14th Annual Texas International Concert Guitarist Competition Finals

Friday, March 6, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Venue: CN 1.112
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Join us as the top four finalists compete in the 14th Annual Texas International Concert Guitarist Competition Finals.

Steven Lochbaum
Guitar Suite Op. 41.                Jacques Hétu (1938–2010)

24 Caprichos de Goya.            Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895–1968)
1. Francisco Goya y Lucientes, pintor
8. Dios la perdone: Y era su madre
23. Linda maestra

Sonatina Meridional*                Manuel M. Ponce (1882–1948)
I. Allegretto

Prelude & Fantasy                   John Dowland (1563–1626)

* This is the set piece that all competitors must play.

Stephen Lochbaum began his classical training at a late age and achieved much in a short span of time. Within six years he had earned a Master's degree from the University of Victoria under Dr. Alexander Dunn, won the National Music Festival of Canada, had radio and television debuts, and had the immense honor of studying and performing alongside legendary guitarist Pepe Romero. As well as playing classical guitar, Stephen is also an established jazz guitarist. He has appeared in numerous international Jazz, Tango, and Flamenco festivals with the Corbet/Lochbaum duo, as a soloist and ensemble player. Their recordings are heard regularly on CBC national radio across Canada.


Silviu Octavian Ciulei

Girl with flaxen hair        Claude Debussy (1862–1918)

Sonata Giocosa             Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–1999)

Sonatina meridional*      Manuel M. Ponce (1882–1948)
I. Allegretto

Sevilla                          Isaac Albeniz (1860–1909)

Classical and flamenco guitarist Silviu Octavian Ciulei was born in Constanta, Romania. He began his musical studies at the age of six and attended the High School of Arts in Constanta.  By age thirteen, he had won his first performance prize. In Romania, Silviu won many prizes including First Prizes in the National Music Olympics, and was First Prize winner and Gold Medalist three times consecutively in the “George Georgescu” International Music Performance Competition.  He graduated at the top of his class and was selected to perform the  Concerto in A major opus 30 by Mauro Giuliani with the Black Sea Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Celil Refik Kaya​

Sonatina Meridional*          Manuel M. Ponce (1882–1948)
I. Allegretto

Gran Sonata Eroica           Mauro Giuliani (1781–1829)

Tres Piezas Espanolas      Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–1999)

Kaya was born in Istanbul in 1991. Because of his great passion for music, at the age of six he began classical guitar studies with his father, Dr. Mehmet Refik Kaya, and later with Yusuf Doğan Büyüköğüt. Throughout his career, Kaya also studied advanced interpretation with Maestro Raffi Arslanyan and gave his first concert in the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul when he was six years old. Kaya went on to perform for numerous live television and radio programs in Europe and at age 13 went on to win the 2004 Forum Gitarre Wien which is one of the most important guitar competitions in Vienna.

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Mark Edwards

Sevillana                         Joaquin Turina (1882–1949)

Aquarelle                         Sergio Assad (b. 1952)

Sonatina Meridional*        Manuel M. Ponce (1882–1948)
I. Allegretto

Mark has been performing concerts since the young age of 14 and competing since 13.  His first concert, performed at Baldwin Junior High School in Montgomery, Alabama, earned for him the Guitar Legend award.   Since then, Mark has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, and Germany.  Recent engagements in the 2008-2009 Season include Trinity Church in New York City, ArtScape in Baltimore, the Guitar Forum Guest Artist Series at Salisbury University, the Piedmont Guitar Workshop in Virginia, the Village Music Series, and the AfterNow Music Series at the Red Room, a venue recently featured in Rolling Stone.  In 2009, Mark joined the Maryland State Arts Council Touring Artist Roster, a program which offers concert presenters funding to showcase Maryland artists.

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