Although this is quite a difficult time for many musicians, I'm feeling incredibly lucky to have been up to some amazing things and to be planning for some amazing things in the future.
I was honoured to be selected for a EuroStrings scholarship this year which gave me the opportunity to travel to Sweden this month and be a part of Uppsala Guitar Festival. There, I performed at the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress as a soloist and with an ensemble comprising EuroStrings artists and students from The Malmö Academy of Music. Directed by Christian Karlsen, we gave the Scandinavian premiere of Sergio Assad's 'The Walls' and it was such a pleasure to perform with so many fabulous guitarists.
Earlier this season, I successfully auditioned for the International Guitar Foundation's Young Artist Platform and will be making my debut on the scheme in 2021. I was due to play at London Guitar Festival on the YAP but unfortunately, due to COVID issues, I am unable to travel and play there. On 29th October, however, I will be giving a digital concert for Illuminate Women's Music and will be playing a selection of works for guitar by female composers; it would be my pleasure if you could (virtually) attend! More info here and if you're on Facebook - join the event!
I'm also excited to announce that I am part of the Classical Minds International Guitar Festival and Competition faculty in 2021 and that this year, the festival is virtual. I'll be giving a concert, lecture, workshop and one-to-one lessons so grab yourself an early bird ticket and register now, from anywhere in the world! I am so honoured to be part of such an amazing line up of guitarists: Valerie Hartzell (Artistic Director), Daniela Rossi, and Mathew James.
Aside from performance and festival news, I am busy studying, teaching and of course practising so, while COVID is here to stay, that's what I'll carry on doing! Hope to see you - virtually - soon!