David Grimes has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe, and recent concert tours have taken him to Mexico, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Denmark, France, Norway, Malta, Belarus, Serbia and Montenegro. He is frequently in demand at music festivals as a conductor and as a competition judge.
David’s edition of Luys Milán: the Complete Fantasías and the celebrated series, Treasures of the Baroque, are published by Mel Bay Publications. His Mel Bay editions of The Complete Sor Studies and The Complete Giuliani Studies are staples of the teaching repertoire. David’s own compositions are now being performed by prominent guitarists throughout the world. Three collections of his works, Islands, 24 Preludes and As Ondas Verdes are now published by Editions Doberman-Yppan.
Highly respected as a teacher and coach, David was Director of Guitar Studies at California State University, Fullerton, where he developed one of the nation’s leading centers of guitar instruction. For eighteen years David was President of the Guitar Foundation of America and now remains as Reviews Editor for the journal Soundboard.
Dr. Gregory Newton has given concerts, masterclasses and broadcasts throughout the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Scandinavia, Western and Eastern Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has several recordings to his credit, including Romancero Gitano with the Los Angeles Chamber Singers.
Dr. Newton is on the faculties of Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College and Glendale College, teaching guitar, music theory and music appreciation, and is the classical guitar instructor on VideoGuitarLessons.com.
He is president of the American Guitar Society, director of the AGS International Concert Series, a former member of the GFA Board of Directors, has been a frequent contributor to guitar periodicals, and adjudicates on national and international competitions.
Michael Anthony Nigro has performed across the United States and in South America, giving concerts and master classes for numerous universities, performing arts canters, church concert series, guitar societies, libraries and museums, including the Auditorio Juan Victoria in San Juan, Argentina, the Salon Parroquial Conciertos “El Rincón” in Villa-General Belgrano, Argentina and guitar societies in Portland, Sacramento, Colorado Springs, Jefferson, Knoxville, Bloomington and Ventura County.
Michael’s discography includes “Homage to Piazzolla,” which received critical acclaim from the American Record Guide and Classical Guitar Magazine, “Guitar Sudamericana,” featuring the compositions of José Luis Merlín, Jorge Morel, Eduardo Falú, Antonio Lauro and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Most recently, “A Journey through Latin America” showcases music by Gentil Montaña, Isáac Albéniz, Francisco Tárrega and José Luis Merlín.
Michael directs the guitar program at Vanguard University, where he has established a comprehensive curriculum that includes Guitar Literature, Pedagogy, Fretboard Techniques and Guitar Ensemble. He is co-author of “The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book.”