Manitoba Classical Guitar Duo
*Featuring Skender Sefa and Michael Daher
June 18, 2011 | 8 p.m. Saturday
The Manitoba Classical Guitar Duo's first full length CD recording "MCGD - Recital" was released in June 2008 on the GFI Masterworks label.
Skender Sefa is a professional classical guitarist with four full length classical guitar CDs on the GFI Masterworks, Uncontrollable Records and Marquis Record Labels. He teaches classical guitar performance and music theory at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts and is a Director of the Winnipeg Music Festival and the President of the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society. In recognition of his career in classical guitar performance, Skender has received awards from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council. In addition to performing, teaching and recording, Skender is an active music adjudicator/clinician.
Michael Daher regularly performs both as a soloist and in ensemble including performances with the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Opera Association. Michael has performed in Masterclasses with world renown artists including Leo Brouwer, and Christopher Parkening.
Recent highlights include adjudicating the classical guitar portion of the Brandon Music Festival and performing as a featured performer at the annual guitar festival headed by virtuoso guitarist Christopher Parkening in Montana. Michael owns Goodfellas Productions where he engineers and produces CD's ranging from rock to classical genres. Michael is also the president of GFI Masterworks, a classical music label responsible for the productions of many Winnipeg artists' albums. Michael teaches classical guitar performance and music theory at the University of Manitoba School of Music through the Preparatory Division and at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts. Michael is the vice-President of the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society and is a past president.
Michael is also a featured performer on a recently released new chamber music CD on the Marquis Classics Record Label titled "Sefarad" featuring music by Winnipeg composer Sid Robinovitch and performed by several well known artists from Winnipeg.