LMU Guitar Concert and Masterclass Series

LMU Guitar Series 2018-2019

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 Kupiński Guitar DuoJiji Kim, and Gabriel Bianco.

Kupiński Guitar Duo

Friday, March 29, 2018 | 8 p.m.
Murphy Recital Hall

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 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.

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 (e.g. Poland, England, Germany, France, Slovakia), USA (e.g. Washington, Houston, San Jose, Oklahoma City, Louisville), Mexico, Japan and China. As a part of their passion for education, they have been invited to give Master Classes in Europe, Asia and USA. Ewa holds the Habilitation degree in guitar performance and is currently teaching at the Institute of Music at Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa. Dariusz holds the Doctor degree in guitar performance.

In 2011 their debut CD “SPANISH MUSIC” was released. From that time this husband and wife duo has been gaining momentum and attracting fans throughout the World. Their second CD “RECITAL” (2016) features mostly arrangements of music of Chopin, Rossini, Piazzolla, and Gershwin. With a growing reputation for performing with tremendous energy and artistry, their aim is to create a rich and varied concert experience for audiences through great performances of great music.


Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 3 p.m.
Murphy Recital Hall

Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “...talented, sensitive...brilliant,” JIJI is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing a wide range of music from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned the Korean guitarist First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The Kansas City Star described JIJI as “A graceful and nuanced player,” adding that “...she presented an intimate, captivating performance” in reviewing her recent concerto debut appearance with Kansas City Symphony. A major highlight of JIJI’s2018-19 season is her Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium debut as soloist with the award-winning New York Youth Symphony, performing the world premiere of a new concerto written for herby American composer Natalie Dietterich.

Featured NYC recitals this season include JIJI’s April 2019 Lincoln Center debut on the Great Performers series, preceded by 2018 Summer appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival and the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes. Other recitals include Grand Canyon Guitar Society and Arizona State University in Tempe, where JIJI joins the ASU Music school faculty as Assistant Professor of Guitar starting in fall 2018.

Currently sponsored by D'Addario Strings. JIJI’s performances have been featured on PBS (On Stage at Curtis series), NPR’s From the Top, WHYY-TV, FOX 4-TV, Munchies (the Vice Channel), The Not So Late Show (Channel 6, Kansas), and Hong Kong broadcast station RTHK’s The Works. Her new EP recording, Underglow, was released in May 2018, featuring acoustic guitar music by Bach, Albeniz, Ginastera, and Dyens, in addition to her own composition for electric guitar and electronics.

A passionate advocate of new music, JIJI has premiered a duo piece, Talking Guitars, by renowned composer, Paul Lansky, and as a recipient of the 2017 BMI commissioning award resulting from the CAG Competition, JIJI has commissioned Nina C. Young to write a new guitar piece scheduled for premiere during 2018-19. In addition, the American Composers Orchestra is commissioning a new guitar concerto by Hilary Purrington, to be premiered by JIJI in an upcoming season. She has premiered works by numerous emerging composers, including Gabriella Smith, Riho Maimets, Krists Auznieks, Gulli Björnsson, Andrew McIntosh, and Farnood Haghani Pour. She also performs her own compositions, incorporating electronic media and acoustic music, and she recently worked as a composer with the Yale Repertory Theater, Yale Cabaret, and Yale school of Art. Her music is influenced by her regular activities as a DJ, where she highlights the electronic dance styles of happy hardcore and Berlin experimental electronica.

Recent highlights include a wide array of venues, including: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Miller Theater, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Purdue Convocations, Mass MOCA, Le Poisson Rouge, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton Sound Kitchen, Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Napa Valley, 92ndStreet ‘Y’ and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her recent tour in Hong Kong consisted of performances collaborating with a performance Artist, a traditional Chinese instrument ensemble, and an Erhu player in art galleries, clubs, and even on a moving trolley. As a chamber musician, she performed with members of Eighth Blackbird, members of one beat project, members of Bang on a Can All-Stars, Wild Up, Tanglewood Chamber orchestra, The Industry, cellist Tessa Seymour, and the Aizuri and Argus Quartets.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, JIJI (Jiyeon Kim) began playing classical guitar at the age of nine, and was accepted to the Korea National University of Arts at age fourteen. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for two years, studying with Jason Vieaux, and was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 as one of the first two guitarists in Curtis’ distinguished history. She graduated Curtis in 2015, as a student of Mr. Vieaux and David Starobin, and she recently earned her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, studying with Benjamin Verdery. She is excited about her upcoming adventures as a new resident of Arizona, and in her spare time, she enjoys cooking and creating weird sounds on Ableton.


Gabriel Bianco

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 5 p.m.
Murphy Recital Hall

Recognized as one of today’s finest classical guitarists, Gabriel Bianco has won First Prize in some of the most prestigious international competitions, including, the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar Competition (San Francisco, USA 2008) and the Koblenz International Guitar Competition, “Hubert Käppel” (Koblenz, Germany 2007). In 2011, he was nominated “Révélation Classique” from the Society for the Collective Administration of Performers’ Rights in France.

Born into a family of musicians, Gabriel Bianco started playing the guitar at the age of five. At sixteen he entered the National Superior Paris Conservatory for Music and Dance where he graduated with highest honors in guitar and chamber music.

Gabriel has performed in over forty countries and in many of the most renowned festivals and concert halls. He has been a featured artist at the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades and Theatre du Chatelet in Paris (France), the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia, National Philharmonic Concert Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, Luis Angel Arango Library of Bogotá, Colombia, Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, Musashino Art Center in Tokyo, Japan and the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, USA. As a solo recitalist, Gabriel performs music from the Baroque to contemporary with an emphasis on music from the Romantic period and music of Spain. Many composers have dedicated works for him.

As a soloist with orchestra, Gabriel has performed concerti with the Koblenz City Orchestra (Germany), the AUKSO Orchestra (Poland), Lipetsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), and the Romanian Radio Orchestra. Audience, colleagues and critics have commented that in concert, Gabriel and his guitar become one. They recognize that the elegance and colors of his playing exude a unique approach to all of the repertoire he explores.

Passionate about chamber music, Gabriel is a founding member of the Eclisses Guitar Quartet which was formed in 2012. The quartet won France’s National Federation of Parents’ Associations of Conservatory Students chamber music competition in 2013 and became a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. The Quartet has released three recordings: Guitares (2013), Invitation Française (2015), and Pulse (2017). Gabriel often collaborates with other instrumentalists and singers and released the CD Divertissement with oboist Michaela Hrabankovain 2017.

Gabriel has recorded two solo albums. Laureate Guitar Series was recorded on the Naxos label in 2007 and his latest solo recording, Capricci, was released in 2015 by Ad Vitam Records. Gabriel Bianco is a Savarez strings artist.