“Azkoul can make his instrument sing. This is a skill far more important than the ability to whip out thousands of notes per minute accurately and expressively, which he can also do.” THE WASHINGTON POST
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ExCel Building (London) 10-12 June
Masterclass at Ghassan Yammine Ecole des Arts 1 March
Television programme on Beirut MTV 2 March
Lecture on multifaceted guitar at Karaz wa Leimoun 3 March
Masterclass at Lebanese Conservatory 4 March
Concert at Evangelical Church 8 March
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Jad was considerably influenced by his mentor, the Uruguayan virtuoso and composer, Abel Carlevaro, both for his own development as well as his approach to pedagogy. In the field of guitar teaching there is a lot of misunderstanding, as too often there is blind reliance on archaic concepts. Interestingly, exceptional guitarists–some of whom may still make use of them in their own teaching–are never slaves to these concepts.
Jad travels regularly for concerts and masterclasses. After three years of weekly travels between Geneva and London, he has now left his position at the Conservatoire Populaire de Musique, Danse et Théâtre in Geneva in order to settle in London where he continues to teach at the London College of Music. His interest in tennis and the Alexander Technique (amongst other things) are proving to be inspirational for a book on the guitar and its relation to real life situations.