GUEST ARTISTS

STEPHEN ROBINSON

 Heralded by The New York Times for his “effortless virtuosity with intelligence and good taste,” by The Tallahassee Democrat for his “sweet, pure sound, technique to burn and strong sense of musical and poetic phrasing,” and by (Puerto Rico’s) El Nuevo Dia as a “magnificent North American guitarist, full of virtuosity, magnificent technical precision, and a masterfully delivered diverse range of sound,” Stephen Robinson tours extensively as a recitalist, collaborative artist, and orchestral soloist. He has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras, and conducts master classes at leading musical institutions and festivals worldwide. 

THE GREAT NECKS

 Lauded by Eliot Fisk as “charismatic, entertaining, and spontaneous young masters”, The Great Necks (Scott Borg, Adam Levin, and Matthew Rohde) lie at the intersection of performance and arts advocacy. They have ravished audiences with their ambitious arrangements and whimsical, interactive, and daring performances. As soloists, they have distinguished careers of their own, marked by regular festival and concert appearances across five continents and a growing solo discography on the Naxos, Odradek, and Tresona labels. The Great Necks recent appearances include New Mexico’s ‘Chatter’, the Austonian, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival, Rhode Island Guitar Festival, Trinity-By-The-Cove, and the Aguado Guitar Series. Their ground-breaking debut album will be released on the Sony/Frameworks label during the 2018/19 season, which showcases dazzling arrangements including virtuoso orchestral, piano and organ works by Bach, Sibelius, Albeniz, Scriabin, Villa-Lobos, and Marquez.

ADAM LEVIN

Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, top prize winning classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin has performed on four continents across the globe. Levin has performed extensively across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, and Mayne Stage concert halls as well as at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago; Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; repeat appearances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Europe, Levin has performed in some of the finest venues across Spain, and in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland.  In the 2017-2018 season, Levin makes several debut solo, chamber, and orchestral appearances in China, Finland, and Ireland as well as return appearances in Brazil and Spain.  Adam Levin’s live performances have been featured nationally numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today, the nationally syndicated Classical Guitar Alive, and studio performances on top radio stations including WFMT Chicago and WCRB Boston.   

ADAM KOSSLER

 Dr. Adam Kossler began his musical studies with his father William Kossler and continued his musical training through college with Dr. Elliot Frank receiving his BM degree at East Carolina University. He then earned a MM degree at Appalachian State University as a teaching assistant to Dr. Douglas James. Most recently, he completed a DMA degree at Florida State University where he served as a teaching assistant to Bruce Holzman. As a performer, Adam Kossler has been a top prizewinner in a number of 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.
Dr. Kossler performs regularly as a solo artist, as a member of the NOVA Guitar Quartet, and with the Kossler Guitar Trio alongside his father Bill and brother John.
He has been featured on many prestigious 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). 

JOHN KOSSLER

 John Kossler started his guitar studies through the Suzuki Method with his father, William Kossler, at the age of four years old. He eventually attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina, studying under Joseph Pecoraro.He is a laureate of many competitions such as the ECU Guitar Festival in Greenville, North Carolina, the Young Arts Festival in Miami, Florida, and the Music Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, John then attended Wake Forest University, studying under Patricia Dixon.During his education at WFU, he performed in Europe at cities including Milan, Italy and Postojna, Slovenia. John completed his Masters of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Ben Verdery.

MATTHEW ROHDE

 Matthew Rohde is a classical guitarist, educator, and film composer. As a soloist Matthew has performed on four continents and in such venues as El Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), La Casa de la Música (Quito), Il Pallazzo Chigiana (Siena), and Sprague Hall (New Haven). He has also performed alongside such luminaries as Grammy-nominated pianist Clarice Assad, recorderist Horacio Franco, and violinist Owen Dalby. Once he even performed for the president of China. As a composer, Matthew has worked with HBO and directors Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo. Most recently, Matthew composed and recorded the score to It Will Be Chaos, a "beautifully executed" (LA Times) documentary about the challenges faced by newly-arrived refugees in Europe. It premiered on HBO in June 2018.   

DAVID VESLOCKI

American Guitarist, Record Producer and educator David Veslocki leads a fulfilling and diverse musically life that has taken him around the world and earned him many awards, television, commercial and movie placements. The winner of the Elliot Fisk Award, The International Songwriting Competition, The Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition, David has performed as a soloist with the Hartford Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the world icon composer John Adams. David has written/  produced / played guitar on songs that have been released on RCA Records, Atlantic Records, Sony Records, Kontor Records, 300 Records and many more which have collectively charted charted in the top 10 in over 50 countries on the iTunes Charts and on the Billboard Charts. His guitar playing has been heard in the movie “All About The Money”, in commercials for Ancestry.com, in the show “Hot Date”, Produced by Will Arnett and in countless other television and film placements through Universal Music Publishing.    

MIROSLAV LONCAR

Dr. Miroslav Lončar, a teacher, performing artist, and composer for guitar, is a native of Croatia currently living in Sterling, Virginia. He teaches guitar and the multicultural performance group (World View) at Park View High School.  Additionally, Dr. Lončar directs the Loudoun Youth Guitars and leads the Aguado Guitar Concerts, a group of guitar enthusiasts that promotes classical guitar and provides a variety of performance opportunities for guitarists in eastern Loudoun. Dr. Lončar has served on the Guitar Foundation of America Education Committee and has been a supporting member of the Composer Society of Montgomery County, the Loudoun County Arts Council, and the Loudoun Symphony.   

SCOTT BORG

With a string of international scholarships and awards under his belt, Augustine Artist Scott Borg has been praised as a daring and innovative performer with “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique, who plays with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity.” His previous engagements have included performances in Mexico, Peru, Australia, Spain, New York's Apollo Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Alice Tully Hall. He received degrees from New England Conservatory, Yale University, the Juilliard School, and the University of Wollongong. He currently heads the classical guitar department at Montgomery College where he is also Artistic Director of the Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival, and is conductor of the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Orchestra. His debut CD “On an Overgrown Path” was released on the Odradek Label. He plays “Aranda”, a guitar by Stephen Connor. www.borgguitar.com