Meet some of our friends and learn what they do!
Performer and composer Jan Bartlema (b. Zwolle, The Netherlands) studied at the music conservatories of Zwolle and Enschede under Pieter van der Staak and Jorge Oraison, then furthered his training with Czech Guitarist Milan Zelenka in Prague, with whom he collaborated on various concerts and radio performances in The Czech Republic and The Netherlands.
Jan has released two CDs featuring the works of van der Staak and Kruisbrink; additional chamber music CDs have been released by the Juerga ensemble and the Encuentro Guitar Quartet. Jan’s latest solo album “Oracion” was hailed by the Classical guitar magazine as “a master class in musical presentation and a must-have for all collectors of good classical guitar music”.
Along with solo recitals and guitar concerts in Europe, Canada, USA and China, Jan has frequently performed with orchestras, guitar and choir, guitar and organ, guitar and cello, guitar and piano/harpsichord, and as member of the chamber music group Juerga ensemble, consisting of a soprano, flute and two guitars. His numerous guitar compositions have been published with De Haske Publications in The Netherlands, Les productions d'Oz in Canada and Edition Daminus in Germany.
Currently Jan teaches music in the Music Teacher program at ROC Friese Poort in Drachten, The Netherlands.
Award-winning guitarist Joseph Palmer has earned a reputation as one of the most highly engaging and dynamic young performers on the American guitar scene. His performances have captivated audiences in cities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Serbia, and France.
Joseph earned degrees in music performance at Columbus State University (2009 B.M.), and the University of Texas at Austin (2011 M.M. & 2015 D.M.A.). In his later years of study, Palmer toured the competition circuit and was awarded eight 1st prizes in international guitar competitions, receiving seventeen awards including such contests as the Boston GuitarFest, Guitare Montreal, and the World Guitar Competition.
As an extension of his work with Austin Classical Guitar, Joseph is also the co-creator of the world’s first classical guitar educational resource for students with blindness/visual impairment, which launched in Summer 2018 (letsplayguitar.org).
In 2018, Joseph Palmer joined the acclaimed Texas Guitar Quartet (txgq.net). This fall, he joined the faculty of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as instructor of guitar in Belton, TX, where he also runs the annual Texas Guitar Conference.
Through his company, Fine Musical Instruments, Joe Burros sells guitars at locations all over New England and the North Jersey Region/Lehigh Valley Region, including Springfield, MA; Natick, MA; Acton, MA; North Reading, MA; North Kingston, RI, North Haven, CT; and Easton, PA. He also does home and teacher studio showings in New York City, and New England depending upon location, so that the player can benefit from the advice of his or her teacher before purchasing a guitar.
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