LMU Guitar Concert and Masterclass Series

Tickets available through the Central Ticket Agency. Call (310) 338-5142 for more info.


Judicaël Perroy


Friday, January 20, 2017
2:30 - 5:30 p.m. (Masterclass - changed from Sunday, January 22)

Saturday, January 21, 2017
8:00 p.m. (Concert)

Murphy Recital Hall


Concert: $25 general admission, $15 students with ID
Masterclass: free to auditors

Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. In 1997 he captured the prestigious first prize of the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention awarding him tour of the United States and Canada with more than sixty concerts and master classes. In between his North American tour that year, he gave several concerts in France where his performances were broadcast live on France-Musique followed by extensive recital tours throughout the world.

Highly sought after and in great demand as a teacher, he is regularly invited to give master classes at many of the top conservatories and universities in the United States and abroad. Mr. Perroy's students have won several top prizes in regional, national and international competitions including Guitar Foundation of America, while emerging as mature and upcoming rising stars of classical guitar and international music scene. Mr. Perroy is currently the Professor at the Ecole Nationale de Musique d'Aulnay-sous-Bois a position which he has held since 2004. He holds the Certificate of Aptitude (CA), and has taught at the Ecole Nationale de Musique Blanc-Mesnil from 1995 to 2004. Furthermore, in winter of 2000, he was the chosen substitute for the chair of guitar department, Steven Robinson, at Stetson University.

During his GFA victory tour Mel Bay Publications recorded and published his live concert in Lubbock (Texas). Following his GFA victory tour, a CD recording entitled "Aspen Suite" as well as his earlier CD recording on the French label QUANTUM received high praise and won 5 Diapasons, awarded by Diapason Magazine and was subsequently re-released on Bayard Musique recording label in 2008. He has recorded two new CDs for the collection of Bayard Musique Meditation including a Disc with flutist Florence Bellon and another with harpist Joanna Kozielska. More recently, he recorded an all Bach CD for Naxos label which includes an impressive and unprecedented performance of Bach's second keyboard partita transcription on the classical guitar.

Born in 1973 in Paris, he began playing the guitar at age 7 attending the Conservatoire Municipal Inter-districts of Paris. He studied with Delia Estrada and Raymond Gratien at the Ecole Nationale d'Aulnay-sous-Bois where he graduated with honors. At age 11, he performed as soloist in two concertos by Vivaldi with Ensemble Instrumental du Mans, under the direction of André Girard and continued his musical studies with Roberto Aussel and Daniel Lavialle. At 14, he won second prize at the International guitar competition of Ile de France. In 1992, he won the grand prize and audience prize at the 15th Concours international de guitare René Bartoli by unanimous jury decision. In 1994, he received Licence de Concert from Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris from Alberto Ponce's class and later that year he was awarded the 1st prize at the 7th International Competition of Bourg-Madame where the final vote was by the general public without any jury. In 1996, he was the first prize winner of his graduating class at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris (Paris Conservatoire).

He currently resides in Paris while he enjoys teaching at the Pôle Sup' 93 , Lille's apPSEA (Association de préfiguration du Pôle supérieur d'enseignements artistiques) Nord-Pas-de-Calais and the Ecole Nationale de Musique d'Aulnay-sous-Bois a position he has held since 2004 while traveling and concertizing around the world.


Martha Masters

Sunday, February 19, 2017
7:30 p.m. (Concert)

Murphy Recital Hall

Free and open to the community

Martha Masters' first CD, Serenade, is now in its second printing, and her Naxos recital disc sold over 10,000 copies worldwide in the first year of its release. Her recording of Italian music was released in 2006 on the GSP label, and a recording of early 20th Century Spanish music was released on GSP in 2009. Masters has published books with Mel Bay and Alfred, and has received critical acclaim as an author and pedagogue.

In October of 2000 Martha Masters won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Solo Competition, including a recording contract with Naxos, a concert video with Mel Bay, and an extensive North American concert tour. In November of 2000, she also won the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition in Linares, Spain and was a finalist in the Alexandre Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz, Poland. Prior to 2000, Masters was a prizewinner or finalist in numerous other international competitions, including the 1999 International Guitar Competition "Paco Santiago Marín" in Granada, Spain, the 1998 Tokyo International Guitar Competition and the 1997 GFA International Solo Competition.

In addition to being on the guitar faculty of California State University Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Masters is also the President of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), dedicated to supporting the instrument, its players and its music in the US and throughout the world.

Masters received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Manuel Barrueco, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California as a student of Scott Tennant.


The 13th Annual LMU Guitar Festival

March 24-26, 2017

All concerts will be held in Murphy Recital Hall.
Vendor's and Luthier's Fair all weekend long

Concert Tickets

$25 general admission, $15 students with ID

Festival Passes

$65 general admission, $45 students with ID

Tickets will be available through Central Ticket Agency.

2017 Guitar Festival Application and Information

This year the LMU Guitar Festival is pleased to feature the European Guitar Quartet, both as a full ensemble and in smaller duos.

"The birth of a sparkling new star in the concert sky."

These were the words which the German press used to describe the ensemble's debut concert in Dresden in the spring of 2012. The meeting between two global stars of the classical guitar (Zoran Dukić and Pavel Steidl) and two of the most outstanding protagonists of the acoustic guitar scene (Reentko Dirks and Thomas Fellows) was accompanied by enthusiastic appreciation from both critics and audience alike. It was therefore no surprise that their debut was followed by invitations to festivals around the world, which include major festivals in Scandinavia and Germany (Bergen Music Festival, MDR Musiksommer) as well as other prestigious events in Austria, Switzerland, India and South America. Fellow musicians such as Klezmer legend Giora Feidman have also been quick to voice their admiration for their music.

"DANZA" would be a fitting title for the quartet's current program, as it combines the intense, virtuoso, spirited music of South America and Europe to take listeners on a thrilling musical journey. Unique interpretations of pieces by Astor Piazzolla and the dances of the Paraguayan guitar legend Agustín Barrios mingle with the melodious compositions of the masterly Nicolo Paganini and the complex rhythms of Balkan dances (Dušan Bogdanović). Works by Thomas Fellow and Reentko also feature, and present concert music, world music and jazz in a contemporary embrace. These four musicians, each of them a renowned performer in their own right, have set themselves the task of blending the instrument¹s concert tradition with the expressive, dynamic sounds of modern music.

The European Guitar Quartet - a summit of guitar music.


Zoran Dukić & Pavel Steidl

Friday, March 24, 2017
8:00 p.m. (Concert)

Zoran Dukić is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, as a soloist as well as with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on both audiences and critics. At his "tour de force" competition years he won more competitions than any other guitarist in the world. Presently he leads major classes at a number of European colleges, including the Universities of Barcelona (Spain) and The Hague (Netherlands), where he could establish one of the most successful soloist classes for this instrument worldwide. Born in Croatia, he is now living in Barcelona – but in fact touring almost constantly through the world, playing concerts and giving masterclasses at every major guitar festival.

Pavel Steidl is a true legend of the classical guitar. Born in Rakovník (Czech Republic), he decided to emigrate to Netherlands in 1987, where he lived for several years. Since he won the first prize at the Radio France International Competition in Paris in 1982, he has become one of the most widely celebrated soloists of his generation. His unrivaled ability to create sounds on the guitar make his interpretations a class of its own. But Pavel Steidl also composes himself, and his own compositions are often played on his concerts. As a soloist he travelled more than 40 countries all over the world – the USA and Canada as well as China, India and Japan and South and Central America as well as almost every European country.


Technique Workshop

Saturday, March 25, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Young Artists Showcase Concert

Saturday, March 25, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Thomas Fellow & Reentko Dirks

Saturday, March 25, 2017
3:00 p.m. (Concert)

Thomas Fellow is a musician with an almost inexhaustible supply of innovative energy. He is a first rate acoustic guitarist, a stunning virtuoso and is considered one of the best musical collaborators in the world. His name is also associated with the development of the pioneering education program "AKUSTISCHE GITARRE (concert music, world music, jazz, pop)" at the University of Music, Dresden (Germany), the artistic direction of the "European Guitar Award" and for his work as the author of an educational standard work for guitar as an accompanying instrument ("FELLOW GUITAR BOOK"/ Schott Music). Born in Leipzig (Germany), he won several prizes at international competitions for classical guitar and played concerts in India, South America and the USA. His Duo "Friend 'n Fellow" ranks after more than 1500 concerts worldwide (with legends such as Ray Charles, Al Jarreau and Luther Allison) as one of the leading projects of this kind.

Reentko is an awarded and highly acclaimed guitarist and composer. His music is a distinctive blend of unorthodox, self-developed percussive playing techniques covering a wide range of styles. He is one of the few guitarists who is as much in demand in the classical world as in the pop and world music scenes. He wrote music for artists of the Cirque du Soleil and the Semperoper Ballet. Currently he is also the guitarist of the Klezmer icon Giora Feidman. Born in Bad Gandersheim (Germany), he moved to Dresden to study "Acoustic Guitar" under Prof. Thomas Fellow. 2007 saw him become one of Fellow's fellow lecturer. Performances have so far taken Reentko to various European concert halls and as far away as South Korea, the Arab Emirates and China.


European Guitar Quartet

Saturday, March 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. (Concert)


European Guitar Quartet Masterclass

Sunday, March 26, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.