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Performance  |  The Castellani-Andriaccio Duo

Sunday, April 29, 2012, 2–4 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio have enjoyed a celebrated career as one of the foremost guitars duos in the world. Having received numerous awards and distinctions from the very beginning of their duo days including two National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowships and a scholarship to the master classes of Andres Segovia in Spain, they have toured internationally as recitalists performing at the White House and the Kennedy Center and as concerto soloists with orchestras around the world. Sought after pedagogues as well, they have performed and taught at over one hundred colleges, universities and conservatories. Their collaboration with Grammy nominated composer, Roberto Sierra has resulted in two magnificent new concertos for two guitars and orchestra, Of Discoveries and the Fantasia Corelliana.

The Duo has recorded seven acclaimed cds, two named “Best of the Year” by Fanfare Magazine and American Record Guide. Critics around the globe from the New York Times to Gramophone Magazine have unanimously praised their, “elegance, style, poise and exquisite taste in interpretation”. Currently, Joanne and Michael are the CoDirectors of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition presented by WNED-FM and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be held June 4th – 9th 2012. Joanne also teaches on the music Faculty of SUNY at Buffalo while maintaining a full private teaching studio of traditional and Suzuki guitar students. Michael has recorded the acclaimed world premiere recording of Goyescana, concerto for Guitar and Orchestra by three-time Grammy and Ace award winning composer, Michael Colina, with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.

The internationally renowned Castellani-Andriaccio Duo celebrate the Fleur de Son Classics and Naxos worldwide distribution partnership with a concert of music from their soon to be released cd, “Destino – Sur!”, tangos and choros from Argentina and Brazil. The concert will also mark the release of the Duo’s latest DVD, “The Guitar and a Journey of Two”. Works by Bellinati, Cardoso, Coronel, Machado, Politi and others. This concert is part of the Burchfield Penney Art Center series.