Winner of the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Competition
Anton Baranov was born in 1984 in the northwest region of Russia. He started playing guitar at the age of ten and completed his musical education in the oldest and the famous Russian school of music, the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. As a student he received grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and from the Russian Performing Arts Foundation. He has won more than fifteen prizes in guitar competitions around the world, including the highly prestigious Koblenz guitar competition in Germany, the Andrés Segovia competition in Spain, the Barrios competition in Paraguay and the Pittaluga competition in Italy. The culmination of his competition career was winning both the Guitar Foundation of America and Francisco Tárrega Competitions, moving him into the ranks of the leading classical guitarists of today. Currently he teaches at the St Petersburg Conservatory.
On May 10, 2014 the Guitar Society of Toronto celebrated the 90th birthday of the Society’s founder, well known pedagogue Eli Kassner, with a gala concert. Several of Eli’s previous students performed, as well as other guitarists who have been significant in his life.
The Guitar Society of Toronto is proud to announce that six of its volunteers received the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for their continuing contribution to the organization. Honorees Heather Morand Clark (10 years), Timothy Smith (10 years), Patrick Feely (10 years), Michael Savona (10 years), Chantal Bresse Wilson (5 years) and Mariette Stephenson (5 years) were recognized during a recent Guitar Society event.
On October 16th Eli Kassner, founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of The Guitar Society of Toronto, attended a ceremony presided over by The Honourable Bob Rae, where he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.