Judicaël Perroy

Now highly sought after as a concert artist and pedagogue worldwide, Judicaël Perroy began his international career after winning the First Prize of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and Convention in 1997. The resulting tour of the United States and Canada, was only the beginning of what is now an extensive career. With numerous appearances in Europe and Asia, he is a highly regarded audience favourite and regular returning artist.
In great demand as a teacher, he is regularly invited to give master classes at the top conservatories and universities around the world. His students continue to win numerous top prizes in national and international competitions around the globe, while emerging as mature and rising stars of classical guitar in the international music scene.

Judicaël Perroy currently resides in Paris while he enjoys teaching at Lille’s ESMD (École Supérieure Musique et Danse Hauts-de-France- Lille) Nord-Pas-de-Calais a position he has held since 2010. He taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for 3 years where he took over the position held by Sergio Assad. In 2020 he was invited to replace Dušan Bogdanović at the Haute École de Musique Genéve where he is now principally active as a teacher. 

Multimedia concert and promotion of a CD by Krešimir Bedek & virtual talk with composer Ivana Kiš

Krešimir Bedek, guitar
Ivana Kiš: Supertramp's journal for guitar and video
Big John Campbell's last song

Photo credit: Liat Chen

Video animation: Roy Shapira

Both compositions belong to the field of program music. Composer Ivana Kiš dedicated them to Krešimir Bedek. Big John Campbell's last song is her first work for guitar, and the composition is unique in the guitar repertoire since it starts with a theatrical verbal introduction. Furthermore, it is also the first work of Croatian guitar composers for solo guitar in which a prepared instrument is being used. Big John Campbell's last song is nostalgically dedicated to the time of famous rock guitarists, and the program character is evident in the visual moments of the performance which at the end of the composition irresistibly remind of the spectacle that could often be witnessed on stages during rock concerts.

While the story about Big John Campbell is a fictional composition, Supertramp's journal is based on a true event - inspired by a diary written by Christopher McCandless, also known as Alexander Supertramp, who was writing during his tragic Alaska adventure without writing many words to describe emotions and experiences. Our renowned composer, who grew up in Samobor and currently lives and works in Israel, chose two Israeli artists for the visual component of the work - Liat Chen and Roya Shapiru. Inspired by selected quotes from Supertramp's diary and Bedek's interpretation of Ivana Kiš' music, academic artist Liat Chen made paintings for each of the ten movements, and Roy Shapira used her paintings to make a video animation as part of the composition. This big suite for guitar and video is about 40 minutes long and it is a significant work not only for Croatian music, but also worldwide because even the greatest compositions for guitar solo do not exceed thirty minutes, and compositions for guitar and video are rare.


Guitars in the Warmer World

The issues to be discussed relate to the impact of human activities and the consequences of global warming on the quality and availability of wood used for building guitars in the near future. Do we have to worry about the degradation of existing guitars? Are guitars critically endangered species? Different questions will be raised and possible solutions will be presented.

Get tickets for this event HERE. After that, you will receive a Zoom link.