Douglas Lora & Fowler-Mrofchak Duo Guitar Festival Concert

Composer and guitarist Douglas Lora moves with versatility between classical and popular music, and has been established as one of the most prominent artists of his generation. A member of the Brasil Guitar Duo (with Joao Luiz) for more than fifteen years, and seven-string guitarist of the choro and samba band Caraivana, Douglas Lora has a full touring schedule worldwide, and has collaborated with artists including Paquito d’Rivera, Marco Pereira, Jovino Santos Neto, Ney Rosauro, Marina Piccinini, and many others. In 2011 he joined his brother, percussionist Alexandre Lora, and mandolin virtuoso, Dudu Maia, to form an ensemble dedicated to Brazilian traditional music, Trio Brasileiro.Lora has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Orquesta Metropolitana of Sao Paolo, and the Orchestra of the Americas. Critics and audiences around the world have praised his recordings with the Brasil Guitar Duo, and distinguished artists and chamber ensembles have recorded his compositions.Douglas Lora studied composition and classical guitar at Faculdade de Artes Alcantara Machado in Sao Paolo and received a Master’s Degree in Performance from the University of Miami. Lora was a winner of the Concerts Artists Guild Award in 2006 with the Brasil Guitar Duo, and has eight recordings and five original film soundtracks to his credit.


Guitarist Francois Fowler has given recitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including concerts in Akron, Albany, Auburn, Beloit (OH), Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Columbus (GA), Dayton, Denver, Grand Rapids, Hagerstown, Hartford, Jekyll Island, Kennesaw, Los Angeles, Montréal (Canada), Monterrey (Mexico), Ottawa (Canada), Pittsburgh, Rochester, Saluda (NC), San Jose, Sauble Beach (Canada), Seattle, Spartanburg, Springfield (IL), Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tifton, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Youngstown.  Fowler is the recipient of national and international prizes including finalist in the 2001 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Guitar Competition.  A faculty member at the Dana School of Music (Youngstown State University, Ohio), he maintains an active guitar studio and coaches guitar ensembles. Dr. Fowler's students have been prizewinners in competitions and have been offered full scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships to attend graduate music programs including Columbus State University (Georgia), Florida State University, Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Cincinnati, and Youngstown State University. Fowler obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where he studied with Ed Honeywell, and his Doctorate from Florida State University where he was a teaching assistant to the renowned pedagogue, Professor Bruce Holzman. Francois performs on a Thomas Humphrey guitar with D’Addario Strings, his compositions and arrangements are published by Clear Note Publications, and his recordings are released by CBC records, Canadian Music Center, Clear Note, Novalis, and independently.  His latest CD Sonata features music by C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, Agustin Barrios, Gregorio Huet, and Domenico Scarlatti. Fowler is also a founding member of Duo Allant with flutist Kathryn Thomas Umble, as well as the Fowler/Mrofchak Guitar Duo with Christopher Mrofchak.


Christopher Mrofchak began playing guitar at an early age with lessons from his father. His formal studies began at the Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University under the direction of Dr. François Fowler. Mrofchak received numerous awards while at YSU, including the Dana School of Music Talent Scholarship and 2nd prize at the James Stroud All-Ohio guitar competition. In 2014, Mrofchak went on to study with world-renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman at Florida State University.

While working as a teaching assistant to Professor Holzman, Mrofchak placed in several competitions, including the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, the Troy University Guitar Competition, the University of Louisville Guitar Festival and Competition, and the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition. In 2019, Christopher was selected as one of fifteen guitarists worldwide to compete in the prestigious Parkening International Guitar Competition. He has performed in many cities in the United States, including Akron, Beverly Hills, Bloomington, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Gainesville, Louisville, Malibu, Pittsburgh, Tallahassee, Warren, and Youngstown. In addition to his work as a soloist, Mrofchak concertizes as part of the Fowler Mrofchak Guitar Duo with his former teacher François Fowler.


Friday, October 14 at 7:00pm

School of Music, Comstock
105 W. Brandeis Ave. , Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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$20 general admission / $10 students




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