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Biography

Throughout a career spanning five continents and more than two decades, Canadian-born guitarist Vincea McClelland has given concerts in a wide variety of venues from the Beijing Concert Hall to Stockholm's Music Museum, from Cleveland's Convention Center Music Hall to the Théâtre Villette at the Paris International Music Fair. Her playing has been consistently praised for its virtuosity and clarity, dynamic style, great sensitivity and remarkable tone described as "luminous" (Guitares, Belgium), "pristine" (Halifax Chronicle Herald, Canada) and "golden…heavenly" (Dorset Guitar Society, England). Vincea has been a featured soloist at numerous international guitar and music festivals such as the Paris International Guitar Weekend, the Classical Guitar Festival of Great Britain at West Dean, the International Guitar Festival of the Americas in Stockholm and the Guitarras del Mundo International Festival in Argentina. Her Canadian appearances are frequently broadcast nationally on both the English and French networks of the CBC. They include a concert recorded live in the Rideau Chapel of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the CBC/McGill Concert Series in Montreal and two invitations to perform at Prince Edward Island's Indian River Festival.
Recitals and concert tours have taken her to Canada, the U.S.A., Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Morocco and mainland China where she became the first Canadian to teach the classical guitar and was named "Honorary Advisor" to the Guitar Societies of Shanghaï and Beijing. Vincea was invited to represent Canada at the 10th International Strings Festival in Rabat, Morocco and also performed a recital for an audience of government officials and diplomats at the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador. In addition to her solo concerts, she has performed in numerous chamber music ensembles and has recorded for television and radio in Switzerland and Germany and for Radio France, CBC Radio-Canada and Chinese State Radio.

Vincea's CDs "Guitar Originals", "Intermedio" and "Classique!" have been widely acclaimed for their high quality, choice of repertoire, energetic musicality and beautiful sound. They are regularly reviewed in international guitar and music magazines in France (Guitare Classique), Belgium (Guitares), Italy (GuitArt), Germany (Staccato), Poland (Swiat Gitary), England (Classical Guitar Magazine), Canada (WholeNote) and the USA (Soundboard). An all-duo album entitled "Guitar Duo" was released in 2011.

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