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 Manuel Barrueco, Gabriel Bianco, Jorge Caballero, Cavatina Duo, Yamandu Costa, Duo Melis, Eliot Fisk, Paul Galbraith, Sharon Isbin, Katona Twins, David Leisner, David Russell, Hopkinson Smith, Pavel Steidl, Ana Vidovic, Jason Vieaux, Kazuhito Yamashita, 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
Dr. 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 D.M.A. and M.M. from New England Conservatory (NEC) and B.A. from Cornell University, where he double majored in music and economics. Dan studied with Eliot Fisk, Pablo Cohen and John Hall, and has performed in the masterclasses of Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, Eduardo Fernandez, and Adam Holzman. He maintains a teaching studio in the Boston area and is on the faculty of Longy School of Music of Bard College, Tufts University, and Powers Music School (Belmont). 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.
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.
Juan Oscar Azaret, Performance Party Coordinator
A native of Cuba, Oscar Azaret immigrated to the United States in the early 60’s, and has lived in Miami, East Tennessee, California, and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee where he studied engineering and mathematics. For over 3 decades Oscar Azaret held a variety of design, architecture, and management positions with domestic and international teams for companies including Bell Telephone Laboratories, AT&T, and LSI Corporation, primarily in the fields of communication systems and semiconductors.
A long-time member and trustee of the Boston Classical Guitar Society, Oscar Azaret’s involvement with the guitar dates back to the early exposure in his native Cuba as well as the bluegrass and folk traditions of East Tennessee, rock and roll and folk music of the 60’s and 70’s, and family links to Spain and Flamenco music. He has been studying and honing the craft and science of guitar building for the past twenty years. Oscar Azaret now builds classical guitars professionally, and is also active as an adjunct professor of electrical engineering with institutions including University of New Hampshire, ITT Technical Institute, and Northern Essex Community College. Passionate of the sound, aesthetics, and science of the classical guitar, Oscar Azaret strives to go beyond the craft and explore the underlying physics which endow the classical guitar with its enduring human appeal. He has lectured on this topic at various universities and institutions as well as at Martin Guitars in Nazareth Pennsylvania.
Oscar Azaret coordinates our Society’s performance parties. He and his wife Leslie live in North Andover MA, and have two children – Julian and Lydia. Email.
Kim Perlak, Board Member
Charles Ewing, Membership Director
Mark Small, Board Member
Mark Small is a guitarist, composer, and music journalist, and earned classical guitar performance degrees from New England Conservatory and California State University at Fullerton. He is a staff member at Berklee College of Music serving as editor of Berklee today magazine. He has released eight recordings and has published his compositions and arrangements with Mel Bay and Clear Note Publications. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet commissioned him to arrange Pat Metheny’s “Letter From Home,” which appeared on their Grammy-winning album “Guitar Heroes” and on the “LAGQ Live” DVD.
Rocco Bombardieri, Treasurer