Duo Deloro (Adam Del Monte & Mak Grgic) Perform March 18 and 20

Duo Deloro (Adam Del Monte & Mak Grgic) Perform March 18 and 20

Portland Classical Guitar is proud to present a thrilling new ensemble: Duo Deloro, featuring Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic

This fantastic pairing will perform twice: first on Friday, March 18, at 8 p.m., at Marylhurst University’s St. Anne's Chapel(with a master class the following day, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wiegand Hall). Their second performance will be on Sunday, March 20, at 4 p.m., at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Nehalem. These concerts will feature brand-new arrangements of Guastavino, Granados, Albeniz, traditional Argentinian tangos, and original flamenco compositions by del Monte.

Adam del Monte is one of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation, and has performed internationally, including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Barbican Center, Tchaikovsky Hall (in Moscow), and in Caracas, Venezuela. After studies in Spain, Israel, and England, he joined the faculty of the studio guitar department at the University of Southern California, where he currently teaches. Del Monte is the featured flamenco guitarist in double-Grammy-winning Ainadamar (2006, Deutsche Gramophone), which also features soprano Dawn Upshaw and the Atlanta Symphony, and is conducted by Robert Spano. He recorded “Avner’s Theme,” by film composer John Williams, for the soundtrack CD of the Steven Spielberg film Munich, and has appeared in a lot of other soundtracks as well. He is no less renowned for his own compositions; he recently composed his second flamenco guitar concerto, Paisajes, which was commissioned and debuted by the St. Monica Symphony. Del Monte has also been commissioned by the LA Guitar Quartet to compose a “progressive” flamenco piece entitled “Cambio de Aire.” He has been noted for his collaboration with Yusef Lateef and the Atlanta Symphony, as part of the National Black Arts Festival, in Atlanta, GA.

Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Mak Grgic is an innovative player whose adventurousness has led him from the avant-garde to film music to more traditional works, including transcriptions of Brahms and Kreisler. Recently a Young Artist in Residence at the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, Grgic is a co-founder of DC8, Da Camera’s contemporary music ensemble, which strives to expand the definition of what a modern music ensemble can be. He has collaborated with such diverse artists as Martin Chalifour (Concertmaster of The Los Angeles Philharmonic), cellist Jay Campbell, Joshua Roman, The Assad Brothers, Ashley Bathgate (cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), John Sant’Ambrogio (former principal cello of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), flutist Christopher Matthews, organists Paul Vasile and Stephen Ackert, guitarists Christopher McGuire and Taso Comanescu, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, guitarist-composer Nejc Kuhar, and many others. Grgic recently took first prize at the Guitar Competition “Luigi Mozzani” in Italy, and has been honored with highest prizes at numerous competitions, including the Andres Segovia International Competition (in Velbert, Germany), and the Forum Gitarre Wien International Competition (in Vienna, Austria). He has performed with orchestras as diverse as the Spokane Symphony, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Croatian Chamber Philharmonic, the SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Symphony.

Wiegand Hall is located on the campus of Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy. 43), Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. St. Catherine’s is located at 36335 N Hwy 101, Nehalem, OR 97131.