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Brad DeRoche is an active concert artist, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist. He is especially passionate about the works of Spanish-Nationalist composers and J.S. Bach, and he includes them regularly in his concert programs. He has recently become a recording artist for Centaur Records and has several releases planned for 2021; including Serenata Espanola - Spanish Guitar Classics and the Complete Cello Suites of J.S. Bach. Several composers have written works for him including a solo composition by Prix de Rome prizewinner Vincent Frohne. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He is chair of the music department at Delta College where he teaches guitar, music history, and music theory courses. Dr. DeRoche also directed the guitar programs at Central Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. During the past few concert seasons Dr. DeRoche has appeared with the Vox Andes Quartet (Peru), the Midland Community Orchestra, the Midland Guitar Ensemble, the GLAM Ensemble, duets with Erik Gibelyou, Wendy Chu, and Jennifer Piper, and in numerous solo concerts.
Erik Gibelyou is an active performer, teacher, and scholar living in Ann Arbor, MI. He performs frequently both as soloist and collaborator. As a member of Trio Ghidorah, Erik creates and performs arrangements and compositions for three guitars. The guitar trio proudly released their debut album, Dances and Fantasies, in March 2021. Dr. Gibelyou has performed and presented at the Dublin Guitar Symposium, Michigan Classical Guitar Workshop, and International Society of Bassists Convention. Erik teaches music courses and guitar at Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Performer’s Certificate in Guitar Performance at the Eastman School of Music. Erik studied guitar at Eastman with Nicholas Goluses and lute with Paul O’Dette, and he served as Director of Outreach for OSSIA New Music. Erik studied guitar and music theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an undergraduate at Saginaw Valley State University, he studied with Brad DeRoche.
Brad and Erik first crossed paths in 2008 at Delta College and began working together as a guitar duo in 2018. Graduates from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, both have earned their Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Guitar Performance. Both have busy careers as educators and performers and enjoy performing regularly as soloists and chamber musicians. In their duo programs they present an exciting variety of music written or adapted for two guitars alongside some of their favorite solo guitar pieces. The repertoire they select offers listeners beautiful and poignant moments, complex polyphony, and thrilling virtuosity over the course of the program. Over the past few years, they have performed music by Albeniz, Bach, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Dowland, Rossini, Scarlatti and others to the delight of their audiences.