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Change of Programme - 2 Classical Guitarists

Owing to Raymond Burley's recent injury to his hand we have the exciting opportunity to promote the other half of the Astraea Duo - VALERIE HARTZELL - now playing at Mayfield Music with the exceptional Argentine guitarist DANIELA ROSSI. We're delighted to have these great guitarists with us on 27th July. See below for revised programme.


Valerie Hartzell

Valerie Hartzell has performed in over 30 festivals and as a guest soloist for the NYC Classical Guitar Society, the Grand Canyon Guitar Society, the Performing Arts Society of Kenai, Alaska, the Oxford Guitar Society in England, at Arizona State University, at the SAE Institute which was sponsored by the Oxford Guitar Society, at Svenska Margaretakyrkan in Oslo, Norway and at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. She is a prize-winner of 8 international competitions, and has been featured on NPR, BBC Radio and PBS. She has also been featured in Soundboard Magazine, Classical Guitar Magazine (UK), and Gendai Magazine (Japan). Her two recordings, Ex Tenebris Lux and Presti, have received rave reviews.

Valerie has a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Manuel Barrueco on scholarship and a Masters Degree from Radford University where she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

As a private instructor, her students have received scholarships to prominent universities, such as San Francisco Conservatory, University of Texas, Arizona State University, Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and University of Louisville.

Hartzell is the founder and Artistic Director of the "Classical Minds" Guitar Festival & Competition since 2004. She resides in Bedfordshire, where she keeps busy teaching and touring but crosses the pond often to appear in concerts throughout the United States.

The link to Valerie's website is


Daniela Rossi

Daniela Rossi is a virtuoso classical guitarist from Argentina. She studied guitar with Eduardo González Velasco at the Conservatory of Bahia Blanca, her hometown, where she graduated in 2006. Since then she has also studied with Eduardo Isaac, Victor Villadangos, Graham Devine and Nigel North.

Currently based in Cambridge where she is also a private tutor, Daniela regularly performs in Latin America, Europe and the UK in solo recitals, duets and small ensembles. She has been guest artist at many festivals including London Guitar Festival at King's Place, Segovia Guitar Week in Italy, Festival Ramon Noble in Mexico, and most recently the International Guitar Summit in London. Her orchestral debut was at the age of 21 in Mexico, performing the "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaquin Rodrigo with the University of Hidalgo Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Bahia Blanca Symphony Orchestra in Argentina, the Chile Symphony Orchestra, and the Almeria City Orchestra in Spain. She has performed as a guest artist for the Whitstable Music Society Series, the Canterbury Society Series, The Sage Gateshead Newcastle, at the Mumford Theatre and St Paul's Church in Cambridge

Daniela is comfortable with music from all periods. She is particularly interested in the music of romantic composer Giulio Regondi, and has explored his language in depth over the last few years. As a result of this interest, she has just recorded a CD featuring Regondi's works, including the Etudes. Daniela also enjoys performing music by contemporary composers written for guitar, and worked on several new pieces commissioned by the International Guitar Foundation in London, such as Graham Lynch's "Orpheus" for guitar and orchestra, giving the first concert performance at London's Kings Place with the Newham Philharmonic.

She has a deep understanding of the music of her native Argentina, which she plays on the CD "Invierno Porteno" with her duet partner, Argentinian guitarist Sebastian Pompilio.

Daniela has won or placed in 16 competitions across South America and Europe, including First Prize in the XXXVI Luis Sigall International Music Competition held in Vina del Mar in Chile (2009), First Prize in the London International Guitar Competition (2015), third prize at the Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Julian Arcas in Spain (2015), and Second Prize in the Heinsberg Guitar Competition and Festival in Germany (2017).

She continues her own artistic development at the Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone, Italy, with Paolo Pegoraro and Adriano del Sal.

The link to Daniela's website is