LMU Guitar Concert and Masterclass Series

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


The 14th Annual LMU Guitar Festival

March 23-24, 2018

All concerts will be held in Murphy Recital Hall.
Vendor's and Luthier's Fair 9am-5pm, Saturday, March 24

2018 Festival Schedule and Information

Individual Concert Tickets

$25 general admission, $15 students with ID
Purchase tickets through the Central Ticket Agency

Festival Passes

$65 general admission, $45 students with ID
Purchase tickets through the Central Ticket Agency.

This year the LMU Guitar Festival is pleased to feature Martha Masters, Ryan Ayres, and Dmitri Illarionov.


Dmitri Illarionov Masterclass

Friday, March 23, 2018
4:00-6:00 p.m.


Martha Masters

Friday, March 23, 2018
8:00 p.m. (Concert)

Martha Masters playing her guitar
Martha Masters playing her guitar

Martha Masters's 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.


Young Artists Showcase Concert

Saturday, March 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Ryan Ayres

Saturday, March 24, 2018
3:00 p.m. (Concert)

Ryan Ayres with his guitar
Ryan Ayres with his guitar

Ryan Ayers is a solo guitarist mixing together classical technique with accessible songs forms and structures. His stage show is a well crafted blend of engaging music and interesting stories which have captivated audiences on both coasts.

Ryan began playing guitar at the age of thirteen. He attended Loyola Marymount University and graduated with degrees in classical guitar performance and recording arts. It was there that he began his studies with classical guitarist Martha Masters.

An active composer for over ten years, Ryan released his first record of ten original pieces for guitar entitled "ermita" in 2011. In 2012, he published the corresponding sheet music and tablature. These pieces employ classical guitar technique to explore the reaches of steel string and finger style guitar. A gifted melodist, Ryan also likes to experiment with gestures, textures, and rhythmic ideas in his compositions.


Dmitri Illarionov

Saturday, March 24, 2018
5:00 p.m. (Concert)

Dmitri Illarionov playing his guitar
Dmitri Illarionov playing his guitar

Dimitri Illarionov has won awards in more than 20 international competitions in the U.S., Spain, Italy, Poland, and Russia among other countries. He is winner of two of the most prestigious guitar competitions in the world: the Guitar Foundation of America Competition (2002, Miami) and the Francisco Tárrega International Guitar Completion (2008, Spain) where he was the first Russian winner in its 42-year history. Dimitri studied in Russia with the famous performer Alexander Frauchi and took lessons with composer Nikita Koshkin. He is now professor at the Russian Gnesins's University of Music in Moscow.

As well as performing numerous solo recitals, he is a frequent guest soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras all over the world. Dimitri is one of the rare guitarists who frequently appears as soloist, playing with such orchestras as I Solisti Veneti, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta di Valencia. He has performed under the baton of Claudio Scimone, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Leo Brouwer among others. In chamber music he has partnered with cellist Boris Andrianov, violinist Janine Jansen, flutist Patrick Gallois and the Artis Quartet from Vienna to name a few.

Dimitri Illarionov is artistic director of the Novosibirsk Guitar Festival – one of the most important guitar festivals in Russia. He has given concerts in some of the most prestigious halls in the world – Tonhalle (Zurich), Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Osaka Symphony Hall, Seoul Art Center, Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. He was the first solo guitarist to participate in "Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists" (Switzerland), the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht and the famous "December Nights of Sviatoslav Richter" Festival.

He has recorded solo CDs for the Naxos and Daminus labels, with orchestra for Les Editions Doberman-Yppan and two CDs with Boris Andrianov (Delos and Disc Auvers labels). His Delos CD was on the long-list of the prestigious "GRAMMY-2004" Awards.


A Celebration of Cuban Art & Culture

February 10, 2018 - February 11, 2018
Various locations

Departments across the LMU campus will come together to celebrate the vast and rich contributions of Cuban artists over a weekend featuring art, film, dance and music. Immerse yourself in the culture by attending panel discussions, visiting exhibits, and listening and dancing to music from this island nation. The weekend will include performances/appearances by Afro-Cuban artist Ricardo Lemvo and Cuban composer Leo Brouwer.