Pieter Nanne Groot
As president, programmer and guardian of the objective of Foundation Gitaarsalon Pieter Nanne is directly involved in the development and content of this Platform for the guitar. A guitarist at heart who by its versatility knows how to combine the different style attributes to a beautiful language that’s his own.
A finished Bachelor at the Amsterdam Conservatory, for two years at the Hilversum Conservatory department jazz and improvisation, two years private Flamenco lessons with Eric Vaarzon Morel, one year tango guitar with Kay Sleking and supplemented with various master classes which has made him a guitarist who let the instrument speak for him. (www.pieternanne.nl; www.gitaarsalon.nl)
In addition to his organizational tasks and administrative activities, he is still active as a guitar teacher and performer in different combinations to which recently The Guitar Road show is added.
Z.o.o. guitar duo (Marion Schaap en Peter Constant)
… has been described in Classical Guitar magazine as “premiere league quality”. Comprising the virtuoso talents of Peter Constant (Australian) and Marion Schaap (Dutch), both ‘Master of Music’ graduates of Yale University, the duo has built an international reputation over the past 20 years. Peter and Marion ran the guitar faculties of Melbourne University from 1992-1998, before moving to Holland where they are currently based (Almere). They have performed at countless podia and festivals in Europe, America en Asia, and appear on some 15 CD releases on various labels including Move Records, ABC Classics en Naxos.
The duo ‘Z.o.o.’ are prolific arrangers, from the music of Bach, Scarlatti, Vivaldi through to guiding and encouraging the many composers who have written especially for them. Z.o.o. guitar duo have long been leading exponents of ‘new generation’ guitars, such as luthiers Greg Smallman, Paul Sheridan, Jeroen Hilhorst, Graham Caldersmith. These include a unique collection of ‘guitar family’ instruments, which add new, rich tonal possibilities to the duo’s musical palette.
Peter and Marion are widely known as inspirational work in the field of guitar ensembles. They are the artistic directors of Stichting Gitaarorkest Nederland, and have led both the Netherlands and European Youth Guitar Orchestras with soloists including guitar ‘legend’ Pepe Romero. They have appeared as soloists with JGO Baden-Württenburg (Helmut Oesterreich), the Swiss Guitar Ensemble and various other leading guitar ensembles. Peter en Marion recently led an ensemble of 1,000 guitarists in the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, during the World Culture Festival 2011. Their annual ‘gitaarspektakel’ concerts are an established highlight on the Dutch guitar calendar.
As young as 11, Frank started his musical career at the Waalwijkse Muziekschool. His passion: the guitar. After finishing highschool, Frank can finally focus on music fulltime. He continues his studies at the Brabants conservatorium, under the auspices of Hein Sanderink. In 1996, Frank graduates with distinction as a Teacher of Music, a degree that enables him to teach in Drunen’s Music School Aleph today.
In the aftermath of his studies, Frank attends several masterclasses, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Amongst others, he studies with Raphaella Smits (Belgium), David Russell (Scotland), Roberto Aussel (Argentinia) and Laura Young (Canada). In 1998, Frank completed his Master studies. In 1995, Duolisme is born, when Frank and Peter Thissen start their collaboration, travelling across the globe to England, Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Netherlands Antilles, Malaysia and Scotland, where they taught a masterclass at the Music Academy in Glasgow in 2008. Duolisme also performed during the 18th edition of Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany. During this time, Duolisme has recorded four CD’s, each in a distinct and individual style: La Guitarra Poética (2000), Ornamenten (2004), Retratos (2004) Dreams, Rest and Motion (2008), an album containing Latin American music and a Gary Ryan composition, written specifically for this album.
Unfortunately, after fifteen years of fruitful collaboration, health problems have forced Peter Thissen to put an end to his career as a performing guitarist. Consequently, Frank Lamm now performs as a solo artist. Frank recorded two CD ’s Garoeda (2011) symbolizes his transition from a duo-player to a solo performer and PÄRT II (2014). Recently Frank is also member of The Guitar Road show (2014).