The duo of Pasquale Rucco and Douglas James specializes in the guitar literature of the early 19th century performed on authentic instruments of the period. The two first met and became friends at guitar festivals in northern Italy during the early 1990’s. They have now been performing together for over ten years, charming audiences worldwide with their interpretations of music from the first true “golden age” of the guitar.
The duo’s repertoire features some of the most famous of the early 19th century guitar duo masterpeices as well as newly discovered gems. Their concert programs frequently include works by the more familiar composers such as Carulli, Giuliani and Sor combined with their lesser known contemporaries including Filipo Gragnani, François de Fossa, Antoine Baron de Barcó, Frederic Spina, and Antoine de Lloyer. Their debut CD featured works by Gragnani, Fossa and Barcó as well as Giuliani’s arrangements of Rossini’s popular overtures to Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Gazza Ladra. This critically acclaimed disc was recently followed by A Night at the Opera , an all-Rossini recording featuring 19 th century arrangements of popular opera overtures and the famous La Danza tarantella.
NOVA Guitar Quartet is an ensemble made up of four guitar teachers from Loudoun County Public Schools who share their passion for performing. Their repertoire consists of arrangements of classical pieces from various periods, such as Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern.
Each member of the quartet holds a doctorate in guitar performance, and they bring this skill, virtuosity, and deep understanding of the music to their performances. The members of the NOVA guitar quartet are Miroslav Loncar, Natasha Klasinc-Loncar-Loncar, Matt Dunlap, and Kevin Vigil.
“Virtuoso technique, beautiful sound and a sincere musicality” are terms music critics are using to describe American guitarist Adam Kossler. In addition to performing regularly as a solo artist, Adam joins his father William and brother John in both duo and trio concerts.
Kossler is a top prizewinner in a number of national and international guitar competitions including the Boston Guitarfest, Columbus Guitar Symposium, East Carolina Guitar Competition, MANC Guitar Competition, Texas International Guitar Competition, Music Teacher National Association Competition, and the Appalachian Guitarfest Competition. Kossler’s international performance career has taken him throughout the US, Canada and Central America. He has been a featured artist with numerous concert series including the John E. Marlow Guitar Series (Bethesda, MD), Isle Newell Concert Series (Appalachicola, FL), and the Seven Hills Guitar Series (Tallahassee, FL) among many others. In 2015, his Marlow Guitar Series performance was aired in it’s entirety on Classical WETA’s weekly program, “Front Row Washington”.
Adam Kossler began his musical studies with his father William Kossler. He went on to earn his BM degree at East Carolina University with Dr. Elliot Frank, his MM degree at Appalachian State University as a teaching assistant to Dr. Douglas James, and completed a DMA in Guitar Performance at Florida State University where he served as a teaching assistant to Bruce Holzman.