Boston Classical Guitar Society
The Boston Classical Guitar Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate for the classical guitar through performance, education, and community building. Since its founding in 1977, the BCGS has presented leading guitarists in concerts and masterclasses while frequently supporting local competitions, ensembles, and festivals, including Festival 21 and Boston GuitarFest.
The BCGS regularly hosts member performance parties and facilitates interaction among Boston area professionals, students, aficionados, and audiences. The BCGS Artist Series is the foremost classical guitar concert program in the Boston area. Recent artists have included Gabriel Bianco, Jorge Caballero, Cavatina Duo, Eliot Fisk, Paul Galbraith, Katona Twins, David Leisner, Quarteto Vivace Brasil, Gyan Riley, Hopkinson Smith, Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, and Xuefei Yang. The BCGS is also a partner of the Hingham Sunday Sounds Series, which features local professionals.
A new cornerstone of the BCGS is the Boston Guitar Orchestra, a community based amateur ensemble that is committed to the promotion of the arts in the New England area through the performance and creation of works for guitar ensemble while building an inclusive community of participants and audiences. With regularly scheduled rehearsals, the BGO is also an educational tool with which the interested performers hone their musical skills. In only its third season, the BGO one of the largest guitar orchestras in the US.
Essential support comes from the Augustine Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, the D’Addario Music Foundation, La Bella Strings, Union Music, and other sponsors, donors, and members. View the BCGS by-laws.
The BCGS Board
Daniel Acsadi, Director
Through his acclaimed performances, arrangements, and teaching, Dan Acsadi is a passionate advocate for both the guitar and the music of his native Hungary. Dan’s arrangements encompass art and folk music of the 18th through 21st centuries, innovatively expanding the guitar’s repertoire. He is firmly committed to the guitar as a versatile chamber music instrument, performing regularly with voice, viola, violin, flute, string quartet, and guitar ensemble. Beginning his musical studies at age six, Dan earned his M.M. from New England Conservatory (NEC) and B.A. from Cornell University, where he double majored in music and economics. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at NEC with Eliot Fisk. Dan has previously studied with Pablo Cohen and John Hall, and has performed in the masterclasses of Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, Eduardo Fernandez, and Adam Holzman. Dan maintains a diverse teaching studio in the Boston area and is on the faculty of Bridgewater State University, Powers Music School (Belmont), and the New School of Music (Cambridge). Email, website.
George Ward, Director of Hingham Guitar Series, Layout & Design, and Trustee
A long time member and trustee of the Boston Classical Guitar Society, George Ward is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston and works as a freelance book illustrator. He is an active board member and produces the BCGS quarterly newsletter and the Hingham Public Library Concert Series started in 1998. George and his wife Kit have two sons in college and live in the historic district of Lowell with their Blue Heelers, Tilly and Trevor. Email.
Thuy Wagner, Treasurer
Will Riley, Newsletter Editor
William Riley maintains an active schedule as guitarist and educator. Currently a lecturer and the director of classical guitar studies at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, he is also on the music faculty of New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and teaches a large studio of young guitarists as Director of the Childbloom Guitar Program of Boston. As a performer, Mr. Riley has won top prizes and been a finalist and semi-finalist in several national and international solo competitions. A frequent performer as both a soloist and chamber musician, William Riley has also recorded and premiered several new works for solo guitar, including Remembrances of Jerusalem by Israeli composer Lior Navok, for which he was praised for his “insightful playing” by Classical Net and called a “fine soloist” by American Record Guide. William Riley holds a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Adam Holzman. He then received a scholarship to study with world-renowned virtuoso Eliot Fisk at New England Conservatory, where he received his Master of Music degree with honors. Email, website.
Scott Borg, Director of Boston Guitar Orchestra
With a string of international scholarships and awards under his belt, Australian guitarist Scott Borg has been praised as a daring and innovative artist with “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique, who plays with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity.” As a winner of Artists International, New York Concert Review described his Carnegie Hall Debut as “gracefully presented, and expertly played…each note was purposeful and focused, as was each was rest.” His previous engagements have included performances and master-classes throughout the Americas and Asia. Currently a candidate in the doctoral program at NEC under the tutelage of Maestro Eliot Fisk, Borg previously received degrees from Yale University and the Juilliard School. Email.