Last Sunday we held our ‘Valseana Live‘ concert, which featured guitarist Marc Teicholz playing 8 amazing guitars – a 1921 Santos, a 1930 Esteso, a 1952 Hauser I, a 1971 Friederich, a 2007 Blochinger, a 1936 Fleta, a 1969 ‘Churchdoor’ Rodriguez and an 1867 Torres. The evening turned out even better than expected, and it was a serious treat to hear Marc playing all of these guitars.

As promised we recorded the concert, and here is the first video – Marc playing Chopin on that 1971 Friederich. Here’s the YouTube link, in case you have trouble viewing the video. We’ll put up a new video each week so you can hear all of the guitars.

Our good friend Jurgen Reisch shot the concert for us.

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15 Responses to “Marc Teicholz at GSI – Chopin on a 1971 Friederich”

  1. LAWRENCE says:

    These pieces are extremely difficult to play on the guitar and Marc Teicholz does an excellent job ,playing these with style and feeling.The Friederich really sounds excellent too ,very sweet ,clear and well balanced and quite powerful too. Thank you marc and GSI.

  2. David Benedict says:

    We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!

  3. Ross says:


  4. alvaro says:

    These pieces are only for piano.Teicholz is a virtuoso, but Chopin sounds horrible.His music is very different of Albeniz music..
    Friedrich guitar is wonderful

  5. greg says:

    Alvaro is right. Just because a piece can be played on the guitar does not mean that it should be played on the guitar. It sounds much better on the piano.

  6. Jimmy Robinson says:

    It’s great to be able to see these pices played up close like this to see the astonishing moves of every finger and every note. Thanks for including this video.

  7. Bob Vasquez says:

    Thank you GSI for bringing MarcTeicholz to a beginner such as myself. Thank you Marc for giving me an opportunity to see you perform. I have heard the argument that music not written for the guitar maybe shouldn’t be played on the guitar but, I don’t buy it. Transpose it all and let’s hear it.

  8. Peter says:

    I had the good fortune of hearing Marc perform this in Denver a few months ago…absolutely wonderful. I am so glad that GSI found a creative way of getting a virtuoso like Marc Teicholz out there for more to hear. Performing on these instruments adds even more….and contrary to some opinions, I like hearing Chopin transposed to guitar…makes for an exciting arrangement when performed with the passion that Marc has demonstrated….well done!!!!

  9. Jack says:

    Alvaro, you’re wrong. Saying Chopin only sounds good on the piano is like saying only harp music should be played in heaven when we know Segovia is there!

  10. Canaan says:

    “These pieces are only for piano.” So Marc should deprive himself of playing Chopin? No Liszt-Paganini? I’m sorry, but that’s a terrible thought.

  11. LAWRENCE says:

    Sounds better on piano ,I agree.

  12. Peter Hughes says:

    Thanks for the link, I needed it! And that’s lovely playing, I look forward to the whole set. Keep up the good work

  13. Dwight says:

    I saw Mr. Teicholz years ago in Minnesota. He was good then. Now he is excellent, both as performer and player. I have watched the video several times, and each time I am more impressed.

  14. Darrell Styner says:

    Bravo! An amazing performance by a brilliant player. I look forward to seeing the rest of the concert. Thank you!

  15. Matt says:

    It really depends on what collection of Chopin’s works you’re discussing when you evaluate how well they suit the guitar. Stephen Aron and Joszef Eotvos have done an outstanding job transcribing his Mazurkas, which fit the guitar very well. His Preludes, especially the minor key ones, are rich and dark and haunting, and require the depth and sustain of a piano to really work, but Mark has done well here. You’re obviously never going to be able to play one of his Ballades or Pollonaises properly on the guitar, but there really are some gems in his Mazurkas. The posthumous Emile Gaillard one played by Aron really stands out.


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