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GUITARIST ANTIGONI GONI LAUNCHES FAR-REACHING, VISIONARY WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
Introduction

Antigoni Goni is Professor of Guitar at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels as wells as Associate Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was the founder and chair of the Guitar Department at the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she also taught for 10 years.

For more information about Antigoni Goni go to www.antigonigoni.com

This September 1-10 2007 Event Responds to Needs of Today’s Young Guitarists in Performance, Business, Career Planning, Community, Education and Outreach in Ways Never Before Addressed in the Field

A unique and far-reaching new ten-day intensive workshop for advanced-level young classical guitarists will take place in Volterra, Italy, September 1-10 2007. Conceived and directed by internationally acclaimed guitarist, performer, recording artist and educator Antigoni Goni, the workshop is designed like no other. Its goal is to prepare classical guitarists for careers by giving them insight and instruction not only in performance, but in business, marketing and promotion, stage movement and skills, how to create and implement successful education programs, grant writing, collaboration skills and more. In a field that is dominated by competitions, Ms. Goni’s Volterra project stands as a model of cooperative education and community that can be lacking in the international classical guitar world. Hosted by Accademia della Chitarra, the summer guitar intensive is supported, in part, by Banca di credito Cooperativo di Fornacette, Filiale di Pontedera intestate.

Says Antigoni: “We are undertaking an innovative experiment in classical guitar training. Traditional guitar schools are insufficient in responding to the needs of today’s young musicians. Artists are too often left alone to contend with an extremely competitive professional world for which they are often unprepared. Artistic excellence is essential but not enough. Students need a school to prepare not only excellent musicians, but also fully developed artists, able to handle the demands of international performing careers. For this reason we offer a 360-degree formative course with the highest level guitar master classes, Alexander technique training, and arts business management seminars taught by experienced, internationally renowned professionals.

The ten-day workshop will be held in a beautiful agriturismo in Volterra, Tuscany, where students and teachers will live together in a relaxed, non-competitive environment. The Volterra project will replace the competitive culture of the conservatory with a more nurturing environment, conducive to a real exchange of knowledge and experience. Practice, rehearsal and performance opportunities for participants, faculty and guest artists will take place in historic buildings in the ancient hill town, renowned for its medieval buildings and extensive Roman and Etruscan sites, creating bridges between the workshop and community.

Advanced level classical guitar students interested in participating in the Volterra project should visit www.volterraguitar.org. Tuition including room and board is 700.00 Euro.