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.
Award-winning classical guitarist and composer Laura Snowden was handpicked by Julian Bream to give the Bream Trust concert at Wigmore Hall in 2015 and 2017, including world premieres by Olli Mustonen and Julian Anderson, commissioned by the Trust. She was the first guitarist to graduate from the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, where guitar tuition was made possible by a donation from the Rolling Stones. She was invited by guitarist John Williams to perform at Shakepeare’s Globe with her folk ensemble Tir Eolas, and recently recorded Lisa Streich’s new guitar concerto Augenlider with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
Acclaimed by The New York Times for “effortless virtuosity with intelligence and good taste,” by El Nuovo Dia (Puerto Rico) as a “magnificent North American guitarist, full of virtuosity, magnificent technical precision, and a masterfully delivered diverse range of sound,” and by Maestro Andrés Segovia as “a magnificent guitarist, one of the most brilliant guitarists of our times,” Stephen Robinson tours extensively as a recitalist, collaborative artist, and orchestral soloist. He performs at leading institutions and festivals worldwide and has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras.
Stephen Robinson has garnered numerous international and national awards, fellowships and grants, including several from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served as a Fulbright Fellow to Canada, and has been honored twice by Stetson University’s Hand Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity for his unparalleled performances and recordings.
Stephen Robinson is Professor of Music at Stetson University, where he founded and has directed the Guitar Program since 1983. His alumni have excelled in the finest graduate programs of Yale University, The Eastman School of Music, The Peabody Conservatory, Florida State University, and University of Southern California, among others, and many now hold prominent positions in the professional world.
Stephen Robinson resides in Florida with his wife, Patrece, and together they have raised four sons and have four grandchildren. He performs exclusively with D’Addario Strings and plays a 2013 Antonius Müller guitar.
Involved in the performing arts industry since 1980, Patrece Robinson has led a diverse career in academia, administration and the not-for-profit sectors. With extensive professional experience as educator, career adviser, performing arts presenter, artist representative, business manager, and success coach, she is dedicated to guiding individuals with their academic, artistic and career pursuits in developing fulfilling and sustainable careers.
As Adjunct Professor of Music at Stetson University in Florida from 2002 until her retirement in 2015, Ms. Robinson taught Career Skills for the Entrepreneurial Musician.
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.
Gretchen Egolf is an actor, director, and teacher, currently a Lecturer in Acting at London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, and The Actors Centre. She has also taught at RADA and Brunel University, as well as in her own independent studio practice. Gretchen trained at Juilliard (concurrent with Antigoni Goni) and has performed to critical acclaim in theatre, film, and television, in both America and the UK. She has appeared on and off Broadway and in and off the West End, as well as in theatres across the US. Her screen work is extensive, mostly in American television.
Nicole Bachel is Austrian-born, lived most of her adult life in the United States and currently resides in Brussels.
She has split her recent professional careers between luthier work, mostly repairing guitars, and as a Shiatsu practitioner. Her TCM-based Shiatsu Therapy training, completed in 2008, included the study of macrobiotics and the energetics of food, from which she draws to promote a balanced wholefoods diet.
She started her Qigong studies in 2004 via a certified instructor of the Healing Tao in Delaware, USA, and gives occasional individual and group instruction of seated and moving meditation.