florianHUBERT KAPPEL (Germany)

Hubert Kappel is among the most influential teachers and guitarists of his generation. Born in Bensberg, Germany, he is the only German guitarist ever to win the International Interpretation Competition in Gargano, Italy. After training at the Cologne College of Music, he completed his classical guitar studies with Konrad Ragossnig at the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland and with Oscar Ghiglia in Italy. Since completing his studies, Hubert Kappel has established himself as a leading performer and teacher of the guitar, touring extensively as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber player throughout Europe, Asia, andNorth and South America. He has given concerts and master classes at many international music and guitar festivals, as well as served on juries in most of the major guitar competitions. Hubert Kappel has made many recordings, and performed on numerous national and international radio and television broadcasts. Currently, he directs a guitar program at the Musikhochschule, one of the most successful guitar classes in Europe. Many students from this class have been international competition winners. In 2001, Hubert Kappel and composer George Schmitz created the Koblenz Guitar Academy, a school devoted to nurturing the development of exceptionally talented young guitarists. He has alsowritten a guitar method published by AMA Musikverlag.


A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his extraordinary musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles.
Grisha is one of very few guitarists in the world who is reviving the tradition of solo flamenco guitar in a concert setting that was practiced by legendary flamenco masters such as Ramón Montoya and Sabicas. Grisha strives to keep alive older flamenco masterpieces that now exist only on records, by performing them in concerts. Instead of merely copying, he creates his own interpretations of these masterpieces, using dynamics and tone colors usually associated with classical guitar.
Grisha began playing guitar at the age of six, studying first with his father Dmitry, an acknowledged master teacher of the instrument. At nine years old, Grisha started his performing career as a child prodigy. His numerous performances before large audiences in the most prestigious concert halls in the Soviet Union were highly praised.
Following a tour of Spain, Grisha was invited to play for flamenco legend Paco de Lucía, who soon after personally intervened in support of his application for an American visa, which was awarded in 1997 on the basis of “Extraordinary Ability”.
In May 2005 Grisha was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the VI International Classical Guitar Competition “Julian Arcás” in Almería, Spain.
Grisha received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied under famous guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk. He was one of the 30 people in 2006 to become a fellow of the distinguished Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, recognizing him as exceptional in his chosen field.
Since his immigration to the United States, Grisha has toured extensively in the states and abroad as a performer, instructor, and judge for many prominent festivals and venues. A firm believer in exposing the young generations to the beauty of classical and flamenco guitar, he likes to include Outreach performances and workshops at schools as part of his concert tours.
Grisha’s YouTube videos have collected over two million views and many notable comments. Grisha recorded two CDs: “Alma Flamenca” and “Homenaje a Sabicas”.

grishaADRIANO DEL SAL (Italy)

Adriano Del Sal is one of he most significant young performers of the latest years.
The extraordinary musical talent and the profound artistic sensibility, as his total tecnical control of the instrument, make his performances really unforgettable… a real music virtuous.
Born in 1977, he begins the study of the guitar with Stefano Viola at the “J.Tomadini” conservatory of Udine where he graduates in 1999 with Guido Fichtner.
At the same time he attends lessons at “F.Tarrega” accademy of Pordenone improving himself with Stefano Viola and Paolo Pegoraro.
He attended masterclasses with important concert artists:David Russell,Manuel Barrueco,Stefano Grondona,ALberto Ponce,Angelo Gilardino and Carlo Marchione.
Adriano impressed the juries of important national and international contests winning 12 first prizes.
Thanks to the winning of the international competition “Julian Arcas” of Almeria(Spain), he recorded his first solo Cd for the “Radio Nacional de Espana”.
In 2003 he recieved the “La chitarra d’oro” ricognition at the international meeting of Alessandria as best young concert artist of the year at international level.
In 2004 he won the first prize at the prestigious international competition “Città di Alessandria”.
Adriano is the winner of the historic “Certamen F.Tarrega” Benicassim, Spain in 2009.
His cd’s are distibuited by Naxos.
He played at the most important international festivals in Italy,Germany,Mexico,Russia,Ucraina and Slovenja.
In 2001, in an interview, David Russell mentioned him as one of the best concert artists of the moment.
Currently he teaches at the Guitar Accademy Segovia in Pordenone, and from 2015 he is a new Professor at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

musaEHAT MUSA (Kosovë, Francë)

Kitaristi i njohur shqipëtar me karier botërore, fitoi shpërblimin e parë në Garat Kombëtare ¨“Solistët e rinjë“ vitin 1969. Që nga viti 1970 mori pjesë në master-klas te kitaristi i njohur botëror Alirio Díaz në Itali. Më vonë shkoi në Pariz dhe vazhdoi studimet në klasën e kitaristit të squar Alberto Ponce në Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, duke eksploruar në fushën e akustikës dhe ndjekur traditën e shkollës së Tárregës dhe Pujolit. Ky ishte fillimi i karrierës së tij artistike.

Ehat Musa ka dhënë koncerte në të gjithë botën, duke udhëtuar nga Nju Jorku deri në Moskë – si solist ose i përcjellur nga orkestra të mëdha simfonike. Repertori i tij përfshin vepra të J.S. Bach, Sor, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Brouwer etj…

Ka inçizuar pesë pllaka gramofoni. Në mesin e tyre gjinden të gjitha veprat për lautë nga J. S. Bach.

goranGORAN KRIVOKAPIC (Montenegro)

Setting new standards with technical virtuosity and his characteristical interpretation of old and new repertoire makes Goran Krivokapić one of the leading guitarists and chamber musicians of the new, international scene.
He won his first international competition at the age of fourteen, and continued to win eighteen more, including two of the most prestigious guitar competitions – “Guitar Foundation of America” (GFA) in Montreal, Canada, and “Dr. Luis Sigall International Competition of Musical Performance” in Viña del Mar, Chile, both in 2004.
Two Golden Guitar awards followed at the annual “International Guitar Convention in Alessandria” in Italy – 2005 as the best young guitarist of the year and 2006 for his debut CD. Since then he has performed all over Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and Russia, appearing at such prestigious halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Lubkowitz Palace in Vienna, and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid.
As a performer, lecturer and adjudicator Goran Krivokapić is a frequent guest (both as soloist and with Danijel Cerović as a member of Montenegrin Guitsr Duo) at many international festivals such as Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada, Kotor Art, Koblenz International Guitar Festival, Forum Gitarre Wien, Iserlohn International Guitar Festival, GFA International Guitar Convention, A Tempo Festival, Guitar Art Festival, Shenyang Guitar Festival and Daejon Guitar Festival.
As a soloist he has performed with the Slovak Chamber Orchestra of Bohdan Warchal, Symphony Orchestra of Moscow “Russian Philharmony”, New Russian Symphony Orchestra, Turin Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra, Chilean Symphony Orchestra, Primavera Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, St. George String Orchestra, Berliner Camerata, Philharmonic Orchestra Bremerhaven and Shenyang Symphony Orchestra.
Goran Krivokapić has given masterclasses, lectures on Bach and workshops at universities such as Grieg Academy (Norway), State University of New York, University of Toronto, Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Florida State University, Conservatorium Maastricht, University of Cape Town, University of Texas at Dallas, Victoria Conservatory of Music, Chapman University, Royal Conservatory of Music in Montreal, Seoul National University, University of Manitoba, University of Texas in Brownsville, State Consevatory M.I. Glinka Nizhny Novgorod, University of Wisconsin, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Arkansas State University, University of Veracruz and Tianjin Conservatory.
He has been active in the “Rhapsody in School” project on a regular basis, an outreach initiative of Lars Vogt which devotes itself to bringing classical music into the classroom.
Regular broadcasts and interviews for television and radio include WDR, BBC, Hessischer Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio Bremen, Arte, Fox 7, WBGH Boston, Fine Music Radio, ClassicFM, ABC Classic and RTCG.
His recordings and performances have been highly praised and featured in Gramophone Magazine (UK), Classical Guitar Magazine (UK), Soundboard Magazine (USA), The WholeNote (Canada), Akustik Gitarre, Neue Musikzeitung, (Germany), Gendai Guitar Magazine (Japan), Musica, Seicorde, Il Fronimo and La Stampa (Italy), Les Cahiers de la Guitare (France), Beeld and Die Burger (South Africa), Vijesti and Mobilart (Montenegro).
Goran Krivokapić’s musical focus is on the development of new works for classical guitar, mainly through making his own transcriptions from the baroque and classical works, and collaborating with contemporary composers such as Gerard Drozd, Hendrik Hofmeyr and Atanas Ourkouzounov, who have dedicated several of their solo and chamber music works to him and Montenegrin Guitar Duo.
Montenegrin Guitar Duo performances have been highly acclaimed by both audience and critics who praise their live performances as well as their world premiere Naxos recording of J. S. Bach’s complete English Suites in two volumes, transcribed by the duo.
Born in 1979, Goran Krivokapić started his music education when he was eight with Mićo Poznanović at the Music School of Herceg Novi in Montenegro and furthered his studies at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade in the class of Srđan Tošić, graduating in 2000. He continued with Hubert Käppel and Roberto Aussel at the “Hochschule für Musik Köln” in Germany, where he graduated and received the “Konzertexamen” degree. He then pursued his master’s degree at the Conservatorium Maastricht, the Netherlands, under the tutelage of Carlo Marchione and Masters after Masters under the tutelage of Raphaella Smits at LUCA School of Arts Campus Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium. He is teaching guitar at the Lemmensinstituut and is professor of guitar at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Germany. He lives in Cologne with his wife and son.

florianFLORIAN LAROUSSE (France)

The young French classical guitar virtuoso Florian Larousse, at the age of 30, has already wowed audiences on multiple continents. From numerous prizes in the some of the most significant international competitions of the guitar world to audience choice awards and recording contracts, Larousse has shot to the forefront of his field. Florian Larousse has earned prizes in a number of international competitions in various countries including France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. His performance at the Jose Tomás Competition (Spain) earned him first prize and the Audience Choice Award in addition to resulting in a tour of Spain to 10 different cities as well as a recording contract. In 2009 he won the Koblenz International guitar Competition “Hubert Kappel” (Germany) and later that year won the coveted first prize of The Guitar Foundation of America International Artist Competition. His win at the 2009 GFA International Concert Artist Competition will result in a 9-month concert tour in the United States, including a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, as well as a number of concerts in Brazil, Canada, China, and Mexico. Born in 1988, French guitarist Florian Larousse began studying guitar at the age of 8 with Philippe Vanderstichele, later continuing his studies at the prestigious National Conservatory of Paris with Pedro Gonzalez. After four years, he graduated with highest honors in classical guitar. That same year, he began his studies with French virtuoso and Guitar Foundation of America laureate Judicael Perroy and entered the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris where he also worked with critically acclaimed artist, teacher, and composer Roland Dyens. Florian Larousse is currently studying in the Netherlands, but is still actively competing and performing. He is also hoping to record another DVD in the upcoming year. Florian plays a guitar by the French luthier Hugo Cuvilliez and is endorsed by Savarez strings.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Offermann filloi të luante në kitarë nga mosha shtatë vjeçare. Udhëtoj në më shumë se 40 vende në mbarë botën si solist dhe me orkestër, si instrumentist në ansamble të ndryshme kamertale dhe së bashku me duon e njohur ndërkombëtarisht Duo Sonare. Emri i tij figuron në shumë koncerte, master klase, anëtar jurie, ligjërata, në festivale të rëndësishme botërore të kitarës dhe në universitete të shumta ndërkombëtare të muzikës. Offerman ka inçizime dhe xhirime të shumta në radio dhe televizione ndërkombëtare, tetë CD të inçizuara me Duo Sonare. Me këtë duo që nga viti 1985, ishte ndër të parët që hapi repertorin e kitarës klasike në muzikë nga kompozitorë si Chick Corea, Frank Zappa ose Mike Oldflield. Pas sëmundjes së tij të rëndë në vitin 1996, Thomas hoqi dorë nga koncertet, në vitin 2002. Nga atëherë ai përqendron interesimin e tij në mësimdhënie, shkrimin, drejtimin dhe mbajtjen e leksioneve në festivalet e kitarës dhe në universitete. Si artist në D’Addario, që nga viti 2010 Thomas përfaqëson D’Addario Strings /New York si përfaqësues evropian i D’Addario – s për kitarë klasike ” Doktoraturën e bëri në vitin 2014 (Dr. phil.); Titulli i disertacionit: “Teknika integruese në kitarë”. Ka studiuar në Musikhochschule Köln (në klasën e Tadashi Sasaki dhe Hubert Käppel, dhe ka diplomuar me titullin “me nderim”). Thomas është shpërblyer edhe me Solistendiplom der Musikakademie Basel (klasa e Oscar Ghiglia), profesorëve të tjerë: Amadeus-String Quartett, Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Karl Scheit, John Williams. U ndërua me disa bursa nga DAAD dhe gjithashtu ishte fitues i shpërblimit Richard-Doerken-Stiftung. Ishte finalist dhe fitues në disa gara ndërkombëtare të kitarës (International Scandinavian Guitar Competition – Finlandë, Certamen International „Andres Segovia“ dhe Certamen International „Francisco Tárrega“ – Spanjë).

sahatxhiaXHEVDET SAHATÇIU (Kosovë, Kroaci)

Përfundon studimet në Akademinë e Muzikës në Zagreb në klasën e prof. Darko Petrinjak. Vite me rradhë punon si profesor i kitarës në Shkollën e Muzikës Pavao Markovac në Zagreb. Është ligjërues në Akademinë e Muzikës në Zagreb dhe Docent në Fakultetin e Arteve – Dega e Muzikës në Prishtinë. Njihet si pedagog i gjeneratave të kitaristëve të rinjë ku shumica prej tyre ishin laureat në garat shtetërore dhe ndërkombëtare të njohura për të gjithë artistët dhe mësimdhënësit e kitarës. Pjesëmarrës i shumë festivaleve dhe garave të shquara europiane, si: Anna Amalia në Weimar të Gjermanisë, Enrico Mercatali në Gorizia të Italisë, Mörska Sobota dhe Svirel në Slloveni, Sarajevo Guitar Fest, Split Guitar Fest, Omiš Guitar Fest, Daleki akordi, Porečki tirando në Kroaci, Guitar Art Festival, etj. Në vitin 2004 fiton shpërblimin vjetor nga „Shoqata e Pedagogëve të Muzikës dhe Baletit në Kroaci“ si pedagogu i vitit. Nga 2003 – 2009 ishte drejtues i Këshillit të pedagogëve të kitarës, dhe mentor i shumë mësimdhënësve të rinjë. Xhevdet Sahatçiu është kryetar i Shoqatës Kroate të mësimdhënësve të kitarës. Nga viti 2009 – 2014 ishte drejtor i Shkollës së Muzikës në Novska (Kroaci). Gjithashtu drejton Shkollën Ndërkombëtare verore për kitarë në Puçishqa dhe Milna (Braç), dhe së fundi në Poreç (Kroaci). Krahas prezencës së tij si antarë i jurive të ndryshme shtetërore dhe ndërkombëtare, gjithashtu performon si solist dhe anëtarë në disa ansamble kamertale në Kroaci e më gjërë.

aysegulAYSEGÜL KOCA (Turkey)

Aysegül Koca was born in Ankara, Turkey. She started to play guitar at the age of 8. At just 12, she was admitted to Bilkent University Music Preparatory School Department of Classical Guitar the most prestigious conservatory in Turkey¬ with scholarship, and studied with Kürsad Terci and Kagan Korad until she graduates high school. In a short period of time, she accomplished a huge progress in her technique and performance, and gave many concerts and soon achieved successes at numerous guitar competitions such as José Tomas Guitar Competition in 2007 Almería¬,Spain (First Prize), Eduard Pamfil Young Guitarists Competition in 2005 in Romania (First Prize and Special Jury Award), National Mavi Marti Guitar Competition in 2006 Istanbul,Turkey (First Prize), National Inonu University Guitar Competition in 2008 in Turkey (Second Prize), Enrico Mercatali Guitar Competition in 2009 in Italy (Second Prize and Special Public Award).
She was only 19 when she held Bachelor’s Degree which she obtained from the Conservatorium Maastricht in the Netherlands, under supervision of Carlo Marchione. Afterwards, she was accepted to the class of renowned guitarist Aniello Desiderio at Koblenz Guitar Academy in Germany where she received Postgraduate degree. Finally, she graduated with a Master’s Degree at Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria where she studied with Paolo Pegoraro. In addition, Ms. Koca appeared on many radio and TV programs by interviewing and playing, such as National Public Radio of Turkey, Radio ODTU (Ankara), Radio Klasik Borusan, National Television of Serbia, Radio Helsinki (Graz), BravaNL TV channel (cooperated with Gitaarsalon) in the Netherlands, Periodico el Imparcial, COR TV and Radio Oaxaqueña in Mexico.

Ms. Koca also has been invited to perform “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo with “Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie” directed by Francesco Angela in 2010 in Germany, “Antalya State Symphony Orchestra” directed by Antonio Pirolli in 2012 in Turkey, “Xalapa Guitar Orchestra” directed by Alfonso Moreno in 2016 in Mexico and additionally she performed with them “Concierto del Sur” by Manuel Ponce in Teatro Macedonio Alcala which is one of the most important and historic halls in Mexico. A year after, this concerto was performed by her, together with Silvestre Revueltas Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jesus Almanez Casillo in Celaya, Mexico. The same year, Ms. Koca played Turkey premiere of Concierto Madrigal by Joaquin Rodrigo with Bursa Region State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gints Glinka. In 2018, Ms. Koca released a live album collaborated with Orchestra Academic Baskent and conducted by Ertug Korkmaz. In 2019, she performed “Concerto in D major RV 93” with Presidential Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016, Ms. Koca was invited to the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca in Mexico to teach and worked as a professor of classical guitar.
She is the Artistic Director of Istanbul International Guitar Festival and is invited regularly to various national and international festivals, to lead masterclasses as well as being a jury member at competitions.


Giannis Paleodimopoulos ka lindur në vitin 1947 në Karpenissi (Greqi) dhe ka studiuar Ekonominë në Universitetin e Stokholmit, Suedi. Trembëdhjetë vjet jetoi në Suedi , në vitin 1980 takoi Karl Eric Gummesson, një lutajo suedez i lahutave të renesansës dhe kitarëve klasike. Nën drejtimin e tij Z. Paleodimopoulos filloi të eksperimentoi me instrumente muzikore me tela. Pas kthimit në Greqi në vitin 1983, krijoi punëtorinë e tij të parë në qytetin e vjetër të Selanikut në Greqinë veriore dhe në vitin 1999 e transferoi atë në një fshat të vogël, Kato Sholari, pranë Selanikut, ku filloi të ndertonte kitare klasike dhe disa instrumente tradicionale greke me tela, në baza profesionale. Që nga viti 1988 është i përkushtuar në prodhimin e kitareve klasike. Ka arritur rezultate të suksesshme duke përdorur materiale të cilësisë së lartë dhe përvojën e tij afatgjatë në këtë mjeshtëri. Pesë vite ishte mësues master në shkollën e instrumenteve tradicionale në Kastoria. Z. Paleodimopoulos tashmë shumë vite merr pjesë në festivalet më të mëdha të kitarës dhe në ekspozita të kitarës në mbarë botën. Në kitaret e tij të famshme luajne në Gjermani, Zvicër, Qipro, Portugali, Kore, Suedi, SHBA, Kroaci, Serbi, Meksikë, Turqi dhe Greqi. Në vitin 2007 fitoi medaljen e bronxit (Çmimi i Tretë, në Garën e Parë të prodhimit të Kitarës Klasike Kremona Mondomusica – Itali, ku nuk u caktua Çmimi i Parë). Dominique Field, Matthias Dammann dhe Vincenzo De Bonis ishin vetëm disa nga anëtarët e jurisë, nën drejtimin artistik të maestros Giovanni Puddu. “Cilësia kryesore e kësaj jurie – tha Z. Puddu me krenari – është shumëllojshmëria e saj˝. Ajo është përbërë nga mjeshtra të mëdhenj të shkollave të kitarës klasike dhe studiues të tillë si Z. Dammann. Me një juri të tillë, instrumentet fituese do të jenë sigurisht të jashtëzakonshme “.

bageskiDARKO BAGESKI (Maqedoni)

Darko Bageski një pjesë të shkollës së mesme të muzikës përfundoi në Shkup në klasën e prof. Jane Penov, ndërsa pjesën tjetër vazhdon në shkollën e mesme të muzikës në Zagreb , në klasën e prof. Xhevdet Sahatçiu. Diplomon në Shkollën e Lartë të Muzikës “Franz Liszt” në Weimar, Gjermani, në klasën e profesorit Jürgen Rost. Studimet pasuniversitare i vazhdoi në Konservatorin Kombëtar të Muzikës në Selanik të Greqisë, në klasën e prof Gerhard Reichenbach, dhe bëri studime master të Kostas Cotsiolis. Darko ka dhënë koncerte të shumta dhe recitale në Gjermani, Greqi, Kroaci, Serbi, Maqedoni, Suedi dhe SHBA, ka marrë pjesë në seminare dhe master klaset te kitaristë të famshëm botëror (A. Desiderio, L. Yang, A. Assad, T.M. Pering, E. Bitetti, Z. Krajisnik, C. Marchione, N. Koshkin, Z. Dukić …) Ka performuar si solist me shumë orkestra kamertale, si dhe me Orkestrën Filharmonike të Maqedonisë. Është president dhe themelues i Shoqatës së Kitaristëve klasikë të Maqedonisë, si dhe drejtor artistik i festivalit “Tremolo Guitar Fest” në Shkup. Aktualisht punon si profesor i kitarës në Fakultetin e Arteve Muzikore në Shkup.

drilonDRILON ÇOÇAJ (Kosovë)

Drilon Çoçaj (Kososvë) kitarën filloi ta mësoj në moshën shtatë vjeçare në familje për të vazhduar më vonë në shkollën e muzikës “Lorenc Antoni” në Prizren në klasën e Luan Sapunxhiut. Në vitin 2004 pranohet në Akademinë e Arteve në Prishtinë në klasën e profesorit të mirënjohur Xhevdet Sahatxhija. Gjithashtu studimet post diplomike – interpret i instrumentit të kitarës, i përfundon me sukses te profesor Xh. Sahatxhija. Fitues i vendit të parë dhe të dytë në garën ndërkombëtare të muzicientëve të rinjë ArsKosova Prishtinë. Pjesëmarrës me solo koncerte dhe ansamble të ndryshme kamertale në festivalet DamFest, Tirana Guitar Sounds, ReMusica, ChopinFestival. Anëtarë jurie në Garat “Ehat Musa” Pejë, “ArsKosova” Prishtinë dhe garat për kitarë në Tivat të Malit të Zi. Dallohet edhe për punën pedagogjike ku nxënësit e tij shpërblehen në gara të ndryshme ndërkombëtare. Aktualisht punon në shkollat e muzikës “Prenk Jakova” – Prishtinë, Shkolla e muzikës Gjilan dhe Shkolla e muzikës “Misbah&Friends” – Prishtinë.