Announcing the 2017 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition and Peter Segal Prize.


Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 3 PM

Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd & Spruce Sts

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10

        Duo Firenze, Robert and Pamela Trent, is a major force in the
discovery and authentic performance of early 19th-century music for guitar 

and fortepiano duet. Touring with their own period Viennese fortepiano and 19th-century guitars, they give audiences a rare visual and sonic experience. The duo was formed in 1990, and takes its name from the Italian city of Florence, the birthplace of the fortepiano and where the six stringed guitar flourished. 

A prizewinner in the Concorso Internazional “Arturo Toscanini” for 

chamber music in Italy, Duo Firenze has not only dedicated themselves to 

giving revival performances to this once forgotten art, but has succeeded 

in delighting audiences in the United States and Europe.



SUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2015 - 3 PM

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10

        Christopher Wilke developed a love for music early in life. 

As a child he began to compose music before he’d even learned to play an instrument. He went on to study guitar and composition at the College of 

Mt. St. Joseph followed by a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. 

He recently completed his doctorate in Early Music Performance at the

Eastman School of Music under renowned lutenist, Paul O'Dette.

He now teaches at Nazareth College in Rochster, NY. 

Dr. Wilke has performed widely in both Europe and the U.S. 

He has done live on-air performances and interviews for WGUC, WNKU 

and WVXU radio stations where his recordings were also featured. Notable appearances include a performance with the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and solo concerts at the European Lute Festival in Fuessen,

Germany and the Lute Society of America's 2010 Festival.


Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 3 PM

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10

   Tara Rose Davison, soprano and classical guitarist, began her training as an opera singer. She performed throughout the United States and Internationally in roles such as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. By the age of 21, she was the youngest finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. While in graduate school she shifted her focus to classical guitar and in particular works for classical guitar and voice. 

She graduated cum laude from University of Colorado Boulder in 2009. 

She has since released two albums, Love Songs & Lullabies from Spain and South America and L’Arte dell’Amore, A Collection of Rare 19th Century Italian Songs. Most recently she played for a White House Delegation and gave a solo recital at the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America International Convention. 

She is sponsored by Savarez Strings.


Sunday, December 6, 2015 3 PM

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: FREE

Professional members of PCGS and local artists present a panoply of styles and talents. The concert will be followed by the PCGS Holiday party—an opportunity to meet other members, the local artists and celebrate the holiday season.


Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 3 PM

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10

Award winning guitarist Christopher Ladd has rapidly become known through-out the country as one of the most promising classical musicians of his generation. Performances of note include Mengi and the Kaldalon Theater in Reykjavik, Iceland, the DiMenna Center in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Active also as a chamber musician, Mr. Ladd is a founding member of The Pandora Duo with flutist Janet Arms, and The Amaranth Duo with violinist Asa Gudjonsdottir. Mr. Ladd has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the Appalachian Guitar Festival Solo Competition, ASTA Competition and was twice a semi-finalist in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition.        


Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 3 PM

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10

Formed in 2000, the husband and wife guitar ensemble known as the

Arabesque Duo have performed to critical acclaim at concert venues in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Honolulu, and Cheltenham, UK, to name a few. They have been guest artists at many festivals and are winners of the Montpellier Arts Competition. The Arabesque Duo has recently released their debut duo recording on Centaur Records, featuring transcriptions of piano pieces by Grieg, Brahms, Debussy, 

Granados and Turina. The American Record Guide wrote, 

“The Arabesque Duo plays beautifully on this recording, with a

lovely tone and tasteful expressiveness…masterly Apollonian style”



Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 3 PM

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St. (free parking)

General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member:$10

Over the last decade guitarist Emma Rush has established herself as one of Canada's top classical guitarists. Emma Rush is based in Hamilton where she is on the faculty at Mohawk College and Redeemer University College. She performs throughout North America and Europe and appears regularly as a performer and teacher at international music festivals (Iserlohn, Acadia, Great Lakes). In 2011 she was a top prize winner at the Columbus State International Guitar Competition and the Great Lakes International Guitar Com-petition. 

Her much anticipated debut album, Folklórica, was re-leased in the summer of 2014. Emma Rush is the founder and artistic director of the Guitar Hamilton concert series and the Hamilton International Guitar Festival.


Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10, 2016

Festival Opening Concert ~ ANTIGONI GONI

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd & Spruce Streets

General: $30,

Student/Senior: $20 

Member: $15, 

Premium seating: $75,  $100 for two

The Greek guitarist, Antigoni Goni enjoys a truly international career. 

In the past years, she has performed throughout the United States, Japan, Portugal, France, England, Holland, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Poland,

Belgium and of course her native Greece. Among the highlights of this

past summer was an appearance with the Hannover Radio Orchestra in a 

special concert for the Athens Festival at the famed,

Odeon of Herrodes Atticus, the 5000 seat amphitheater at the foot of the Acropolis. Later this season she will make her orchestral debut in Brussels.  

She is Professor of Guitar at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Artist-in-residence for San Francisco Performances and was formerly Chairman of the Guitar Department at Julliard Pre-College Division. Her career blossomed in the mid 90s after winning the Guitar Foundation of America Competition which resulted in 65 concerts in North America and a contract with Naxos Records for whom she has recorded three highly successful CDs. Over the last few years she has commissioned a number of new works for the guitar most recently “Dialogues” from Augusta Read Thomas as well as work from Sergio Assad and Stanley Silverman. Currently in the pipeline are works by Steven MacKey (for classical guitar and electric guitar) and John Magnussen (for digitally enhanced guitar and actor). Splitting her time between both coasts of this country and between Brussels and Athens, Antigoni Goni is truly a guitarist of the world.


Sunday, April 10, 2016 10 AM - TO 7 

Tickets available at the door

Full Day Pass, $45 general
   Full Day Pass, $40 members
Events individually priced as well ($10 - 25)

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St.

A full day of events including over 100 student recitals, 

PCGS competition finals, professional workshops, vendor fair, 

Antigoni Goni master class, PCGS Orchestra recital, 

and PCGS 2015 competition winner recital,  Alec Holcomb.

Sunday, April 10, 2016



General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10

        Guitarist Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the US, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. A recent recipient of the “Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year” award by Guitar International Magazine, Matt has been described by critics as “a young artist about to make a real dent in the world of classical guitar” (Premier Guitar Magazine), and “highly expressive and technically virtuosic” (Modern Guitars Magazine). An active performer, winner of numerous competitions, and author of The Virtuoso Guitarist method, Matt Palmer has gained worldwide recognition as a virtuosic and soulful concert artist.

           Matt Palmer holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Arizona, where he studied with Thomas Patterson and Artists-in-Residence David Russell, Sergio Assad, and Odair Assad. In demand as a performer, Matt’s recent concert engagements have taken him to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Shakespeare Theatre, and dozens of guitar festivals throughout the world. Matt Palmer is a Strings By Mail sponsored artist and plays D’Addario strings.

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