The Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee, the Classical Guitar Society at FSU and the FSU College of Music will present Kevin Ginty and Steven Jay Lerman in concert on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm in Dohnanyi Recital Hall, Housewright Music Building, FSU, at the corner of Copeland and Call Streets. Kevin and Steven were Concert Prize Winners of the 2014 CGST International Guitar Competition held in December of 2014. The concert is free.
Kevin Ginty is an active classical guitarist, teacher, and arts administrator in the Tallahassee community. In 2010, Kevin moved from his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada to Tallahassee in order to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance from the College of Music at Florida State University. During his time as an undergraduate at FSU, Kevin co-founded The Classical Guitar Society at Florida State University (CGS@FSU) and was one of a select few undergraduate students to take private lessons with renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman.
Upon graduating in the spring of 2014, Kevin was offered an administrative assistantship to complete a Master’s of Arts in Arts Administration at FSU. This unique degree program allows Kevin to learn vital skills in non-profit arts management, while still maintaining his craft as a musician. Kevin hopes to use these professional abilities to help create a thriving community for classical guitar in Tallahassee.
Kevin’s program will include works by Leo Brouwer, Issac Albeniz, and Joaquin Rodrigo.
Steven Jay Lerman began studying classical guitar at the age of 16 in San Diego, CA. Just 3 years later Steven was offered a full-tuition music scholarship to attend the University of Arizona’s world renowned Bolton Guitar Studies program. During his undergraduate study, Steven served as the artistic director for the Tucson Guitar Society, was a member of the Tucson Guitar Orchestra, taught in public schools throughout Arizona, and managed a private lessons studio.
In 2012 Steven was awarded a research grant that paid for travel to Canada to study with Grammy-Award-Winning Brazilian guitarist and composer Sergio Assad. The following year he was invited to present his research at the University of Arizona research exposition, and was subsequently one of only four chosen to be featured researchers.
Steven is a frequent competition participant. He has won 3 and reached the finals of 12 classical guitar competitions, winning over $15,000 in cash and prizes. Steven has performed in masterclasses for some of the most important classical guitar figures including: David Russell, the Assad brothers, Solo Duo, Nicholas Goluses, Rene Izquierdo, Johannes Moller, Vladimir Gorbach, Marcin Dylla, Carlos Perez, Carlos Bonnell, Anton Baranov, and Pavel Steidl. Steven has been able to study privately with Thomas Viloteau, Tom Patterson, and Bruce Holzman; some of the top teachers in the world. Steven is currently finishing his Master’s of Music degree at Florida State University and working as a graduate assistant.
Steve’s program will include works by J.K. Mertz, J.S. Bach, and Joaquin Turina.