* Mak Grgic
Mak Grgic Virtual Master Class through Zoom – Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 6:30 PM Pacific Time
Mak Grgic Virtual Concert – Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time
Sharon Isbin Virtual Master Class – Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 PM Pacific Time through Zoom broadcasted from the Guitar Salon International.
* Sharon Isbin Virtual Concert – Mother's Day, May 8 at 4:00 PM Pacific time live from the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.
* This concert has been rescheduled to this date an time from the originally scheduled May 10 date.
Adam Levin Virtual Master Class – Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 PM online through Zoom.
Adam Levin Virtual Concert – Sunday, June 12 at 4 PM Pacific Time
Roberto Fabbri, Michele Libraro, and William Jenks
Los Angeles Concert – Sunday, August 28 at 4 PM Pacific Time at the FCCLA Shatto Chapel
Angel Romero with Bokyung Byun
*Angel Romero with Bokyung Byun Virtual Concert – Sunday, September 11, 2022 at 4 PM Pacific Time broadcasted live from the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
Angel Romero Virtual Master Class – Saturday, September 10 at 6:30 PM Pacific Time through Zoom broadcasted live from the Guitar Salon International.
U.S. Classic Guitar is thrilled to announce the U.S. International Guitar Series Season 2022 line-up and the return to live concerts in the areas of Portland, Los Angeles, and Hawaii. The concerts will also be streamed live for a pay-per-view audience that wishes to watch the concerts virtually. This season will include some of the greatest guitarists in the world including the Romero Quartet, Grammy-winners Sharon Isbin and David Russell, the legendary Angel Romero with GFA winner Bokyung Byun, and rising stars Mak Grgic and Adam Levin. The series will also include performance with Italian guitarists Roberto Fabbri and Michele Libraro as well as U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks. Each concert will be presented three times in each of the venues in Portland, Los Angeles, and Hawaii and each concert will be streamed live online once for a pay-per-view audience.
The venues this season will include the gorgeous historic First Congregational Churches of Los Angeles, the Kahilu Theatre in Hawaii, a beautiful private venue on the Big Island of Hawaii called the Cliffs at BellaVista and our newest venue in Northwest Portland called the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
The season will kick off in late January of 2022 with rising star Mak Grgic who has quickly established himself as one of the up-and-coming performers in the guitar genre, whos program includes music as far reaching as works from the avant-garde, film music to the great classics of guitar repertoire and transcriptions of Brahms and Kreisler. Touted as a “gifted young guitarist” by the New York Times, and “a guitarist to keep an eye on” by the Washington Post, Mak Grgic [GER-gich] is a star on the worldwide stage. This special performance will include an all J.S. Bach program on a unique well tempered guitar.
Next, in February will be the legendary Romero Quartet performing their 60-year anniversary tour featuring Celin, Pepe, Celino, and Lito Romero. Known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros have performed in major performance venues of the world, such as Carnegie Hall. They were also asked to perform at the White House and in 1983 they appeared at the Vatican for the Pope John Paul II. King Juan Carlos knighted Celin, Pepe, and Angel into the Isabel la Catolica. Since the Romero family came to the United States in 1957, they have consistently dazzled audiences everywhere and have inspired enthusiastic praise from critics coast to coast. The Romeros have given thousands of concerts all over the world; today, they continue to produce music which is extraordinary. Whether performing as a quartet, duo or as soloists in recital and with symphony orchestra, the Romeros prevail as champions in the realm of classical guitar.
David Russell dazzled our online audience this last March of 2021 with an incredible performance from his home in Spain and now he will be returning to perform for us live this March in 2022 with a completely different program. He received a Grammy-award for his CD called Air Latino, he holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Arizona, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Guitar Foundation of America. He is a very prolific recording artist and his discography includes seventeen CDs with Telarc International. The New York Times wrote about his performance: "... Mr. Russell made his mastery evident without ever deviating from an approach that places musical values above mere display. It was apparent to the audience throughout the recital that Mr. Russell possesses a talent of extraordinary dimension".
Performing in May will be Sharon Isbin who is acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility. She is a multiple Grammy-award winner and she was named the 2020 Musical America Worldwide Instrumentalist of the Year and the first guitarist ever to receive the coveted honor in its 59- year award history. Hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time,” she is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s Best Classical Guitarist award, Germany’s Echo Klassik, Concert Artists Guild’s Virtuoso Award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich ARD Competition. She has performed with the major orchestras and important venues of the world and her catalogue of over 30 albums from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion, has sold nearly a million copies and reflects her remarkable versatility. She is also the director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival and The Juilliard School (which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution’s 100-year history).
Praised for his “visceral and imaginative performances” by the Washington Post, top prize-winning classical guitarist and recording artist Adam Levin will be performing for us in June. Levin has performed extensively across the United States at renowned venues such as Chicago’s Pick Staiger, Nichols, and Mayne Stage concert halls as well as at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago; Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Jordan Hall; Spivey Hall in Atlanta; repeat appearances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City; and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Europe, Levin has performed in some of the finest venues across Spain, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland.
August will feature Italian guitarist Roberto Fabbri performing with his two daughters vocalist Francesca Fabbri and violist Valeria Fabbri; Italian guitarist Michele Libraro; and U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks. In 2007, Soundboard magazine stated that, “Roberto Fabbri is flamboyant and technically astonishing - a definite crowd pleaser.” He currently records for Sony classical where he often composes and performs his own music. Michele Libraro is the recipient of “The Golden guitar Prize” at the 7th International Guitar Meeting in Alessandria, Italy in September of 2002 and he is the winner of various National competitions such as those of Genova, Pescara, Taranto, Locorotondo, Napoli and Matera. William Jenks is a rare talent from a new generation of classical guitarists. Not only is he a world class recording artist, sought out for performances and master classes around the globe—he is also the Founder and President of U.S. Classic Guitar. He has performed throughout the United States, South America, and Europe and has taught master classes and served on the jury for several International guitar competitions.
To close the series in September will be the legendary Angel Romero whos is a member of the Romero family but left the quartet to focus on his solo career and conducting. Hailed for his superior artistry as a master of Spanish guitar, Angel Romero’s eminence in the music world as a soloist and a conductor is heralded by audiences and critics alike. One of the most sought-after musicians of his generation, Angel Romero has appeared with the world’s major orchestras, including the LA Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. For these exiting concerts in September, he will be joined by Korean guitarist Bokyung Byun who is the most recent first prize winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America solo guitar competition. Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “confident and quite extraordinary,” Korean guitarist, Bokyung Byun enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. Byun holds the distinction of being the first female winner of the prestigious JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, where Falletta herself described Byun’s performance as "stunning, showcasing her gorgeous tone, immaculate technique, and sophisticated musicianship.” She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of California. She is grateful to the masterful instruction of her pedagogues, who include Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, Chen Zhi, Tae-soo Kim, and Sharon Isbin. This exciting concert will feature solos from each of them as well as duets.