College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Classical Guitar Takes the Stage

Ulyana Machneva - photo from CharlestonToday.netOn Monday, Sept. 30, you will be treated to a classical guitar concert by recent graduates of the College’s Artist Certificate program Ulyana Machneva and Gregory Guay. Both artists studied under the tutelage of Professor Marc Regnier. The program will include works by Joaquin Rodrigo, Nikita Koshkin, Johann Kaspar Mertz, Sergei Rudnev, Francisco Tárrega and many more. Watch a video of Ms. Machneva in concert. Watch a video of Mr. Guay in concert.

The performances will take place at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip Street. Admission is $10 at the door and free for College of Charleston students with I.D.

Born in Ukraine, Ulyana Machneva started playing classical guitar at the age of 6. She graduated from Kharkiv State University of Arts as a classical guitar performer, teacher and composer.


As a classical guitar virtuoso, Ms. Machneva won highest honors in many international competitions, such as: The Young Virtuoso (Kyiv, Ukraine), The International Guitar Competition (Krynica, Poland), The XIV International “Millennium” Guitar Competition (Esztergom, Hungary), The XIII International Festival and Competition “Renaissance of the Guitar” (Gomel, Belarus), the Rosario Guitar Festival and Competition (Columbia, SC), and several times the Annual Columbus State University Guitar Competition and Symposium (Columbus, GA).


Her melodious musical renditions have resounded in concert halls throughout Russia, Belgium, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic and America.


As a composer, Ms. Machneva was a multiple winner of The Renaissance of the Guitar International composition competition (Gomel, Belarus). Her original musical compositions have been published in Czech Republic, Ukraine, Belarus, and the USA. She moved to the USA in 2008, where she continues her musical career, playing solo recitals and composing.

Gregory Guay earned his Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance under Dr. Douglas James at Appalachian State University. He attained his B.A. in Music at the College of Charleston, where he received Departmental Honors and Awards for Instrumental Excellence in Classical Guitar Performance, while teaching at Charleston Academy of Music. In 2011 he founded LowCo Suzuki Guitar, Charleston’s first Suzuki Method program for children. Gregory performed recently in the Young Artist Series of Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival and and the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America Festival.