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Richard Savino

Saturday, October 3, 2015                                  
8:00 p.m. (Concert)

Sunday, October 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Masterclass)

Murphy Recital Hall

Concert: $25 general admission, $15 students with ID
Masterclass: free to auditors

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G‌rammy nominated Guitarist/lutenist Richard Savino has been a featured performer throughout the US and abroad.  He has been Visiting Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Academy and Music Festival (1993, 1995, 2005, 2009, 2010), the Connecticut Early Music Festival (2002), Ensemble Rebel (2010), and from 1994 – 1997 was Coordinator of Performance Practice at the Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire. He is the recipient of a Diapason d’Or (French Grammy) and in 2010 his collaborative project with Ars Lyrica of Houston also received a Grammy nomination. In 2012 he was personally invited to accompany Grammy award winner Joyce DiDonato in her national Drama Queens tour, which included a sold out performance at Carnegie Hall. His extensive discography of over 30 CDs as a director, soloist or principal performer on the Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Koch, Stradivarius and Dorian labels includes the first period instrument versions of Luigi Boccherini’s guitar quintets (3 cd’s), Mauro Giuliani’s Grand Quintetto and Johann Kaspar Mertz’s Bardenklänge, all of which have received great critical acclaim.




Martha Masters

Sunday, February 21, 2015                                           
7:30 p.m. (Concert)

Murphy Recital Hall                           

Free and open to the community.


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.



The 12th Annual LMU Guitar Festival
(March 18-20)


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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

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Celil Refik Kaya

Friday, March 18, 2016                                           
8:00 p.m. (Concert)


Praised as a“young genius of the guitar” reviewers have proclaimed, “The clean precision of Kaya’s playing, against the rushing sea of the orchestra, was spectacular and beautiful. It was a privilege to have been there.”  

2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition first prize winner and GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) International Concert Artist Competition second prizewinner Celil Refik Kaya has been receiving accolades for his many accomplishments since an early age.  

Kaya’s 2013 season include performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on the D'Addario Performance Series, New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes 

Brevard Music Festival,, Round Top Music Festival, and Nevada County Guitar Festival, and as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Brevard Symphony, Lake Placid Symphony, and Bilkent Symphony. 

Kaya was born in Istanbul in 1991. Because of his great passion for music, at the age of six he began classical guitar studies with his father, Dr. Mehmet Refik Kaya, and later with Yusuf Doğan Büyüköğüt. Throughout his career, Kaya also studied advanced interpretation with Maestro Raffi Arslanyan and gave his first concert in the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul when he was six years old. Kaya went on to perform for numerous live television and radio programs in Europe and at age 13 went on to win the 2004 Forum Gitarre Wien which is one of the most important guitar competitions in Vienna.

Celil Refik Kaya is a top prize winner in numerous international competitions including the 2009 Sofia Bulgaria Young Virtuosos Competition, 2008 Istanbul Pera Guitar,Festival and Competition, Philadelphia Guitar Society International Guitar Competition,The 30th International Classical Guitar Competion, Naxos, Greece. Pearl and Julius Rising Young Stars Music Competition Queens Symphony Young Soloist Competition, Louisville Guitar Competition, Columbus State University Guitar Competition.

Kaya has shown an impressive commitment to new music. He has presented the New York premiere of Roberto Sierra’s “Folias” with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the World Premiere of both Derwyn Holder’s Guitar Concerto with the New Jersey Baroque Orchestra and Turkish composer Suleyman Alnitemiz’s Guitar Concerto with Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra . He was soloist with many other symphony orchestras including the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, and Mimar Sinan Symphony Orchestra.  

In 2011, Kaya graduated from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory with the Highest Honor Degree and ranked first in the entire conservatory that year. While at Mimar Sinan, he studied guitar with Soner Egesel, chamber music with Vieri Bottazzini. While attending the Mimar Sinan Conservatory, Kaya was granted the “Excellence” Scholarship from the Turkish Foundation of Education.  

Besides being virtuosic solo guitarist touring around. Kaya also squeezed his busy schedule to devote himself a lot into composition and arrangement Until today he has just finished his Op. 58. His composition teachers were Mehmet Nemutlu and Frederic Hand.         

He completed his Master of Music studies as a scholarship student of Michael Newman at Mannes College The New School For Music in New York City, as well as private studies with multiple Grammy award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, Celil has now entered the Doctor of Musical Arts program at University of Texas’s Butler School of Music as a Harrington Fellow in the studio of Adam Holzman.  

Kaya has performed in classes by such masters as David Russell, Tilman Hoppstock, Thomas Muller Pering, Hubert Kappell, Gerald Garcia, Costas Cotsiolis, Tadashi Sasaki, and Roland Dyens.

Celil Refik Kaya is poised to lead his generation as an artist in the tradition of his masters.



Young Artist Showcase

Saturday, March 19, 2016                                           
11:00 a.m. (Concert)



Cameron O'Connor

Saturday, March 19, 2016                                           
3:00 p.m. (Concert)


Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Cameron O’Connor is among the most exciting and versatile of the new generation of American classical guitarists. In addition to winning First Prize in the Frances Walton Competition and Appalachian International Guitar Competition, he has been a top prizewinner in the Tokyo, Portland, Indiana, and Sierra Nevada International Guitar Competitions, as well as the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale J.S. Bach Competition, Randy Rhoads Memorial Guitar Competition, and CSUN Concerto Competition. Recent engagements include projects with John Adams, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Boston's Firebird Ensemble. His playing has been featured in films, including James Franco’s Don Quixote, and on American Public Media’s Performance Today radio broadcasts.

Cameron made his Lincoln Center debut under the baton of Tan Dun, in which he performed the Concerto for Six, an ensemble piece which mixes Western and Eastern musical idioms; in a review of the concert, the New York Times observed that Cameron “fluttered on his guitar strings in a manner reminiscent of a pipa player’s technique.” Other highlights include an “especially effective” (South Florida Classical Review) chamber music performance at the New World Center in Miami, an invitation to perform at the 9/11 Memorial in New York-- a ceremony which featured Vice President Joe Biden, serving as part of the Worcester Chamber Music Society’s Fellowship Ensemble, and performing as a guest artist as soloist and in duets with Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival.

A strong believer in the importance of the accessibility of arts for the public, Cameron has spearheaded several events, such as free concerts at elementary schools and libraries; and the Royal High School Band Alumni Concert Fundraiser (the funds of which benefit music students of the school), which have brought classical music to new audiences. O’Connor’s teaching experience ranges from the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School to the Aspen Music Festival and School, as teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin; and at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music as a graduate assistant. As a fellow with the Thornton-Gluck Fellows Program, he performed several interactive performances each month in non-traditional venues, from hospitals to juveniles halls. He furthermore performs regularly as a musician in pit orchestras throughout the Los Angeles area on electric guitar, mandolin, and banjo, as well as in his top-40’s dance band, Play it Again, Sam. His arrangements are published by LACG Editions.

Cameron graduated cum laude from California State University Northridge, where he studied guitar under Ron Borczon and Steve Thachuk, and lute under Ronald Purcell. He received his Master Of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Sharon Isbin, and his doctorate, studying under William Kanengiser, from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Upon completion of that degree, the Thornton School subsequently chose him as Outstanding Graduate. www.cameronoconnor.com



Andrew York

Saturday, March 19, 2016                                           
8:00 p.m. (Concert)

Sunday, March 20, 2016
12:00 p.m.(Workshop)

Andrew York is one of today’s best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. Andrew received a GRAMMY as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his sixteen years with the cutting-edge ensemble. Andrew has recorded CDs for Sony-U.S., Sony-Japan, Telarc, GSP and Delos labels, as well as inclusion on Rhino Records ‘Legends of Guitar’ and numerous other compilations. Andrew’s 2010 CD release Centerpeace  offers individual collaborations with guitarist Andy Summers, and pianists Mitsuko Kado and Allaudin Mathieu.

In Andrew’s concerts the theater becomes a living room, and the musical conversation begins with the first note. His authenticity has inspired a worldwide following, with his touring schedule spanning more than thirty countries. Recent concerts include Rome, Bogotá, Beijing, Ankara, Munich, Manhattan, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Andrew’s eleventh tour of Japan.

Andrew’s most recent solo recording “Yamour” was released on vinyl as a double LP album, and garnered the number one spot in Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s ‘Essential Recordings of 2012’ by editor Teja Gerken. Commenting on the more than eighty minutes of new pieces for solo guitar he composed for this major work, Andrew says “When I write I feel a connection to my spirit and the joy and sorrow of life. My entire life comes into focus and there is no separation between me as a boy, a young man and now in my later years.”

In film, Andrew performs in the live documentary “Primal Twang”, written and hosted by eminent musician and storyteller Dan Crary, with other artists Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Doc Watson, and Mason Williams.

In dance, the Los Angeles-based Vaughn Dance Company presented an entire show of modern dance choreographed to Andrew’s compositions, premiered at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California.

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 also been recorded by guitar luminaries Sharon Isbin, Jason Vieaux, John Williams and Christopher Parkening, and Japanese pianist Mitsuko Kado. Andrew’s compositions were featured in Vieaux’s CD “Play,” winning a GRAMMY in 2015, and Isbin’s CD “Journey to the New World,” which won a GRAMMY in 2010. In addition, generations of younger guitarists make Andrew’s music a staple of their repertoire in their performances and studies. As a published composer, York’s works appear in print worldwide through Majian Music, Alfred Publications, Hal Leonard, Mel Bay Publications, Guitar Solo Publications, Doberman-Yppan in Canada, Ricordi in London, and Gendai in Japan. 

A love of music was instilled at an early age; Andrew’s father is a guitarist and his mother a professional singer. Family reunions abounded with folk music ranging from frontier American to English and Celtic traditional songs. 

Andrew crosses over stylistic boundaries with an unusual authority - besides his classical contribution, he also has an extensive background as a jazz guitarist, studying with jazz legends Joe Diorio and Lenny Breau. As a classical musician, Andrew was awarded a grant from the Del Amo Foundation for Study in Spain. 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.



Kupiński Duo

Sunday, March 20, 2016                                           
2:00 p.m. (Concert)


The Kupiński Guitar Duo is the peerless example of artistic talent in the world of classical music and one of Europe’s most renowned guitar duos. Acclaimed by both the public and critics alike as two musicians with a brilliant technique, passion, quality of sound and infinite elegance.

In addition to the numerous solo achievements, after graduating the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice (guitar class of prof. Alina Gruszka and prof. Wanda Palacz) and Hochschule für Musik in Weimar (guitar class of prof. Thomas Müller-Pering), Ewa and Dariusz decided to establish the guitar duo, bringing to their performances a masterful sense of ensemble and charming personal chemistry.

As soloists and in a duo they have won numerous awards in important international competitions (Weikersheim, Parma, Tychy, Viareggio, Bojano, Erwitte). They have been honoured multiple times with prestigious awards and scholarships for artistic achievements, such as "Young Poland" Scholarship, the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship and DAAD. They have played recitals in Europe, USA and Mexico.

As a part of their passion for education, they have been invited to give Master Classes in Europe and Latin America. Ewa holds the Doctor of Music degree in guitar performance and is currently teaching at the Institute of Music of Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa. Dariusz is sharing his knowledge with students at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

In 2011 their debut CD „SPANISH MUSIC” has been released. From that time this husband and wife duo has been gaining momentum and attracting fans throughout the World. With a growing reputation for performing with tremendous energy and artistry, their aim is to create a rich and varied concert experience for audience through great performances of great music.

“Duo with spectacular technique, beautiful quality of sound and a rich variety of colors.”
Jowita Dziedzic-Golec, RMF Classic

“The elegant sound, unique arrangements and tremendous musicianship make the Kupiński Duo exceptional. Ewa and Dariusz are perfect combination of individual personalities. 
New classical guitar identity!”
Marcin Dylla, guitarist

“The concert of Kupinski Duo was full of colours, creative fantasy and essential touch of two young guitarists.”
“Twoja Muza” Magazine