Voice, Guitar, and Piano Music from Many Times and Places.
Dr. Ayumi Nakamae is a native of Wakayama Japan. She attended college at Wakayama University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and a certificate of postgraduate studies in voice from Mukogawa Women’s University. Dr. Nakamae came to the United States to further her vocal training at Ball State University where she received a Master of Music in Voice Performance and completed a Doctor of Arts in Voice Performance and Harpsichord Performance. She joined the faculty of Coastal Carolina Community College in 1998 and teaches applied voice, choir, music appreciation and vocal ensemble. Dr. Nakamae has been honored twice as an educator of the year at Coastal Carolina Community College and is currently serves as the head of Fine Arts department. She is the district governor of the North Carolina Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing. When she is not in the classroom, Dr. Nakamae enjoys traveling to see her husband, Mark Walters–a professional opera singer, perform throughout the US and the world.
Duo Guitiano is formed by Colombian-American guitarist Carlos Castilla and Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles. Both started their artistic careers as soloists, finishing bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from conservatories and universities in Cuba, Colombia, Russia and the United States.
With an attractive proposal, Duo Guitiano specializes in the repertoire originally written for this instrumental setting, from 19th century to the present day. In their path, they have rescued forgotten scores from the golden age of the guitar/piano duo, bringing back to life the tradition of this peculiar ensemble.
This husband and wife duo has performed in multiples venues in Latin America, and the United States. In addition, they combine their performing careers with mentorship of the young generation. As pedagogues, they have held positions in music schools, conservatories, and universities abroad and in the US. Currently, Castilla teaches at North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke and at Coastal Carolina Community College, and Virelles teaches piano at Fayetteville State University.