LMU Guitar Concert and Masterclass Series

LMU Guitar Series 2018-2019

Costa Rica Guitar Quartet

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 8 p.m.
Murphy Recital Hall
Free and open to the community

Formed in 2008 by guitarists Julio Monge, Nicolás Alvarado, Edmundo Núñez and Manuel Durán, the Costa Rica Guitar Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the most outstanding chamber groups in its country for its work in encouraging the creation and dissemination of the Costa Rican and Latin American music. Winners of the National Music Award "Carlos Enrique Vargas", ACAM Award and 2nd Prize in the III Mexico Guitar Ensemble Competition, the quartet has been the first Costa Rican ensemble to project the work of ten Costa Rican composers within a single program when performing concerts in venues such as the Maison de l'Amérique Latine in Paris, the University College of London, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM. They have performed in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Their two records, "Eso es Imposible" (2011) and "Noche Caribe" (2017), have received excellent critiques, as well as their collaborations on the albums "New Composers ... New Visions: Costa Rican Chamber Music" (2012), "Desde las Entrañas de mi Tierra" (2012), and "Nosotros" (2014), compilations of works by different authors from Costa Rica. They have premiered music by many of Costa Rica's most renowned composers and arrangers, including the Grammy winners Carlos José Castro and Edín Solís, as well as the internationally renowned José Mora-Jiménez, Allen and Alonso Torresand Guido Sánchez-Portuguez. They have also premiered in Central America works by Celso Machado (Brazil) and Carlos Rafael Rivera (USA). In addition, they have played with the Symphony Orchestra of Cartago the "Concierto Andaluz de Joaquín Rodrigo" and also the world premiere of "Concierto de Uxarrací" of the National Music Award and Grammy Award winner Carlos José Castro, first work in Central America for guitar quartet and orchestra.


Rodolfo Pérez Berrellza

Friday, November 30, 2018 | 8 p.m.
Murphy Recital Hall
Free and open to the community

Over the last 15 years, Rodolfo Pérez Berrelleza has established himself as one of the most prominent Mexican guitarists of his generation. Critics have described him as a "musician of the first order, expressive and possessed of masterly technique.“ He is committed to developing and showcasing the music of Mexican composers, and has performed internationally on stages in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Spain, Romania, Italy, and others. He premiered Concierto Insurgente by composer Angel Ramirez for Mexico’s Bicentennial with the Sinaloa Symphony Orchestra of the Arts. He also premiered Ramirez’s Fantasía Sinaloense in Italy accompanied by the Orchestra Giovanile del Veneto. In 2015, he revived Manuel M. Ponce’s Música para Escena in Romania accompanied by the Oltenia Philharmonic. Berrelleza has released three full length records: Contrastes, XXV Cuadros Mágicos, and Fantasía Mexicana. He recently won the Latin Grammy for the recording of the El Decamerón Negro by Leo Brouwer.


Martha Masters

Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 8 p.m.
Murphy Recital Hall
Free and open to the community

Martha Masters's 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.



March 29 & 30, 2019

All concerts will be held in Murphy Recital Hall.
Vendor's and Luthier's Fair 9am-5pm, Saturday, March 30 

Individual Concert Tickets

$25 general admission, $15 students with ID
Purchase tickets through the Central Ticket Agency.

Festival Passes

$65 general admission, $45 students with ID
Purchase tickets through the Central Ticket Agency.

This year the LMU Guitar Festival is pleased to feature the Kupinski Guitar DuoJiji Kim, and Gabriel Bianco.