as western influences like Jazz, Rock, Funk, Pop, Metal, Fusion… “When I was seven years old our TV quit working and my parents didn’t replace it so from that moment on I was raised without TV at home and that was very important to my playing and my innocent and creative approach to music!”
Years later in 1997 Amir decided to move further south to live and study guitar in one of the most important birthplaces of Flamenco, Jerez de la Frontera (Andalucía-Spain). As he says: “I left Germany with my guitar and a suitcase full of illusions & expectations! I wanted to learn this art form the traditional way by oral transmission in the streets meeting the artists and make my experiences through living with the people and share many moments of “juerga” (Flamenco jam all night long)!” During his period in Andalucía he was disciple of famous guitar maestros like Pepe Justicia and Enrique de Melchor. This experience was going to be very important for his career.
In 1998 Amir moved on to Madrid to find new frontiers and keep on growing professionally as a musician and find a place in the music scene, “I wanted to make a living out of what I liked the most! I couldn’t imagine myself in the future without playing my instrument!” He played in famous Flamenco Tablaos such as Las Carboneras, Café de Chinitas, Corral de la Pacheca, Casa Patas etc.
It was in Madrid when Amir was invited to join and play with the legendary and famous Spanish World Music Band Radio Tarifa. Amir was the official oud, bouzouki and guitar player for almost ten years and made many world tours through a large number of countries and cities. In 1999 he won the first prize for original musical composition at the national “Certamen de Coreografia de Danza Española y Flamenco” at the Teatro Albeniz in Madrid.