Founder of the Vancouver Classical Guitar Festival, Luis Angel Medina is an avid performer and teacher across North America. He was the recipient of the Silver Medal from the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition and holds a Masters degree from the University of Georgia in Athens. Luis’ career has given him the opportunity to perform in many cities in Europe, China and across North America.
Luis was born in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico and began his formal studies in music theory and ear training at the age of fourteen when he enrolled in the Music Diploma Program at the University of Guadalajara. Upon completion of his studies, he then moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he began another Diploma at Capilano University, winning numerous awards and scholarships during his tenure. Luis completed his Bachelors of Music in Guitar performance at the University of British Columbia where he was part of the Dean’s List every year during his studies.
Travelling overseas, Luis pursued his Masters degree at the University of Georgia in Athens under the mentorship and guidance of acclaimed Canadian guitarist Dr. Daniel Bolshoy where he also taught as an Assistant Guitar Instructor. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Director’s Excellence Award which recognizes students for excellence in musicianship, scholarship, leadership, and service, also passing his final oral examinations with distinctions. During his time at the University, Luis also taught guitar classes for non-music university students and provided individual guidance to other students pursuing a Bachelors in Guitar Performance at UGA.
Luis is currently enrolled in the Doctoral in Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, where he continues to promote the guitar through public events that lead to the spread of music in the larger community. Recently, he was featured in the International City Music Talents concert held at the prestigious Playhouse Theatre in Vancouver. Luis has made appearances as a soloist, performing Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s first guitar concerto with A Little Night Music Orchestra and on other occasions has also been invited to play for the Tri-Cities Guitar Society in Washington, USA with his duet partner Alec Pearson, head of the guitar department at the University of British Columbia. He has been featured in some of the most prestigious guitar societies in Canada, such as the Vancouver, Calgary, Regina and Toronto guitar societies. Luis is also very active across Canada directing guitar ensembles, at various festivals teaching and performing. Luis’ aims are to inspire others by sharing his love for music and to bring classical guitar to the larger community.
Luis is a passionate and engaging instructor with over 30 students who have won numerous first and second place awards in various local music competitions as well as nominations for provincial music festivals. He has been awarded top prizes in local competitions and has been selected to compete for the provincial level at the Kiwanis Music Festival. He has also prepared students for all levels of the Royal Conservatory of Music certificate program in addition to entrance exams and auditions for College and University Level Music Programs. Luis is an experienced and dedicated music teacher who is highly regarded by his students for his systematic and innovative approach. His emphasis on the discipline of daily practice and commitment to excellence consistently delivers impressive results.
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