SABRINA VLASKALIC (†)
“Soulful and virtually flawless,” hails the Portland Oregonian and the Boston Globe writes, “In warm, round tones, the notes of Bach cascaded from the guitar, every note correct and played without hesitation.” Classical guitarist, pedagogue and educator Dr. Isaac Bustos, enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him to Canada, Central America, Europe and all over the US. Bustos has made several Radio and Television appearances and is in demand as clinician and master class teacher invited to perform in some of the most prestigious festivals around the globe including the Guitar Foundation of America Annual Convention, Panama Guitar Festival, Festival Internacional de Guitarra Monterrey and Festival del Noreste in Mexico. Isaac has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain, The Baytown Symphony Orchestra, The Nicaraguan National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro JoAnn Falletta.
Dr. Bustos has acquired an impressive number of top prizes in over 12 major international competitions, 7 of which are first prizes. Additionally, Isaac has premiered new guitar works by composers Nico Muhly, Blas Atehortúa, Samuel Zyman, Frank Wallace, Mark Cruz and Joe Williams II. In the Spring of 2016, he released the world-premiere recording of Peter Lieuwen’s Sonata for Guitar – a work commissioned and dedicated to Isaac – on MSR Classics, and “Canciones a mi Madre” for Vgo Recordings. Chamber music collaborations have included performances with the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Grammy Award-Winning Conspirare Choir, the Turtle Creek Chorale and legendary Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto. Isaac is also a founding member of the award-winning Texas Guitar Quartet. Their critically acclaimed debut album titled “RED” was released in the spring of 2012.
Isaac holds a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of New Hampshire, where he was the only guitarist to ever hold a full scholarship, a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he worked under the guidance of world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman. As an educator, his commitment to teaching is reflected in the success of his students whose prize-winning performances have included victories in the Eastfield Guitar Festival and competition, Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition, “Classical Minds” Guitar Competition, Houston Young Artist, East Carolina University Competition, Rosario Competition, Appalachian State Competition, Boston Guitar Fest International Competition and Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition. Dr. Bustos currently serves on the faculty at Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies where he is head of guitar studies and artistic director of the prestigious Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition. He is also director of the Houston Guitar Project and the Houston Classical Guitar Workshop.
Classical and flamenco guitarist Silviu Octavian Ciulei was born in Constanta, Romania. He began his musical studies at the early age of six and attended the High School of Arts, a Conservatory style school in Constanta. By age thirteen, he had won his first performance prize. Many awards soon followed including First Prizes in the National Music Olympics, and was First Prize winner and Gold Medalist three times consecutively in the “George Georgescu” International Music Performance Competition. He graduated at the top of his class and was selected to perform a Concerto with the Black Sea National Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2004, Silviu was awarded a Full International Scholarship to study guitar performance with Dr. William Yelverton at Middle Tennessee State University in the Nashville Music City area of Tennessee. Silviu is the MTSU School of Music’s first Full International Music Scholar and first four-time Undergraduate Research and Creativity Scholar and Grant recipient. Upon his graduation from MTSU he was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award in Guitar Performance.
Since coming to the United States, Silviu has won an impressive collection of prizes. Among these, First Prize at the Indiana International Guitar Competition, First Prize at the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival and Competition, FirstPrize in the Texas International Guitar Competition, First Prize in the Columbus Guitar Symposium, First Prize in the Appalachian Guitar Festival, First Prize in the Schadt String International Concerto Competition. A recent top prize winner in some of the most prestigious competitions in the world including the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Parkening International Guitar Competition, Silviu is a world class performer. While competing in the Parkening Competition, Soundboard Magazine said Silviu …»gave a solid performance»…
Silviu is also an acclaimed flamenco guitarist. He traveled to the south of Spain to study flamenco guitar and lived in Cadiz, Madrid and Seville. Some of his flamenco mentors include Adam del Monte, Ricardo Nunez, and Oscar Guzman. He has performed with his flamenco quintet Tequila Flamenco Group at the Guitar Foundation of America International Festival at Oberlin Conservatory, headlined the Eastfield Guitar Festival in Dallas, TX and appeared live on numerous occasions on National Public Radio and TV. Recent engagements with his new flamenco project Maharajah Flamenco Trio include an array of performances at many festivals such as the Southern Guitar Festival, the Eastern Shore Guitar Festival, Florida Folk Festival, Radford Guitar Festival and a tour of the eastern coast of the United States from Florida to New York. Silviu has also appeared as soloist with the Black Sea National Philharmonic, Nashville, Allentown, Tallahassee, Hendersonville symphony orchestras, to mention some of the more recent concerto performances.
Silviu holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Master of Music (MM) and Doctor of Music (DM) in Guitar Performance from the Florida State University College of Music where he was Graduate Teaching Assistant to distinguished professor Bruce Holzman. In addition to being a classical and flamenco guitarist, Silviu is also a fine flamenco singer and always fascinated with languages, he speaks five fluently. After a few years teaching at FSU and other colleges in Florida, Silviu has accepted a position at Furman University in Greenville, Soouth Carolina where he is Professor of Guitar. He also has been recently appointed as Visiting Professor at Wake Forrest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A very sought after modern and dynamic artist, teacher, mentor and judge, Silviu appears regularly at many guitar festivals, workshops and conventions in the US and around the world.
Rodrigo Díaz is one of the most outstanding performers in the Early Music scene in Chile and, particularly, in plucked string instruments of the Renaissance and the Baroque. He studied at the Faculty of Arts of Universidad de Chile and he was awarded the degree of Senior Performer of Musical Instruments, Major in Guitar, with the highest distinction, and the degree of Chorus Director, at the same University. He studied guitar with Professor Ernesto Quezada, who pioneered the lute teaching in Chile, starting with him his first specialization courses in lute and baroque guitar. Then he pursued further studies in Renaissance and Baroque Plucked String Instruments, approaching the theorbo and lute repertoire with Juan Carlos Rivera at the Conservatorio Superior de Sevilla, Spain.
In his career, he has formed and directed important groups, like the Universidad de Chile’s Antique Music Group “Les Carillons” and the Universidad de Santiago de Chile’s Madrigalist Chorus.
As a solo performer or as part of different groups, he has been to Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany and Chile. With Les Carillons, he has had an outstanding performance in the Misiones de Chiquitos International Festival of Early Music, International Festival of Early Music of Lima, Sacre Music Festival of Quito, International Festival of Early Music of Universidad de Santiago de Chile and in the Early Music Seasons of Caja San Fernando, Andalucía, Spain.
As director and performer at “Les Carillons”, he has produced five discs that have received excellent criticism from the public and the specialized media. He has often participated in special radio and television programs. It is important to mention his participation as lute player in the soundtrack of the “Leonardo Lui” documentary of Canal 13 television station about Leonardo da Vinci’s life and works.
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across Europe, Australia the United States and his native country of Russia.
His international success began in Germany where he was accepted into the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation «Live Music Now» outreach program. He then went on to win many international guitar competitions and prizes in Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Greece and USA. His win at the Guitar Foundation of America Concert Artist Competition earned him an over 50-cities concert tour throughout North America, including at Debut Carnegie Hall, NY; Canada, Mexico and South America.
In 2013 Vladimir took on his new duties to lead the guitar program at the California State University, Fullerton, in addition to his new role as the International Artist Fellow in Music at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, one of America’s most elite graduate fellowships awarded in music, drama and visual arts.
He has performed in recital and as soloist with chamber ensembles of Orchestra de Las Beiras, the Orchestra de Aveiro (Portugal), the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, the Symphony Orchestra of New Russia, and Junge Philharmonie Köln , as well as appearances at the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, Koblenz International Guitar Festival (Germany), Guitar Art Festival Belgrade (Serbia), Vienna Guitar Forum (Austria), Nantes Summer Guitar Academy (France), Vondelpark Festival (The Netherlands), and Sydney Crows Nest Concert Cycle (Australia), in addition to giving master-classes at numerous festivals.
His publications include a book of arrangements of lute music by Giovanni Antonio Terzi, and a recording with the world’s largest label Naxos.
In 2015 Vladimir started his appointment at The University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he leads the guitar department.
Janet completed her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of Texas at Austin with Adam Holzman as her main pedagogue. Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Dr. Grohovac completed her Bachelor of Music with distinction at the University of Victoria studying with Dr. Alexander Dunn. As a dynamic concert artist, recent performances include appearances at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Taxco, Mexico with the Grohovac-Ibison Duo, and solo concerts for Austin Classical Guitar Society’s Salon and Cactus series, Seattle Classical Guitar Society’s Frye Museum concert series, the Central Valley’s Guitarraganza festival in California, St. Barnabas’ series in Victoria, BC and Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Summer Guitar Academy in Canada.
Dr. Grohovac has accumulated many top prize awards in competitions including: 1st place as a soloist in the 2015 Southern Guitar Competition and the 2009 Northwest Guitar Competition, 2nd place in the 2014 Montreal International Guitar Competition and as a finalist in the 2015 Lone Star Guitar Festival and Competition, the 2015 Tennessee International Guitar Competition, the 2014 Dallas International Guitar Competition, and the 2010 Texas Music Festival Classical Minds Competition.
In addition to performing, Janet is a sought after professor and has been involved in creating and organizing curriculum for guitar workshops as well as instructing group lessons, private lessons, and master classes. Janet heads the newly-launched guitar program at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin since 2010. Since 2014, Janet has served as a clinician for Carnegie Halls Musical Connections Program, the Lullaby Project, in partnership with Austin Classical Guitar.
American guitarist Chad Ibison has captivated audiences across North America and abroad through his imaginative musical interpretations and charismatic stage presence. Hailed through critical acclaim, Chad has been described as “really versatile in terms of contrast and range of expression” (Classical Guitar Canada) with “masterful phrasing combined with technical precision” (ClassicalGuitar.org). Composer Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, perhaps best describes Ibison’s impact as a performer; “Chad gave an incendiary performance. His approach was, at the same time, aggressive and intimate. He melded with the instrument, and the result was brash, expressive and technically secure.”
Along with his critical acclaim, Ibison has accumulated ten first place awards among his eighteen top prize wins at international guitar competitions. Chad has distinguished himself in some of the world’s most prestigious competitions: The Guitar Foundation of America, JoAnn Falletta Concerto Competition and Boston’s New England Conservatory Guitarfest. As a result of the competition wins, Chad is sought after as a concert artist throughout America. He participates regularly at many guitar festivals as a performer, teacher and judge.
Currently, Chad resides in Austin, Texas where he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a doctorate in guitar performance while serving as Adam Holzman’s teaching assistant. For his final year as a doctoral candidate, Chad created a new critical edition of selections from the 24 Caprichos de Goya, op. 195 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
Chad is a member of the Grohovac-Ibison Duo, where he and Dr. Janet Grohovac perform throughout the US and abroad. Recent concerts include the Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Taxco, Mexico, St. Barnabas’ concert series in Canada, Ticino Musica’s concerts in Lugano, Switzerland, Greater-Houston Guitar Guild concert series, Austin Classical Guitar’s Cactus Café series, and Austin’s radio stations KMFA and KVRX. The duo also collaborated as clinicians for Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project in partnership with Austin Classical Guitar.
As a dedicated educator, Chad began teaching at a young age which eventually led to the formation of his thriving company, CMI Music Lessons in Houston, Texas, where Chad taught on average sixty students per week for over fifteen years. In addition, Chad has also taught at The University of Texas at Austin, Columbus Conservatory, Orpheus Music Academy, St. Elmo Elementary, and in masterclasses across the United States and abroad. As of 2016, Chad Ibison currently is the Assistant Professor at Texas Lutheran University.
Stephen Lochbaum began his classical training at the late age of 18 and achieved much in a short span of time. Within six years he had earned a Master’s degree from the University of Victoria, won the national music festival of Canada, and had the immense honor of performing with the legendary guitarist Pepe Romero as well as Alexander Dunn and Randy Pile. Shortly after graduation Stephen had his radio debut on CBC Radio 1 performing Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the internationally recognized Vancouver Cantata Singers. Recently he had his European debut with performances in Spain and Germany. Stephen earned his Doctorate from the Univesity of North Texas under Thomas Johnson and Paul Leenhouts where he received a full-time teaching fellowship.
As well as playing classical guitar, Stephen is also an established jazz guitarist. He has appeared in numerous national Jazz, Tango, and Flamenco festivals as a soloist and ensemble player. His recordings and performances have been heard regularly on CBC radio 2 and 3, and on several television appearances in Victoria, BC. While at UNT Stephen had the opportunity to study with renowned jazz pedagogue Fred Hamilton.
Stephen also play various period instruments in the lute family and is active as a continuo player for early music ensembles. From Early Opera to music from the Final Fantasy series at an anime convention, he enjoys a diverse array of performances.
As a competitive classical guitarist Stephen won top prizes numerous times at competitions across the US, Canada, and Germany. He was awarded a recording contract with EMEC Discos in Madrid and will record the music of Guilio Regondi.
Currently Stephen teaches at Oklahoma City University where he co-directs the Celedonio Romero Guitar Institute and leads a group of students on a performance tour in Madrid every summer. He has always been a dedicated educator and has co-authored a textbook for guitar students with fellow guitarist and colleague, Bryan Burns.
The Chilean guitarist, Carlos Pérez, stated his interest in guitar playing at an early age through his father. He studied under Ernesto Quezada at the Arts Faculty of the University of Chile where graduated with top honors. He was awarded top prizes in major international competitions in Europe and America, winning first prize in: “Alirio Díaz” in Venezuela; “René Bartoli” in France; “Printemps de La Guitare” in Belgium; “Forum Gitarre” in Austria; “Fundacion Guerrero” in Spain and “Joaquín Rodrigo Competition” in Spain.
Carlos Pérez has given recitals in more than thirty countries in North, Central, and South America as well as Europe, and has played with orchestras from England, Belgium, the USA, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Poland and Chile. His international activity have taken him to play at Berlin Philarmonie (Germany), Auditorio Nacional (Spain), Royal Festival Hall (England), Teatro Monumental (Spain), and other prestigious concert halls. He has participated in many Guitar and Chamber Music Festivals around the world and
Carlos Pérez is constantly invited to give master-classes and lectures at Universities and Schools of Music in Latin America, Europe and USA.
Carlos Pérez has issued eight CDs, two DVDs, and recorded at several European radios. Editions Henry Lemoine of France, Productions d’Oz of Canada and Grenzland-Verlag Theo Hüsgen of Germany have published some of his arrangements and compositions.
A musician’s musician, Petra Poláčková began her guitar studies at the age of six at the Elementary Art School in Roznov pod Radhostem where she worked with Mr. Bohuslav Faltus and Mrs. Miroslava Pavelkova. She also studied with Zdenek Dvorak at the Elementary Art School Lounskych in Prague. In 2004 she graduated from an 8 year high school in Roznov pod Radhostem. In 2010 she completed her studies at the School of Music in Pardubice (Czech Republic) with Prof. Petr Saidl. She obtained her Bachelor and Master Degrees with Prof. Paolo Pegoraro at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Austria.
In addition to her degree studies, Petra Poláčková has participated in an impressive number of master classes throughout Europe presented by internationally acclaimed classical guitarists and musicians: Giampaolo Bandini, Leo Brouwer, Zoran Dukic, Massimo Felici, Hubert Käppel, Rolf Lislevand, Pablo Márquez, Lorenzo Micheli, Nigel North, Thomas Offermann, Stefano Palamidessi, Elena Papandreou, Paolo Pegoraro, Thomas Müller-Pering, Judicael Perroy, Pavel Steidl, Alexander Swete, Jens Wagner, Brigitte Zaczek, Piotr Zaleski and others. In 2011 she received the Merit Diploma at the Chigiana Academy of Siena in Maestro Oscar Ghiglia´s Class.
As a result of her extraordinary musicianship, consummate virtuosity, and numerous first place prizes, she has been invited to perform and lead masterclasses at many prestigious European and also non-European guitar festivals, such as Bonn, Hamburg, Vienna, Rust, Mikulov, Kutna Hora, Tychy, Wroclaw, Poznan, Bratislava, Pordenone, Budapest, Balaton, Bar, Braga, Madrid, Genéve, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Cleveland (US Debut in May 2014), Portland and others.
Since 2010 she has been a co-organizer of the Guitar Festival Mikulov (Czech Republic).
Petra Poláčková performs on a Concert Master Double Top guitar made by Petr Matousek; a historical guitar by Domingo Esteso (1923; a courtesy of M°Gabriele Lodi), an 8-string romantic guitar (a reproduction of a guitar by Nicolaus Georg Ries, Vienna 1840), and a 9-string romantic guitar. Both romantic guitars were made by Jan Tuláček.
SABRINA VLASKALIC (†)
Sabrina Vlaskalic was the first classical guitarist contacted by the Foundation to be part of the Advisory Board. Her enthusiasm, energy and the possibility to bring her to Chile, encouraged us to work harder in our projects and programs. The devastating news of passing has had a powerful impact on all of us. As a way to honor her memory, participation, energy, and legacy, we have decided to keep her presence to make visible the enthusiasm that she dedicated to the Foundation.
Serbian born Sabrina Vlaskalic (1989-2019) started her formal music education at the age of 7. Nearly refused at her entrance exam and labeled as «musically ungifted», she had a choice of enrolling in the classical guitar class or not enrolling in the music school at all. Sabrina wanted to play the guitar, and her father – a genuine guitar lover and enthusiast, immediately decided to take over the role of her guitar guide and present her his own inexpensive instrument. In a matter of months, Sabrina’s father would discover an extraordinary talented child who was praised as the phenomenon of classical guitar.
The pallet of prestigious awards in classical guitar competitions, including 12 special and 26 first prizes, positioned Sabrina among the most successful classical guitarists today. It is worth mentioning the selection of Sabrina’s most important prizes, awarded at: «Julian Arcas» International Classical Guitar Competition (Spain), International Guitar Competition Iserlohn (Germany), Forum Gitarre Wien (Austria), Zuidlaren Guitar Festival (The Netherlands), European Competition for Young guitarists «Andres Segovia» (Germany), Sinaia International Guitar Festival (Romania), Concorso Internazionale «Giovani Chitarristi» (Italy), «John Duarte» International Guitar Competition (Austria), Twents Gitaar Festival (The Netherlands), «Anna Amalia» Competition for Young Guitarists (Germany), Murska Sobota Guitar Festival (Slovenia), Guitar Art Festival (Serbia), Niksic Guitar Festival (Montenegro), Guitar Art Summer Festival (Montenegro), etc. Sabrina was awarded with numerous special prizes, such as «The best upcoming performer» (Split Guitar Festival, Croatia), EMCY «Art for Music Award» («Anna Amalia» Competition for Young Guitarists, Germany), “The best interpreter of classical repertoire” («Anna Amalia Wettbewerb», Germany), “The best interpreter of Spanish repertoire” («Julian Arcas» International Guitar Competition, Spain) and “The best interpreter of music by Johann Sebastian Bach” (Iserlohn Guitar Competition, Germany).
Due to her busy touring schedule, guitarists and press often compared Sabrina to Ida Presti -one of the greatest female guitarists of the twentieth century. Miss Vlaskalic gave concerts throughout Europe, Russia, Asia and the Americas. Highlights of her extensive touring were Balkan, Scandinavian, Russian, Baltic, and Latin American tours, which included performances at: Festival Internacional de Guitarra del Noreste (Mexico), Tallin Guitar Festival (Estonia), Guitar Art Festival (Serbia), Patras Guitar Festival (Greece), Helsinki Guitar Society (Finland), Embassy Concert Series (Sweden), Koblenz International Guitar Festival, Gliwice Guitar Festival (Poland), Kirov International Guitar Festival (Russia) and “Guitar in the 21st Century” Festival (Rusia-Tatarstan). Sabrina also performs regularly on Festivals held throughout Europe, such as International Guitar Festival «Niccolo Paganini» (Italy), Classical Guitar concert series at St. Anne’s Church (Ireland), Zuidlaren Guitar Festival (The Netherlands), Akbank Sanat (Turkey), «Anna Amalia» Guitar Festival (Germany), Jimena de la Frontera International Classical Music Festival (Spain), Niksic Guitar Festival (Montenegro), Forum Gitarre Wien (Austria), Balatonfured Guitar Festival (Hungary), International Guitar Festival «Friuli Venezia Giulia» (Italy), Oberhausen Guitar Festival (Germany), Zuiderzee Gitaarfestival (The Netherlands), Zielona Gora Guitar Festival (Poland), etc.
Sabrina gave a particularly exciting performance in April of 2014 Sabrina when she prepared in less then a week and premiered a newly composed triple Concierto of Klaas de Vries “Two African Sketches” in front of audience that counted more then a thousand (De Oosterpoort, Groniningen, The Netherlands), among which, Her Royal Highness Princes Beatrix of The Netherlands (Former Dutch Queen) as well.
Sabrina appeared numerous on TV and Radio (Norway, The Netherlands, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, etc.). Her performance of M. CastelnuovoTedesco’s Concierto for Guitar and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 99 with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Oslo was radio broadcasted live in 40 European countries and her concert at Gitaarsalon in Enkhuizen (Netherlands) was chosen to be aired by BravaNL, classical music TV channel. In 2017 she was a featured artists on one of the most famous classical music radio programs of the Netherlands, “Live from Spiegelzaal” held in Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
At the age of 16 Sabrina was accepted as one of the youngest students ever at the University of Music Art in Belgrade, where she consequently received her Bachelor title and graduated with the highest honors in class of prof. Srdjan Tosic. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Music in The Hague (The Netherlands) under the guidance of renowned prof. Zoran Dukic where she received the Master degree in 2012. Throughout her study years, Sabrina was acknowledged with diverse scholarships and prizes for excellence in her studies. She was the holder of Scholarship granted by Serbian Ministry of Education and Scholarship of Belgrade City. Simultaneously, she received diverse prizes complimenting her music achievements, such as «The Belgrade Angel Prize» and «Funds for the Young Talents». In 2010, Sabrina was honored to acquire «The best young artist» Award, granted by Erste Bank (Serbia) and the following year, the prestigious Huygens Scholarship offered by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Since 2015 Sabrina was a holder of Guildhall Scholarship granted towards her study fees at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, U.K), where she pursued her Doctoral studies. In her research Sabrina explored possible ways of using extraordinary timbre richness of guitar to enhance performances and develop new interpretive knowledge. Sabrina became the youngest Professor of classical guitar in the world, at the age of 23, when she was appointed to her position at the Prince Claus Conservatoire, where she remained committed to sharing her passion for classical guitar with her students.
In 2018, she started the Dutch Guitar Foundation – an organization dedicated to enriching the classical guitar life in the Netherlands, building international relationships, and preserving the national heritage of the instrument. She was an endorsed artist of D’addario, string manufacturing company. In 2015 she issued her 1st CD “The Debut” which was praised by critiques across the globe for it’s rich expressiveness and subtleness. In 2017 Sabrina gave an interview for the Classical Guitar Magazine in which she brought to attention her synaesthesia — a phenomenon in which one perceives sounds, letters, and numbers as colours. Sabrina could not remembered ever playing guitar without seeing the sounds as shapes, colours, surfaces, or motion. This condition made her more acutely sensitive to questions of sound colour and it inevitably influenced her musicianship.