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.
A richly gifted composer, improviser and guitarist,Dušan Bogdanović has explored musical languages that are reflected in his style today- a unique synthesis of classical, jazz and ethnic music. As a soloist and in collaboration with other artists, Dušan Bogdanović has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. His performing and recording activities include work with chamber groups of diverse stylistic orientations including The Falla Guitar Trio and jazz collaborations with James Newton, Milcho Leviev, Charlie Haden, Miroslav Tadic, Mark Nauseef, Anthony Cox and others. He has over fifty published compositions ranging from guitar and piano solo works to chamber and orchestral ensembles (Berben, GSP, Doberman-Yppan et al.), as well as close to twenty recordings ranging from Bach Trio Sonatas to contemporary works (Intuition, GSP, Doberman-Yppan, M.A. Recordings et al.).
Martha Masters first achieved international recognition in 2000 when she won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. That same year she also won the Andres Segovia International Competition in Linares, Spain, and was named a finalist in the Alexandre Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz, Poland.Since then, Ms. Masters has been active as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist around the world. Her 2015/2016 season included appearances at festivals and on concert series through the United States, Germany, Poland, Russia, and China.
Masters 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.
Ms. Masters is currently on the guitar faculty of Loyola Marymount University and California State University Fullerton, and is president of the Guitar Foundation of America. She has five recordings on the Naxos and GSP labels, and has published books three books with Mel Bay Publications and Alfred Music.
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. In teaching and coaching, Gretchen specialises in the Michael Chekhov Technique, receiving teaching certification from the Michael Chekhov Association and having studied extensively with Michael Chekhov London, NYC, and Europe, as well as being a member of Michael Chekhov UK and contributing to the recent New Pathways research project, symposium and book at Goldsmiths. Gretchen also teaches various other methodologies and approaches to acting as well as directing theatre and experimental film.
Michèle Swennen received her education in Brussels in Jaques-Dalcroze rythmics, theater, and classical dance with Marina van Hoeck, and contemporary dance with Renate Peter. She also studied contemporary dance in Paris with Peter Goss, Betty Jones and Fritz Luddin, Michel Nourkil, Karin Waehner, and in New York with Jennifer Muller and Luis Falco.
In 1985, after returning to Belgium from the United States, she created the first center for contemporary dance in Brussels: “Flagrant Délit”. In this framework she further developed her work, becoming an affirmed choreographer and pedagogue.