The Miami Guitar Trio, a unique chamber group in South Florida, was formed in 2009 and is comprised of Federico Bonacossa, Corey Harvin, and Federico Musgrove. Their very diverse backgrounds are characteristic of the rich cultural environment of the region. Some of MGT’s recent performances include concerts for the Miami Bach Society, the Sarasota Guitar Society, the Miami International Guitar Festival, the State College of Florida, the Miami World Music Festival, and WLRN Radio. Their concerts feature a wide array of early to contemporary music including original compositions and arrangements. The group’s mission is to expand the guitar trio repertoire through commissions, original compositions, and arrangements of music for other instruments.

Federico Bonacossa is a composer and classical guitarist based in Miami Florida.  He studied classical guitar at the Conservatorio Statale G. P. da Palestrina in Italy before moving to the U.S.  He holds a master’s degree for the Peabody Conservatory and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Miami in classical guitar performance.  He also holds a masters degree in music composition from Florida International University where he studied composition and electronic music.

His recent work as a composer explores various forms of interaction between live performers and the computer, the relationship between pitch and rhythm, and the transcription of spontaneous vocal gestures with the aid of the computer.  He is currently working on a series of pieces for solo instrument and live processing.

As a performer he is involved in promoting works by contemporary composers, and especially works that feature live electronics.

Recent experiences include performances at the Mainly Mozart Festival, New Music Miami Festival, Compositum Musicae Novae, USF New Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest Festival in Kansas City, Contemplum symposium in Philadelphia, Kendall Sound Arts, 12 Nights Electro-acoustic Series, the Miami World Music Festival, the Miami Dade College On Stage Series, the Miami International Guitar Festival, Guitar Sarasota, the Miami Bach Society, the Colony Theater, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, the State College of Florida, the Bass Museum of Art, the Scuola Civica di Musica in Olbia, Italy, the Sephardic Jewish Synagogue in Lima, Peru, and a live concert for WLRN.  He is the company composer for Dance Now Miami! and is adjunct professor at Miami Dade College, Barry University, and Florida International University.

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Classical guitarist Corey Harvin has been performing in the U.S. and Japan since 1998. A winner of the Boston Classical Guitar Society Duo Competition, Corey is a collaborative musician and was a founding member of the Pedestrian Guitar Duo, a guitar duo dedicated to playing original modern repertoire. As a soloist Corey has concertized in the USA and Japan. He has also performed with vocalists, flute, saxophone, trumpet, and chamber groups including Musica Nova and OSSIA, as well as with the Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra and Vivo Sinfonietta Orchestra of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Unusual for most classical guitarists, Corey’s most recent concert featured him playing electric guitar with the University of South Florida Percussion Ensemble for a night of World Premiere music.

Harvin completed his undergraduate studies at Florida State University under Bruce Holzman and his Master’s and Doctoral work with Nicholas Goluses at the Eastman School of Music, through the University of Rochester, New York. He has participated in master classes under Grammy winning L.A. Guitar Quartet members Scott Tenant, John Dearman; lutenist, Paul O’dette; and guitarist Kevin Gallagher. Corey is currently the director of guitar studies at the Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida.

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8F5A2117Federico Musgrove, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, started playing guitar at the age of twelve. In 2001, he moved to Miami, Florida and decided to pursue a career in music. Although having been trained as an electric guitarist, he decided to focus on classical guitar. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Miami where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music performance.

As a student, he has played in Master Classes for artists such as Denis Azabagic, Manuel Barrueco, Margarita Escarpa, Máximo Diego Pujol, Berta Rojas, and Hopkinson Smith to name a few.

In 2011, Federico became the first student to earn a Master’s Degree in classical guitar performance from Florida International University, where he studied with Rafael Padrón. Although the guitar represents his biggest passion, his interest in music took him in different directions. Besides studying jazz guitar, and performing with the Gold Coast Opera, he also holds a diploma in Audio Technology from the SAE Institute, one of the most recognized centers in music production and sound engineering.

His most recent performances include solo recitals, appearances with the Miami Guitar Trio, the FIU Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. Mr. Musgrove is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Miami under a full scholarship and Teaching Assistantship.

Federico is currently the head guitar instructor at Music Instruction Specialists, in Miami, and also founding President and Executive Director of the Florida Guitar Foundation.

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