Robert Bekkers, Classical Guitarist
The musical education of Dutch guitarist Robert Bekkers started with general music theory, recorder, French horn and trumpet - the guitar entered when he turned 14 with a self-constructed instrument. Soon after he discovered his love for this instrument, Robert decided to pursue a career as a guitarist and earned his performing and teaching degrees (Bachelor and Master of Music) at the Conservatory of Maastricht. During the seven years there, he won a scholarship to study contemporary music with Angelo Gilardino in Italy. He has received master classes for internationally-known guitarists such as David Russell and Pepe Romero, as well as many others.
After his initial education, Robert developed his career as a soloist and chamber musician, playing with orchestras, choirs, and giving solo recitals. Several years later, he was given an opportunity to further his education through an invitation by visionary artist Eliot Fisk, with whom he completed his Doctor in Musical Arts (DMA) in classical guitar at the New England Conservatory.
As a teacher, Robert Bekkers is affiliated with the nationally renowned South Shore Conservatory in Hingham (MA), the corporate music school of Yamaha in Lexington, and as guitar instructor on the faculty of Gordon College in Wenham (MA).
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Tye Austin is an international award-winning classical guitarist and composer based in New York City. Within a decade of picking up the instrument, he has performed solo at Carnegie Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall, the United Nations, US French Embassy, and he's been interviewed by NBC News, Psychology Today, and live on NPR. Tye adores the guitar, and he wants to share his passion with the world.
A portion of the seating for this concert will be devoted to high school students from the SouthCoast area. 100 seats will be given to these students for free. Please donate and support youth musicians to attend this concert for free.
Tye will also designed an entrepreneurial workshop for these students to be taught after the concert. The workshop will include: How to become a freelance musician, how to combine skills to diversify opportunities, fundamentals of online marketing and web-design, branding your music and image, and much, much more.
Six String Music Company and Good Night Rider Productions Present: An evening of conversation and music with Mike Stern. Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 8:00 pm at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus auditorium.
It is not very often you get the chance to listen to the music of one of the greatest guitarists of our time, and the opportunity to hear him tell his personal musical story.
Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy-nominated American jazz guitarist. After playing with Blood, Sweat, and Tears, he worked with drummer Billy Cobham, and then with trumpeter great Miles Davis before venturing out on his solo career, releasing more that a dozen albums.
Stern was named Best Jazz Guitarist of 1993 by Guitar Player Magazine, and in 2009 was listed by Down Beat's list of 75 best jazz guitarist of all time.
Don't miss this special evening! Help promote this type of programming that will encourage and engage local high school students with an experience of a live performance for free. A portion from this program will support free tickets for local youth youth musicians, and to help foster and further develop the UMass Dartmouth Music Department.