The Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni, Classical Guitar Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel), enjoys a truly international career, both as a performing artist and as a pedagogue, performing extensively in Europe, Russia, North and South America and the far East, both as recitalist and soloist.
She was the founder and chair of the Guitar Department at the Juilliard Pre-College Division (where she also taught for 10 years), an adjunct professor at the Columbia University as well as Artist –in-Residence with San Francisco Performances where for 5 years she gave semi-annual performances, master classes and workshops for a diverse group of students and audiences. For her International achievements, the Royal Academy of Music in London awarded her with the honorary position of Associate Professor (ARAM).
As a performing artist who has lived and worked in both the U.S. and in Europe, the Volterra Project’s Founder and Artistic Director, Antigoni Goni, has a long and in-depth experience with both the cultural differences between these societies, and with the universal climate of competition that exists in traditional guitar training programs.
Ricardo Gallén is a distinguished guitarist with a continuously flourishing career. His inspiring and innovative interpretations place him on the top musicians, while his revolutionary and influential playing and teaching is the best proof of his quality. “Immense creativity and virtuosity, which is sensed by just looking at his hands”, the words of Maestro Leo Brouwer raise Ricardo Gallén to a level of mastery very rarely seen.
His rare combination of virtuosity and musicianship has captivated audiences around the world in solo recitals, duets or with orchestras in great concert halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Auer Hall in Indiana University and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki among others.
David Jaggs attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under the direction of Antonio Albanes.
After graduating with distinction David was privileged to become a private student of Manuel Barrueco at his home in New Jersey, USA during 1987 and 1988.
Following many recitals, concerto performances and radio/television appearances David began to expand his musical experience and worked in a range of different styles away from classical music including nylon strung guitar session work, and electric guitar orchestral pit work. Over the years David has produced a highly successful range of eight “easy listening” albums.
Olga George has studied Acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, IPA Speech Training system under Sousan Finch and Pamela Prather in New York, Classical and Modern dance at the American College of Greece as well as Kinesiology and Mime at the Atelier de Movement of Monika Pagneux and Phillippe Gaulier in Paris. She has worked as a group coordinator of Goal Achievement and Self-expression through expression and speech, and has been an acting coach to actors and other professionals.
She was trained under Anthony Robbins and in cooperation with the Academy of Self-Improvement in Zurich, and under Mike George at the BK World Spiritual University.
She has worked as a group coordinator of Goal Achievement and Self-expression through expression and speech, and has been an acting coach to actors and other professionals.
Michèle Swennen is the woman behind the first contemporary dance Center in Brussels: "Flagrant Délit", and is today a renowned Limon technique teacher and an amazing artist! Currently teaching at the Dalcroze institute and at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Michèle Swennen will bring all of her experience and her highly personal perspective on body posture, movement and physiology to the Volterra Project