GuitarChat­tanooga hosts Ro­ma­nian gui­tarist Dra­gos Ilie

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - FRONT PAGE - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER Barry Courter at bcourter@times­free or 423-757-6354.

Ro­ma­nian gui­tarist Dra­gos Ilie will per­form Satur­day, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Chat­tanooga State Com­mu­nity Col­lege, 4501 Am­ni­cola High­way. His ap­pear­ance is pre­sented by GuitarChat­tanooga.

Ilie has made a name for him­self around the world as one of the most cre­ative and ex­pres­sive young gui­tarists of his gen­er­a­tion. Fall­ing in love with the guitar af­ter lis­ten­ing to his fa­ther play, he en­rolled at the Pop­u­lar School of Arts and later at the Na­tional Col­lege of Arts in his na­tive city (Iasi, Ro­ma­nia), where he stud­ied un­der pro­fes­sor Mar­ius Tim­pau. Dur­ing that time, Dra­gos also stud­ied with Dr. Daniel Dragomires­cu at the Na­tional Mu­sic Con­ser­va­toire of Iasi.

He has re­ceived numer­ous grants in his home coun­try for com­pet­ing at fes­ti­vals and com­pe­ti­tions across Europe, in­clud­ing the MOL Foun­da­tion for Young Artists and the Young Tal­ents Grant of­fered by the Mar­gareta Principess Foun­da­tion, with the sup­port of the Royal House of Ro­ma­nia.

He has placed in more than 30 na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, tak­ing first prize in many of them. Some of these prizes in­clude the Iasi Guitar Fes­ti­val, In­di­ana Guitar Fes­ti­val, the Colum­bus Guitar Sym­po­sium, ECU Guitar Fes­ti­val, Texas A&M Guitar Com­pe­ti­tion, and Florida Guitar Foun­da­tion Fes­ti­val. He has per­formed and taught mas­ter­classes at var­i­ous guitar fes­ti­vals around the United States and Europe.

Ilie holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in mu­sic per­for­mance from Colum­bus State Univer­sity, where he was a re­cip­i­ent of the Woodruff Award, a pres­ti­gious four-year schol­ar­ship for com­plet­ing his stud­ies at the class of the renowned teacher, com­poser and per­former An­drew Zohn.

He will con­tinue stud­ies this year at his the Univer­sity of Texas in Austin with pro­fes­sor Adam Holz­man.

Ilie is an Au­gus­tine Strings Artist, and uses the Guitar­lift sup­port.



Dra­gos Ilie

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