Guitar Festival
Holloway Hall

Guitar Festival and Competition

Masterclasses April 27-28, 2013

Teacher Biographies

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The Amadeus Guitar Duo celebrates 20 years together.

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 1.000 concerts in some 50 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 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.

Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff have recorded a large number of productions for radio and television (BBC, ZDF, CBC, WDR, BR, TRT, etc.). They have also recorded 16 CDs (Haenssler-Classic) which document the high quality of the Amadeus Guitar Duo. The two artists' stirring commitment and inspiring style of playing have enabled them to considerably broaden the repertoire for guitar, especially for guitar and orchestra. Such renowned composers as Harald Genzmer, Gheorghe Zamfir, Roland Dyens (Paris), Jaime Zenamon (Curitiba), Christian Jost (Cologne), Carlo Domeniconi (Berlin), Gerald Garcia (Oxford), Martin Herchenröder (Siegen) have written orchestral concertos for them. Stephen Dodgson (London), Harald Genzmer (Munich), Jaime M. Zenamon (Curitiba) and Christian Jost (Cologne) have dedicated compositions for two guitars to them. All works have been published by Schott‘s, Mainz - Edition Margaux, Berlin, Edition Peters, Frankfurt, and Verlag Hubertus Nogatz, Essen.

In 1992 they founded the International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn, which is today one of the most important festivals of its kind in Europe, with more than 200 participants from more than 40 countries, concerts featuring world-famous stars, master courses, lectures, exhibitions and many other activities (

In the 2012-13 season, these successful musicians have been invited to tour the U.S.A., Canada, South-Korea, China, England, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Turkey, Romania and Poland. Today, Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff live with their daughter Melissa-Rachel in Germany, and both are professors who have been teaching at the newly launched guitar class of the Detmold Music School since 2003 ( The Amadeus Guitar Duo plays exclusively D'Addario strings on guitars made in Germany by Toni Mueller, Aarbergen.

Press comments:
"Surely one of the most innovative duos in the world"
(Gitarre & Laute, 1998)
"Real professionals for guitar and orchestra"
(Musikmarkt, 2003)
"Any Rodrigo connoisseur will be thrilled with this."
(American Record Guide, USA, 2001)
"A great success!" on the Spanish Night 1 CD
(Zupfmusik, 2001)
"Once again, thoroughly commendable" on Spanish Night 2
(Acoustic Guitar Mag., 2004)

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Daniel Boring is a rare performer who specializes in various instruments including baroque, classical and romantic guitars, baroque lute and theorbo.  He has performance degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Ithaca College School of Music, and former teachers include the Castellani-Andriaccio duo, Donald Miller, Timothy Schmidt, Pablo Cohen, and James Tyler.  He has participated in master classes given by Oscar Ghiglia, the Assad duo, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Anthony Rooley, Nigel North, Ronn McFarlane, Robert Barto, Ricardo Iznaola, and Adam Holzman.

Mr. Boring made his European debut in Rome, Italy in 1995 where he participated as chamber artist with the Rome festival orchestra and ballet troupe.  Return engagements throughout Italy include performances with the Opera Theatre of Lucca orchestral member and chamber music artist. He has also toured Europe as a member of Due Colori, a soprano/guitar-lute duo with soprano Megan Monaghan, with whom he has released the recording Irish Airs and Ballads

As a soloist and continuo player on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar, Mr. Boring performs with such baroque groups as the Philadelphia Bach Festival Orchestra, La Fiocco, The American Society of Ancient Instruments, and the Vox Ama Deus Baroque Orchestra with whom he has made several recordings on the Lyrachord Early Music record label.  He also has performed with various opera companies throughout the United States including Pittsburgh Opera, Ithaca Opera, Teatro Grattacielo and Glimmerglass Opera.  

As a teacher, Mr. Boring served as Director of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Louisville School of Music, and taught at the Preparatory Department of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Currently in the Philadelphia area, Mr. Boring is on faculty at Muhlenberg and Montgomery County Community Colleges.  At Muhlenberg College, he serves as the Director and Conductor of the Muhlenberg College Chamber Orchestra, and is instructor of Historical Instruments and Classical Guitar.

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Eric Shuster is a Lecturer of Music Appreciation and Creativity and Electronic/Acoustic Music. Eric holds his M.M. from Louisiana State University and B.A. from Kutztown University, both in Percussion Performance, and has attended the Berklee College of Music Summer Workshop. His principal instructors include Brett Dietz, Frank Kumor, and Will Rapp, with additional study under Jim Atwood, timpanist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

In addition to his work at Salisbury University, Eric is the percussion instructor for the Stephen Decatur High School Band and Percussion Ensemble (Berlin, MD) and maintains a private studio. Since 2008, Eric has partnered with the Reading Musical Foundation to direct summer music outreach programs to underserved areas of Reading, PA.

An avid new-music practitioner and thinker, Eric has collaborated with visual artists for installations and multi-media exhibitions, held premiere performances of both solo and chamber music, and been published in Percussive Notes (The Journal of the Percussive Arts Society). He has performed internationally (San Juan, Paris, Bangkok, Patagonia), nationally (Baltimore, New Orleans, Houston, Indianapolis), and locally for Salisbury faculty recitals, including New Music Salisbury. Eric is a member of the Percussive Arts Society. He blogs regularly about music at

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David J. Pace Drawing from experience as a guitarist, audio engineer and woodworker, David J. Pace hand-builds concert guitars in his Baltimore, Maryland workshop. His designs feature both traditional as well as composite double-top soundboards.  Pace’s work was featured in the March-May 2011 issue of the French magazine Guitare Classique.

At the 2012 SU Festival, Pace will give a workshop on “Understanding the Modes of Vibration as an Influence on Soundboard Design” demonstrating modal vibration patterns on a guitar soundboard plate. Pace will also discuss the practical implications behind the experiment in terms of how classical guitar soundboards are braced and sculpted.


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Danielle Cumming, Festival Director


 Classical guitarist Danielle Cumming is an active performer, studio teacher and lecturer. She holds a Doctorate in Performance from McGill University and a Masters in Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Norbert Kraft.

A native of Canada, Danielle’s performances have been broadcast on national television and radio. In addition to giving recitals in North America, Danielle has performed in Europe and has served on international guitar competition juries. After a year of study in Spain, Danielle released her solo CD, postcards, a recording of 20th century repertoire with world music influences. She continued to pursue her interest in issues of exoticism in classical and popular guitar music in her doctoral paper, Led Zeppelin and Carlo Domeniconi: Truth Without Authenticity?

In addition to teaching guitar and popular music history at Salisbury University, Danielle is also a certified yoga instructor, and has created and taught yoga programs to help musicians prevent injuries and handle performance anxiety.

Danielle is a D’Addario artist.

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Chris English was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland and started playing guitar at age 11. His older brother introduced him to the blues in the late 1960’s, during his high school years. Chris concentrated on slide guitar and harmonica at this time teaching himself, using open tunings.

Chris is now primarily performing as a solo act, playing traditional and acoustic blues. He has an authentic style of playing. Over the years he has been true to his art learning the subtleties that make each blues special. His performances are both intense and spiritual releases; dad calls him preacher man; Delta style is his forte, singing, playing guitar and harp, stamping out the time on an old wooden coca cola crate, creating the subtle polyrhythms and powerful vocals that comprise this elusive form. He also uses vintage guitars from the ‘30’s to replicate the sound and feeling of the blues he has studied and loves.

Chris released his second CD, “Lowdown in the House”, in July 2004. This is a live, solo, collection of traditional and original blues. His first CD, recorded in 1996, “Live at the Avalon”, is a combination of solo and band work. His three-piece band, Brother Lowdown, was formed in 1986. Both CD’s were co-produced and engineered by Jim Smith of Muddy Hole Studios.

Currently, Chris is teaching a course in blues, that he created, at Salisbury University, Salisbury MD, titled “Blues, the Roots of Rock and Roll”. This lecture course explores the social and economic climate that shaped the music as well as the musicians that crafted the music. The course includes live performances to demonstrate different styles of blues, and will serve to further Chris in his own education of the blues.

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Duane Large is active as a performer in nearly every style of music on guitar, mandolin, lute, bass, piano, and percussion. Duane is also an educator and a scholar. He has appeared with such groups as The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Royal Ballet and The Pennsylvania Ballet. Duane has performed in several cities in the US including, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, New Haven, Boston, Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans, and in Europe in Leipzig, Germany, Tampere, Finland, in the Arriège region of southern France, throughout the island of Sardinia, and throughout the Puglia region of southern Italy, where he is now a docent with the Salento Guitar Festival. He has also worked closely with local Philadelphia groups including, Orchestra 2001 in 2005 for Tan Dun’s Circle of Trios; Germantown Friends Choir in 2008 for a tour of southern American cities (guitar) and again in 2011 in Puerto Rico (percussion); and playing lute with Quidditas in 2008 with composer, Kile Smith.

Duane is also involved with new music in Philadelphia. In 2006, he performed guitar along with Swedish guitarist, Patrik Karlsson, in Duo con Forza for the group Chamber Music Now, performing works by such composers as Jan Krzywicki (Network for New Music) and Jay Riese (Penn). He has also performed works by Alexander deVaron, Heide Jacobs and Brian Ciach. Duane himself is a composer and has had his works performed at recitals and local salons. Duane is the artistic director of a new group based in Philadelphia and Baltimore called Philmore Ensemble. This group had its premier concert on January 9th, 2010 at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia. In May of 2011, the Philmore Ensemble released their premier CD, Duos and Trios from Five Centuries. Duane is not just involved with contemporary and classical music, he has worked for several years with The Cat’s Pajamas playing electric guitar, mandolin, bass and drums.

Duane received his Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance (summa cum laude) under the tutelage of Allen Krantz as well as two master’s degrees in both guitar performance and musicology from Temple University. Duane has continued his studies abroad studying nineteenth-century performance practice in France and Italy with the Accadamia l’Ottocento under the direction of Carlo Barone, as well as master classes in Germany with Dale Kavanagh, John Dearman, Giampaolo Bandini, Martha Masters, Laura Young, Hans-Werner Huppertz and Daniel Cumming. Duane recently released his premier solo CD, Plucked String Theory.

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Jason Balish Classical Guitarist Jason Balish is an active teacher and performer based in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Music from Salisbury University where he studied with Dr. Danielle Cumming, and has performed in master classes in the United States and Europe for such renowned guitarists as David Leisner, Thomas Kirchhoff, Michael Newman, Gerald Garcia, and Hans-Werner Huppertz.

As a performer Jason is an advocate for new music having premiered new ensemble works by composers Jerry Tabor and Robert A. Baker. He and guitarist Robert Adler have recently formed the Manhattan Guitar Duo with the goal to play and arrange new pieces, including upcoming premieres of works by Mark Delpriora and Giovanni Piacentini. Jason is currently pursuing his Masters of Music Degree in Performance at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Mark Delpriora.

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