Episode #3: Joseph Williams II

Episode #3 features guitarist/composer, Dr. Joseph Williams II. Dr. Williams directs guitar studies at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and is the composer in residence for the Austin Classical Guitar Society. Dr. Williams is also a member of the Texas Guitar Quartet who will be featured in the upcoming Guitar Foundation of America Convention and Competition in 2015. In this episode, we talk about the Texas Guitar Quartet, being an educator, composing for ACGS and the Cavatina Duo…and more. The three featured pieces for this program include: Red, Austin Pictures, and Homage to Tom Waits.

Don’t miss the world premiere of a new work composed by Joseph Williams II performed by the Cavatina Duo on July 12th, 7:30 p.m., at the Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music in Austin, TX. Visit austinclassicalguitar.org for more info.

Episode #2: Jeremy Collins w/ Jay Kacherski

In the second episode of An Evening with the Classic Guitar, I speak with Ohio native, Jeremy Collins. Jeremy holds music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California. Jeremy’s former teachers include Rodney Stucky, Jason Vieaux, and William Kanengiser. Jeremy’s accomplishments include first prizes in many guitar competitions across the United States. He was also featured on NPR’s “From the Top” radio program at the age of 16. He currently teaches at the Indian Springs Academy of Music in Cincinnati, the Toedman School of Music, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department. Jeremy presents three pieces from his CD that features his compositions “Winter Dream”: Winter Dream, Fantasia in the Style of Debussy, and Elegy. We discuss his compositions, competing at the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Guitar Competition, and growing up in a family of musicians. Later I speak with Dr. Jay Kacherski who is working on a catalogue for contemporary Mexican composers. He also gives some advice to enhance your technical abilities. I hope you enjoy it!

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Episode #1: Yuri Liberzon w/ David Steinhardt and Stephen Lochbaum

In the first episode of An Evening with the Classic Guitar, I sit down with Russian guitarist, Yuri Liberzon. Yuri Liberzon is a very talented musician with an education that includes Yale University and Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Liberzon has won numerous prizes at international competitions. In 1996 and 1997 Yuri won top prizes at the Ariane Yerushalmi Eldor Classical Guitar Competition of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and remains the youngest prizewinner in its history. Other awards include top prizes at the Appalachian Guitar Competition in North Carolina and at the ‘Classical Minds’ competition in Texas. We discuss his early years and moving to the states to study with virtuoso, Manuel Barrueco. Yuri presents three pieces: La Comparsa by Ernesto Lecuona, Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, I. Allemande by J.S. Bach, and Koln Concert part IIc by Keith Jarrett. David Steinhardt calls the show and gives some advice for studying guitarists on staying organized, having a productive practice, and his experience at the Parkening Competition. Plus, a guitar tip by Stephen Lochbaum. Enjoy!

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