Seattle Classic Guitar Society
International Concert Series, 2015-2016

Jorge Caballero (Peru)
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


Artist Website | YouTube
Masterclass Information
Pricing, Payment & Series Ticket Information


A native of Lima, Peru, guitarist and composer Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award, one of the most prestigious and coveted awards given to performers of any instrument, and comparable to the Pulitzer Prize for musicians. He is known for his dazzling virtuosity, his intense musicality and his spellbinding performances. Mr. Caballero has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic and the Presidential Symphony of Ankara, Turkey, among others. His recital appearances include performances at New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress in Washington (in the historic Great Performers Series), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles and other venues in the United States and internationally. Recent performances include recitals at the Santo Tirso Guitar Festival in Portugal, as well as concerts in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico. In 2009, Mr. Caballero was called at the last minute to replace John Williams at the 18th edition of the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, one of the most important guitar festivals in Europe.


“A masterly guitarist...” The New York Times

Duo Melis (Greece/Spain)
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


Artist Website | YouTube
Masterclass Information
Pricing, Payment & Series Ticket Information


Spanish guitarist Susana Prieto and Greek guitarist Alexis Muzurakis made their debut as Duo Melis in 1999 at the International Guitar Festival of Volos (Greece). Since then they have performed in such prestigious halls as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Megaron in Athens, and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York. They are in great demand for concerts and master classes at international guitar festivals and prestigious concert series in Europe and America. They have won numerous prizes, both individually and together, including the International Guitar Duo Competition of Frechen in Germany, the prestigious Guitar Duo Competition of Montelimar in France, as well as the 21st International Guitar Duo Competition "Mauro Giuliani" in Italy. Their wide repertoire spans from the baroque music to the music of A. Piazzolla, A. Ginastera, Leo Brouwer, and also includes concertos for two guitars and orchestra by Rodrigo, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Vivaldi as well as the newly composed concerto of Marek Pasieczny dedicated to Duo Melis. They have presented recitals throughout North America as well as in Italy, Greece, Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain, Rumania, Holland, Czech Republic, Austria, Norway, Sweden and France.


“Extreme virtuosity and lively dynamic with a personal design” Westfalenpost, Germany

David Russell (Spain)
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


Artist Website | YouTube
Masterclass Information
Pricing, Payment & Series Ticket Information


Grammy award winner David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. Concert goers everywhere are in awe of his musical genius and inspired by his captivating stage presence. His love of his craft resonates through his flawless and seemingly effortless performance. The attention to detail and provocative lyrical phrasing suggest an innate understanding of what each individual composer was working to achieve, bringing to each piece a sense of adventure. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997. During his studies at the Royal Academy, David Russell won twice the Julian Bream Guitar Prize. Later he won numerous international competitions, including the Andres Segovia Competition, the Jose Ramirez Competition and Spain's prestigious Francisco Tarrega Competition. David Russell spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious halls in main cities, such as New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Toronto or Rome. Since 1995 David Russell has an exclusive recording contract with Telarc International, with which he has recorded sixteen CDs up to now, among them Aire Latino, which received a grammy in 2005.


“A talent of extraordinary dimension” The New York Times

Jason Vieaux (USA)
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


Artist Website | YouTube
Masterclass Information
Pricing, Payment & Series Ticket Information


Grammy award winning guitarist Jason Vieaux earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event's youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important guitar festivals in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Mexico. Vieaux's albums and live performances are regularly heard on radio and internet around the world, and Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR's popular "Tiny Desk" series. In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.


“Perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” NPR

Series Tickets:
Series Tickets can be purchased online via the link below, or by phone by calling
Rosewood Guitar (206) 297-8788, or the Benaroya Box office (206) 215-4747.
4-Concert Series: $125 ($95 for SCGS members, students & seniors) - Online, or by Phone
3-Concert Series: $100 ($75 for SCGS members, students & seniors) - By Phone Only (Rosewood)


Single Event Tickets:
Single Event Tickets can be purchased via credit card by clicking the links below.
Pricing: $38 ($28 for SCGS members, students & seniors)
- Jorge Caballero, Saturday, September 26, 2015
- Duo Melis, Saturday, November 14, 2015
- David Russell, Saturday, March 5, 2016
- Jason Vieaux, Saturday, May 14, 2016
Benaroya Hall:
The SCGS International Concert Series performances are held at Benaroya Hall (Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall) located at 200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101-3428
Google Map