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Guitar Concert & Masterclass Series
2015-2016 Season

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


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

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

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)


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





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                                           
2:00 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



Amadeus Duo

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

Sunday, March 20, 2016
10:00 a.m.(Masterclass)

They are counted among the top-class international guitar duos, receiving enthusiastic reviews from all over the world. Canadian Dale Kavanagh and her German partner Thomas Kirchhoff have made up the Amadeus Guitar Duo since 1991. The secret of their success, regularly documented by more than 70 concerts per year, is the complete devotion of the two artists to their instrument. Hence they did not limit themselves to playing as a duo, but began to concentrate on the repertoire for guitar and orchestra. Thanks to their commitment, this genre was soon able to emerge from its niche. In more than 100 cities, they played their "Spanish Night" recital, featuring concertos for one, two and four guitars and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo and the world-famous pan flautist Gheorghe Zamfir.

The Amadeus Guitar Duo has so far appeared in more than 1.300 concerts in some 60 countries in Europe, Central, South and North America, and Asia. The duo has always been able to delight its audience with its exuberant temperament, virtuoso performance, sensitive creative power and a fulsome, warm, carrying guitar tone. They regularly play together with the Prague, Mainz and Mannheim Chamber Orchestras, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra, the International Philharmonie, the Gotha-Suhl Thuringian Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Capella Cracoviensis, the Ankara President Orchestra and the South Westphalian Philharmonic.

Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff have recorded a large number of productions for radio and television (BBC, ZDF, CBC, WDR, BR,  TRT, etc.). They have also recorded 17 CDs (NAXOS International, Haenssler-Classic) which document the high quality of the Amadeus Guitar Duo. The two artists' stirring commitment and inspiring style of playing have enabled them to considerably broaden the repertoire for guitar, especially for guitar and orchestra. Such renowned composers as Harald Genzmer, Gheorghe Zamfir, Roland Dyens (Paris), Jaime Zenamon (Curitiba), Christian Jost (Cologne), Carlo Domeniconi (Berlin), Gerald Garcia (Oxford), Martin Herchenröder (Siegen) have written orchestral concertos for them. Stephen Dodgson (London), Harald Genzmer (Munich), Jaime M. Zenamon (Curitiba) and Christian Jost (Cologne) have dedicated compositions for two guitars to them. All works have been published by Schott‘s, Mainz - Edition Margaux, Berlin, Edition Peters, Frankfurt, and Verlag Hubertus Nogatz, Essen.

In 1992 they founded the International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn, which is today one of the most important festivals of its kind in Europe, with more than 300 participants from more than 50 countries, concerts featuring world-famous stars, master courses, lectures, exhibitions and many other activities (www.guitarsymposium.com).

In the season 2015-16, these successful musicians have been invited to tour the U.S.A., Canada, India, South-Korea, China, Thailand, England, Italy, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Turkey, Lithuania, Romania, Hungary and Poland. Today, Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff live with their daughter Melissa-Rachel in Germany, and both are professors who have been teaching at the newly launched guitar class of the Detmold Musikhochschule since 2003 (www.hfm-detmold.de). The Amadeus Guitar Duo plays exclusively D'Addario strings on guitars made in Germany by Toni Mueller, Aarbergen and Kenny Hill, San Francisco and Hanson Yao Xin, Guangzhou.



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


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