May
02

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).

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Apr
29

A flamenca blanca is on the way to us from Luis Fernandez de Cordoba’s workshop, and it’s shaping up to be a gorgeous instrument. With a spruce top and cypress back and sides, Luis is implementing the finishing touches (as well as applying the finishing varnish) as we speak so that we can see the final product in the showroom soon. See how this guitar is shaping up below.

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Apr
24

The opportunity to record two guitars built by Antonio de Torres came up – both are first epoch era works (dating between 1850-1868). Both Irina Kulikova and Johannes Möller, stellar players in their own right, performed on the 1864 Antonio de Torres, with Irina playing “Lagrima” by Francisco Tarrega and Johannes playing his own work “Eternal Dream”. Then, another good friend Evan Hirschelman plays his original composition “Shapeshifting (Mov. 1)” on an 1868 Antonio de Torres.

Enjoy all three videos below, and let us know which Torres sound you especially liked.

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Apr
22

Our next guitar by Sebastian Stenzel is absolutely breathtaking from the recent photos he just sent us. It has a dark, earthy look with creamy almost “coffee-color” tones. Made with cedar for the top and “curly” walnut for the back and and sides which has a wavy, 3D texture to it. The headstock veneer is made with the same material walnut as well.

About the back and sides, Sebastian believes that walnut is much underrated and “should receive its due recognition as one of the most suitable woods for classical guitar back and sides.” Back in 1996, Sebastian built his examination guitar for his Master of Crafts exam with walnut back and sides, and so it’s a material he’s happy to revisit. Even though the sides of this guitar are more than 3 mm thick, it remains extremely lightweight. Sebastian’s main focus is to achieve a maximum of musical expression with a minimal effort from the player. We’re excited to see this guitar very soon – it’s due to arrive sometime in early May.

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Apr
18

Maciej has stopped by the showroom before, and this time, he decided to record two original compositions – “LAX” (he also has a version with violin) and “On the Trail” – both which you can watch below. He was drawn particularly to the robust, assertive sound, the stunning looks and the easy playability of the 2019 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Signature” in spruce and Indian rosewood, so he chose to perform solely on that guitar.

It’s fun and a bit odd to see a guitar “flipped” on our screens since Maciej is a left-handed player, but of course we’re lefty-inclusive and we always welcome great music! For this shoot, we simply restrung the guitar to accommodate him, and we can restring it back for a right-handed player. Now, see why Maciej devoted his showroom time to just this Jellinghaus!

For a full list of his work and compositions, visit http://www.maciejstaszewski.com/english/compositions.

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Apr
18

The 2019 Parkening International Guitar Competition will be held from May 30th to June 1st at Pepperdine University, with the Young Guitarist Competition taking place from May 28-29. As one of the more prestigious guitar competitions in the world, the Parkening Guitar Competition offers the largest purse of any guitar competition in the world totaling in excess of $65,000. This year’s fifteen competitors range in age from 16 to 29, and are from all over the world; you’ll likely recognize this roster since many of the players are regulars in our showroom! The panel of judges includes Mia Bongiovanni, Charlotte Lee, Steve Schoen, David Thomas and 2016 Competition winner Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

We are proud to be official in-kind sponsors of the Parkening Guitar Competition, and we will provide updates on the competition’s progress across our FacebookInstagram and Twitter channels for your enjoyment.

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Apr
17

The guitar duo comprised of Luis Mariano & Florian David is not your average duo simply because you don’t hear the average duo making music that is an expression of the fusion of flamenco and classical styles. Spanish guitarist Luis Mariano and German guitarist Florian David present to you this mixed program of “flamenco meets classical” music featuring new arrangements of familiar pieces and new compositions by Luis Mariano himself. The entire CD was recorded at the “Eiskeller” in Dorfen, Germany on October 31, 2018, and it is available now for purchase at the GSI Store. Take a listen to two of the tracks below.

Both guitarists perform on guitars made by Florian Blöchinger (2018 SP/CSAR – much like this one and 2018 CD/CY), so there is a very in-house, personal feel to this recording with the great engineering of Jürgen Koch.

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Apr
11

This performance and tutorial from EliteGuitarist.com is for Francisco Tarrega’s “Recuerdos de la Alhambra”, one of the most iconic pieces in the classical guitar repertoire. This piece is deeply evocative of the Spanish gardens of Alhambra and employs tremolo, a technique that is unique in its form to the guitar. Check out the note-for-note tutorial taught by Taso Comanescu and the full technique tutorial “Tremolo – A Comprehensive Approach.” For this video, Taso plays a beautiful 2017 German Vazquez Rubio Custom Elite, Rubio’s absolutely top-of-the-line model in spruce and African blackwood with stunning materials and workmanship.

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Apr
11

Just recently, Giulia Ballarè stopped by the showroom to leave with us a few performances, very dynamic and energetic no less, for your enjoyment on two fantastic guitars. First, you’ll hear her play Leo Brouwer’s ‘La Gran Sarabanda’ – very much in the style of a Bach Sarabande yet all Brouwer’s own of course – on a warm 2019 Yulong Guo “Philharmonic” guitar with a cedar top. Then, Giulia presents another rarely-heard piece, this one by Maurice Ohana titled ‘Tiento’ on a 2001 Dominique Field classical in spruce and CSAR, which we believe to be highly collectible instruments by one of the best makers today.

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Apr
02

We are very excited to announce the second annual GSI Summer Arts Scholarship. The scholarship will provide $2000 towards tuition and housing for one very deserving student to spend three weeks this Summer (July 23rd to August 12th) in Granada, Spain, as a student at the CSU Summer Arts La Guitarra Española course, which includes master classes with Pepe Romero, the Romero Quartet and Mabel Millán, and daily instruction from Vicente Coves, Scott Morris and myself Kai Narezo. The course takes place during the Granada Guitar Festival, which will feature concerts all month. The scholarship will go to a talented guitar student who would greatly benefit from study in Spain. The winner will be chosen by the GSI staff based not only on talent, but on the student’s commitment to the guitar and to the guitar community.

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