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Guitar Concert & Masterclass Series
2014-2015 Season

Tickets available through the Central Ticket Agency at www.lmucfa.com.
More Information: (310) 338-5158 


Martha Masters

Sunday, October 5, 2014                                  
3:00 p.m. (Concert)

Murphy Recital Hall

Free and open to the community.  Tickets not required.


Masters’ first CD, Serenade, is now in its second printing, and her Naxos recital disc sold over 10,000 copies worldwide in the first year of its release.  Her recording of Italian music was released in 2006 on the GSP label, and a recording of early 20th Century Spanish music was released on GSP in 2009.   Masters has published books with Mel Bay and Alfred, and has received critical acclaim as an author and pedagogue.

In October of 2000 Martha Masters won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Solo Competition, including a recording contract with Naxos, a concert video with Mel Bay, and an extensive North American concert tour.  In November of 2000, she also won the Andrés Segovia International Guitar Competition in Linares, Spain and was a finalist in the Alexandre Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz, Poland.  Prior to 2000, Masters was a prizewinner or finalist in numerous other international competitions, including the 1999 International Guitar Competition "Paco Santiago Marín" in Granada, Spain, the 1998 Tokyo International Guitar Competition and the 1997 GFA International Solo Competition.

In addition to being on the guitar faculty of California State University Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Masters is also the President of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), dedicated to supporting the instrument, its players and its music in the US and throughout the world.  

Masters received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Manuel Barrueco, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California as a student of Scott Tennant.




Hopkinson Smith

Saturday, November 8, 2014                                           
8:00 p.m. (Concert)

Friday, November 7, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 2014
10:00 a.m. (Masterclass)

Murphy Recital Hall                           

Concert: $25 general admission, $15 students with ID
Masterclass: Sunday, Nov. 9, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., free to auditors

Purchase advance tickets online at www.lmucfa.com
More information 310.338.5158



In the mid 1970s, Hopkinson Smith was involved in the founding of the ensemble Hesperion XX and his ten-year collaboration with Jordi Savall led to important experiences in chamber music which were a creative complement to his work as a soloist.

Since the mid 80s, Hopkinson Smith has focused principally on solo music for early plucked instruments. These include the vihuela, Renaissance lute, theorbo, Renaissance and baroque guitars and the baroque lute. With his recitals and series of over 20 solo recordings, he continues to rediscover and bring to life works that are among the most expressive and intimate in the entire domain of early music

Internationally recognized as a leading personality in the field of early music and one of the world's great lutenists, Hopkinson Smith gives concerts and master classes throughout Eastern and Western Europe and in North and South America. He currently lives in Basel, Switzerland, where he teaches at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.



The 11th Annual LMU Guitar Festival
(March 20-22)


Tickets available through the Central Ticket Agency at www.lmucfa.com. 
All concerts will be held in Murphy Recital Hall.

Vendor’s and Luthier’s Fair all weekend long

Concert Tickets     
$25 general admission, $15 students with ID

Festival Passes     
$65 general admission, $45 students with ID

Advance Tickets     www.lmucfa.com
More Information   (310) 338-5158







Jérémy Jouve

Friday, March 20, 2015                                           
8:00 p.m. (Concert)


Jérémy Jouve had his musical training in France, studying with distinguished guitarists including Eric Franceries, Alberto Ponce, and Roland Dyens. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and of the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in guitar and chamber music. He was selected to pursue further studies with László Hadady, principal oboist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Precocious as a musician, at the age of ten he played a Vivaldi concerto with the Orchestre de Chambéry, going on to win various national prizes. Based in Paris, he embarked on an international career, with awards including first prize in the International Competition of the Guitar Foundation of America (Mexico, 2003), followed by a forty concert tour in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and a first recording for Naxos label.

He appeared at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the German Iserlhon Guitar Festival, the Radio France Festival at Montpellier, the Mexican Saltillo Guitar Festival, at the concert hall of the Luis Ángel Arango Library in Bogota, recently in Tychy (Poland), Manila (Philippines), Bangkok (Thailand), Jakarta (Indonesia). His next performances will bring him to the prestigious venues of USA, Russia, South Korea, Poland, India, Vietnam, Brazil....

His new album-opening concert will be in Paris' Café de la Danse, on 2015 May 27th.

He recorded his first solo CD in 2004 for Naxos (Naxos 8.557597), followed in 2006 by two volumes of solo guitar works by Joaquín Rodrigo (Naxos 8.570286 and Naxos 8.572984), which came out in 2008 and 2013 

In 2010 the American company Melbay issued a DVD of a concert recorded live in France (22060DVD). His duo album with flute, recorded for Reference recording at Skywalker Studios of San Francisco in 2012, was officially nominated at Grammy Awards 2014.

His new album, which confirms his desire to develop the repertoire of the guitar and his openness to different musical styles, was recorded in analog and dedicated to the exciting new music of Mathias Duplessy. It will come out in April 2015.

Jérémy Jouve teaches guitar to advanced students, in Aulnay sous bois Conservatory, close to Paris.



Jérémy Jouve performs on Savarez Corum strings.  

To get his Albums, please contact Jérémy Jouve on his website.






Young Artist Showcase

Saturday, March 21, 2015                                           
11:00 a.m. (Concert)





Jonathan Mendle

Saturday, March 21, 2015                                           
2:00 & 3:30 p.m. (Concert)


Classical guitarist Jon Mendle has performed around the country since his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19 and has drawn widespread praise for his virtuosity and musicianship. Soundboard magazine called his debut album L’Infidele “a beautiful disc.”  Yo-Yo Ma, who in 2010 invited Jon to join him and the Silk Road Ensemble on a 10-concert tour, calls Jon "a beautiful talent and a sensitive musician," adding, “It is a joy to play with him!"

Based in San Francisco, Jon had the honor of performing a solo recital at the Guitar Foundation of America’s 2014 annual convention in Los Angeles, California. He has also given solo recitals for presenters such as San Francisco Performances, as well as the guitar societies of Sacramento, Seattle, and Vancouver, among others.  He has performed as a soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Solano Symphony, the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra.  On tour with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Jon performed at the Tanglewood and Ravinia summer music festivals as well as at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall and other major venues.

Jon’s debut recording L’Infidele, which includes transcriptions of 18th century lute and keyboard music, received critical acclaim following its 2011 release by In A Circle Records. The Huffington Post described the album as “stunning and textured,” while Northwest Reverb praised Jon’s “incredible artistry and deep musicianship.”  Soundboard wrote, “Mendle’s playing is a wonder.”

A committed chamber musician, Jon is a member of the San Francisco Guitar Quartet.  As a teacher, Jon is an Adjunct Professor of guitar at Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., and maintains a private studio.  Jon completed his graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory under the tutelage of Latin Grammy winner Sergio Assad. He also received his undergraduate degree from the Conservatory, studying under Lawrence Ferrara, Marc Teicholz, David Tanenbaum, and Dusan Bogdanovic.

Jon’s primary instrument is an 11-string Archguitar built in 2007 by Alan Perlman of San Francisco. The instrument is a hybrid of early and modern guitars, making it ideal to play a wide range of early music as well as certain modern and impressionist works.  Jon’s solo repertoire includes music from periods ranging from the Renaissance to the contemporary era.




Marcin Dylla

Saturday, March 21, 2015                                           
8:00 p.m. (Concert)


Hailed by Washington Post as “among the most gifted guitarists on the planet” Polish guitarist, Marcin Dylla is a rare phenomenon in recent history of Classical Guitar. Many music critics, connoisseurs and music lovers certify that Marcin Dylla is among the world’s elite of classical guitar players. He has earned this position, among others, to unparalleled number of awards including 19 First Prizes from 1996-2007 at the most prestigious international music competitions around the world. His last triumph was the Gold Medal of the ‘2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition’ in Los Angeles known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world followed by tour of over 50 cities in North America, Mexico and Canada during 2008-09 season, live recital video recording for Mel Bay Publications and CD recording for Naxos that reached the Naxos ‘Top 10 Bestselling Albums’ in September 2008. His live recital DVD “Wawel Royal Castle at Dusk” was nominated for 2010 Fryderyk Award (equal to American Grammy) in the category of Solo Classical Music Album of the Year.

Mr. Dylla’s 2012/2013 season will include his Carnegie Hall debut during his two month long tour of North America with recitals covering both coasts. He will return to Konzerthaus in Vienna and continue his extensive recital tour in Europe ending in Germany at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and Competition where he’s a beloved regular and will later return to the US again to perform at the 2013 Guitar Foundation of America Festival followed by return engagements in Mexico.

2011/12 season saw Mr. Dylla’s debut with the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Christian Arming in a program that featured two concerti (Ponce’s Concierto del Sur and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez) on two consecutive nights, in addition to recitals throughout Poland and Germany as well as Austria, Russia, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Norway, Turkey, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, Switzerland, and several cities in Mexico.

Spring of 2011 highlights in North America included recitals in Cincinnati, Lexington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Jersey and Seattle as well as appearing with Riverside Symphonia in Piazzolla’s double concerto for guitar and bandoneon. In 2006, Cecilia Rodrigo, daughter of the legendary Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigo, chose Mr. Dylla to perform the world premiere of a lately discovered new guitar work by her father entitled ‘Toccata’ (1933) at Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. In 2002, at the 7th International Guitar Convent in Alessandria, Marcin Dylla was granted a “gold guitar” musical critics’ award for the best coming young guitar player.

He has appeared in a number of distinguished concert halls such as Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Palais Lobkovitz in Vienna (Austria), Auditorio Nacional and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid (Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russian Federation), Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo (USA), Villa Hügel in Essen (Germany) and the Palazzina Liberty in Milan (Italy).

Marcin Dylla was born in Chorzow in 1976. He received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz. He then completed his studies with Prof. Oscar Ghiglia, Prof. Sonja Prunnbauer and Prof. Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively. He is currently a Professor at the Music Academy in Kraków and Katowice.




Thibault Cauvin

Sunday, March 22, 2015                                           
2:00 p.m. (Concert)


Thibault Cauvin is one of the most talented, charismatic and sought-after guitarists in the world today. He is traveling the globe throughout the year invited by the most prestigious festivals and concert halls, such as the New York Carnegie Hall, the Shanghai Opera, the Moscow Tchaikovski Hall, the London Wigmore Hall, the Hong Kong Opera, the Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Munich Gasteig, just to quote some of them. He has already given over 1000 concerts in 120 countries, receiving rave reviews by the critics. Thibault has also participated in many TV and radio shows and has cooperated with famous musicians, composers and symphony orchestras. Thibault is considered to be a unique icon in the music world as an innovative and creative performer, always working on the evolution of the classical music.

After having recorded 5 CDs with various labels and having been the subject of the documentary film "Thibault Cauvin across China" by NP Morin, Thibault signed with Sony Music in 2013. His 1st album within this famous label meets an incredible success. Shortly after its release, the album enters the top 10 French classical music sales and remains there during 3 months. Unanimously, the media qualifies "Dance with Scarlatti", which has also been broadcasted by the world's most famous radio channels, as "crowning achievement" (4* Classica, «Favorite» of : France Musique, France Culture, Radio Classique, Fnac, Guitare Classique). Today, this album captures the world, and is already available in 20 countries. Some of the pieces figure on several "best of" compilations, next to Lang Lang, Placido Domingo, or Hélène Grimaud.

From a family of musicians, Thibault began learning the guitar with his father, at the age of 5. After graduating from the Bordeaux and Paris conservatories, Thibault embarked on the international competitions circuit. At the age of 20, he was the first and only guitarist worldwide to win 13 international first prizes. The two worlds in which Thibault grew up, the classical music from his conservatories education and the contemporary music coming from his close family, in combination with his great experience of an "endless tour", having started over 10 years ago, have built the foundation of his fascinating personality, which enchants all audiences.

Thibault is regularly the guest of honor throughout the world to give master-classes, lectures or to judge competitions in the most prestigious institutions such as the San Francisco Conservatory, the Toronto University, the London Royal Academy, the Beijing University, among others.

Thibault has been appointed « Ambassador of Greater Bordeaux ». The famous Sevillian guitar manufacture « Antonio Bernal » creates two guitar models featuring Thibault Cauvin. Thibault has been endorsed by the American strings company D'Addario for 5 years and is playing a guitar made by Jean-Luc Joie.


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