Powell River Academy of Music

Pierre BeaudryPierre Beaudry, guitar

…has an exceptionally clean touch and produces tones clear as a bell, both of which are important in playing Bach’s compositions…
-Jakarta Post, Indonesia

Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM | James Hall

Admission $20 - Students 18 & under free with student ticket voucher
SAVE with the Six-Concert ticket package - $100


Tickets are also available:

• at the Academy Box Office – 7280 Kemano Street, Monday – Thursday 9:30 - 4:30
• by phone at 604 485 9633
• and at the door 30 minutes before the concert

Pierre BeaudryGuitarist Pierre Beaudry performs through the world. His extensive concert career takes him to Europe, North America, China and South East Asia, where his solo performances are acclaimed both by the public and the press. The critics have rewarded him for his interpretations of Baroque, Modern and Avant-garde music.

In addition to receiving numerous grants from the Quebec Arts Council, he is a prize winner of the International Music Competition of Finale Ligure in Italy. He studied in Germany at the Cologne Music Academy (Artist Diploma, with Honors), in France at the Paris Conservatory of Music (1st Prize) and at the Nice Conservatory of Music (1st Prize). His most important teachers have been Ako Ito, Alexandre Lagoya, Hubert Käppel and pianist Marc Durand. His interpretations are also marked by long-term studies of musicology and performance practice.

Since 2001, due to a major mechanical disorder in the spine, Pierre Beaudry is forced nearly all the time to play guitar in an orthostatic position, i.e. standing up. This position is absolutely unused in modern classical guitar. He never stopped giving concerts and he gave his first performance standing up, in solo, in France on May 18th, 2006.

In the period from 1993 to 2009, he has been on the faculty of three universities in Quebec, Canada (Concordia, Bishop's and Sherbrooke). He founded a guitar school in the Laurentians.


Koyunbaba (Suite for Guitar)
Carlo Domeniconi
(b. 1947)
This piece based on Turkish themes was written by the German composer Carlo Domeniconi for a guitar tuned like an Indian cithara. Much influenced by Middle East culture, he also integrates elements of minimal music, especially in the last movement.
El Decameron Negro  (The black Decameron)
  The warrior’s harp
  The lovers’ escape through the echo valley
  The ballad of the loving lady
Leo Brouwer
(b. 1939)
This piece from the cuban composer Leo Brouwer consists of three ballads inspired by African stories. Themes are based on Yoruba musical language from West Africa.
Preludes and Etudes (selected) Heitor Villa-Lobos
The guitar music of Heitor Villa-Lobos is marked by several cultures of Brazil: Indian songs, Bahia rhythms, African harmony and popular Portugese urban songs, including la modinha (love song) and the chôros (seresta or serenade, free and improvised, whose melodies are Portugese and the rhythms African). Villa-Lobos has created masterpieces of great originality and poetry.
(Études Pierre Beaudry’s version, based mostly on the 1928 recording)
Invocatión y Danza Joaquín Rodrigo
Communicating a mystical ritual, Joaquín Rodrigo has written this piece to pay tribute to Manuel de Falla.