WHAT: Jessie Acker-Johnson and Vijay Meunier, classical guitar
WHERE: Collins Library, Downtown Tallahassee
WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Vijay Meunier and Jessie Acker-Johnson were Concert Prize Winners of the 2014 CGST International Guitar Competition held in December of 2014.
Vijay Meunier is a classical guitarist from Austin, TX, currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from Florida State University. In high school, he was a member of the McCallum HS Chamber Guitar Ensemble, and studied privately with Jon Dotson and Joe Williams, members of the acclaimed Texas Guitar Quartet. In his freshman year, Vijay received the Texas Young Masters award from the Texas Commission on the Arts, allowing him to travel to the Domaine Forget guitar festival in Canada, the Iserlohn festival in Germany, as well as various guitar events around the U.S. Vijay has been awarded top prizes in guitar competitions around the country, including 1st prize in the youth division of the 2012 Texas Guitar Competition in Dallas, TX and 1st prize in the undergraduate division of the 2013 Mississippi Guitar Festival in Hattiesburg, MS.
Vijay will perform works by Antonio Lauro, J.S. Bach, Fernando Sor, and Manuel Ponce.
Jesse Acker-Johnson is an active performer, composer, and teacher in the California, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Florida music scene. Jesse Acker-Johnson first began to play and study music as a young teenager. He played in rock and jazz ensembles as an electric guitarist before concentrating on classical music. While studying to earn his B.A. in Philosophy, he began studies in classical guitar With Michael Chapdelaine at the University of New Mexico. He then continued his studies with Marc Teicholz while studying to earn his B.A. in composition from California State University East Bay. Jesse recently graduated with a master’s degree in classical guitar performance where he studied with Eliot Fisk at The New England Conservatory. Together with Mr. Fisk, Jesse is currently compiling collections of Renaissance lute music transcribed for guitar.
Jesse has performed in America and Italy. His concert venues include play in churches, community centers, resting home, museums, private homes, and recital and concert halls. His compositions range from solo guitar and piano to use of electronic media and site-‐specific recordings. Mr. Acker‐Johnson is a dedicated and committed educator. He actively engages in outreach within his community, spreading the word of music and the guitar to listeners young and old, and while giving lessons and classes. Jesse is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical guitar at Florida State University studying with Bruce Holzman.
“Jesse Acker‐Johnson….smart, talented and searching. Frequently find ng something of deep meaning from his seeking and work and we get to hear it manifest as beauty coming from his guitar.”-Michael Chapdelaine
“Jesse Acker-Johnson: a guitarist of great promise blessed with an inquiring mind and a warm musical soul.”-Eliot Fisk
Jessie will perform works by Heitor Villa Lobos, Frank Martin, Anthony Holborne, and David Bowie.