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The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society event calendar features classical guitar events throughout the Delaware Valley and the greater Delaware area. If you would like us to include your event, please send us the information via our contact page with the date of the event as the subject line.

Please note that, due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person concerts have been postponed or cancelled. It is beyond our ability to update every listing as cancellations occur, so please be sure to check the event links available in each listing to ensure the event you’d like to attend is still taking place.

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November, 2019

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Thursday Noontime: Kevin Cope, classical guitar (MSMC)

Add event to googleThursday November 7, 2019 at 12:30 pmShow in Google mapOld Town Hall Museum, 504 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801, USAAdmission: FREE ($5 suggested donation)
Location: Old Town Hall Museum, 504 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Parking: Paid lot or street
Presenter: Market Street Music Corporation marketstreetmusicde.org/

Thursday Noontime Series at Old Town Hall! A 2019 DDOA Emerging Professional winner plays music for classical guitar – including his own compositions. Free admission ($5 donation suggested).

For more information about this event, please visit marketstreetmusicde.org.....iety/.
 

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Kevin Cope (DAM)

Add event to googleSunday November 10, 2019 at 1:00 pmShow in Google mapDelaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilmington, DE 19806, USAAdmission: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members, $10 Students
Location: Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
Parking: Free parking in lot or street
Presenter: Delaware Art Museum delart.org

Solo classical guitarist Kevin Cope, recipient of the Division of the Arts 2019 Emerging Professional Award, performs his original works.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES
The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.
 

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Guitar Ensemble (WCU)

Add event to googleWednesday November 13, 2019 at 8:15 pmShow in Google mapWare Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building, 817 S High St, West Chester, PA 19383, USAAdmission: FREE
Location: Ware Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building, 817 S High St, West Chester, PA 19383
Parking: Free parking in lot
Presenter: West Chester University wcupa.edu.

Guitar Ensemble Recital
 

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Masterclass with Marcin Dylla (BCGS)

Add event to googleFriday November 15, 2019 at 7:00 pmShow in Google mapPeabody Institute Of The Johns Hopkins University, 1 E Mt Vernon Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA
Admission: Free to Audit
Location: Peabody Conservatory, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Parking: Paid lot or paid street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org.

Marcin Dylla will give a class at the Peabody Conservatory on Friday, November 15 from 7-10 pm.

Performers in the class are students in the Peabody guitar department. The class is open to auditors.

BCGS classes are supported by The Maryland State Arts Council, The Citizens of Baltimore County, Mayor Jack Young and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts, Free Fall Baltimore, the Augustine Foundation, the Cape Foundation, the D’Addario Foundation, the Nora Roberts Foundation, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Foundation, as well as our individual donors. Thank you.


For more information, please visit www.bcgs.org/event/mar.....lass/.
 

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Zachary Grim (1867S)

Add event to googleFriday November 15, 2019 at 8:00 pmShow in Google map1867 Sanctuary, 101 Scotch Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628, USA

Admission: $20 General Admission | $15 Friends of the Sanctuary | $5 Students w/ID | $15/person group rates available
Location: 1867 Sanctuary, 101 Scotch Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628
Parking: Free parking in lot across street
Presenter: 1867 Sanctuary 1867sanctuary.org/

My Favorite Things is the newest concert program from American guitarist, Zachary Grim. About this experience that fuses the sounds of Spain, South American tango, and American jazz under the umbrella classical guitar, Zachary says the following, “I feel that a good concert is one that tells the audience who you are through your music. One of the greatest things about the world is that we are all amalgams of the diverse cultures and perspectives that shape who we are. I believe that this program, more than almost any other I have done, shows this successfully. The sheer variety of emotions, stories, and beauty that I am able to experience with the audience during these concerts is awe inspiring. It’s a truly special program that I am thrilled to share!”.

Bio:
Guitarist Zachary Grim (www.zacharygrim.com) is known for his contemporary concert programs presented in both modern and traditional contexts across the country. His music has led him to performances in venues such as the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Walters Art Museum, Gore Recital Hall, Hamilton Recital Hall, Gates Recital Hall, Waldheim Park, and Ag Hall. Additionally, Zachary has appeared as an artist for organizations such as the Society of the Cincinnati, Bethlehem Bach Choir, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, Allentown Band, Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, Boulder Guitar Society, and Denver Guitar Workshop. While Zachary frequently brings his music to the concert hall, he frequently seeks out alternative venues for performance. Zachary has performed concerts in living rooms, music therapy centers, retirement homes, and bars to spread the guitar’s vast repertoire to all corners of society.

An active teacher, Zachary has held a number of prestigious teaching appointments and has maintained a studio of private students since 2009. Currently, Mr. Grim holds teaching appointments at the Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore School of Music, as well as a teaching assistantship at the Peabody Conservatory. Previously, he held a teaching appointment at the University of Denver.

As an academic, Zachary also gives lectures on a number of topics relating to the classical guitar and its repertoire. Previous topics have included transcribing the lute music of John Dowland, the lute music of the English Tudor courts, Baroque performance practice, and modern compositional styles among guitar composers.

Zachary received two BM degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from West Chester University (Magna Cum Laude), a MM in Music Performance from the University of Denver where he received the Outstanding Recital Award. Currently, Zachary is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance with a congruent Master of Music degree in Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

When he is not performing or teaching, Zachary is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. A former baseball player, one of his favorite past-times is watching the Philadelphia Phillies and frequently visiting the different stadiums in America. Today, Zachary is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys learning more about exercise and nutrition while training for various physical projects.



The 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

For more information about this event, please visit 1867sanctuary.org/event.....itar/.

 

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Junhong Kuang with special guest Haoyang (David) Pan

Add event to googleSaturday November 16, 2019 at 7:30 pmShow in Google mapPresbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809Admission: $20 General Admission, $15 Senior/Student Admission, $10 WCGS/PCGS Member Admission
Location: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809
Parking: Free parking in lot or street
Presenter: Wilmington Classical Guitar wilmingtonguitar.org

Wilmington Classical Guitar is proud to present Chinese guitarist Junhong Kuang in his Delaware debut. Although only 19, Junhong has already enjoyed an incredible career, performing in over 100 concerts and winning several major awards, including first place in the Thailand International Guitar Competition at age 11! At just 14 he recorded his first CD for the illustrious Naxos label, and at 15 he began studies with Maestro Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory. Junhong has a lifetime of making incredible music ahead of him, and we’re overjoyed to be bringing his talents to Wilmington.

Works by Sor, Bach, Granados, Albeníz, Tedesco, Walton, and Rodrigo

Guest Opening Artist: Haoyang (David) Pan

A reception featuring MyHouse Cookies will follow the concert.

Please share our event on Facebook and invite your friends!

ABOUT THE ARTIST
19-year-old Junhong Kuang was awarded a top prize in the prestigious ARD Music Competition when he was just 17, along with the Audience Prize and the ifp-Music Prize, making him the youngest prize winner in the ARD history.

Junhong, who is widely recognized as one of the greatest young talents in the world today, has already given almost a hundred concerts in his young life. In the United States, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, and he has played recitals in Baltimore, Miami, and at Symphony Space in New York City. In China, he has performed recitals in the Oriental Art Centre Hall in Shanghai, and the Poly Theatre in Beijing among others, and in 2014 he was invited to give the opening concert at the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium in Germany.

He has performed as a soloist with several orchestras around the world, including the Symphony Orchestra of Dance and Theatre in Beijing, the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sichuan Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. This year he will perform the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Rodrigo with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and appear in recital at the prestigious Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore, as the winner of Peabody’s Yale Gordon Concerto Competition.

Junhong Kuang made his recording debut with the Naxos label in a recording of music by Bach, Albeniz, Granados, Barrios, and Mertz, released in 2015 to great critical acclaim. He began receiving professional training in classical guitar at the age of nine with Professor Xu Bao in Chengdu, China. Only two years later at the age of eleven, he won first prize in the Thailand International Guitar Competition. He was accepted into the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University when he was only 15 years old, and is currently studying under the tutelage of the legendary maestro, Manuel Barrueco.
 

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Marcin Dylla (BCGS)

Add event to googleSaturday November 16, 2019 at 8:00 pmShow in Google mapArts & Humanities Building, UMBC , Hilltop Road, Hilltop Rd, Catonsville, MD 21250Admission: $40 General, $35 Member
Location: Arts & Humanities Building, UMBC, Hilltop Road, Hilltop Rd, Catonsville, MD 21250
Parking: free parking in lot or paid or free parking in street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org

Last time Dylla performed in Baltimore, he sold out!

“Dylla’s a world-class virtuoso (…) and the evening was a riveting display of guitar technique. But it wasn’t his pinpoint accuracy that dazzled, so much as his deeply felt, almost sensual poeticism. This was playing of almost Romantic-era passion — and it was impossible not to be moved by it.”

The Washington Post

Hailed by Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet” Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in the recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs, and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world’s elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to the unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the ‘2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world followed by tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-09 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos ‘Top 10 Bestselling Albums’ in September 2008. His live recital DVD “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year.

“’Incredible’ is a word used far too frequently these days, but the Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla restored the meaning of the word in an absolutely stunning concert.”

Herald Tribune

For more information about this event, please visit www.bcgs.org/event/marcin-dylla/.
 

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Leonard Ranallo

Add event to googleSaturday November 23, 2019 at 7:00 pmShow in Google mapUniversity Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USAAdmission: FREE
Location: University Lutheran Church, 3637 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Parking: Free parking in lot or paid parking in street
Presenter: self

I’ll be performing a FREE solo recital at Uni Lu on November 23. Playing through some favs by Bach, Tarrega, and Satie, as well as my own arrangements of some Debussy Preludes.

For more information about this event, please visit www.facebook.com/events/436681463699236/.
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday November 24, 2019 at 6:00 pmShow in Google mapPresbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809The guitar salons are a monthly gathering of WCGS members. We strive for a welcome and inviting atmosphere that will appeal to players of all levels of ability - from very beginners to professionals. Everyone is invited to play and take part in discussions.

Attendance is restricted to WCGS members or by invitation only. For information about joining WCGS or to request an invitation, please visit www.wilmingtonguitar.org.  
 
December, 2019

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Professional Members Concert & Holiday Party (PCGS)

Add event to googleSunday December 1, 2019 at 3:00 pmAdmission: $30 General , $20 Student/Senior, FREE admission to Members (+$10 on all levels for premium seating)
Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Parking: Free in lot or on street
Presenter: Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society phillyguitar.org

Acknowledging and appreciating the artists that live in our vicinity is essential to ensuring the longevity of all fields of the arts. The arts flourish not just in distant havens such as Paris, New York, or Tokyo, but also in the homes of our neighbors in Philadelphia. Our talented membership includes guitar builders, composers, instructors, professional performers, and college professors. This annual concert is our homage to the many talented members of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.

We invite you to join us for the concert and stay for our post-concert Holiday Party where you can meet other members and local artists and celebrate the holiday season.

For more information, please visit phillyguitar.org/event-3506923.
 

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Masterclass with Manuel Barrueco (JHU)

Add event to googleTuesday December 3, 2019 at 4:00 pmShow in Google mapPeabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202Admission: Free to Audit
Location: Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Parking: Paid lot or paid street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org.

Maestro Manuel Barrueco, will give a master class at the Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 on December 3, at 4:00 PM. The class is free to observe.

For more information about this event, please visit peabody.jhu.edu/event/.....r-15/.
 

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Masterclass with Manuel Barrueco (JHU)

Add event to googleThursday December 5, 2019 at 4:00 pmShow in Google mapPeabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202Admission: Free to Audit
Location: Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
Parking: Paid lot or paid street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org.

Maestro Manuel Barrueco, will give a master class at the Peabody Conservatory, Centre Street Performance Studio, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202 on December 5, at 4:00 PM. The class is free to observe.

For more information about this event, please visit peabody.jhu.edu/event/.....r-16/.
 

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Zach Alex Student Recital (WCU)

Add event to googleSaturday December 7, 2019 at 12:00 pmShow in Google mapWare Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building, 817 S High St, West Chester, PA 19383, USAAdmission: FREE
Location: Ware Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building, 817 S High St, West Chester, PA 19383
Parking: Free parking in lot
Presenter: West Chester University wcupa.edu.

Zach Alex Student Recital
 

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2nd Annual WCGS Potluck Lecture Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday December 15, 2019 at 6:00 pmShow in Google mapPresbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809The guitar salons are a monthly gathering of WCGS members. We strive for a welcome and inviting atmosphere that will appeal to players of all levels of ability - from very beginners to professionals. Everyone is invited to play and take part in discussions.

Attendance is restricted to WCGS members or by invitation only. For information about joining WCGS or to request an invitation, please visit www.wilmingtonguitar.org.  
 
January, 2020

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John Marcel Williams (PCGS)

Add event to googleSunday January 12, 2020 at 3:00 pmShow in Google mapSettlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USAAdmission: $30 General, $20 Student/Senior, $15 Member (+$10 on all levels for premium seating)
Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Parking: Free in lot or on street
Presenter: Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society phillyguitar.org

John Marcel Williams is an American classical guitarist establishing a reputation as a virtuoso soloist. He has been awarded over 20 prizes at young artist competitions across the country, including first prize at the Boston Guitar Festival, Rosario Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Guitar Festival, and 2nd prize at the international Guitar Foundation of America Young Artist Competition. In addition he was awarded first prize at the James Stroud Competition and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Audition. He entered the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD when he was 16 where he studied with classical guitar legend Manuel Barrueco.

Williams unique musicality combined with virtuosic technique has led him to numerous solo performances. He is frequently invited to perform and teach at venues across the United States as well as internationally. Most recently in 2018, John toured Panama as a guest artist for the Panama Guitar Festival where he not only performed but gave masterclasses and adjudicated for the Panama Guitar Competition. Other recent concerts include solo recitals at Oberlin College and Moravian college. John Marcel has made numerous media appearances on various radio and TV programs, most notably performing on NPR’s program, “From the Top,” where he was also awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Future engagements for Mr. Williams include a performance of Elmer Bernstein’s Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra with the Wheeling Symphony, and as a featured artist for the upcoming season of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.

John began to study the guitar at age 10 and his talents were quickly noticed by the late Aron Shearer, who encouraged him to continue his pursuit as a classical guitarist. John went on to study with Stephen Aron at the Oberlin Conservatory at age 13, under whose guidance he began to gain attention winning competitions across the United States. He also spent a summer studying at the Aspen Music Festival after an invitation from Sharon Isbin, professor of guitar at the Juilliard School.

Williams started his collegiate studies with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute of Music in 2011, and received both his undergraduate and masters degree in guitar performance. He is currently enrolled at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying under Grammy award winning artist Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.

For more information, please visit phillyguitar.org/event-3506924.
 

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WCGS Salon (WCGS)

Add event to googleSunday January 26, 2020 at 6:00 pmShow in Google mapPresbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, DE 19809The guitar salons are a monthly gathering of WCGS members. We strive for a welcome and inviting atmosphere that will appeal to players of all levels of ability - from very beginners to professionals. Everyone is invited to play and take part in discussions.

Attendance is restricted to WCGS members or by invitation only. For information about joining WCGS or to request an invitation, please visit www.wilmingtonguitar.org.  
 
February, 2020

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Irina Kulikova (BCGS)

Add event to googleSaturday February 1, 2020 at 8:00 pmShow in Google mapArts & Humanities Building, UMBC, Hilltop Road, Hilltop Rd, Catonsville, MD 21250Admission: $35 General, $30 Member
Location: Arts & Humanities Building, UMBC, Hilltop Road, Hilltop Rd, Catonsville, MD 21250
Parking: free parking in lot or street
Presenter: Baltimore Classical Guitar Society bcgs.org

With the rare beauty of her tone and and her enchanting presence on stage, Russian guitarist Irina Kulikova catches the hearts of audiences across the globe. She belongs to that class of musicians that tell something pure and special with their instrument in a seemingly effortless flow. Soundboard Magazine (USA) wrote: “Some of the most sheerly beautiful playing I have ever heard.”

Irina was scheduled to perform in Baltimore in February of 2017 but was denied a visa to come to the United States. Maryland senators and representatives stepped in and Irina now has a visa to come perform in Baltimore.

For more information about this event, please visit www.bcgs.org/event/irina-kulikova/.
 

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Masterclass with Stephen Robinson (WCUPA)

Add event to googleThursday February 6, 2020 at 4:00 pmAdmission: FREE
Location: TBD
Parking: TBD
Presenter: West Chester University wcupa.edu

GST Master Class: Stephen Robinson: masterclass on vocal/guitar repertoire
 

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Stephen Robinson with Stephen Ng, tenor (WCU)

Add event to googleThursday February 6, 2020 at 8:15 pmShow in Google mapMadeleine Wing Adler Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High St West Chester, PA 19383Admission: FREE
Location: Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High St West Chester, PA 19383
Parking: free parking in lot
Presenter: West Chester University wcupa.edu

West Chester University Wells School of Music proudly presents...

Guest Artist: Stephen Robinson, guitar; with Stephen Ng, tenor

Learn more: srobinsonguitar.com

Free and Open to the Public
Tickets Not Required

Program: TBA
 

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Masterclass with Gohar Vardanyan (PCGS)

Add event to googleSunday February 9, 2020 at 10:00 amShow in Google mapSettlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USAAdmission: Free to audit
Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Parking: Free in lot or on street
Presenter: Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society phillyguitar.org

Widely admired for her technique, artistry, and passionate performances Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed for numerous guitar societies, universities, and arts organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Ms. Vardanyan has performed with the Juilliard Opera Center and as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Panama National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a guest artist at International Guitar Festivals in Canada, Panama, Italy, and Mexico. She has been featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with musicality and emotional quality . . . that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind. Not only is she able to draw you into her performances with engaging musical interpretations, but she has the technical facility that is required of any concert level guitarist.” Her playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.”

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She maintains a private studio in New York City and frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops during her concert travels. Ms. Vardanyan is an author of four books from Mel Bay Publications with a fifth one of its way. She has an extensive list of instructive guitar videos on both her own channel and the Strings by Mail channel.

Ms. Vardanyan began studying the guitar in her native Armenia at the age of five under the careful guidance of her father, Vardan Vardanyan. At the age of eight, she gave her first public performance and also appeared on Armenian National Television. She was the first prize winner in the Armenian National Music Contest “Amadeus” and was accepted into the prestigious group, “New Names,” for talented young musicians. She performed in numerous concert venues in Armenia, including Komitas Chamber Music Hall and the Small Philharmonic Hall. She went on to study with Antigoni Goni at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. In 2001, Ms. Vardanyan studied with John Wunsch at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She was awarded the Young Artist’s Certificate from Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Harold Randolph Prize in performance from the Peabody Conservatory.

Ms. Vardanyan holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Sharon Isbin and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Manuel Barrueco. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Gohar Vardanyan is sponsored by Strings by Mail and plays on Royal Classics Recital strings. ​Guitar: 2012 Jean Rompé

For more information, please visit phillyguitar.org/event-3547832.
 

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Gohar Vardanyan (PCGS)

Add event to googleSunday February 9, 2020 at 3:00 pmShow in Google mapSettlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USAAdmission: $30 General, $20 Student/Senior, $15 Member (+$10 on all levels for premium seating)
Location: Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Parking: Free in lot or on street
Presenter: Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society phillyguitar.org

Widely admired for her technique, artistry, and passionate performances Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed for numerous guitar societies, universities, and arts organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and guitar societies in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and New York City to name a few. She has appeared on National Public Radio in the United States and Radio Nacional in Argentina. Ms. Vardanyan has performed with the Juilliard Opera Center and as a soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Panama National Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a guest artist at International Guitar Festivals in Canada, Panama, Italy, and Mexico. She has been featured on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with musicality and emotional quality . . . that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind. Not only is she able to draw you into her performances with engaging musical interpretations, but she has the technical facility that is required of any concert level guitarist.” Her playing has been described as “passionate,” “evocative,” and “virtuosic.”

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Vardanyan is an avid teacher. She maintains a private studio in New York City and frequently teaches master classes and guitar technique workshops during her concert travels. Ms. Vardanyan is an author of four books from Mel Bay Publications with a fifth one of its way. She has an extensive list of instructive guitar videos on both her own channel and the Strings by Mail channel.

Ms. Vardanyan began studying the guitar in her native Armenia at the age of five under the careful guidance of her father, Vardan Vardanyan. At the age of eight, she gave her first public performance and also appeared on Armenian National Television. She was the first prize winner in the Armenian National Music Contest “Amadeus” and was accepted into the prestigious group, “New Names,” for talented young musicians. She performed in numerous concert venues in Armenia, including Komitas Chamber Music Hall and the Small Philharmonic Hall. She went on to study with Antigoni Goni at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. In 2001, Ms. Vardanyan studied with John Wunsch at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She was awarded the Young Artist’s Certificate from Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Harold Randolph Prize in performance from the Peabody Conservatory.

Ms. Vardanyan holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Sharon Isbin and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Manuel Barrueco. She is also an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Gohar Vardanyan is sponsored by Strings by Mail and plays on Royal Classics Recital strings. ​Guitar: 2012 Jean Rompé

For more information, please visit phillyguitar.org/event-3507004.