Martha Masters in Concert and Masterclass

Concert: Friday, January 14, 2005
Masterclass: Saturday, January 15, 2005

Click here to visit Ms. Masters Website

The Jefferson Classical Guitar Society is proud to present the critically acclaimed international concert guitarist, Martha Masters. Ms. Masters will perform on Friday evening, January 14th, 2005, at the First Methodist Church, 165 N. Main Street, in Ashland. Concert time is 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 for students and free for children 12 years old and under. Advanced tickets can be purchased at CD or Not CD in Ashland or at Central Art Supply in Medford. Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the performance. The Southern Oregon University music department will host the artist in a master class the next day, Saturday, January 15th from 10:00am-noon in the Recital Hall of the music building. The class will be open to the public. Auditing fees are $10.00 general and $5.00 students.

Martha Masters is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation, being described as “artful, virtuosic and sophisticated,” (Palos Verdes Peninsula News) with “poise, maturity and clean technique” (San Antonio Express-News). In October of 2000 Martha won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Solo Competition, including a recording contract with Naxos, a concert video with Mel Bay, and an extensive North American concert tour. In November of 2000, she also won the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition in Linares, Spain and was a finalist in the Alexandre Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz, Poland. Prior to 2000, Martha was a prizewinner or finalist in numerous other international competitions, including the 1999 International Guitar Competition “Paco Santiago Marín” in Granada, Spain, the 1998 Tokyo International Guitar Competition and the 1997 GFA International Solo Competition.

Currently, Martha is on the guitar faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Manuel Barrueco, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California as a student of Scott Tennant.

Critical Acclaim

“[Masters] is the winner of last year’s Guitar Foundation of America Solo Guitar Competition. That honor, combined with movie-star looks and a natural showman’s charisma, puts Masters at the forefront of her generation of guitarists.”
– Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Elements in her performance style, a relatively short few years off the launching pad as classical careers go, suggest Masters is on a swift and certain trajectory to star territory.”
– Illinois Times

“Poise, maturity and clean technique Masters put her ample dexterity to good use Her control of instrumental color was exemplary.”
– San Antonio Express-News

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