Alvaro Pierri Concert at FSU

Alvaro Pierri is internationally acclaimed as a leading personality in the world of the guitar. Press reviews around the world praise “his masterly thought-out interpretations” … “the breathtaking phrasing” … and “the unmatched musical colour spectrum that he creates on the guitar“. Maestro Pierri’s concert will feature works by Sor, Villa-Lobos, Torroba, Brouwer, Ginstera, and Sainz De La Maza.

The concert will take place in FSU’s Dodd Auditorium and is free to everyone!

Dodd Auditorium
646 W Jefferson St.
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
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Alvaro Pierri was born in Montevideo in Uruguay, in a family of musicians. He received his early musical education from his mother, Ada Estades, on the piano and his aunt, Olga Pierri, on the guitar. Later he studied with Abel Carlevaro, the composer Guido Santorsola and also at the Uruguayan National Institute of Musicology.

From the age of 11 he was already winning prizes in international guitar competitions, including 1st Prize in the International Guitar Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1st Prize in the International Guitar Competition in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and the Gold Medal at the 18th International Competition by France Musique/Radio France in Paris.

Pierri′s debut in the USA took place in New York and received outstanding reviews: … ”Mr. Pierri revealed an artistic maturity not commonly encountered” … ”compared to artists as Segovia, Bream, Williams” … ”brilliant, sensitive, versatile, breathtaking” (New York Times & Continental Reviews). In 1983 he made his debut in Germany with the string soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and he subsequently appeared on numerous radio and television programmes produced by the German, Austrian, Danish, Spanish, French, Canadian, Korean and Japanese Radios. 

As a musician popular with both the public and the critics, Pierri is a regular guest at the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Contemporary composers such as Leo Brouwer, Guido Santorsola, Jacques Hétu, Astor Piazzolla, Abel Carlevaro, Carlo Domeniconi and Terry Riley have written major works for Alvaro Pierri, in each case, he has premiered them brilliantly.

His manifest love of chamber music has resulted in collaborations with major musical figures including Astor Piazzolla, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Ernö Sebestien, Regis Pasquier, Hatto Beyerle, Philippe Müller, Leo Brouwer, Alcides Lanza, Terry Riley, Tracy Silverman, Maureen Forrester, Eduardo Fernandez, the Cherubini Quartet and the Turtle Island String Quartet, and he has also worked with conductors such as Pinchas Steinberg, Charles Dutoit, Wojciech Rajski, Mario Bernardi and Yannick Nezet-Séguin.

Alvaro Pierri′s CDs have been released by Metropole-Polydor (France), Blue Angel-2001 (Germany), Milan Records (Canada), Analekta (Canada)Amplitude (Canada), Madacy (Canada), HOMA (Japan) and Alpha Omega (Hong Kong). His discography includes solo recordings, chamber music, guitar concerts and electro-acoustic music. Several of his CDs have been honoured with prices and nominations, he received already twice the coveted Canadian FELIX award for the best classical CD of the year. Recently “Pioneer Classics Japan” brought out a DVD featuring Spanish and South American guitar music, and “Deutsche Grammophon” re-published a DVD with Astor Piazzolla’s Double Concerto,  Alvaro Pierri performing in duo with Astor Piazzolla. 

Alvaro Pierri is also an internationally acclaimed teacher. Many of his students have won major international guitar competitions. He was professor at the University of Santa Maria in Brazil and subsequently ran a guitar class at McGill University and the UQAM (Academy of Music) in Montreal. In 2002 he was appointed professor at the famous Academy of music in Vienna (today University of Music and Performing Arts).

Pierri gives master classes at major music festivals such as the New York Manhattan Masters, GFA Guitar Foundation of America, Québec FIG, the SIG Séminaire International de Guitare in Paris and Bordeaux, in Barcelona, at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, the Wiener Meisterkurse, the Villa Musica in Mainz, and in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, and Hong Kong a. o.

 

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Rene Izquierdo in Concert

The Classical Guitar Society at FSU is bringing internationally acclaimed guitarist Rene Izquierdo to Tallahassee later this month. Mr. Izquierdo will teach a masterclass on Thursday evening before his concert on Friday night.

Masterclass: 1/21/16 from 5-8 PM in Lindsay Recital Hall

Recital: 1/22/16 at 7:30 PM in Dohnanyi Recital Hall.rene-izquierdo-03

Rene Izquierdo, a native from Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, Mr. Izquierdo earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. While at Yale he represented the university in an exchange program with the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse du Paris and worked with guitarists Olivie Chassain and Roland Dyens. Rene has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba and Europe. He has shared the stage with prestigious guitarists including Eliot Fisk, Benjamin Verdery and Jorge Morel, as well as renowned flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, David Jolley and Paquito d’Rivera. Renowned composers such as Jorge Morel and Carlos R. Rivera have dedicated works to him.

Mr. Izquierdo is a recipient of numerous awards. He is a winner of JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition, Schadt String competition, Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition among others.

He is currently a professor of classical guitar at the Wisconsin State University in Milwaukee and an active solo performer and chamber musician. Rene has studied with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Eli Kassner, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, David Starobin, Eduardo Fernandez, Jorge Morel, Robert Beaser and Anthony Newman among others.

FSU Classical Guitar Studio Recital

Come join us for an afternoon of great classical guitar playing from some of our most talented performers! The concert will feature works by Albeniz, Bach, Tarrega, Rodrigo, and many more.

When: Sunday December 6th from 3 PM – 5 PM

Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church on North Monroe

Cost: Free to everyone in the Tallahassee Community who enjoys guitar music

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2 Masterclasses with Jorge Caballero

Jorge Caballero will teach two Masterclasses this week before his concert on Friday night at 8 pm in Dohnanyi Recital Hall, FSU.

Free to audit – open to the public to observe. Prepare to be educated and thrilled!

Class 1: Wed Nov 4 from 6 – 9 pm in KMU 240 at FSU College of Music, Kuersteiner Music Bldg.

Class 2: Thurs Nov 5 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm in KMU 340 at FSU College of Music, Kuersteiner Music Bldg.

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Jorge Caballero in Concert, Friday Nov 6 at 8 pm in Dohnanyi Recital Hall, FSU – FREE

Guitarist and composer Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award, one of the most prestigious and coveted awards given to performers of any instrument, and comparable to the Pulitzer Prize for musicians. He is known for his dazzling virtuosity, his intense musicality and his spellbinding performances.

His program at FSU will a selection of works by Isaac Albeniz, a sonata by Wolfgang A. Mozart, and Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest P. Moussorgsky which was arranged for the guitar by the incomparable Kazuhito Yamashita.

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Widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, Allan Kozinn of the New York Times called him a “superb young guitarist” and praised his rare combination of “a deft, powerful technique and a soft-spoken interpretive persona.”

“I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE OF THE GUITAR, AND ITS NAME IS CABALLERO.”
Mark Wilson, Rosewood Guitar Magazine (May 7, 1997)

Mr. Caballero has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic and the Presidential Symphony of Ankara, Turkey, among others. His recital appearances include performances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress in Washington (in the historic Great Performers Series), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles and other venues in the United States and internationally. Recent performances include recitals at the Santo Tirso Guitar Festival in Portugal, as well as concerts in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico.

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Mr. Caballero was featured as the center artist for the production of “Austin Pictures,” one of the largest events ever produced featuring a solo classical guitar. The production took place at the Austin City Limits Live Theater and it involved visual arts, film, and Mr. Caballero’s performance of Modest Mussorgsky’s iconic work “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The show was broadcasted live on National Public Radio (KUT 90.5 FM Austin), and on KLRU (PBS) National Television later.

In 2009, Mr. Caballero was called at the last minute to replace John Williams at the 18th edition of the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, one of the most important guitar festivals in Europe. Reviews of the concert state that “From the first note, [Mr. Caballero] revealed a perfect mastery of guitar and music.” Another critic said: “If I had not shaken hands with him, I would not have had the certainty of having seen a human being… The guitar proved to be a universal instrument with unlimited possibilities of orchestration and better than any other instrument.”

Mr. Caballero recorded Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony transcribed for solo guitar, a work that he is one of only two guitarists in the world to perform. His Musical Heritage CD of Bach Cello Suites, recorded in 2000, was highly praised by critics, drawing comparisons to Casals, Rostropovich and Segovia. He recently recorded “Alba,” a one-movement work by American Composer Mark N. Grant, released last year on Albany Records. A recording of Bach keyboard works is in the planning stages, as well as a recording of Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata Op. 1, also arranged by Mr. Caballero, and arguably one of the most important works ever arranged for the guitar. Earlier this year, Mr. Caballero was featured playing a 1940 Hauser I guitar (formerly played by Julian Bream) in three videos produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A native of Lima, Peru, Mr. Caballero comes from a musical family. His mother is a well-known singer in Peru and as a child he spent many evenings sitting backstage at her concerts. He learned to play guitar from his father, but he had already absorbed much knowledge about the instrument from listening to his father give lessons. Growing up at a time when terrorists in Peru bombed electrical stations, he became an expert at practicing in the dark.

He began his professional training at the National Conservatory in Lima, studying with Oscar Zamora. He later studied in the United States, where he attended the Manhattan School of Music. He is the recipient of top prizes at the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Luis Sigall Competition, and the First Latin American Guitar Competition, in addition to the Naumburg, which he won in 1996 at age 19.

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Mr. Caballero’s repertoire is notable for its breadth and scope: When he applied to the conservatory, his teacher suggested that perhaps he should list the pieces that he did not play, since there were so few of them. It ranges from Bach to Ginastera, from Paganini to Ponce, from Scarlatti and Dowland to Giuliani and Legnani, from Renaissance pieces for the vihuela to modern composers like Carter, Berio and Ferneyhough.

Reviews

New York Guitar Festival 2014
The New York Times
Jon Pareles
“A masterly classical guitarist”
“Jorge Caballero, a masterly classical guitarist born in Peru, chose the concert’s prickliest piece: the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata (Op. 47), which splinters Argentine folk elements into stark modernist declamations on the way to a final movement that picks up the momentum of a folk dance. With his meticulous balance and chameleonic timbres, he also played more ingratiating reflections on local heritage: the Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro’s “Suite Venezolano” and two Chopinesque waltzes by the Paraguayan composer Agustin Barrios.”

“One like no other”
Marler Zeitung
“The surprise lasted two hours and, as a matter of fact, the audience would afterwards have to bow before a musician who, with his guitar, has mastered things that no one can otherwise play in the world. His unique style changed our perception of the possibilities of his instrument. The Sythener Castle was host to Jorge Caballero, an international star, and who simply must be heard at least once.”

“Jorege Caballero has changed the thinking of guitarists”
Ralf Tiemann
In truth, had we not seen it with our own eyes, we would hardly believe by the mere hearing of it that this was only one guitar. Jorge Caballero impressed us with everything that a guitarist could. He has perfect technique and plays at a pace that’s spellbinding. He can also impress us with expression and loveliness, as well as stunning strength. At its most sensational is probably his command of voice leading that simply often sounds like two or three guitars and not one. The virtuoso’s was the last concert of the current Guitar-Symposium on Friday night – the first time in the Gold Room of the Schauburg – in which the ears of listeners spread the multilayered vocal weave of a five-part Bach fugue, perfectly clear and transparent with only six strings, and unmatched.

“Jorge Caballero offers impressive Mussorgsky for Guitar Society.”
St. Louis Classical Guitar Society

“Jorge Caballero, Peruvian, and now among the best guitarists in the world.”
Niccolo Paganini XIV International Guitar Festival

“An incredible lasting memory of one of the world’s best artists.”
KW Guitar Society

“Unusual combination of a deft, powerful technique and a soft-spoken interpretive persona made a strong impression.”
Walter W. Naumburg Foundation Concert

Guest Artist Recital – Kevin Manderville – Classical Guitar

October 9, 2015 Tyler Recital Hall
Free of charge with donations accepted at the door

Classic guitar virtuoso Kevin Manderville returns to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center for a Guest Artist Recital on Friday, October 9 at 7:30 pm in the Tyler Recital Hall. The event is free of charge with donations accepted at the door and is sponsored by the Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College. Seating is limited and doors will open at 7:00 pm for first come seating.

Dr. Kevin Manderville of Montgomery, Alabama is an active solo recitalist, chamber musician, teacher and scholar, Manderville has appeared in major cities and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and has won top prizes at several international competitions.

For information, contact NWF State College Classical Guitar instructor Jimmy Chandler at(850) 240-0469 or the Fine & Performing Arts Division office at (850) 729-5382.

Kevin Manderville began his classical guitar studies at the age of 18 under Jimmy Chandler’s direction (when Chandler was a guitar instructor in Jacksonville). Kevin Manderville received the Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University, where he studied with Stephen Robinson. He also received the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from Florida State University under the tutelage of renowned pedagogue Bruce Holzman. In addition, Mr. Manderville has also studied in master classes with some of today’s most prominent guitarists, including Sergio and Odair Assad, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Roland Dyens, and Oscar Ghiglia.

Kevin Manderville has won prizes in several international competitions, including first prize at the Concours International de Guitare de Lachine, second prize at the Rantucci International Guitar Competition and consecutive top prizes at the Columbus Guitar Symposium Competition. In 2006, he was a recipient of the Florida Artist Enhancement Grant.

His performance as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and former member of the Tantalus Quartet have taken him throughout North America and Europe, including appearances in such major cities as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Montreal, Cologne, New Orleans, Miami and Orlando. He has also performed at major venues, concert series and festivals including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention, the Iserlohn International Guitar Symposium, the 2nd Acadia International Guitar Festival, the Hamilton International Guitar Festival, the Columbus State University Guitar Symposium, the New York Guitar Seminar, and the Lachine International Music Festival. Committed to the performance of new music, he has premiered several works including those written for him. His debut CD, titled Through the Centuries, was released in the fall of 2010 on Clear Note.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Manderville served as a teaching assistant at Florida State University for three years. He has also been on the faculty of Thomas University, Tallahassee Community College, Bainbridge College and the Stetson University Community School of Music. While living in New York, he taught at Medgar Evers College, the Amadeus Conservatory of Music, and initiated an after-school guitar program for Manhattan Youth. He also serves on the Guitar Foundation of America’s Education Committee. Kevin Manderville currently resides in Montgomery, AL, where he directs the classical guitar program at Carver Elementary Arts Magnet School and is on the faculty at Huntingdon College.

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Website: http://www.kevinmanderville.net/

Michael Morgan and Benjamin Lougheed in Concert – April 29 @ 6:30 pm @ Collins Library, Downtown Tallahassee – Free

WHAT: Michael Morgan and Benjamin Lougheed, classical guitar WHERE: Collins Library, Downtown Tallahassee WHEN: April 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm COST: FREE! Michael Morgan and Benjamin Lougheed were Concert Prize Winners of the 2014 CGST International Guitar Competition held in December of 2014. Michael Morgan began his guitar studies at the age of thirteen with David Hoge at the David Hoge Guitar Studio in Tallahassee, Florida. He continued his guitar studies at Leon High School with Ed Prasse and was a three-year member and student director of Frets, the advanced guitar ensemble at Leon High School. He was an inaugural member of the Florida Music Educator’s Association All-State Guitar Ensemble, as well as a member for the next two years until his graduation in 2013. He has studied privately with several FSU alumni, including Dr. Eric Robles, Dr. Adam Foster, and Dr. Stephen Robinson. He has participated in masterclasses with Pavel Steidl and Jorge Caballero at the Domaine Forget in Quebec, and was a prize winner in the first Classical Guitar Society of Tallahassee International Competition. He is currently pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance and Music Education with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University. Michael will perform works by Frederico Moreno Torroba and Johann Sebastian Bach. Benjamin Lougheed attended the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with world-renowned teacher and current department chair Julian Gray, earning his Bachelor’s of Music in Guitar Performance with honors. He is currently completing his Masters of Music in Guitar Performance at Florida State, where he is studying with Bruce Holzman, who was recently inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America Hall of Fame. He has participated in master classes with several of the most accomplished guitarists in the world, including Jason Vieaux, Ana Vidovic, Denis Azabagic, and Paul Galbraith. Benjamin will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Roland Dyens.