AUGUSTUS WOODROW-TOMIZUKA was born in 1995 in Amsterdam, Holland. He began playing guitar at age seven upon being inspired by an early obsession with the Beatles, and after experimenting with various styles of music and playing extensively with an indie rock band called “Picasso’s Wall”, he discovered an affinity for the classical guitar. He already bears several notable musical achievements, including the first prizes at the 2013 Indiana International Guitar Competition senior youth division, the 2013 Appalachian State Youth Guitar Competition, and the 2014 Texas International Guitar Competition senior youth division.
In his senior year of high school, he appeared as a solo performer on NPR's From the Top radio program, where he was also interviewed about his guitaristic pursuits and his National Science Foundation research on ant behavior. As a college freshman, he was the only undergraduate to win top prizes in the 2013 Tucson Flamenco Festival Open Guitar Competition, the 2013 Thomas Beeston Guitar Competition, and the 2014 Sholin Memorial Guitar Competition. As the winner of the 13th Annual William Wolfe Guitar Competition this past December, Gus will be the ecstatic recipient of a custom-made instrument by renowned luthier Stephan Connor.
Recently, Augustus was named one of only 160 national winners out of 11,000 applicants in the 2014 YoungArts Competition, joining other artists, filmmakers, dancers, actors, and writers in a weeklong performance project at the New World Symphony Center in Miami. On the academic front, he was awarded a prestigious Flinn Scholarship, and is currently pursuing his love of music at the University of Arizona under the guidance of Maestro Tom Patterson in the world-class Bolton Guitar Studies Program. This summer he will make his debut in Europe with solo appearances in Germany, the Netherlands and England.
In addition to his musical interests, Augustus has a passion for science, conservation, and karate, having won numerous accolades in the latter including gold medals in the U.S. Open International Tournament in Las Vegas in 2007 and 2011, and the USA NKF National Championships in Ft. Lauderdale in 2009. His volunteer work at the Reid Park Zoo led them to send him to Canada as their Arctic Ambassador to study polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. In the coming years he intends to continue being an active advocate for environmental stewardship.
“Guitar is the Star”
BWV 998 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Suite L’infidèle Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686-1750)
Grande Ouverture, Op. 61 Mauro Giuliani (1781 – 1829)
Prelude No. 1 Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 – 1959)
Etude No. 9
Etude No. 3
Etude No. 12
Soleares Joaquín Turina (1882-1949)
Sandy's Portrait Sérgio Assad (b. 1952)
Otoño Porteño Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992)