Classical duo to perform at university Southern

Published 12:51 pm Saturday, April 20, 2019

Alves-Dikener Duo will perform at OUS in Bowman Auditorium

The Alves-Dikener Duo, featuring Dr. Julio Alves on classical guitar and Dr. Solen Dikener on cello, will perform at Ohio University Southern at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 in Bowman Auditorium.

This is the last 2018-2019 Ironton Council for the Arts season subscription concert. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the performance. Ohio University students will be admitted free with valid ID.

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Julio Ribeiro Alves earned a D.M. degree in guitar performance and music literature from Indiana University Jacob s School of Music, a M.M. degree in guitar performance from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and a B.M. degree in Guitar Performance from the University of Brasilia (UnB- Universidade de Brasilia) in his native country, Brazil.

At Marshall, Alves oversees the guitar area teaching applied lessons, guitar literature, guitar pedagogy, guitar, techniques, fretboard harmony, and directing the M.U. Guitar ensemble. He also teaches music styles, music theory and aural skills. He regularly performs as a solo player in various chamber music settings. His programs feature music from various ethnicities and historical periods. He has performed in diverse venues in countries such as Brazil, the U.S., Costa Rica, Spain, and Italy. Alves is featured in the CD recordings “Umberto Freitas: Musica para Violao” (“Umberto Freitas: Solo Guitar Music”; FAC-DF, 2016), “Letters to a Young Poet” (Navona Records, 2014), and “Tuba in Motion” (in collaboration with Dr. George Palton, tuba, 2014).

In the fall semester of 2019, Dr. Alves was on sabbatical working on his new project: the first recording of the solo guitar works by Brazilian composer Eustaquio Grilo.

Solen Dikener was born into a musical family. Shortly after his admission to the State Conservatory in Ankara, Turkey, he was placed in the gifted students program which allowed him to receive an intense musical education. He further studied cello with Tobias Kuhne in Austria and Paul & Maud Tortelier in France. He earned his doctorate degree (DMA) from Michigan State University.

Dikener’s solo and chamber music career began early on performing the cello concerto by C. Saint-Saens at the age of 17 and touring throughout France with Trio d’Autan in following years. He is a founding member of the Capital Trio from New York and has been performing concerts in the U.S. since 1997.

Throughout his career, he has performed concerts in the U.S., Germany, Austria, France, Turkey and the U.K., in collaboration with many great artists. He published seven CD recordings that feature the music of composers from Turkey and the U.S. A full professor of music, Dikener has been teaching at Marshall University since 2002. He is also director of DatCA Summer Cello Academy in Turkey.