16-year-old Olivia Chiang was back in for videos. She’s been coming in since she was 12 and it’s been really fun to watch her grow as a player. This time she played John Doan’s Farewell on a great 2007 Aaron Green cedar-top. We’ve got a new playlist on YouTube if you want to see Olivia’s progress over the past four years.
Here’s Nejc Kuhar with another of his compositions, Black Hole, played on a great 1979 Ron Hachez cedar and CSA rosewood guitar that reminded us all an awful lot of a Miguel Rodriguez. Check out Nejc’s video of his piece Corfu here, and if you want the sheet music for Black Hole you can get that here.
Here’s Tavi Jinariu playing Isaac Albeniz’ Granada on a fantastic 1926 Domingo Esteso. Esteso (who was the uncle of the original Hermanos Conde), along with Santos Hernandez, is considered one of the greatest of the Spanish mid-century builders and this guitar is a very good example of why that is. Tavi is a master of the Spanish repertoire and it’s great to hear him play this classic on a guitar like this.
Nejc Kuhar is a frequent award-winner both as a composer and a guitarist, so we were very happy to have him come play one of his newer pieces for us – Corfu (in fact, this is the first video of the piece he’s recorded). Nejc plays a beautiful 2001 Eric Sahlin spruce-top. Look out for another video soon with another one of Nejc’s great compositions.
And if you’d like the music for Corfu just click here to buy it.
We have photos of two guitars being finished for us by English maker David Rouse – one cedar and one spruce and both with CSA rosewood back and sides. The guitars are in the final stages and should be finished very soon!
As an active performer and teacher Mr. Johnson currently serves as the Head of the Classical Guitar Department, Director of Classical Guitar Ensembles, and Professor of Music Theory at Colorado State University in Pueblo. He also teaches outreach programs for the Colorado Springs Conservatory. As an ambassador of the guitar, Benjamin Johnson is dedicated to performing works for the guitar from all eras of music in many venues both conventional and unconventional. As an avid chamber musician, he has recently performed the chamber works of Astor Piazolla in collaboration with other chamber musicians.
Here’s more of Ben Pila – this time playing Jan Olaf Eriksson’s arrangement of Oscar Ahnfelt’s Blott en Dag on a new 2016 Dominik Wurth spruce and Indian rosewood guitar.