Biography

The award-winning Galestro-Smith Duo formed in early 2010 during their undergraduate classical studies at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida. Flutist Angela Galestro and guitarist Jonathan Lee Smith have delighted audiences across the entire United States and in concert as far away as Assisi and Cervo, Italy. Both highly accomplished artists, the duo offers a diverse repertoire of classical, jazz, Latin American and popular music.

 

Eager to advance their careers as a substantial component of the musical world, the Galestro-Smith Duo has studied under and participated in master classes with internationally renowned artists. These teachers have included: Jonathan Snowden (UK), Matteo Mela (IT), Julian Gray, Stephen Aron, João Luiz (BR), Jeffrey McFadden (CA), Nicholas Goluses, Stephen Robinson, Linda Mark, George Pope and Roland Dyens (FR). The duo has performed for international events and festivals for the National Flute Association, GuitarSarasota, Suonare in Italia, and the Mediterranean Guitar Festival. Most recently in 2016, the GS Duo was awarded a top prize in the Chamber Music division for The American Prize Competition and in June 2014, 1st prize in the ensemble division at the Southern Guitar Festival in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

Both Angela and Jonathan received their Master of Music degrees from the University of Akron and Bachelor of Music degrees from Stetson University. They currently reside in Sarasota, FL where they have recently moved to continue their music careers, be with family, and complete the final dissertation phase of their doctoral degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory.

Angela Galestro

Flutist Angela Galestro is a native of Sarasota, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestral Flute Performance from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida in 2012 and her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio in 2014. Currently, Angela is in the dissertation phase of completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Shenandoah Conservatory where she studies with world-renowned flutist Jonathan Snowden. She served as the graduate teaching assistant of the flute studio at Shenandoah from 2014-2018 where she taught applied lessons, was director and conductor of the Flute Ensemble, gave masterclasses on flute history and development, and instructed classes on scales, technique and sight-reading for undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and artist diploma level flutists.

Angela has notable professional experience performing around the world in cities throughout the USA, Europe, and South America. She has played flute, piccolo, and alto flute professionally in symphony orchestras, opera orchestras, musical theatre, and chamber music ensembles including performances at Carnegie Hall.

Angela performs regularly with her husband, guitarist Jonathan Lee Smith, in the award-winning flute and guitar ensemble GS Duo. Both highly accomplished artists, the duo offers a diverse repertoire of classical, jazz, Latin American and popular music. Most recently, GS Duo won second place in The American Prize Chamber Music Competition making them the only two-person chamber music ensemble to earn a top prize in this category.

Jonathan

Smith

Award-winning guitarist Jonathan Smith continues to earn recognition as a superior artist through his versatile performance skills, teaching style, and collaborations.
Jonathan has received awards in a number of competitions including 1st place “James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition 2014;” 1st Prize “Southern Guitar Festival 2014, chamber division;” 3rd Prizes in both the Classical and Blues/Rock categories of the “Wilson Center Guitar Festival and Competition 2013;” and highly commended for the Stetson University Concerto Competition in 2010.
Though trained as a classical guitarist, Jonathan is equally at home with jazz, pop, rock and fusion styles. He performs both solo and collaborative works, with one, in particular, being a flute and guitar ensemble, Galestro-Smith Duo. With flutist Angela Galestro, the award-winning duo has delighted audiences across the entire United States and in concert as far away as Argentina and Italy. Other collaborations include Shenandoah Conservatory’s Edge Ensemble, Shenandoah Summer Music Theater, Carbone-Smith Duo and Florida hit rock band, Run Rhino. Jonathan’s contribution to new music with Shenandoah Conservatory’s Edge Ensemble includes performances of works by and for David Lang, Oscar Bettison, Jonathan Newman, and David T. Little. Jonathan has featured his versatility, notably with Shenandoah Summer Music Theater, on many fretted instruments like banjo, mandolin, and steel-string guitar. These productions include Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, Oklahoma, Hairspray, and Cabaret. Run Rhino, which features Jonathan’s creative electric guitar work, has opened for “Hippiefest” (3 years in a row) in Daytona Beach, FL; “The American Music Festival” in Daytona Beach, FL opening for Lifehouse; and has opened for other national acts such as Foghat, Jefferson Starship, and Molly Hatchet.
Teaching music and developing his own pedagogical methods is at the forefront of Jonathan’s career. He manages and teaches at Glaize Avenue Studios which holds a network of students well on their way to making music. Through a foundation of classical studies mixed with an upbringing in popular culture, Jonathan’s teaching methods cater to all ages and learning styles. Jonathan regularly teaches classical guitar, fingerstyle guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, trumpet, and beginning piano. Further, the genre focus is specific to the student’s strengths, background, and ambitions. Being a well-adverse teacher would not come without Jonathan’s teachers and mentors. These pedagogues include Dr. Stephen Robinson, Stephen Aron, and Julian Gray alongside selective participation in master classes for renowned artists such as Manuel Barrueco, Roland Dyens, Eliot Fisk, and Lorenzo Micheli.
 
Jonathan received a Master of Music degree from the University of Akron under the tutelage of Stephen Aron and a Bachelor of Music from Stetson University while studying with Dr. Stephen Robinson. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Guitar Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory under Professor Julian Gray and remains active as a teacher, performer, arranger, and recording artist.