Classical Guitarist, Lukasz Kuropaczewski, Poland

For the fourth performance of the 2017-2018 Season, we invite you to the Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda, MD to hear classical guitarist, Lukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland) perform.

Performance: February 24, 2018, 8pm.

Guitarist Lukasz Kuropaczewski is well on his way to becoming a major figure on the worldwide classical music scene.
Born in 1981 in the small Polish town of Gniezno, Lukasz began studying guitar at the age of ten. At 13, his early talent brought him to the attention of the distinguished guitar teaching of Piotr Zaleski with whom he studied from 1994-2003.
Upon receiving a Master’s degree from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, he traveled to the U.S. on a full scholarship to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute, where he was awarded an Artist Diploma in 2008. During this time, he performed concerts in Poland and around the world, demonstrating his remarkable passion and precision to enthusiastic audiences.
Always in great demand as a recitalist and as soloist with orchestras, he has been invited to perform in numerous festivals in countries including France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Iceland, Greece, Bulgaria, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and the United States. Highlights of his solo recitals include appearances in London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. An avid chamber music collaborator, he frequently works with musicians from his native Poland, as well as the Orion String Quartet, Avi Avital, Chen Reiss, Richard Galliano.
A proponent of new music, Lukasz has premiered many pieces including concertos and solo works by such esteemed composers as Krzysztof Penderecki, Angelo Gilardino, Krzysztof Meyer, Henryk Górecki and many others. In 2015 Lukasz premiered a guitar quintet “Acequias” by Marc Neikrug at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and his “Three Pieces for Guitar” at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Lukasz is on the faculty of the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, holding a Doctorate in Performance. He is also the Artist Director of the Polish Guitar Academy Festival held in Poznan every year, and has recorded six CDs to date.
– from our program
Come by for a delightful program of classical guitar music, on February 24, 2018, 8pm. View his program and buy tickets here:
We look forward to seeing you there!
Pre-Concert Talk will be given by: Dr. Candice Mowbray
Appearing as a soloist,
chamber musician
and guest lecturer,
Dr. Candice Mowbray has
been a featured artist
at many prestigious
festivals and concert
series. Mowbray
earned the Doctorate of Musical
Arts in Classical Guitar Performance
at Shenandoah Conservatory.

Pre-Concert Speaker: Dr. Candice Mowbray

— Dr. Candice Mowbray will be the speaker for the Pre-Concert Talk before Lukasz Kuropaczewski’s performance, February 24, 2018, 8pm.  Tickets:  —

MowbrayPromoStripes_BW Regarded for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in music by French guitar virtuoso Ida Presti to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor’s Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations.

Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, Dr. Mowbray has been a featured artist at many prestigious festivals and concert series such as the Guitar Foundation of American Convention in Los Angeles, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series, Knoxville Guitar Series, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Austin Peay GuitarFest, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Kreykenbohm Lecture Series and Maryland Symphony Orchestra “Let’s Talk Music” Series. She has been a featured soloist with the National String Symphonia, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, Satori Chamber Ensemble and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the later with whom she premiered two dedicated arrangements.

A sought-after collaborator, Mowbray is highly active as a chamber musician and can be regularly heard performing in The Fairfield Duo with flutist and shakuhachi player, Nora Suggs.

Mowbray was profiled in Classical Guitar Magazine’s, “Letter from New York” and her lectures have been described as “enthusiastic” and “insightful” in Classical Guitar Magazine and The Morning Call. Her recent solo CD, ‘Reverie’, has been met with positive acclaim and was featured on radio shows such as The Intimate Guitar (Dayton, OH) and Musica Mundi (Boulder, CO). The album features an evocative program of twentieth-century and contemporary French compositions including rarely recorded solo works by Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya.

Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory. Private lessons with Dr. Glenn Caluda and the internationally renowned Paraguayan guitarist, Berta Rojas, greatly informed her playing. Also influential were lessons and masterclasses with many distinguished performing artists including Sharon Isbin, Roland Dyens, Angel Romero, Ricardo Cobo, Eduardo Isaac, Maximo Diego Pujol, Victor Villadangos and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

As a clinician and adjudicator, Mowbray has worked with students of all ages at festivals and special programs including the TESS Guitar Festival in Connecticut, Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival and Performing and Visual Arts Northwest Governor’s School. Dr. Mowbray has taught courses in music and appreciation of the broader humanities at Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, and other colleges and schools of music in the mid-Atlantic region. She also enjoys writing about music. Her publications include “Recordings to Revisit: Ida Presti’s Solo Recordings” in Soundboard and “A Piece of Carnegie Hall Comes to Maryland” in Bravo! Magazine.

from our website

Photos: Classical Guitarist, Ana Vidovic
















Marlow Interactive Concert Programs

The Marlow Interactive Concert Programs (September 2017), in partnership with Montgomery County Public Libraries, featured four events with former Beatty Music Competition winners Maya Loncar and YeRam Yoon.
 This was a part of the Montgomery County Public Libraries #ClassicalMusicMonth – we were delighted to participate! Thank you to the FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY and the Delmar Foundation.


Silver Spring Library

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Performer: Maya Loncar
Fernando Sor: Les Adieux (1778-1839)
– Andante largo
– Un poco mosso
Roland Dyens: Tango en skai (1955-2016)
Napoleon Coste: Gran Serenade & Les Soirees d’Auteuil (1805-1883)
– Bolero
– Andantino
– Scherzo

Astor Piazzolla: Denier Lamento & Oblivion (1921-1992)

Joaquin Turina: Turina Sonata Op. 61 (1882-1949)
– Allegro
– Andante
– Allegro vivo

Maya Loncar, Marlow Interactive Performances, September 2017 – Photo: Tim Healy
Maya Loncar, Marlow Interactive Performances, September 2017 – Photo: Tim Healy

Potomac Library

Saturday, September 23 @ 1:30 pm
Performers: Maya Loncar and YeRam Yoon

Maya Loncar, previous Beatty Music Competition winner – Photo: Candice Mowbray
Maya Loncar, previous Beatty Music Competition winner – Photo: Candice Mowbray
Yeram Yoon, previous Beatty Music Competition winner – Photo: Candice Mowbray

Kensington Park Library

Saturday, September 23 @ 4:30 pm
Performers: Maya Loncar and YeRam Yoon

Twinbrook Library

Saturday, September 30 @ 3:00 pm
Performers: Maya Loncar and YeRam Yoon

The first Marlow Serenade…

Introducing the Marlow Serenade series, a set of delightful house concerts featuring still yet more classical guitars.

 What is this? Tell me more!

We will be announcing the next Marlow Serenade on our email list. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please sign up here:

Although these house concerts are open to the public, Marlow Guitar International Members are given special benefits, such as early reservations and, depending on the level, two free tickets.  For more information on Membership, visit the website.

And now for some pictures from our first Marlow Serenade, featuring Chris Moy, provided by Amy Crews Cutts (host, member of the Board of Directors, and Executive Director of the Beatty Music Competition).

Amy’s words, as posted on Facebook:

“The first Marlow Serenade performance was beautiful and fun and 🎶! So wonderful to see Chris Moy again. He won the 2007 Senior division and came back in 2008 to win the Beatty Competition Grand Prize. He is now a professional as well as a graduate student furthering his studies in Basel, Switzerland. Thank you to all who attended this event and those that have supported Marlow Guitar International (International Conservatory of Music) and the Beatty Competition!”


A slight name change…

Dear friends,

You may have heard this already through email or on Facebook or Twitter, but we just wanted to share our decision, again, to let you know we have changed what we call the name of the umbrella organization, the International Conservatory of Music, to:

Marlow Guitar International

The organization has grown a bit and plans to grow a little further, although our mission remains the same as before: Creating Community Through Music : Drawing people together for entertainment, education, and inspiration.

Our logos:

Marlow Guitar International for print
Marlow Guitar International for            social media

All of our individual programs remain the same.

What will happen to the International Conservatory of Music name? Since it does have a history all of its own, Tim Healy will retain the name and may revive it for a project of his own.

Marlow Membership?

Greetings, friends.

You may have already heard about the new Membership option that we have begun. You may ALREADY be a Member!

There are three different membership levels, starting at just $50 per year, and all of them give you the ability to buy Marlow Series tickets before they go on sale to the general public. (This is applicable only for the start of the year, often July of each year).  There are other benefits as well, including early notice of house concerts, the Marlow Serenades, and the chance to get free tickets to introduce friends to the Marlow Series.  Membership fees are tax-deductible, and they help support not only the Marlow Series but also our education and outreach programs.  See details below OR you can find out more information at this link:

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Our purpose at Marlow Guitar International is to bring people together, enrich their lives and inspire their hearts to serve with us. We have helped hundreds of young people who have participated in our outreach and education programs, and our goal is to make a bigger impact in our community, helping more people.

Help us continue changing lives with music: Become a Member!
Select from four membership levels:

  • Gold Membership – $500
  • Silver Membership – $250
  • Bronze Membership – $50
  • Student Membership (college and conservatory students) – $25

All memberships are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

To thank you for your support, we offer Members the following benefits:
 * Reserve your Marlow Guitar Series seats before tickets go on sale to the public

  • Gold members can purchase tickets starting July 10, 2017
  • Silver members can purchase tickets starting July 20, 2017
  • Bronze and Student members can purchase tickets starting July 30, 2017
  • Tickets go on sale to the public August 10, 2017

 * Bring friends to Marlow Guitar Series concerts
This season, we are offering free bring-a-friend tickets to the following concerts:

    • Richard Miller with Deborah Watts and Joao Figueiroa (October 21, 2017)
    • Meng Su (November 18, 2017)
    • Lukasz Kuropaczewski (February 24, 2018)
    • Rhythm Future Quartet (March 24, 2018)
    •   – Gold members receive a total of four bring-a-friend tickets;
    •   – Silver members receive a total of two bring-a-friend tickets;
    •   – Bronze members get the chance to win two bring-a-friend tickets;
      – Student members get the chance to win one bring-a-friend ticket.

 * Attend house concerts and other special events   – Gold and Silver members get two free tickets to a house concert   – All members can reserve spaces at house concerts and other special events before they are offered to the public