Event Type: Concert: Texas Guitar Quartet
Event Date: 11-23-13 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mount Vernon Music Hall
402 Leftwich St. at Yates
Mount Vernon, Texas 75457
Contact: Mark Miller at 903-563-3780 or
Music lovers in general and guitar buffs in particular won’t want to miss the Texas Guitar Quartet’s concert at Mount Vernon Music on Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m., 402 Leftwich St. in Mt. Vernon. The Texas Guitar Quartet has firmly established a reputation as the premier guitar ensemble in Texas. Members Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel and Joseph Williams II have individually garnered acclaim and critical praise as soloists on concert stages around the world. With their talents combined, they display a virtuosic command of the guitar quartet medium. Their concert for Mount Vernon Music is the second of this season’s regular concert series.
Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children’s admission through high school is free (8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder). Memberships in MVM support a scholarship program for young musicians and outreach concerts for schools and seniors. Memberships start at $25, and are good for the year June 1 through May 31. They can be purchased at www.mountvernonmusic.org.
Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2006 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. Information about the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music and historic Mount Vernon Music Hall can be found at the organization’s website.
The Texas Guitar Quartet is Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel and Joseph Williams II. As soloists, they have garnered acclaim on concert stages around the world and prizes in dozens of international guitar competitions. Together, they bring their unique passions and talents to an ensemble dedicated to presenting chamber music of the highest quality. Recent performances were presented by the New York City Classical Guitar Society, Victoria Bach Festival, Austin Classical Guitar Society, Guitar Houston, Texas Music Festival, Troubadour Series at Wofford College, University of Texas at Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival and Competition, and Austin Chamber Music.
The quartet has developed an exciting repertoire by commissioning new works and creating their own arrangements and compositions. Earlier this year, the quartet commissioned Tracks, a major new work by composer Peter Lieuwen. They have also premiered works by Andrew Dickinson, Alfredo Barros, Mark Anthony Cruz, and Joseph Williams II. Their daring arrangements, such as Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, offer fresh perspective on works from other repertoires and push the boundaries of the medium.
A critically acclaimed 2012 debut recording, Red, was featured on the internationally syndicated radio show Classical Guitar Alive.
Classical guitarist Joseph Williams II is a celebrated performer, gifted composer, and passionate advocate for the arts. He has given concerts presented by the New England Conservatory, the Austin Classical Guitar Society and numerous music festivals, universities and concert series in the United States and abroad. In 2007, VGo Recordings released his debut CD The Eliot Fisk Guitar Series Volume One with fellow guitarist Steven Lin. He has won prizes in thirteen international guitar competitions, among them the 8th Annual Texas Guitar Competition in 2009, St. Joseph International Guitar Festival & Competition 2009 and 2005, Classical Minds Guitar Festival 2009, New England Conservatory Boston GuitarFest 2006.
Williams' compositions include music for orchestra, guitar, guitar ensembles, voice, and varied chamber combinations. In 2010, he was the Composer-in-Residence for the Austin Classical Guitar Society, and his music for young guitarists is published by guitarcurriculum.com. His work Austin Pictures was premiered in October of 2011 by the internationally acclaimed Miro String Quartet and a guitar orchestra of one hundred, conducted by Peter Bay.
In addition to his work as a performer and composer, William is a spirited ambassador of the arts. He regularly gives interactive performances and talks in schools and community centers. From 2005-2008, Williams was an Artist for the University of New Mexico Hospital Arts-in-Medicine Program, sharing music with patients and medical professionals throughout the hospital on a weekly basis.
Currently, Williams is completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, collaborating on community projects with the Austin Classical Guitar Society, and freelance composing, performing and teaching. He has been on the faculty of the University of New Mexico, Fort Lewis College, and Adams State College. He holds degrees from the University of New Mexico and the University of Arizona. His mentors include Adam Holzman, Thomas Patterson, and Michael Chapdelaine.
“It is a pleasure to hear a young player who plays his heart out and comes up with original ideas all his own. Joe is one of those rare guitarists who give this old romantic hope for the future of our beloved instrument. I look forward to lots more beautiful playing from this exceptional young talent.”
-Eliot Fisk, New England Conservatory (Boston, MA) and Mozarteum (Salzburg, Vienna)
Described by Soundboard Magazine as a "flawless musician, filled to the brim with polished technique," guitarist Alejandro Montiel enjoys a performing career that has taken him throughout the United States and Italy. He holds graduate degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the University of Texas where he studied with Julian Gray and Adam Holzman, respectively. Additionally, Alejandro has studied in master classes from the world’s greatest players and pedagogues which include David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Elliot Fisk, Ricardo Cobo, Lukasz Kuropaczewski and many more. Acclaimed guitar duo SoloDuo (Lorenzo Michelli & Matteo Mela) describe Alejandro’s playing as “beautiful” and Pepe Romero noted that Alejandro “understands music very well.” Dr. Montiel also received instruction from world-renowned chamber musicians, including baritone John Shirley-Quirk, cellist Nina Kotova, and Miró Quartet members Daniel Ching & John Largess.
In 2006 and 2007, Alejandro was a finalist in the Texas Guitar Competition & Festival. Also in 2006, his guitar quartet claimed first prize with "special merit" in the Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Festival & Competition. Besides being a regularly invited artist and faculty member in guitar festivals around Texas, Dr. Montiel also leads two full-time guitar studios at both Sam Houston State University and Lone Star College - Montgomery. A champion of new works for guitar, he premiered Drakesville Ballad, for violin and guitar by composer Brian Herrington, as well as a new revision of Elegy, a solo work by Trent Hannah. Alejandro also enjoys success as an arranger, as evidenced by his carefully orchestrated transcriptions of Isaac Albéniz's Suite Española.
In addition to being in demand as a chamber musician, Alejandro also performs as a founding member of the critically acclaimed Texas Guitar Quartet. Future projects include a recording of Handel and Corelli sonatas with violinist Alexandra Wenig, a recording of new works and transcriptions for guitar quartet, as well as his own feature solo debut recording. Alejandro resides in Houston, TX with his family.
Jonathan Dotson was born in the coastal town of St. Augustine, FL. He was raised around guitars and began performing professionally at the age of thirteen. While still in high school, Jonathan was featured on Jacksonville's public radio and television (WJXT).
Since leaving his hometown, Jonathan has studied with some of the nation's most esteemed pedagogues and performers, including Bruce Holzman, Adam Holzman, Andrew Zohn, and Mary Akerman. Jonathan is an avid supporter of new music for the guitar, and has performed several world premiers of brand new works by up and coming composers such as Daniel Nass, Justin Sharp, Brian Chamberlain, Marc Anthony Cruz, Joseph Eidson, and Andrew Dickenson.
Effectively bringing the classical guitar to a new and increasingly diverse audience, Jonathan has been a regular guest on Houston's KUHF public radio station's The Front Row program, as well as Austin's Fox 7 morning television program Good Day Austin. He has also been featured on Austin radio station KUT's Austin Music Minute with Theresa Ferguson, promoting his Classical Afternoon at the Spider House, a weekly informal classical guitar concert he gave every Sunday for eight months to critical acclaim and a loyal following. In addition, he has been a guest performer at many universities throughout Texas, including Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, Baylor University, Concordia University, and Sam Houston State University. In 2009, Jonathan served on the faculty of the Immanuel and Helen Ohlsan Texas Music Festival at the University of Houston's Moore School of Music.
Classical guitarist Isaac Bustos enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him all over the world, and is quickly becoming recognized as one of the top guitarists of his generation. The Boston Globe wrote “In warm, round tones, the notes of Bach cascaded from the guitar, every note correct and played without hesitation.” He has made several radio and television appearances, and has been invited to perform in some of the most prestigious festivals, including the Guitar Foundation of America Annual Convention, the Portland Guitar Festival, the St. Joseph International Guitar Festival, the Southwest Guitar Festival, Brownsville Guitar Festival and the Classical Minds Festival. Isaac has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain, The Baytown Symphony Orchestra, The Nicaraguan National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro JoAnn Falletta.
In the fall of 2008, Isaac released his debut CD, titled Caprichos y Sonatas, which was very well received by critics and audiences alike. He has performed several premieres of new music for guitar, including works by Peter Askim for solo guitar, Andrew Dickenson for four guitars, a work for two guitars and electronic sound effects by Jeremy Cumbo, and After Sylvius, a solo guitar work written for him by composer-guitarist Frank Wallace. In the summer of 2010, Bustos premiered a new guitar sonata commissioned and dedicated to him by American composer Peter Lieuwen.
Isaac holds a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of New Hampshire (where he was the only guitarist to ever receive full scholarship), and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman. Isaac is currently a member of the faculty of Texas A&M University’s Department of Performance Studies, where he is director of Guitar Studies.