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"His recordings of my two works, the 'Suite for guitar, Opus 41' and the 'Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra, Opus 56' reveals in the performer a solid sense of structure and phrasing allied with a great musical sensitivity, all of this supported by an excellent instrumental technique."
-Composer Jacques Hetu
"Ses enregistrements de mes deux oeuvres, la Suite pour guitare Opus 41 et le Concerto pour guitare et orchestre à cordes Opus 56 révèlent chez l'interprète un sens solide de la structure et du phrasé allié à une grande sensibilité musicale, le tout soutenu par une excellente technique instrumentale."
"Francois' program was excellent due to his artistry, his choice of material and his rapport with the audience. He spoke about the pieces he played and that made it more enjoyable for the listeners...This beautiful music was played by a masterful guitarist...The first thing that came to my mind as the audience left was we must get him back again soon...I have the feeling this could be the start of something very big."
-Arnold Landsberg, Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, Newsletter
"The most substantial of the evening's offerings was the 'Guitar Concerto, op.56' of Jacques Hétu. Although it is a work of great sophistication and technical difficulty, it is among the composer's more accessible works. Guitarist François Fowler rendered the solo part with utter aplomb and the musicality of his interpretation was supported in fine style by Streatfeild and the orchestra. Fowler says Hétu is the most frequently performed Canadian composer here and internationally. If this is so, it shows that there's some justice in the world of music."
-Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, Canada
"On April 10, 2003, Canadian guitar virtuoso Francois Fowler played the final concert of the Springfield Classical Guitar Society's 2002/2003 season...
Our final concert artist almost left us breathless with his fluidity of playing; never a hesitation or rush and clear feel for the piece at hand. He introduced each piece matter-of-factly without waxing loquacious or giddy and with commendable economy of words...Our only regret was that this wonderfully talented young artist had no CDs for sale. There is no doubt that he would have sold out, following his outstanding performance.
No one your earnest webmeister has heard, during the past eight SCGS concerts, has made a faster, almost stunning, first impression with his riveting virtuosity! I say this, fully appreciating the incredible talent of every performer to favor Springfield and SCGS by their appearance in our fair city."
-Job Conger, Springfield Classical Guitar Society, Newsletter, Illinois
About Francois Fowler:
Guitarist Francois Fowler has given recitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including concerts in Albany, Cleveland, Dayton, Denver, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Jekyll Island, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Montréal, Monterrey, Rochester, San Jose, Seattle, Spartanburg, Springfield, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tifton, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg. 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. 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 (ClearNote, 2010) features music by C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, Agustin Barrios, Gregorio Huet, and Domenico Scarlatti. Fowler is also a founding member of the flute and guitar duo, Duo Allant, with Kathryn Thomas Umble.
For more information please visit www.francoisfowler.com.