On the Cover: Ukrainian guitarist Marko Topchii has won prizes at more than 100 guitar competitions worldwide.
Special Focus: The Competition Life—thoughts on competitions from Dale Kavenagh, Celil Refik Kaya, Sabrina Vlaskalic, and Stefan Schmidt; and competition jurors talk about that difficult task.
Features: A profile of veteran England-based guitarist/arranger/conductor Gerald Garcia about his long and fruitful career; a salute to Julian Bream, who just turned 85; an interview with the bold Bulgarian guitarist/composer Atanas Ourkouzounov; “Letter from Tokyo,” featuring Japanese guitar greats Kiyoshi Shomura and Shin-Ichi Fukuda; Virginia Luque on her new guitar line and her Bach Goldberg Variations project.
Lessons: Guitar techniques used in Leo Brouwer’s Danza Caracteristica.
Reviews: Recent albums by Jorge Caballero, Celil Refik Kaya, Frederic Hand, Eliot Fisk, and others; sheet music by Barrios, Schubert (arranged by Presti & Lagoya); Tárrega, Nick Fletcher, and many more.
Gear: Two new guitars from Alvarez—a flamenco model and a classical one.
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