Prize-winning classical guitarist to play



Michael LeFevre

COLLEGE PLACE -- Local classical guitarist Michael LeFevre will perform from 4-5 p.m. Sunday in the Melvin. K. West Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Walla Walla University campus, 204 S. College Ave.

LeFevre began formal classical guitar studies at 15 at the Willoughby School of Fine Arts in Northeast Ohio with George Gecik. He studied with George Bachmann at Kent State University and Steve Novacek at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

In 1993 he took first prize at both the Northwest Guitar Festival and Portland Guitar Festival Competitions and began teaching guitar in Seattle.

In 1995 he took first prize at the International Guitar Congress competition in Corfu, Greece.

In 2001, he was awarded the Northwest Young Artist Award-Tour Prize, which provided him the opportunity to perform outreach concerts in smaller towns throughout Washington state.

In addition to solo performances in venues such as Seattle's Benaroya Hall in 2008, LeFevre has performed with diverse ensembles including the Seattle Opera, the Seattle Guitar Trio and with the St. Helen's String Quartet.

He has received grants to promote classical music in lecture-demonstrations in public schools, nursing homes and community centers. He is also a teacher of the guitar, having been on the faculty of the National Guitar Workshop between 2001-2004 and head of the classical guitar program at Cornish College of the Arts from 2007-2009. The recital is free. For details, call 527-2561.


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