Elliot Frank is a founding member of the North Carolina Guitar Quartet. Applauded by critics and audiences for his unique blend of powerful virtuosity, beautiful tone, and natural musicianship, he is a frequent guest performer and teacher at guitar festivals, as concerto soloist and on concert series throughout the Americas and Europe. He has also been a featured performer at the 2006 Guitar Foundation of America International Festival, the Festival Lachine in Montreal, Canada, and at the Sixth Guitar Festival of the Dominican Republic. Other international performances include appearances in Colombia, Venezuela, and Vienna. Elliot Frank has premiered a number of works for guitar including the world premiere of Andrew Zohn’s E Sonata, This World May Lose Its Motion, a concerto for guitar and orchestra by Marc Faris and most recently the Concerto da Camera for guitar and chamber orchestra by Mark Taggart. Elliot Frank is also a prizewinner in national and international competitions including the Concurso Internacional de la Casa de España in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Elliot Frank was selected to initiate the guitar studies program for East Carolina University and is currently teaching there in addition to maintaining an active concert schedule. His students and alumni continue to distinguish themselves with an impressive array of first prizes in national and international competitions, and they hold teaching positions at universities across the United States.
Justin Hoke As a soloist Justin Hoke has performed with the Panama City Orchestra, Florida State University Orchestra, and the Appalachian State University Guitar Orchestra. Past awards include first prize in the Florida State University Doctoral Concerto Competition, top prizes in the Appalachian State and Music Academy of North Carolina guitar competitions, and graduate teaching assistantships at Florida State University and Appalachian State University. Justin has previously served as a guitar instructor at Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, Appalachian State University, and Emory and Henry College. Justin recently received his doctorate in classical guitar performance from Florida State University and has moved back to North Carolina where he continues to teach and perform.
Robert Nathanson is an active recitalist, orchestral soloist, and ensemble performer, giving concerts throughout the United States, as well as in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, and Canada. A champion of new music, Robert has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by David Kechley, William Neil, Jing Jing Luo, Ernesto García de León, Leo Brouwer, John Anthony Lennon, Ernesto Cordero, Marilyn Shrude, Shih-Hui Chen and others. He has also been touring as part of the Ryoanji Duo (saxophone and guitar) and Duo Sureño (soprano and guitar) since 1992 and 1999 respectively. He has recently released Images, a CD recording of all new music for guitar and saxophone, and At the Edge of the Body’s Night, a CD of new music for soprano, saxophone and guitar. As a Liscio Recording artist (www.lisciorecordings.com), Robert has also recorded two solo CDs entitled New York Sally and Exposure. Robert has recently performed as a soloist with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (2010), the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra (2011) with Frank Bongiorno, saxophone, (Ryoanji Duo), and at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress at St. Andrews University in Scotland. In 2012, the Ryoanji Duo recorded David Kechley’s double concerto, Sea of Stones, in Walbrzych, Poland, with the Filharmonia Sudecka, which will be released on CD in 2014. In February 2014, Robert hosted and produced his third “UNCW New Music Festival”, performing as part of the Ryoanji Duo, Duo Sureño with Nancy King, and the North Carolina Guitar Quartet. Robert has gained particular recognition in the Southeast as a past participant in both the Southern Arts Federation and North Carolina Touring Programs. Robert is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Ed Stephenson Born in Toronto, Raleigh-based guitarist and Liscio recording artist, Ed (Stefanyshyn) Stephenson’s virtuosity extends throughout the Spanish and Nuevo Flamenco genres. In addition to performing throughout North America as a soloist and with his Nuevo Flamenco ensemble, the Paco Band, Stephenson has invested locally through performances with The North Carolina Symphony, The North Carolina Theater, The North Carolina Bach Festival, and the Raleigh Symphony. His extensive repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary, assumes necessary flexibility to accommodate any event.
Ed’s most recent recording, Esencia, available on iTunes, Pandora, and most digital distribution sites, is craftily blended to deliver a new dimension of Nuevo Flamenco music. The Classical Voice of North Carolina praised the album saying, “It has all the characteristics and virtuosity of traditional flamenco guitar but falls outside—or perhaps expands upon—the limited traditional flamenco harmonies and structure.” Visit him at www.edstephenson.com.