The Columbus Guitar Society


The Columbus Guitar Society has, since 1992, presented the only concert series in the region dedicated to promoting the art of the classical guitar. Past seasons have included such luminaries as Jason Vieaux, John Holmquist, Roland Dyens, David Tannenbaum, David Leisner, Dale Kavanagh, The Falla Trio, Quaternaglia, The Pearl-Gray Duo, Carlos Perez, Stanley Yates, and many winners of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Solo Artist Competition. Concerts take place in the acoustically brilliant Huntington Recital Hall at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. See Maps and Details page for directions. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster as well as for purchase (cash,check, or credit card) at the door, one hour before concert start time.


Denis Azabagic is one of the most compelling classical guitarists on the international concert circuit today. He performs concerts around the globe, maintaining a balance between his solo recitals, chamber music with Cavatina Duo, and engagements as soloist with orchestras. Among the most decorated of living guitarists, he won twenty-four prizes at international competitions between 1992 and 1999, of which eleven were first prizes. Azabagic has recorded seven CDs as well as two DVDs for international labels. His recordings, broadcasts, and live performances are praised by critics for his elegant approach and unique way of communicating and reaching the hearts of his audiences. We are excited for Denis’ return to Columbus on 12 October 2013.

Christopher Wilke developed a love for music early in life. He went on to study guitar and composition at the College of Mt. St. Joseph and University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Most recently, he was a protégé of renowned lutenist Paul O’Dette at the Eastman School of Music. Several of Wilke’s compositions have been published by Les Productions d’Oz in Montreal. His recordings have been featured on international radio including NPR’s Sunday Morning Baroque. In addition to performances in Europe and North America, he has been a recent regular in continuo with our own Columbus Symphony Orchestra. 25 January 2014 welcomes Chris’ triumphant return to our stage as a soloist.

Denis Plante and David Jacques

Ah, love is in the air… Tango perhaps speaks to romantic love better than any other music. To that end, we present Denis Plante (bandoneón) and David Jacques (guitar) of Tango Boréal in richly sonorous duo. Jacques is a product of the Universities of Montreal and Laval; earned prizes in guitar and chamber music from the Quebec Conservatory; and has a résumé spanning performances in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania as well as sixteen commercially released recordings with diverse ensembles. Plante’s unique approach has made him one of Canada’s leading exponents of bandoneón as well as an esteemed figure on the world stage of contemporary tango. …And they bring their passionate art to Columbus on 15 February 2014.

Rovshan Mamedkuliev completed his education with honors from the Balakirev and Glinka Music Colleges in Russia. He has won more than twenty awards at international competitions, including Best Interpretation at the 41st Francisco Tarrega (Spain, 2007); First and Special Prizes at the 10th Leo Brouwer (France, 2009); First, People’s Choice, and Special Prizes at the 1st Heitor Villa-Lobos (Spain, 2011); and, of course, First Prize at the 30th prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Competition (USA, 2012). In his hands, the guitar is “able to convey the full range of human experience, a philosophical depth of monumental works,” as it—and Rovshan—will here, 12 April 2014.

Special Fundraising Events:

CGS Members’ Ensemble Concerts $5 General Admission

    Saturday, September 21, 8:00 p.m.

    Saturday, TBD March, 8:00 p.m.

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Guitar Ensemble,

$5 General Admission

    Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m.

Guitarist Peter Cary and the dancers of “Flamenco del Corazon”

$20/$15 General Admission

    Saturday, May 17, 8:00 p.m.

All performances are at 8 pm in Capital University’s Huntington Recital Hall.

Season tickets available from CAPA at 614-469-0939.

Individual tickets available from CAPA or

Check or 614-561-9204 for pending details.