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Mar
04

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Alex Park is currently a senior at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, studying Classical Guitar under Christopher Parkening. At the age of eight, he started playing the piano and at fifteen began his studies in classical guitar.

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Feb
28

Andrew York ‘Bagatelle’                                                                Barrios ‘Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios’
Luis Narvaez ‘Conde Claros’                                                         ‘Spatter the Dew’ (arr. David Russell)
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Nov
28

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Here are brothers Alex Park and Wesley Park playing Ronald Ravenscroft’s transcription of Mozart’s Laudate Dominum on a pair of Kenneth Brögger guitars – Alex (on our right) plays a stunning “Stradivarius” model and Wesley plays a great 2004 spruce top.

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Jul
30

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Here are brothers Alex Park and Wesley Park, both students of Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine and both of whom have recorded videos at GSI as soloists, here playing John Williams guitar duet arrangement of Tarrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra. Wesley is playing a 2001 Tobias Braun and Alex is playing a new Tobias Berg.

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Jul
22

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Wesley Park is a student of Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine University (as is his brother Alex Park, whom you’ll recognize from the videos he’s done with us). Wesley played Carlo Domeniconi’s ‘Koyunbaba’ on a beautiful Felipe Conde Centenario model – a guitar that celebrates 100 years of the Esteso-Conde family history in guitar making.

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Jun
04

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June 2, 2015 Malibu, CA – After an exciting week of classical guitar performances, Christopher Parkening and Pepperdine University announced the winner of the fourth triennial Parkening International Guitar Competition. The competition, the world’s preeminent guitar competition, took place from May 26 through May 30, 2015.

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Apr
13

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Christopher Parkening is celebrated as one of the world’s preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For over 40 years his concerts and recordings have received the highest worldwide acclaim. The Washington Post cited his stature as “the leading guitar virtuoso of our day, combining profound musical insight with complete technical mastery of his instrument.” Parkening is recognized as heir to the legacy of the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia, who proclaimed that “Christopher Parkening is a great artist – he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world.” The Los Angeles Times has noted: “Parkening is considered America’s reigning classical guitarist, carrying the torch of his mentor, the late Andrés Segovia.”

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Feb
05

parkeningThe 2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition takes place in Malibu, CA from Tuesday May 26 to Saturday May 30 this year, and it is one of the more important guitar competitions in the world, not least because it has the largest purse of any guitar competition in the world – $65,000. The fifteen competitors range in age from 16 to 29, and are from all over the world. There is also a Young Guitarists competition for guitarists ages 17 and younger. They will be judged by a panel that includes Lynn Harrell, world-renowned cellist; Lee Holdridge, film-composer; Charlotte Lee, Senior Vice President and Artist Manager at IMG Artists in New York; Angel Romero, guitar maestro of the Romero family; and David Thomas, producer of Christopher Parkening‘s last nine recordings for EMI and Sony Classical. Guitar Salon is proud to be the official media sponsor of the Parkening competition, and you can get updates on the competition’s progress by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.

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Jan
21

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We have a couple more videos of Alex Park, this time playing Parkening’s arrangement of Dowland’s My Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe on a 2006 Dake Traphagen and David Russell’s arrangement of Spatter the Dew on a new Kenny Hill ‘Signature’ in spruce and Indian rosewood.

Big thanks to the folks at Ehrlund for providing us with a pair of their EHR-M microphones which we used for the audio on this video.

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Jan
05

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Here’s guitarist Alex Park, a student of Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine University, playing Ponce’s gigue from the Suite in A Minor on a 1925 Hermann Hauser I.

Big thanks to the folks at Ehrlund for providing us with a pair of their EHR-M microphones which we used for the audio on this video.

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