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Distinction in Research and Scholarship in recognition of his activities as performer, scholar, and composer; 2007 Commissioned Composer of the Year Fellowships from the New Hampshire Music Teacher's Association; a New Hampshire State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship; and more.
Pakistani-born guitar virtuoso and composer Mir Ali has been described by Acoustic Guitar magazine as “an exceptional nylon string guitarist” and by National Public Radio as “mesmerizing and hypnotic.” Since winning his first guitar competition at 13, Ali has been raising eyebrows of audiences and music critics around the globe with unique, expressive and dazzling performances. He is a fluent performer of flamenco guitar, an experienced jazz stylist, a trained practitioner of North Indian classical music, an award-winning classical guitarist and a composer of music in several genres. Ali’s compositions are published with Mel Bay Publications as part of a graded repertoire series for guitarists. In 2003, he composed an original soundtrack for the documentary “Roots and Branches”—personal reflections on adoption, which was given the “Award of Excellence” by the Film Advisory Board in Hollywood.
In the past two seasons, Ali has toured Spain, Italy, Canada and has performed at New York’s Shea Stadium before a crowd of more than 5,000 people. Ali serves as president of the Buffalo Guitar Society and director of the Rantucci International Guitar Festival and Competition. He has served on the music faculties of the University of Akron in Ohio and currently directs the guitar program at the Amherst School of Guitar.
Marco Sartor is a top prize winner in numerous international competitions including first prizes in the Schadt String Competition, Texas Guitar Competition and the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. He has performed extensively across the U.S. and appeared as a soloist with the Allentown Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Washington PA and Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestras. He has also performed and was featured in radio and television broadcasts throughout Spain, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay to both critical and public acclaim.