Ancaster guitar ace golden

Community Dec 03, 2015 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

In an age of Guitar Hero wannabes, Ancaster’s Kristian Del Cantero is the real deal.

The Grade 12 Bishop Tonnos student’s chops have just notched him a gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music, an honour recognizing him for scoring the highest mark in the province on the latest Level 8 classical guitar exam.

To be eligible, he had to score at least 80 per cent on the practical test — which included playing the last movement of José Luis Merlin’s “Suite del Recuerdo,” a Brazilian dance tune — a benchmark he blew away by 10 percentage points.

“All of Ontario is a pretty big accomplishment, so I was actually very surprised that I did so well,” says Kristian, 17.

He shouldn’t have been. The medal added to an already impressive year that saw him win the Guitare Montréal international youth competition in April, a triumph that brought an invitation to perform a concert at the annual festival next spring.

Kristian took up the guitar when he was 10 — he thought it was “cool” — and getting to this point has meant practising an average of three hours per day and traveling to Toronto on weekends to attend the conservatory’s pre-college program.

His next goal is to study guitar performance next fall at the University of Toronto, Cleveland Institute of Music or New York City’s Juilliard School, and he’s modest about his chances despite acknowledging the medal won’t hurt his applications.

“If I’m accepted into any of those schools, I plan to become a classical guitarist, just to perform and bring music to people and entertain,” he says. “Also, eventually it would be nice to become a guitar professor at a university and teach guitar.”

While he likes classic rock and has an electric guitar, his musical role models are from the classical world — guitarists John Williams, Julian Bream and Jason Vieaux.

His favourite piece, though, one he’s been playing for his audition repertoire, is “Asturias” by the late Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, who originally wrote the song for piano.

“I just really love Spanish music,” he says. “It’s a really intense piece. It’s kind of mysterious in the beginning and then in the middle part it sounds very much like the villages of Spain. You can really picture the Flamenco dancers.”

Beyond next year’s Montreal gig, Kristian will be showcasing his talent at a recital in Simcoe on Dec. 18 and a young artists’ recital at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford in February.

Ancaster guitar ace golden

Community Dec 03, 2015 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

In an age of Guitar Hero wannabes, Ancaster’s Kristian Del Cantero is the real deal.

The Grade 12 Bishop Tonnos student’s chops have just notched him a gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music, an honour recognizing him for scoring the highest mark in the province on the latest Level 8 classical guitar exam.

To be eligible, he had to score at least 80 per cent on the practical test — which included playing the last movement of José Luis Merlin’s “Suite del Recuerdo,” a Brazilian dance tune — a benchmark he blew away by 10 percentage points.

“All of Ontario is a pretty big accomplishment, so I was actually very surprised that I did so well,” says Kristian, 17.

“All of Ontario is a pretty big accomplishment, so I was actually very surprised that I did so well.”

He shouldn’t have been. The medal added to an already impressive year that saw him win the Guitare Montréal international youth competition in April, a triumph that brought an invitation to perform a concert at the annual festival next spring.

Kristian took up the guitar when he was 10 — he thought it was “cool” — and getting to this point has meant practising an average of three hours per day and traveling to Toronto on weekends to attend the conservatory’s pre-college program.

His next goal is to study guitar performance next fall at the University of Toronto, Cleveland Institute of Music or New York City’s Juilliard School, and he’s modest about his chances despite acknowledging the medal won’t hurt his applications.

“If I’m accepted into any of those schools, I plan to become a classical guitarist, just to perform and bring music to people and entertain,” he says. “Also, eventually it would be nice to become a guitar professor at a university and teach guitar.”

While he likes classic rock and has an electric guitar, his musical role models are from the classical world — guitarists John Williams, Julian Bream and Jason Vieaux.

His favourite piece, though, one he’s been playing for his audition repertoire, is “Asturias” by the late Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, who originally wrote the song for piano.

“I just really love Spanish music,” he says. “It’s a really intense piece. It’s kind of mysterious in the beginning and then in the middle part it sounds very much like the villages of Spain. You can really picture the Flamenco dancers.”

Beyond next year’s Montreal gig, Kristian will be showcasing his talent at a recital in Simcoe on Dec. 18 and a young artists’ recital at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford in February.

Ancaster guitar ace golden

Community Dec 03, 2015 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

In an age of Guitar Hero wannabes, Ancaster’s Kristian Del Cantero is the real deal.

The Grade 12 Bishop Tonnos student’s chops have just notched him a gold medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music, an honour recognizing him for scoring the highest mark in the province on the latest Level 8 classical guitar exam.

To be eligible, he had to score at least 80 per cent on the practical test — which included playing the last movement of José Luis Merlin’s “Suite del Recuerdo,” a Brazilian dance tune — a benchmark he blew away by 10 percentage points.

“All of Ontario is a pretty big accomplishment, so I was actually very surprised that I did so well,” says Kristian, 17.

“All of Ontario is a pretty big accomplishment, so I was actually very surprised that I did so well.”

He shouldn’t have been. The medal added to an already impressive year that saw him win the Guitare Montréal international youth competition in April, a triumph that brought an invitation to perform a concert at the annual festival next spring.

Kristian took up the guitar when he was 10 — he thought it was “cool” — and getting to this point has meant practising an average of three hours per day and traveling to Toronto on weekends to attend the conservatory’s pre-college program.

His next goal is to study guitar performance next fall at the University of Toronto, Cleveland Institute of Music or New York City’s Juilliard School, and he’s modest about his chances despite acknowledging the medal won’t hurt his applications.

“If I’m accepted into any of those schools, I plan to become a classical guitarist, just to perform and bring music to people and entertain,” he says. “Also, eventually it would be nice to become a guitar professor at a university and teach guitar.”

While he likes classic rock and has an electric guitar, his musical role models are from the classical world — guitarists John Williams, Julian Bream and Jason Vieaux.

His favourite piece, though, one he’s been playing for his audition repertoire, is “Asturias” by the late Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, who originally wrote the song for piano.

“I just really love Spanish music,” he says. “It’s a really intense piece. It’s kind of mysterious in the beginning and then in the middle part it sounds very much like the villages of Spain. You can really picture the Flamenco dancers.”

Beyond next year’s Montreal gig, Kristian will be showcasing his talent at a recital in Simcoe on Dec. 18 and a young artists’ recital at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford in February.