"...exquisitely flexible musicianship, both passionate and subtle, as well as effortless virtuosity."
San Francisco Classical Voice
As SoloDuo, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli have performed throughout Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada and Latin America, and have been acclaimed everywhere – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall, from Kiev’s Hall of Columns to Vienna’s Konzerthaus – as one of the best ensembles ever heard. About one of their performances, The Washington Post wrote: “the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous – profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.” In addition to classic, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo – joined by lutenist Massimo Lonardi – enjoy exploring the early literature for baroque guitar and theorbo. Together, Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa’s Three Quartets, op. 19 (Stradivarius 2004), a CD of 17th century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo (“La Suave Melodia”, Stradivarius 2008), “Solaria”, an anthology of 20th century masterpieces for two guitars (Pomegranate 2007), the Duos Concertants by Antoine De Lhoyer (Naxos 2007), a collection of chamber works by Mauro Giuliani (Amadeus 2008), a collection of 19th century pieces for two guitars (“Noesis”, Pomegranate 2009), the Sonatas of Ferdinand Rebay (Stradivarius 2010), the Arias and Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti (Stradivarius 2013) and the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Solaria 2012), as well as a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Brilliant Records, Kookaburra, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius. Matteo resides in Geneva, Switzerland, where he teaches at the Conservatoire Populaire. Lorenzo lives in Milan, Italy, and teaches both at the CSI Conservatory in Lugano, Switzerland, and the Conservatory of Aosta, Italy.
On February 28 Toronto Flamenco guitarist, composer and York University teacher Roger Scannura will perform the World Premier of his Flamenco-influenced version of the legendary Jewish prayer known as the Kol Nidre at our Soloduo concert. The nine-minute work was commissioned by former Guitar Society of Toronto President Harold Levy (a student of Scannura) as part of his “Kol Nidre Project” which aims to inspire musicians to compose their own versions of the iconic musical work.
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.