pgs Guest artist series
COVID-19 has affected all of us in both big and little ways. PGS hopes that everyone is healthy and safe during this difficult time. Unfortunately, our monthly meetings at the Tempe History Museum and all other in-person events have been postponed until further notice. We are saddened that circumstances have come to this and are eager to meet in-person again.
However, we are pleased to announce that we will continue our guest artist series via Zoom! The PGS will host Zoom meetings at our usual gathering time of 1:30 PM on the second Sunday of every month. During these Zoom meetings we will premier video recordings submitted by our guest artist and attendees, have Q & A sessions, and provide an opportunity for live performances.
To join these monthly for Zoom meetings please RSVP to and we will send the Zoom address to you. If you would like to submit a video to be played during our open stage, RSVP to the same email address above.
If you are submitting a video please do so 48 hours prior to the Zoom meeting date. All video submissions received after the 48 hour cut-off will be premiered during the next month's meeting.
Sunday March 14, Guest Artist Series
Ana Maria Archiles
ANA MARIA ARCHILES VALLS
“I have been into music since the age of six. It is my passion, hobby and profession”- the opening statement in her web page laguitarradeana.com.
Ana studied at the Conservatorio Professional of Castellon with Professor Manuel, Babiloni obtaining the highest grades. She then pursued advanced studies at the Conservatorio Superior Joaquin Rodrigo in Valencia under the tutelage of Professor Rosa Gil Bosque, finishing with the highest honors. Other than her musical training as a performer, she also studied and majored in Labor Relations at the Universidad Jaime I in Castellon and obtained a masters degree in research on the subject of the guitar music of composer Rafael Beltran Moner from the Valencia International University. Masterclasses with world renowned guitarists such as David Russell, Jose Luis Gonzalez to name a few, also contributed to her musical formation.
One of the major achievements she considers in her musical career was her studies at the Konservatorium der Stadt Basel (State Conservatory of Basel) in Switzerland under the tutelage of Oscar Ghiglia (a famous former student of Andres Segovia) for three years which culminated with a Konzert Diplom (Artist Diploma) and with the highest honors.
She has won prizes and awards such as the Diploma de Merito and scholarship from the Academia Musical Chigiana de Siena (Italy), First Prize at the Francisco Tarrega Youth Competition of Vila-real and the Clara Campoamor Prize as outstanding woman of her birth city of Almazora (Castellon).
Ana has performed in concerts as a soloist and with different chamber music groups in Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Italy, Japan and China. She has also recorded 3 CD albums to date. Composers like Claudia Montero, Rolando Navarro, Alfredo Sanz, Rafael Beltran, Angelito Agcaoili and Virginia Yep have written and dedicated pieces to her.
As a pedagogue, she is currently a guitar professor at the Conservatorio “Mestre Tarrega” in Castellon. Ana performs on a concert guitar model “La Cathedral” by luthier Manuel Adalid of Valencia.
Professor Oscar Ghiglia at Konservatorium der Stadt Basel in Switzerland says this about
“I am sure that guitar lovers in Phoenix will welcome Ana Archiles, who’s soulful sound will fly near them from the motherland of their beloved instrument, carrying a virtual musical message of beauty and a breath of the Catalonian spirit that gave birth to the unforgettable works of Francisco Tarrega”
About our monthly meetings:
PGS will continue to host our Guest Artist Series on Zoom every Second Sunday of the month. We start at 1:30 pm with our guest artist, followed by guitarist from the community and their submitted videos are enjoyed by our appreciative audience.
If you would like to join us please send a RSVP to and if you desire to submit a video send a RSVP to some email and a dropbox address will be sent to you. We welcome all ages and abilities to join us and there are no admission fees, the music is free.
REMINDER: Monthly meetings at the Tempe History Museum are postponed until further notice. All meetings are held via Zoom.
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