“One of the most innovative guitar duos in the world"
Guitarre and Laute Magazine
Dale Kavanagh (Canada) and Thomas Kirchhoff (Germany) have been playing together since 1991 and have given more than 950 concerts in more than 50 European countries and North, Central and South America and Asia. Critics and audiences acknowledge the young musicians bubbling temperament in virtuoso recital, their highly sensitive creative ability in musical phrasing and articulation, and their great guitar-tone, which fills large auditoriums with a warm, rich sound.
Beside their work in chamber music programs they often take place in concerts with large orchestras and perform compositions for two guitars and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo, Gheorghe Zamfir, Sérgio Assad, Harald Genzmer, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime M. Zenamon, Roland Dyens and Antonio Vivaldi and Joseph Haydn. The Amadeus Guitar Duo performs regularly with The Prague- Munich and Mannheimer Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonia Hungarica, The President Orchestra Ankara,The Philharmonic State Orchestra Halle, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, The International Philharmonic Orchestra and The Kurpfälzische Kammerorchester Mannheim, The Mainzer Chamber Orchestra and the Thuringen Philharmonic Orchestra. They have been called the specialists for guitar and orchestra.
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 five of its long-time volunteers received the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for their continuing contribution to the organization. Honorees Eli Kassner (50 years), Ann Kassner (40 years), Harold Levy (25 years), Jack Silver (20 years) and Jeffrey McFadden (20 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.