JCJC hosts 8th annual Guitar Festival

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2014-10-17 06:51:41

ELLISVILLE –The 8th annual Guitar Festival at Jones County Junior College will feature an international prize winning guitarist. Guitar Foundation of America International competition winner and Russian musician, Anton Baranov will perform a concert on Friday, November 7, at 7 p.m. in the Foote Chapel on the Ellisville campus. The festival also includes a faculty showcase on Saturday, November 8, at 7 p.m. in the chapel. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
College and high school students and faculty from at least a dozen schools throughout Mississippi and Alabama are expected to attend. Daytime events on Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, will include presentations, competitions and master classes for student guitarists.
“The Mississippi Guitar Alliance continues to grow within the state and beyond with each passing year. This annual festival is a highlight not only for our prestigious instructors and their programs, but it is also a great opportunity for guitar students from across the region to come together to share their ideas and talents. JCJC is thrilled to once again host this event and bring international artists and opportunities such as this to our area,” said JCJC guitar instructor, Dr. Michael Boyd.
Details on student registration and participation are available by contacting Michael Boyd at mike.boyd@jcjc.edu or by calling the JCJC Fine Arts department at 601-477-4094.
Anton Baranov
Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a prizewinner of more than fifteen prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013.
Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, guitarist and composer Roland Dyens calls Baranov, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.” 
Baranov has just recorded his first album on the Naxos label and has been a D'Addario artist since 2013. Baranov was born in 1984 in the Northwest region of Russia and graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2010 under grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation. He now teaches at his alma mater, the St. Petersburg Conservatory.


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