Lukasz Kuropaczewski
Guitarist Łukasz Kuropaczewski is well on his way to becoming a major figure on the worldwide classical music scene. Born in 1981 in the small Polish town of Gniezno, Łukasz began studying guitar at the age of ten. At 13, his early talent brought him to the attention of the distinguished guitar teaching Piotr Zaleski with whom he studied from 1994-2003.Upon receiving a Master’s degree from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, he traveled to the U.S. on a full scholarship to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute, where he was awarded an Artist Diploma in 2008. During this time, he performed concerts in his native land and around the world, demonstrating his remarkable passion and precision to enthusiastic audiences. Always in great demand as a recitalist and as soloist with orchestras, he has been invited to perform in numerous festivals in countries including France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Greece, Bulgaria, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the United States. Highlights of his solo recitals include appearances in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Find out more @ http://www.lukaszguitar.com

Raphaella Smits
Raphaella was born on the 1st of February 1957. She grew up in an artistic family. Her father René Smits is a sculptor and an amateur violinist. Her mother Carolien Van Giel was a teacher in the Waldorf kindergarden and an amateur pianist. Her brother Johan Smits was a professional violinist. During her childhood, Raphaella enjoyed singing in a choir and participated in several productions in the Royal Flemish Opera of Antwerp. At the Waldorf school she learned to play the whole family of the recorders (the vertical flutes soprano, alto, tenor and bass). Seeing that she enjoyed singing so much, Raphaella's parents bought her a guitar to accompany herself. After a few months of simple chord strumming, however, twelve-year-old Raphaella became frustrated and asked her music teacher Ward de Beer (whose instrument was the violin), for help."Of course.", he responded. "Next month Andrès Segovia is giving a recital in Brussels : I shall go to observe him and I'll tell you what I have learned". Seeing the great Spanish master of the guitar, did nothing to dampen the violinist's guitaristic self-confidence. "Now I know how to do it.", he told Raphaella upon his return. "Put your left hand here, hold your right hand like this, put your left foot on this stack of books and just play!". And play she did.
Find out more @ http://www.rsmits.com


Amadeus Guitar Duo
They are counted among the top-class international guitar duos, receiving enthusiastic reviews from all over the world. Canadian Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff have made up the Amadeus Guitar Duo since 1991. The secret of their success, regularly documented by more than 70 concerts per year, is the complete devotion of the two artists to their instrument. Hence they did not limit themselves to playing as a duo, but began to concentrate on the repertoire for guitar and orchestra. Thanks to their commitment, this genre was soon able to emerge from its niche. In more than 100 cities, they played their "Spanish Night" recital, featuring concertos for one, two and four guitars and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo and the world-famous pan flautist Gheorghe Zamfir. 
The Amadeus Guitar Duo has so far appeared in more than 1,300 concerts in some 60 countries in Europe, Central, South and North America, and Asia. The duo has always been able to delight its audience with its exuberant temperament, virtuoso performance, sensitive creative power and a fulsome, warm, carrying guitar tone. They regularly play together with the Prague, Mainz and Mannheim Chamber Orchestras, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra, the International Philharmonie, the Gotha-Suhl Thuringian Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Capella Cracoviensis, the Ankara President Orchestra and the South Westphalian Philharmonic.
Find out more @ http://www.amadeusduo.com

Allan Neave
Professor Allan Neave is the Head of the Guitar & Harp Department guitar at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and widely regarded as one of Europe’s foremost educators and promoters of the instrument. He has broadcast widely both in the UK and abroad, including Radio 3 and 4 broadcasts at the Edinburgh International Festival, performances of Schoenberg’s Serenade with the Hebrides Contemporary Music Ensemble for BBC Radio 3, the isle is full of noises on KFZAZ Radio USA, RadioSodre Uruguay and BBC Radio 3. He also gave the world’s 1st live Internet guitar concert broadcast in 1997.He has worked with many influential musicians, including Nikita Koshkin, Edward McGuire, Hans Werner Henze, Gordon McPherson and Stephen Dodgson, many of whose works he has premiered.
Find out more @ http://www.classicalmusiciansscotland.com/artists/allan-neave

Uros Baric
Uros Baric (1987, Postojna, Slovenia) is a guitarist performing classical music, latin, pop, fingerstyle and jazz. He holds a Master's Degree (Mag. art.) from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where he graduated with honors in 2011, in the class of world-renowned guitarist and internationally acclaimed teacher Alvaro Pierri. During his early studies he won several highest prizes in international competitions for young musicians, including the 1st prize at Concorso Europeo di Chitarra Classica »Città di Gorizia« in 2004 and the 2nd prize at Concorso Internazionale »Città di San Bartolomeo al mare« in 2005. Uros has played in many concerts in Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia and has given solo recitals at national music festivals like “Glasbena mladina ljubljanska” and international “Kras Guitar Festival” where he was invited to premiere Slovenian composer Peter Savli's piece “Waltz Fantasy”. In October 2008 he performed on a series of concerts for the festival “GM Oder”, including a solo recital in the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Ljubljana, which was recorded by Radio Slovenija for the “Ars” programme. With a view of music as a universal means of expression, Uros sets no boundaries to the music he dedicates himself to. His classical repertoire embraces works of all epochs including contemporary compositions, and he is equally attracted to other musical styles like Pop, Jazz and Latin music.

Find out more @ http://www.urosbaric.com

Matthew McAllister
Matthew McAllister is amongst Europes’ finest young guitarists. Since graduating with honours from RSAMD in 2003 he has been delighting audiences across the world with his thoughtful performances and effortless presentation. In addition to having toured extensively throughout North & South America, Europe and Asia both as soloist and chamber musician, Matthew has also produced an extensive discography with Natural Studio Records. Matthew’s live concert performances alongside his recordings with Natural Studio Records have appeared on British, Spanish, Malaysian, Turkish, Peruvian & Chilean TV and have featured on numerous radio broadcasts worldwide. Matthew holds the post of Classical Guitar Lecturer and Lecturer in Scottish Music History in the Music Faculty of the Unversity of St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland and also Lecturer in Guitar at both the Junior and Senior Schools of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Find out more @ http://www.matthewmcallister.com

Aisling Agnew
Aisling was born and raised in Belfast. She regularly performs around the UK and Ireland and has appeared in concert across Europe and America. Aisling’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio, RTE Lyric FM and Resonance FM and include many high profile concerts such as a Wigmore Hall chamber music recital. As concerto soloist she has appeared with various orchestras including the Ulster Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. She recently released her acclaimed debut album Recital with Natural Studio Records. Aisling studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Richard Blake and David Nicholson where she followed masterclasses with players such as Jacques Zoon, Robert Dick, Wissam Boustany and Wilbert Hazelzet. In her third year she won a scholarship to the Lake Placid Institute for Arts in New York and in her final year she was selected to perform the Penderecki Concerto with the RSNO at the Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow; the first performance of this work given in Scotland. Aisling also holds a Masters degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where her studies were generously funded by awards from the Belfast Classical Music Bursaries and the BELB. Aisling has a keen interest in performing new music and working with composers. She has premièred works written specifically for her by Douglas Whates, Matt Rogers, Greg Caffrey and David Flynn and has enjoyed working with other composers such as Edward McGuire and David Fennessy.
Find out more @ http://www.aislingagnew.com

Jamie MacDougall
Born in Glasgow, Jamie MacDougall has established himself as one of the country's most versatile singers and performers. Since 2001 Jamie has been the nation's voice of classical music for BBC Radio Scotland. 2003 saw Jamie’s move to television when he presented and sang at the BBC Proms in the Park from Glasgow as part of the Last Night of the Proms festivities.
Jamie has worked with many of the leading British opera companies, as well as in Europe, America and Canada and in 2011 he appeared in the Sloane’s Project the inaugural production with NOISE (New Opera in Scotland Events)
On the concert platform he has worked with some of the world's top baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the St Louis and Houston Symphony Orchestras. He has worked with conductors including Tamas Vasary, Ivan Fischer, Marin Alsop, Richard Hickox, Trevor Pinnock, Nicholas McGegan and Daniel Harding.
As a recitalist, Jamie has performed with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles and Julius Drake, at many of the world's greatest music festivals, including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Perth Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival. He has also appeared in the Wigmore Hall's International Song-Makers series. In 2012 he toured Mexico with Harpist Angel Padilla and Guitarist Matthew McAllister and will continue this collaboration with Scottish tour in 2013. Jamie will also give recitals in Australia in December 2013 as well as perform with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Find out more @ http://www.jamiemacdougall.tv

Sharron Griffiths
Sharron started playing the harp at the age of ten in her native Wales, gaining early experience as principal harpist with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
She studied harp performance at the Royal Northern College of Music and as a Postgraduate at Trinity College of Music, her teachers have included Sioned Williams, Eleanor Bennett, Imogen Barford and Gabriella Dall'Olio. During her studies, she performed with the Britten Pears Orchestra, British Youth Opera and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and was awarded the United Kingdom Harp Association Award, The David Dunn Award Yorke Trust & the St Marylebone Educational Foundation Award. Following her studies, Sharron has pursued a successful and varied career for many years in London and currently in Glasgow.
Sharron has appeared as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in recitals both on the concert platform, recording and radio broadcasts, playing at many prestigious concert halls all over the World including the Royal Albert Hall and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Find out more @ http://www.sharrongriffiths.co.uk

Peter Stewart
Peter Stewart lectures at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Aberdeen City Music School and has previously taught at Aberdeen College of Music and Performing Arts. Peter performed for 16 years with Irish guitarist Tracey Boyd; they were endorsed as Savarez Artists and were highly praised by respected critics for their musically sensitive, emotive and stylish performances. The duo performed throughout the UK and Europe and broadcast for BBC Radio Scotland. Many works were dedicated to them; most notably a series of works composed by John W. Duarte and published by Mel Bay USA. During that period, Peter directed the Glasgow Classical Guitar Workshop and the very successful Oatridge International Guitar Festival. Peter’s success as a composer has been met with international critical acclaim and his music has been performed as far afield as the USA, South America and Russia. Many of his works have been commercially recorded by international artists including Alfonso Montes (Venezuela), Irina Kircher (Germany), Antonio De Innocentis (Italy) Matthew McAllister (UK) and Professor Allan Neave (UK); he is published by Guitar Score Publications (Scotland), Ricordi (England) and Chanterelle (Germany). Peter is also an adjudicator for Live Music Now – Wales, the Fife Music Festival and the Rago International Competition at the Stuttgart Musikschule, Germany.
Find out more @ http://egta.co.uk/blog/guitar-teacher/peter-stewart


The Island of Cumbrae is easily reached from the small town of Largs by making a short 10-minute ferry trip.

There are excellent transport connections to Largs from Glasgow. Largs is approximately one hour by road, rail, car or bus from Glasgow City Centre and 45 minutes from Glasgow International and Glasgow Prestwick airports.


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CGR History

Aisling Agnew 
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. 2016
Allan Neave
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2105, 2016
Amadeus Guitar Duo
2012, 2014
Amanda Cook
2009, 2013, 2016
Ana Vidovic
Antonio Rugolo
David Russell
Debs Fruscella Duo
Gabriel Bianco
Gabriel Guillen
James Akers
Jan Depreter
Johannes Moller
Kupinski Guitar Duo
Matthew McAllister 
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Marcin Dylla
2012, 2015
Patrick Kearney
Peter Stewart 

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Rene Izquierdo
Roland Dyens
Uros Baric

Vladislav Blaha
Yvonne Zehner
2011, 2015