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Gray-Pearl Duo Biography

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      Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl have established themselves - as one of the leading guitar duos, performing to audience and critical acclaim in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and on tours throughout the United States and Canada. They have been invited to perform for many of the prestigious guitar festivals in the U. S., including the Guitar Foundation of America Convention and the Second American Guitar Congress. The Duo has been featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today and on many other radio and television broadcasts nationwide.

      After their London debut at Wigmore Hatt, Classical Guitar magazine wrote: "Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl, through serious programming and the superlative coordination of their respective talents-not a rubato was out of place, not a ritenuto was mistimed, not a crescendo was exaggerated, not a point of style was misplaced-have convincingly extended the art of the possible so far as the guitar duo is concerned."

      Their recordings, The Magic Circle, Baroque Inventions and Homages and Evocations for Dorian, have received enthusiastic critical response. American Record Guide wrote: " Great classical masters ... Gray and Pearl's recital shows off the players' combined strengths of magnificent tone, tight ensemble, and profound feeling ... They use their virtuosity to put some serious fun and sparkle back into the Baroque on guitar." Guitar Player responded with "breathtaking dynamic sensitivity ... exquisite, emotionally powerful...". And Acoustic Guitar says, simply " Gray and Pearl raise the standard for classical guitar duos."

      In addition to their performances, master classes, lectures, and ensemble coaching, Gray and Pead are known for their active involvement in expanding the guitar duo repertoire through their many transcriptions and by commissioning new music for guitar duo. They give a number of U.S. and world premieres each concert season. The duo became the first guitarists to receive a commissioning grant from Chamber Music America, and were awarded the first commissioning grants from the Mayors Advisory Committee on Art and Culture of Baltimore, MD. The Gray/Pearl Duo was given a special citation by ASCAP for adventuresome programming.

      Each summer Gray and Pearl perform and teach at a number of guitar festivals including the Stetson University International Guitar Workshop, the MidWest Guitar Ensemble Symposium, Summer Arts Program of The University of California and the National Guitar Summer Workshop where they also serve on the advisory board. Julian Gray is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he teaches guitar, guitar history and literature, and coaches chamber music. Ronald Pearl is on the music faculty of Loyola College in Baltimore, and teaches classes in music history and theory, guitar and chamber ensemble.

"Guitarists Ronald Pearl and Julian Gray form an impressive duo... their musical energies seem to flow spontaneously from the same source. ... If any pair of musicians is truly on the same wavelength, it is these two.."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Pearl and Gray played with a palpable intensity ... they wring more drama from the silences between notes then many ensembles get from the notes themselves. ."
Soundboard Magazine
"Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl, through serious programming and the superlative coordination of their respective tatents-not a rubato was out o place, not a ritenuto was mistimed, not a crescendo was exaggerated, not a point of style was misplacedhave convincingly extended the art of the possible so far as the guitar duo is concerned.."
Classical Guitar Magazine

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