Everyone who is interested can apply for a masterclass. When applying, please indicate whose masterclass you’d like to follow.
More information about the teachers:
Zoran Dukić (1969, Zagreb) was presented with a guitar at the early age of six. Today he is one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. His concert performances, both as a soloist or with an orchestra, leave long-lasting impressions on audiences and critics alike. Being exceptionally enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching, his pedagogical activities are equally impressive. Having taught at the Zagreb Music Academy and Hochschule Für Musik in Aachen, he is currently teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague and at the Escuela Superior de Musica in Barcelona, he has educated generations of young classical guitarists and has one of the most successful classes in Europe. In addition to this, he regularly gives masterclasses all over the world and is often an invited guest to numerous guitar festivals. Zoran Dukic is also a very active chamber music performer and a founding member of the “European Guitar Quartet”. He has recorded compact discs for labels in Germany, Spain, Belgium, Brazil and Canada.
Johannes Möller, Johannes Möller stands out as a progressive musician who remains faithful to the tradition that produced him. The latter has brought him all the recognition the classical music establishment has had to offer: Awards from among the most prestigious musical colleges in the world (Royal College of Music, London and Conservatorium van Amsterdam); international competition success (including the coveted Guitar Foundation of America Prize); and even an engraving of his name on the walls of the Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam. All these things are indicative of the musical calibre we have come to expect from international concert players, yet Johannes is known primarily for things other than his performing excellence.
Izhar Elias (Netherlands) is one of the most sought-after specialists in early music, chamber music and new music for guitar. He has given concerts, lectures, and masterclasses, and been the solist in concertos with renowned orchestras, in Europe, Russia, south-east Asia, Australia and the US. Izhar Elias has studied with Ton Terra, the Groningen Guitar Duo, Zoran Dukic and Kees Hendrikse. He studied performance practice of 19th-century music at the Accademia di Studi Superiori l´Ottocento with Carlo Barone in Italy. The performance practice of the baroque guitar he learned from a.o. William Carter, Adrián Rodriguez van der Spoel and Lex Eisenhardt. Through extensive research, he has been able to recreate a musical language of the Baroque, Classic and Romantic periods using original instruments and historical methods.
Edsart Udo de Haes: In the last few years Edsart has become one of Holland’s finest Flamenco guitar players. His debut album “Aurora” received critical acclaim. Besides performing as a solo artist, he is also a frequently asked musician in theatre productions, a.o. Frank Groothof and Nynke Laverman. Edsart’s flamenco workshops are a mainstay at our festival, and this year he will also give masterclesses.
Nejc Kuhar received his Master’s degree with honors in guitar and in composition in Vienna (guitar with prof. Alvaro Pierri and composition with Dr. Reiner Bishof and prof. Christian Minkowitsch). As a guitarist as well as a composer, he won numerous 1st prizes, such as Altheim in Austria, Changsha in China, Treviso and Acerra in Italy… His music has been performed in prestigious venues, including concerts in Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Washington National Gallery of Art, Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Slovene Philharmonic Hall, etc. He is also published by Canadian publisher Les Production d’Oz. Since 2015 he is guitar professor at Music Academy in Vienna and since 2013 a guitar teacher at Frankfurt Music School.
Raymond Nijenhuis (1967) has become known to the Dutch music scene as frontman of `Guitar Ray & the Rhythm Dukes´. With this trio he played from 1998 to 2006.
Besides playing with his own band, which is currently `Guitar Ray’s Groove Organza´, Raymond is active as a freelance touring / recording guitarist.
He has performed and toured in 15 different countries with a large number of, especially American Blues & Country artists who would like to use his broad musical employability and ability to play serving. In Ray’s own words: “It’s my job to the artist I work with, to make it sound as good as possible.” From Chicago or West Coast blues, Western Swing, Country Blues, Boogie, Bluesy Jazzy Jazz or Blues up to Soul Blues and more!
His 25 years of (international) stage and teaching experience, as well as his studies at the conservatories of Enschede and The Hague, have resulted in a considerable knowledge and expertise in the field of American Roots music. This was the reason why Raymond was asked by the American publisher Truefire to make some interactive guitar courses. The first two ones, entirely dedicated to “Western Swing”, were released in 2014 and 2016.