During his student years at USC (1980-1986), he studied with Pepe Romero, James Smith and was a chosen performer in the USC Segovia Masterclasses of 1981 and 1986. He has authored several books and articles on guitar technique, including the best-seller Pumping Nylon, which has attained a “cult” classic status. It has become a standard text in conservatory and university guitar programs around the world.
Tennant has made numerous recordings as a soloist on the GHA, Delos and GSP labels, and with the LAGQ he has recorded for GHA, Delos, Sony Classical, Windham Hill, Deutsche Grammophon and Telarc labels. Their Telarc release LAGQ Latin was nominated for a Grammy award, and it was their current Telarc title LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes that won a Grammy as the best classical crossover recording of 2005. Tennant is best known for his performances of Spanish music, and his recordings of the music of Joaquín Rodrigo.
Registration form for performers and auditors is available here.
Performer: $40 CAD and must be a VGS member
Performance Level: strong artistic proficiency.
Three (3) performers will be chosen to present by Artistic Director, Dr Alexander Dunn. Video submission deadline of March 13th.
Auditor - $10 CAD for non-members and free for members (still have to register, skip payment form)
n.b. auditors can observe Masterclass and submit questions for Technique Q&A
VGS has recently upgraded its "purpose" as a BC registered non-profit society and registered with Revenue Canada as a charity. These changes will expand our potential to reach various communities and also provide more options for the community at large to support us.
Purpose under the VGS Constitution
To advance the public’s appreciation of the arts by:
- providing high-quality public performances of classical guitar
- making classical guitar accessible to the public through the delivery of outreach programs
- providing musical development through workshops, master classes, and public music events, and
- undertaking activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the above-mentioned charitable purpose
Online Recital Monday Aug. 17 7-9pm (PST)
Online Masterclass Friday Aug. 21 3:30-5:30pm (PST)
(tickets available in summer)