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Internationally acclaimed guitarist to perform at Wofford

Thursday, January 29, 2004

SPARTANBURG, SC – Dimitri Illarionov, the 2002 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar Competition, the most prestigious recognition in classical guitar, will perform as a featured artist in Wofford College’s Troubadour Series on Feb. 12.

The 7 p.m. performance will be in the Papadopoulos Building on the Wofford College campus. The event is open to the public and free to the Wofford community. A contribution of $10 to the Series is suggested for non-Wofford adults; $5 for seniors; all students are invited free.

Illarionov studied under Oleg Nazerenko and at the College of the Moscow State Conservatory with Natalia Dmitrieva. In 1997 he entered Alexander Frauchi’s class at the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music, home of the country’s most respected guitar program.

He has been honored by Queen Paola of Belgium, where in 2000 he won a major European competition sponsored by Kiwanis International. Other first prizes have been garnered in Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic. In the 2002 Guitar Foundation competition he was selected first over 86 artists from all over the world. He has a Laureate Series recording with Naxos records, as well as a 2003 CD with Paul Gerrits, Editions Doberman-Yppan. Mel Bay Publications of Tennessee has produced a video of one of his recent performances.

The Wofford Troubadour Series hosts seven artists a year in honor and memory of Carl Sandburg’s love of the Spanish classical guitar. Sandburg was nicknamed “the Old Troubadour” by Frank Lloyd Wright. For more information on the Series please go to http://webs.wofford.edu/akersjc.