2018 Gohar and Ovanes Andriassian
Classical Guitar Competition and Festival
In the memory of Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian this annual competition is established. It is with great hopes that this event will bring together performers of the classical guitar in a supportive and
encouraging environment to share ideas and build friendships. It is also with the hopes that through this event, students will find means to deepen their
determination and strive to achieve their goals of becoming the best musicians.
Solo Classical Guitar Competition
Cash Prizes, Classical Guitar Prizes, Strings and Guitar Accessories
November 1, 2018
Competition and Festival Dates
November 9-11, 2018
Classical Guitar Ensemble Composition Competition
First Prize – Public Performance 2019 Awards Ceremony
November 1, 2018
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony November 12, 2017
Junior High & High School Classical Guitar Ensemble Clinic
A great opportunity for High School Classical Guitar Ensembles to perform and receive comments and feedback from master teachers.
MASTER CLASSES WITH MASTER TEACHERS
Spaces are limited! Registration Fees Required. Only 6 participants will be accepted!
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: SATIK ANDRIASSIAN, CAL STATE LA CLASSICAL GUITAR INSTRUCTOR AND COMPETION ORGANIZER AT firstname.lastname@example.org OR (818) 614-7826
Students enrolled in high schools, community colleges, universities, and music schools are invited to participate
Solo works from student’s repertoire: 5-10-minute duration. Must be a student enrolled in High School, Community College, University or Music School. Non-selected performers will receive certificates and other prizes. Competition will be held at California State University, Los Angeles
Satik Andriassian, Festival and Competition Director
Classical guitarist and ethnomusicology scholar Satik Andriassian is the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the distinguished Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars Award for her guitar performance and her scholarly achievements. Satik Andriassian is a lecturer of classical guitar at California State University Los Angeles where she runs a successful and progressive classical guitar studio and ensemble. Ms. Andriassian studied Classical guitar with Loris Chobanian, Sharon Isbin and Ron Purcell. Ms. Andriassian is Founder and Director of CSULA Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Festival and Competition. Since 2016, the festival has attracted many young talented classical guitarist participants and gained sponsorship of several major organizations and companies including Yamaha Guitars, La Bella Strings, Addario Strings, Guitar Solo International and California State University Entertainment Alliance. The 2018 Festival is proud to present the addition of Junior High and a High School Classical Guitar Clinic in addition to the Solo Competition, Composition Competition, masterclasses and concerts. Ms. Andriassian has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Players since 2009. Her solo career spans concertizing throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. She specializes in promoting new music written for the guitar by American composers and has performed works of George Crumb, Leslie Bassett and John M. Kennedy, among others. Since 2013 she has been the master guitar teacher at the renowned Malta International Music Festival and Competition where she serves as one of the committee of international judges for all instruments. In Italy she participates annually at the Settimana della Musica - Proloco Murlo as well as the Solarino Guitar Festival as a soloist, chamber music performer and teaching masterclasses. During the summer of 2018 she launched her first Guitar Ensemble European Tour, visiting and concertizing in several European cities, including London, Rome, Sicily and Malta. Currently, she is working on a Performers and Composers Workshop which will take place in Siena, Italy. Satik Andriassian resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, composer, John M. Kennedy and her two children, Taleen and Tadeh.
Sevag Derderian, Junior High and High School Chair; Festival and Competition Board of Advisory Member.
Sevag Derderian, an accomplished baritone, pianist and organist, is the founder and director of the Music Education Department of the Association of Armenian Church Choirs of the Western Diocese (AACCWD). During his time as Chairman, the AACCWD has launched two music scholarship funds, developed a music curriculum for the Christian Education Council & HyeCamp, held masterclasses, workshops, trainings, and expanded the online sacred music library. Currently, he is leading a project for the first comprehensive collection of Armenian Apostolic Church Hymns and variable compositions. A native parish member of Saint Peter Armenian Apostolic Church ( Van Nuys, CA), Derderian serves as a guest musical conductor and artistic director at his home parish where his concerts have attracted hundreds of parishioners with ever-expanding orchestral and choral works. Derderian is a proud board member of the CSULA Gohar & Ovanes Andriassian Classical Guitar Competition, Festival & Symposium and union member of the American Federation of Musicians (Local #47). Derderian pursued his vocal training with Professor Juliana Gondek of UCLA as well as Leslie Delehanty and Howard Austin.
John Kennedy, composition Competition Chair, Festival and Competition Head of Board of Advisory
American composer and scholar John M. Kennedy produces an eclectic range of work from mixed ensemble and solo pieces to multi-media compositions, reflecting his early background as a Rock and Jazz bassist. His Fulbright Scholar Award supported his invitation from the University of Malta to teach music composition and seminars on American music in 2017. Recent compositional highlights include two premieres at the 2018 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb; premiere of a work by a combined ensemble of the Malta Philharmonic and the Armed Forces Malta Band; “Solace” for solo ‘cello by Interensemble of Padova, Italy; and new music festivals in Bangkok, Thailand, Kwang-ju, Korea, and Daegu, Korea. His commissions include the Olympia Youth Orchestra, the Baldwin-Wallace College Wind Ensemble and the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. Early recognition for his work includes the Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Young Composer Award from ASCAP. His work receives continuing recognition from Meet the Composer, Inc., annual ASCAPlus Awards and Subito grants from the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles. For more information on his work, go to: www.johnmkennedy.net, or follow him on social media; #compose4food, @composerkennedy.