Home Page About Us Concert Info Sample Sounds Mailing List Contact Us Mailing List
  "The four musicians performed throughout with sensitivity and grace, each masters of their instruments. Their dynamics, ensemble feel and intonation were superb."      
—The Journal-Standard, IL
"Guillermo Rios is an unusually passionate flamenco guitarist; He plays with an exhibitionist's flair and an underlying sense of drama."
—New York Times
 
The brilliant, flamenco  virtuoso, Guillermo Rios has returned to the United States after seventeen years of performing and touring throughout the world with Spain's leading flamenco artists.  His highly acclaimed instructional video has been released world-wide by Mel Bay Publications.  Mr. Rios was the first flamenco artist ever to be awarded the Ford Foundation Composition Grant. Now based in Los Angeles, Mr. Rios has appeared as soloist with orchestras, as a recitalist in prestigious halls, including New York's Carnegie Recital Hall, and on radio and television stations throughout the United States.  His recording, "Soul of Spain", epitomizes the new style of flamenco composition which Rios has developed on his own and as a student of the renowned flamenco master, Sabicas.




www.viviana.org
"Viviana Guzman displayed an extraordinary technique and great musicality."
—El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile
"Guzman's performance was a virtuoso tour de force, executed with the most extraordinary ease. "
—Monterey Herald
"Engaging command of any flutelike instrument."
—Ft. Worth, Star Telegram
 

Described by the New York Times as “an imaginative artist,” Chilean-born flutist, Viviana Guzmán performs over 80 concerts a year throughout the world. Having started musical training at the age of 5, by 15 years, she played as a soloist with orchestra, studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal and was featured on NBC's nationally televised John Denver music special. She has since appeared as soloist with orchestras in Wisconsin, Vermont, Houston, Khabarovsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Filharmoncia de Santiago (Chile), Great Falls Symphony (Montana), Diablo Symphony (California), Irving Symphony (Texas), Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and in New York City's Alice Tully Hall and also has performed in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Currently, Ms. Guzmán concertizes as a soloist with orchestra, a solo artist, and with her quartets, “Festival of Four” and "Viviana & Divas Latinas".

Ms. Guzmán has been heard on NPR's "Morning Edition" & "Great Performances", "West Coast Live", PBS, as well as on WNYC New York, KUSC in Los Angeles, KPFA, and KDFC in San Francisco, among others. On television, she has appeared in the United States and Latin America including "Good Day New York", "Good Morning Arizona", "Good Morning Houston", "Sabado Gigante", "Datebook", San Jose, "BayTV", San Francisco; more recently, the premiere of her music video was aired on television internationally in 31 countries on Univision and Arts Showcase Network. She has recorded 8 different albums with different labels including Polygram, National Geographic, and Sugo Records. Her solo CD, "Telemann Flute Fantasies" of which, Bonnie Grice of KUSC-LA says, "It is a wonderful album, it has gotten a lot of great response...it's magic. She is a bright young flutist, a delightful musician." "Planet Flute" was released in 1997, "Mostly Tango" in 2002, and "Danza de Amor" in 2000 which has sold over 40,000 units. As an author/poet, she has been published by Simon and Schuster and more recently, her book of poetry entitled, "Love Soliloquies" was published by Syren Press.

A winner of the 1991 Young Artists Auditions of Artists International, Ms. Guzmán gave her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall Recital Hall. Other First Prizes in competitions include the New York Flute Club Competition, Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation and the Performer's of Connecticut Young Artists Competition. As an orchestral musician, she has been played with the Texas Opera Theater Orchestra, Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, and the Broadway musical, “Sunset Boulevard” with Glenn Close. As a member of the Houston Grand Opera, she accompanied Placido Domingo, and with the New World Symphony in Miami she played under Michael Tilson Thomas.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Lincoln Center Scholarship, Institute of Hispanic culture Award, Shepherd Award, Immanuel Olshan Award, Hirsch Award, Phillips Foundation Award, Ruth Burr Award. Ms. Guzmán attended Rice University on fellowship first with an emphasis on medicine; subsequently, she chose music as her career path and attended the Juilliard School on scholarship. A frequent performer for both Cunard, Radisson and Celebrity Cruise Lines, she has participated in the Aspen, Banff, Marlboro and Caramoor Music Festivals and has studied with Albert Tipton, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Julius Baker. She has presented workshops and master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory, Juilliard School, University of Mississippi, Wright State University, Rick's College, Stanford University, Humbolt State University, among others. Viviana has many fans worldwide including Kate Winslet (Titanic) who said, "I LOVE your music, it's truly beautiful!" and Isabel Allende (House of Spirits) declared, "Your music is celestial!"




www.zenkl.com
"Zenkl doesn't just play the mandolin. He revolutionizes it. "
—Los Angeles Times
"Radim Zenkl has reinvented the mandolin in several different ways!"
David Grisman

Radim Zenkl was born in Opava, Czech Republic. While studying classical music, Mr.Zenkl discovered bluegrass by listening to records that were smuggled in to his communist country. The sound of a bluegrass mandolin initiated the spark that subsequently led Mr.Zenkl beyond bluegrass to an eclectic array of styles. Mr.Zenkl escaped from Czechoslovakia in 1989 for political freedom and to be closer to his musical influences. Two years later, he was invited to perform for the newly elected president of Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel. 

In America, Mr.Zenkl has made a name for himself becoming the U.S. National Mandolin Champion (1992) and one of the world's premier mandolin virtuosos. Mr.Zenkl's performance features his own innovative playing technique, the "duo-style", which sounds remarkably like two instruments simultaneously.  Mr.Zenkl has recorded five CDs, the latest one is called Restless Joy.


photo
"One of the best such recitals I've heard, with Richard Patterson demonstrating absolute security, strong tone intelligently varied and solid rhythm."
—Guitar International
 

RICHARD PATTERSON enjoys an active musical career as a collaborative artist and has
performed with his groups in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. As a student, Mr.
Patterson lived in Spain, studying the guitar in the land of its creation with maestro Jose Tomas. Returning to the United States, he was signed by the world's largest classical music management, Columbia Artists, for six seasons of critically acclaimed national tours as a member of the Ware-Patterson Duo. During the same period he was touring internationally with the Russian mandolin and balalaika virtuoso Emanuel Sheynkman as the duo Dvoika!under the direction of David Lieberman Artists in Los Angeles. He then formed the virtuoso quartet, Festival of Four with whom he performs on University campuses and in major concert halls throughout North America.

Richard Patterson is also an active recording artist and has been a featured performer on more than thirty recordings. Mr. Patterson studied composition with John Adams and Pulitzer Prize winner Wayne Peterson. Patterson’s compositions and arrangements are heard in feature films and on television and radio in over 30 countries. As the founder of the Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts, Mr. Patterson has created one of the leading series of guitar performances in the world currently in its 30th season in San Francisco's Civic and Performing Arts Center. Richard Patterson personally hands down the traditions of the Spanish guitar at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California where he has been a member of the music faculty for over 25 years. Mr. Patterson was Director of the 2008 Guitar Foundation of America Conference and Competition, which took place in San Francisco.

Richard Patterson projects a deep understanding of and admiration for the music he performs. His attention to color and dynamics is remarkable and he displays a prodigious technique. Patterson plays with style, taste and elegance.

FESTIVAL OF FOUR'S COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
To promote the arts and to enhance their concert appearances, Festival of Four provides in-depth residency activities within the community. These activities are often customized for the needs of the presenter.

Children's Programs:
K-12 Interactive children's shows, Classroom Informances, Assemblies

College Programs:
Master classes, History/cultural anthropology, Music appreciation, Career guidance in the arts, Lecture-demonstrations: informances, Noon-time concerts, Evening programs

Around Town:
Senior Centers/Residencies, Hospitals, Workplace Performances, Television/Radio appearances, Churches, Public space performances

All classes available in English or Spanish
 


Home Page About Us Concert Info Sample Sounds Mailing List Contact Us Mailing List