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Here’s nineteen year old Olivia Chiang who is currently a student of Scott Tennant, playing all three movements from the “Tres Canciones Populares Mexicanas” arranged by Manuel Ponce. For each of the movements, Olivia is playing on a different guitar. You can hear her play “La Pajarera” on a stunning 2019 Luigi Locatto, “Por Ti Mi Corazón” on a brand new Contreras “10th Anniversary” and “La Valentina”, the third and final piece on a Vicente Carrillo “Primera Especial”.

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Olivia Chiang was back at GSI for a few more videos before beginning her studies at USC in the Fall. We shot our first video of Olivia back in 2012, when she was only 12 years old – you can see her first video here, which was also a Bach piece – so it was great to see her one last time before she begins her studies in the Fall. Here she plays Bach’s Prelude in E Minor, BWV 996, on a great 2014 Pepe Romero guitar in redwood and Indian rosewood, and Cullare la Tempesta by Scott Ouelette on a 2015 Paulino Bernabe ‘Torres’ model in spruce and maple. It’s been so much fun watching Olivia grow as a player and we look forward to seeing more of her in the coming years!

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Our friend Olivia Chiang was back at GSI last week to play some new pieces for us. She played Barrios’ Mazurka Appassionata on a beautiful new 2018 Vladimir Druzhinin guitar in cedar and African rosewood and Shadow Box by Darragh O’Neill on a fantastic 2007 Michel Bruck in spruce and CSA rosewood.

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Olivia Chiang was back at GSI – she’s 17 now and has been coming in to shoot videos since she was 12, making her a very young old friend of ours by now. This time she played Andrew York’s Home on a 2014 Fritz Ober, La Despedida by Juan A Rodriguez on a 2017 Kenneth Brogger and the Gigue from Bach’s Lute Suite in E Minor on a 2017 Dominik Wurth ‘Torres’.

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Nixon Library
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda CA 92886

A classical guitar concert by young virtuoso classical guitarist Olivia Chiang presented by Nixon Library.

Olivia Chiang will perform music by Pat Coldrick, Antonio Lauro, J.S. Bach, Agustin Barrios, Sor and many others.

For more information, contact 714-983-9120 or visit the Performing Arts Live event page.



When Olivia Chiang was last here we thought it would be fun to hear her play some Bach on two great Greg Smallman guitars we had at the moment – a 1992 cedar-top and the 2003 cedar guitar that had belonged to Ben Verdery – to see just how similar to one another they sounded. So here she is playing Bach’s Prelude in E, BWV 1006 on two Smallmans made eleven years apart from one another.

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Here’s Olivia Chiang playing Pat Coldrick’s ‘Lament’ on a 2012 Ovia by Tony Chen ‘Byers’ model in cedar and Indian rosewood. “Ovia” comes from Segovia and Tony studied with Greg Byers, so this model is his tribute to Greg.

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Here’s Olivia Chiang again, this time playing Barrios’ Vals #3 Opus 8 on a great 2004 Richard Howell cedar-top. Though inspired by Fleta, Howell has developed his own voice, perhaps a touch darker than a Fleta. It’s a great instrument and Olivia truly does it justice.

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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.

You can get the music and tabs for this piece at the composer’s website –

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American Guitar Society presents Olivia Chiang in Classical Guitar concert.

Event Phone: 818-947-2346

American Guitar Society
Los Angeles Valley College
Music Room 104, 5800 Fulton Ave.
Valley Glen CA 91401

Ticket Information: Free Admission!

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