David Steinhardt is an accomplished classical guitarist who contributes to the community and has many accolades to his name. As a teenager in high school, he was a featured young artist on NPR’s “From the Top” radio show, he went on to win several guitar competition prizes, he was the 2018 winner of our GSI Summer Arts Scholarship, he studied with William Kanengiser and Pepe Romero at USC and more recently he became the host of The tonebase Classical Guitar Podcast, with David Steinhardt (which I really enjoy listening to for all of its highly involved and in-depth discussion of topics especially focused on repertoire interpretation).

When David made his way through Santa Monica and into the showroom, we were excited to meet and host him, and we were thrilled to see that he chose to play three very different pieces on three great guitars. Below, you’ll see and hear him play the Arlen/Harburg jazz ballad standard “Over the Rainbow” arranged by Takemitsu on a 2016 Bernd Martin, Tárrega’s “Gran Vals” on a 2019 Francisco Muñoz Alba and Maxwell Davies’ “Farewell To Stromness” on an elegant 2017 Jochen Röthel.

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7 Responses to “Watch David Steinhardt Play 3 Guitars”

  1. jerry says:

    Is David related to Arnold Steinhardt??

    Arnold first violin with Guenarious string quartet?

  2. Greg S Smith says:

    Complex and difficult though many ‘classical’ arrangements of standards are, it often seems to me that they are ponderous rather than light and swinging, no matter that they are played with great skill. I think that this is because many of the chord transitions are inevitably lagging in time. The main thing with an arrangement should be that the technique required does not handicap the desired musical effect. Does anyone else agree?

  3. Jose Ademir de Oliveira says:

    Linda interpretação. Amei. Excelente violão,bonita vós.

  4. RR says:

    The Francisco Munoz Alba is only $6,000? I’m a builder not player, but one of you players out there should grab it. (I think.)

  5. Dale Larsen says:

    I agree with Greg S. Smith. He nailed it.

  6. Michael David Rubin says:

    Mssrs. Smith & Larsen – you would not listen to Thelonious Monk, because he wasn’t “light & swinging?” Or even some of Barney Kessel, or, for that matter, Jimi Hendrix (he could play Beethoven sonatas by ear, never mind Over the Rainbow).
    In the ear of the beholder, of course – I find David Steinhardt’s performance of this Takemitsu “standard” to be thoughtful, introspective & yet perfectly lyrical.
    Fine guitar, too; complementary to his skill & approach.

  7. Ollie says:

    It’d be nice to see a woman featured. Hopefully he’ll be among those like Laura and Emme at Mannes guitar seminar? Need more ladies there!


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