Legado Wins 2 Latin GRAMMY Awards
Legado, the latest solo album from world-renowned guitarist Berta Rojas, has won two Latin Grammy Awards: Best Classical Album and Best Classical Contemporary Composition for the work entitled “Anido’s Portrait” written for the album by Sergio Assad. Candice Mowbray contributed years of research about women in the history of the guitar to this wonderful project which celebrates the legacies of Ida Presti and Maria Luisa Anido with works written by and for the two legendary guitarists. She also wrote the substantial liner notes published in the stunning CD package. The album is available to stream on major services.
Download the CD booklet here.
Watch Berta Rojas' acceptance speech here.
Read about Legado and Candice's role in the project here.
Read about Legado in Acoustic Guitar Magazine here.
New Compositions for Youth Guitar Competition
Candice Mowbray was commissioned to compose set pieces for the 2023 edition of the MGI Myrna Sislen Youth Guitar Competition. The works, titled "Prestissimo," "Mimita," and "Little Songbird," pay homage to three 20th-century Grande Dames de la Guitare: Ida Presti, Maria Luisa Anido and Luise Walker. Each work is imbued with elements inspired by the guitarists' recordings, studies and compositional styles. Teachers, competitors, parents and adjudicators praised the works as being highly enjoyable and technically insightful. The works add to the canon of accessible yet musically fulfilling repertoire for solo guitar. The difficulty levels range from intermediate to advanced and will be published by Guitar Chamber Music Press.
Competition "Ida Presti"
Candice Mowbray was a featured speaker at the 2022 International Guitar Competition "Ida Presti" which took place in Samobor, Croatia. She presented an online talk highlighting the careers and music of several women from throughout guitar history including Presti, Maria Luisa Anido and Luise Walker. Dr. Mowbray considers the invitation to take part in this special festival an honor as her doctoral work, completed almost ten years ago, was focused on sharing the legacy of Presti who was one of the guitar's great virtuosos. A very special moment occurred at the end of the presentation when she had the opportunity to meet Isabelle Presti, granddaughter of Ida.