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.
Giampaolo Bandini - Cesare Chiacchiaretta Duo, guitar and bandoneon, formed in 2002 pursuing the clear aim to propose Argentine music through the charm and magic of its most representative instruments. The duo immediately became an important point of reference in the international concert circuit thanks to their great communicative joined to an extraordinary charisma. Invited by the most important festivals and theaters in the world, they have toured in more than 50 countries outstanding critical and audience approval.
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.
Gianluca Reggiani studied the method of Jacques Lecoq and graduated from the Theater School in Bologna . Immediately after obtaining this diploma he began his journey as Actor Director Teacher continuing his training and specializing attending numerous seminars, workshop and courses with international renowned master teacher and artist. These experiences brought him around the world from Paris to Moscow, to new York. Very important for his training was the study of disciplines like Bio Dance, Thai Chi, Hata Yoga and in particular of Aikido of which he is a black belt. He integrates in its professional work the research and the study of some oriental disciplines and of new technique of integration between body and mind that do not exclude the spirit. A professional theater and cinema actor, and theater director, Gianluca Reggiani is today a renowned acting teacher leading a large variety of workshops, courses,and seminars in theater and acting.
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.