Guitarist gives recital, master class at YSU

Special to the Tribune Chronicle

Thibaut Garcia, winner of the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition, will perform Friday at Youngstown State University.

Special to the Tribune Chronicle Thibaut Garcia, winner of the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition, will perform Friday at Youngstown State University.

The winner of the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition will perform and conduct a master class this week at Youngstown State University.

French guitarist Thibaut Garcia began to play at age 7. He credits his Spanish origins as a primary influence on his way of thinking. He studied in Toulouse, where he received his chamber music diploma and his guitar diploma. Garcia entered at age 16 the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.

At age 22, he already has won several international competition prizes, including first prize at the Guitar Foundation of America in Oklahoma City in 2015, the “Jose Thomas” international competition in Spain in 2014, the IV Sevilla International Guitar Competition in Spain in 2013, the “Terra Siculorum” in Romania in 2013, the “Ana Amalia” in Weimar, Germany, in 2011 and the “Valle de Egues” in Spain in 2008.

Garcia will play more than 50 concert dates in the United States and Canada as part of winning the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. His first recording, “Demain des l’aube” (Tomorrow at Dawn), was produced by the Contrastes label in 2014 and features a unique program of Bach, Berio and Regondi. His major-label debut, “Leyendas” (Legends), was released in September by Warner Classics.

He will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and conduct a master class at 9 a.m. Saturday. Both events are in Bliss Recital Hall, and admission is free. For more information, call 330-941-2307.

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