Seattle Classic Guitar Society
International Concert Series, 2013-2014

Andrew York
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


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Andrew York is one of today's most visible and innovative classical guitar composers, winning a GRAMMY with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during their sixteen-year partnership. Andrew's discography includes "California Breeze," a recording for Sony Japan, three solo CD's for the GSP label, ten CD's with the LAGQ on Delos, Sony and Telarc labels, as well as inclusion on Rhino Records "Legends of Guitar" and numerous other compilations. In film, Andrew shares the stage with artists Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Doc Watson, and Mason Williams in the documentary "Primal Twang," written and hosted by eminent musician and storyteller Dan Crary. For the last decade, Andrew's concert touring schedule has spanned more than thirty countries. In 2006 Andrew recorded and performed with the Atlanta symphony for the opera "Ainadamar" by Osvaldo Golijov. The recording of "Ainadamar" (Deutsche Gramophone) won two GRAMMY awards. York's compositions have been recorded by guitar luminaries John Williams and Christopher Parkening, and Japanese pianist Mitsouko Kado. As a published composer, York's works appear in print worldwide through Alfred Publications, Hal Leonard, Mel Bay Publications, Guitar Solo Publications, Doberman-Yppan in Canada, Ricordi in London, and Gendai in Japan. Besides his classical performance and compositional accomplishments, Andrew also has an extensive background as a jazz guitarist, studying with jazz legends Joe Diorio and Lenny Breau. Andrew received his Master of Music degree from University of Southern California, and is the only USC graduate in the school's history to twice receive the Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award - in 1997 as a member of LAGQ and in 2003 as the sole recipient.


“Andrew York's eclectic writing and playing constitute one of the hippest styles in American classical guitar... his writing projects levels of honesty, spirit and magnetism that are rare in contemporary guitar composition.” Guitar Player Magazine

Katona Twins
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


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Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as "the classical world's best known guitar duo", Peter and Zoltan Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical, into more popular musical genres. They have given recitals in the major concert venues throughout the world including performances at the Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo,and the Philharmonie in Cologne. In 2009, as the soloists of the "Night of the Proms" they performed live to half a million people in arenas across Europe. The twins have won over ten international prizes at major competitions in New York, London, Germany, France and Hungary. They were resident Artists of San Francisco Performances from 2007-2011. The wide repertoire of the duo spans from Bach, Piazzolla's tango music to their own arrangements of pop classics. Their programmes also include concertos for two guitars and orchestra by Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Tedesco. Several contemporary composers have written for and dedicated works to the Katona Twins. The duo studied in Budapest, Frankfurt and in London. The Katona Twins have been invited on numerous occasions to record for the BBC and other international television and radio stations. They played together with renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and world class ensembles such as the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. Their CD releases include music by Scarlatti and Handel; Rodrigo; Albeniz, Piazzolla and Manuel de Falla. Peter and Zoltan Katona were born in Hungary, they are German citizens and live in Liverpool in the UK.


“Also present was the deliciously audacious Scarlatti's Metamorphosis in which the Katona Twins claim to keep the original key, but change everything else. The guitar heroics at which the Katonas excel paled into insignificance alongside their exquisite account of Oriental by Granados.” Classical Guitar Magazine

Berta Rojas
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


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Renowned for her impeccable technique and innate musical mastery, Berta Rojas is one of the most outstanding female classical guitarists today. She has been praised as "guitarist extraordinaire" by the Washington Post and by Classical Guitar Magazine as an "ambassador of the classical guitar." Her acknowledged warmth and musicality have accorded her a place of preference among the audiences that have applauded her at such major stages as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, London's South Bank Centre, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the National Concert Hall in Dublin. She also had the honor of opening the Summit of the First Ladies of the Americas attended by then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Most recently Berta has toured with Cuban saxophone player and 11-times Grammy winner Paquito D'Rivera with whom she recorded the album Dia y medio - Day and a Half. This recording was nominated to the "Best Instrumental Album" category of the XIII edition of the Latin Grammys. Berta maintains a prolific recording schedule. Her CD Intimate Barrios is one of the most celebrated recordings of the works of the great Paraguayan composer and guitarist, Agustin Barrios. It glows with the delicate insight and feminine touch this virtuoso performer brings to the music of Mangore. With her albums, Cielo Abierto and Terruno she won great acclaim from critics, presenting a personal and renewed repertoire for the classical guitar. Furthermore, the album Alma y Corazon provided the opportunity for concert tours with Carlos Barbosa-Lima.


“Rojas is Rojas and that is the highest complement one could bestow upon another.” The Jazz Times

Vladimir Gorbach
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya, 7:30 PM


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Internationally acclaimed Russian guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across the world on stages in Austria, Australia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Spain, Turkey, the United States and his native country of Russia as a soloist and with orchestra. He has been a featured performer for some of the most highly regarded concert organizations, festivals, and musical institutions in the world, performing on the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and for the Sydney Crow's Nest Concert Cycle. He also has been a soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestra de Las Beiras and Orchestra de Aveiro in Portugal and performed with the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra "Musica Viva". Vladimir has been a first place winner of more than 10 of the most important international competitions (Serbia, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Italy). His most recent win at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America's International Concert Artist Competition earned him a concert tour of the US, Mexico, and Canada with appearances in Brazil and China, and also a Carnegie Hall debut through the D'Addario Foundation. Vladimir Gorbach grew up in Siberia, Russia and graduated with honors from the Music College of Novosibirsk, the city where he was born. At a young age he received recognition for his accomplishments with prizes at numerous youth competitions, and he later received scholarships from such prestigious sources as the Russian Ministry of Culture. He later left Russia to complete his Bachelor and Masters degrees at the famed Conservatory for Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany under the tutelage of internationally renowned concert artists and pedagogues Roberto Aussel and Carlo Marchione. As a soloist, Vladimir Gorbach has recorded a CD with Naxos, the world's largest classical label. He is also a member of Duo Cologne with Goran Krivokapic, the 2004 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. NOTE: Vladimir Gorbach replaces previously scheduled guitarist Artyom Dervoed.


“As a musician, Gorbach is the complete package. He showed himself to be a master of subtlety and delicacy, as well as the possessor of daunting technique and considerable charisma.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Series Tickets:
Series Tickets can be purchased via credit card from
Rosewood Guitar (206) 297-8788, or the Benaroya Box office (206) 215-4747
4-Concert Series: $125 ($95 for SCGS members, students & seniors)
3-Concert Seres $100 ($75 for SCGS members, students & seniors)

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)
- ANDREW YORK, Saturday, September 28, 2013
- KATONA TWINS, Saturday, November 9, 2013
- BERTA ROJAS, Saturday, February 22, 2014
- VLADIMIR GORBACH, Saturday, April 26, 2014
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
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