Matthew McAllister

Scotland

Widely regarded as one of the most exciting and talented Guitarists in Europe Matthew has been delighting audiences worldwide with his insightful performances and effortless presentation in a concert career spanning well over a decade.

Matthew has performed at major venues across the world such as The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Purcell Room & St Martin in the Fields, London, Teatro Britanico, Lima, The Sage, Gateshead, Cenart, Mexico City, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Eugene O’Neil Theater, San Jose and Dom Armije, Sarajevo to name a few. Matthew has toured extensively throughout North & South America, Canada, Europe and Asia both as a soloist and chamber musician, and has also produced an extensive discography with Baros Records. As an educator Matthew holds the posts of Classical Guitar Lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and is the Director of the Classical Guitar Retreat. Matthew enjoys keeping in touch with fans and guitarists worldwide and has a very wide reaching internet presence, you can follow him easily on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Thomas Viloteau

France

French guitar phenomenon Dr. Thomas Viloteau is widely considered one of the most gifted classical guitarists today. His first concert was in his home country of France only a year after he began playing, in front of an audience of 200 people. Since that concert, Thomas has played in some of the best venues throughout the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, Taiwan and Puerto Rico.

Born into a family of fine arts enthusiasts, Dr. Viloteau took his first lesson at the age of twelve. Eight years later he won first prize at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and subsequently spent a year concertizing in the United States. Other first prizes include the Francisco Tárrega competition in Spain, Mottola competition in Italy, Sernancelhe competition in Portugal, Ville d’Antony competition in France, and Segovia competition in Spain. Dr. Viloteau is the only guitarist to ever win the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association.

His book on guitar technique, ‘In the Black Box, Technique(s) of the Classical Guitar,’ has sold more than a thousand copies worldwide. He has been the Artist-in-Residence at the radio show Performance Today, broadcasting his playing performances to more than a million people across the USA. Dr. Viloteau has released recordings with Naxos, MelBay and La Ma de Guido. His two latest albums, ‘Dances Through the Centuries’ and ‘A Song and Dance’ released on Tigado, contain world premiere recordings of the Suite Brasileira 3, which was commissioned and dedicated to Dr. Thomas Viloteau, and of the Suite Brasileira 4, both by Sergio Assad.

Dr. Viloteau has lived in Barcelona, Paris, San Francisco, London, Arizona, Montréal and Rochester, NY. In 2019, he joined the guitar faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Alexandra Viloteau

USA

Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist and soprano Alexandra Viloteau is a rising star from California, USA. Hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as a “Song Stylist”, Alexandra stuns audiences with her virtuosic abilities as both classical guitarist and soprano with her charismatic artistry and genre defying repertoire. Described by the European film collective Open Strings Berlin as “...not only a phenomenal classical guitarist, but soprano singer, she can be her own duo partner and perform the most beautiful repertoire for voice and guitar by herself...” 

Ranging from Brazilian fado, art song, early music, to new commissions; Alexandra does it all with remarkable versatility. Alexandra has commissioned over a dozen pieces for her unique abilities including GRAMMY award-winning composers Christopher Tin and Sergio Assad. Concerts and collaborations include performances with SFMOMA Ragnar Kjartanson’s exhibit, de Young Museum of Art, Berkeley Piano Club, Herbst Theater Green Room, Old First Concerts, Center for New Music, and has been featured on NPR KALW 91.7 FM affiliate “Revolutions per Minute”. She has released two chamber albums with acclaimed SopraDuo and One Great City Duo whom the San Francisco Examiner describes as an “innovative new duo.” 

As a passionate educator, her students have thrived under her tutelage and have won top prizes in competitions and festivals. In 2018, Alexandra’s Advanced Guitar Ensemble from the California Conservatory of Music won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Ensemble Competition. Her students have been accepted at top colleges and conservatories and gone on to pursue guitar performance. Alexandra has given masterclasses throughout the United States including Sonoma State University, UC Santa Cruz and San Diego State University. She is currently on faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. 

Alexandra earned a Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma in Guitar Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Sérgio Assad and was awarded guitar department honors. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University where she double majored in classical guitar and classical voice. She was the only student in the Peabody Conservatory's 157 year history to do so. 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Alexandra remains a true Californian at heart wherever she goes. She loves the beach, avocado toast, and a good glass of Napa wine. 

Matthew Cochran

America

Guitarist/Composer Matthew Cochran is establishing a bold new repertoire for the guitar in the 21st century. Combining elements of romanticism, minimalism, and popular music, Cochran’s compositions are performed by a growing list of leading concert artists and ensembles. No Depression raves, “The pure emotive quality of Cochran’s music pulls you into its embrace and empties your heart with every note.” Cochran’s original works are published by Les Editions d’Oz.

As a performer, Cochran is praised for his “commanding stage presence, intimate expression and inventive interpretation” (Soundboard). Cochran’s many recordings, performances, and interviews have been featured on NPR, BBC, CBC, and Radio Poland; podcasts and web series including Gallery of Guitar, One-Track Podcast, This is Classical Guitar, and Classical Guitar Insider; and syndicated radio programs such as Latino USA and Classical Guitar Alive. He is a frequent guest on Interlochen Public Radio’s In Studio A and Kids Commute. Cochran is often sought out by recording artists for his work as an audio and video producer.

From 2014-2016, Cochran wrote, produced, and hosted Goes2Eleven, a podcast about the world of the guitar which reached over 10,000 weekly listeners. Cochran currently co-hosts the YouTube series Duo Talk, a lively, informative, and at times irreverent exploration of the world of the guitar with his partner, Scottish virtuoso Matthew McAllister. Cochran and McAllister premiered their duo project in 2023 with tours in Scotland and the U.S. The pair quickly established themselves as a major new voice in the guitar world through a combination of unique, accessible programming and their easygoing onstage rapport.

Roberto Hernan Kuhn Versluys

Chile

Roberto Hernan Kuhn Versluys is a Classical Guitarist from Chile who graduated with a Master’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During his studies, he was awarded a full scholarship and the Outstanding performer prize by the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 2013, and subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Ibanez-Atkinson foundation in 2015 for his Master of Music degree. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in Composition, Musical Education and Classical Guitar from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Roberto currently lectures for the Junior department of the RCS and the High School of Glasgow Junior and Senior schools. His career as a soloist and as a chamber musician has taken him all over the world including Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, England, and
Scotland. As well as teaching and performing, Roberto directs the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Guitar Orchestra, working with many aspiring Classical Guitar students in Scotland. He also works as assistant editor for the Virtual Guitar Orchestra; creating projects that involve classical guitarists from all over the world.