Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo
About Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo
Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey are currently studying for a Joint Masters in Guitar Duo at the Royal Academy of Music, London, studying with Michael Lewin. They have recently graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours and the joint Undergraduate Course Prize for the highest overall marks, studying under the tuition of Mark Ashford. They have recently been described by Mark Eden of the Eden Stell Guitar Duo as ‘one of the most exciting guitar duos I have recently heard. They have beautifully effortless techniques, musicality in abundance, and that special ingredient that makes them stand out… originality!’ Both are individual winners of the Birmingham Conservatoire Guitar Prize, and were recently awarded the 2014 Leamington Music Prize, a major competition which will see them give a recital for Leamington Music’s forthcoming Winter Series. In April 2014 they were selected for the International Guitar Foundation’s Young Artist Platform which has seen them perform concerts at Bath Guitar Festival, Shrewsbury Guitar Festival, North-East Guitar Festival (The Sage) and London Guitar Festival (King’s Place). In 2013 they were awarded Birmingham Conservatoire’s highest chamber music accolades, winning the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Competition and the Derek Young Memorial Award, and were also finalists in the Town Hall / Symphony Hall Prize in both 2013 and 2014. Recently, Daniel achieved second place in the 2014 Ivor Mairants Guitar Prize. They have been performing as a duo since 2010, and have an avid interest in new and contemporary music, frequently performing new works. In Summer 2013 they embarked on a UK tour performing ‘Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji’, a collection of thirty-six short pieces written for them by Ryan Probert, inspired by Hokusai’s woodblock prints of the same name. In March 2014 they premiered a collection of commissions, featuring further new works by Ryan Probert and James Oldham, and a new duo concerto for guitars, tape, video and saxophone ensemble, composed by Paul Norman. Past concerts have included recitals with soprano Iuno Connolly, and for Symphony Hall Birmingham, Newport Music Club, Stafford Guitar Society, Frontiers+ Festival, The Forge Camden and Frome Festival. Julian and Daniel’s further education has been made possible with a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award and the Countess of Munster Derek Butler Award. Julian’s studies are further helped by awards from The Prince Philip Trust Fund and The Seary Charitable Trust.