Sunday, September 14, 4:00 p.m.
Vlahcevic Concert Hall in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts.
Denver Walker graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013, receiving her B.M. in Music Performance. Her primary studies were with David Toussaint, but also received instruction from John Patykula and Charlie Moeser. Denver has studied with Jason Vieaux and is currently studying with Julian Gray. Denver began studying classical guitar at age 18 and continues to be fascinated with the instrument and its repertoire. Not only does Denver perform as a solo classical guitarist but also in various chamber ensembles and musical groups. She performs with Flamenco inspired ensemble Sueños Gitanos. This ensemble has been featured in the VCU Flamenco Festival three times and has performed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and many other locations around the Virginia and D.C. area. Sueños Gitanos released their first full-length album in the Spring of 2013. Denver was also a member of Duo Allegro, a flute and guitar duo that included another VCU alumna. In addition to her work as a guitarist, Denver enjoys singing with the Richmond Shape Note Singers and playing the drum set. Denver is from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia in Franklin County. Currently, she resides in Richmond, Virginia with her sister, Jessica and cat, Baku.
Nathan Mills received his Master of Music Performance degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where he received a full graduate teaching assistantship. He received his bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. During his time there he was awarded the Jesús Silva Merit Scholarship for guitar. Nathan grew up across North Africa; in Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco. The opportunities of life overseas, experiencing the sights, sounds, and people of many different cultures, continue to influence and shape him as an individual and a musician today. While in Morocco he studied with guitarist Marcelo de la Puebla, for whom the great Cuban composer Leo Brouwer dedicated his piece Variaciones sobre un tema de Victor Jara. Nathan has also studied under John Patykula (head of the VCU guitar program who studied under Mexican classical guitar virtuoso Jesús Silva), Elliot Frank (head of the ECU guitar program), Douglas Niedt (head of the guitar department of the University of Missouri at Kansas City), and David Toussaint. Nathan has also had the great opportunity to perform in master classes for several acclaimed artists including Jason Vieaux and the Assad Brothers. Throughout his performing career, Nathan has enjoyed a wide range of opportunities. He has played in the prestigious Richmond Landmark Theater, has given a featured alumni recital at VCU, was selected as a “Rising Young Artist” to perform for the annual art series of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Bon Air, Virginia, has performed as a featured artist on WCVE’s radio show “An Hour with the Guitar,” and has given various other recitals at universities and churches. Nathan is currently living and working in the Richmond, Virginia area. Nathan plays a David J. Pace double-top guitar.