Interview with Gyan Riley

Interviews with Classical Guitarists
Interview with Gyan Riley

Gyan Riley is active as a soloist, ensemble player, composer, and improviser in a wide variety of styles. We bounced off a few questions via email over the past weeks. CG.org: When did you start playing guitar, and what was your path to serious study? Gyan: I started playing guitar at age 12, when I […]

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Two giants of twentieth century music left us within a week of each other a few weeks ago. Hans Werner Henze died in Dresden, on October 26; Carter followed him within a ten-day, as he passed away at his NY home on November 5th, at the youthful age of 103. There have been excellent obits […]

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Interview with luthier Benz Tschannen

Classical Guitars (Buying, Care, Maintenence), Interviews with Classical Guitarists

Benz Tschannen is a Swiss-born guitar maker living in Fallon, Nevada. I sent him a few questions after first meeting him at the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival this past summer. CG.org: What was your path to luthiery? How old were you when you started building guitars, and how did you move your first steps? BT: […]

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The repertoire of American composer James Tenney (1934-2006) is among the most diverse and stimulating in experimental music. Tenney wrote several works using algorithmic procedure, yet always producing music of striking clarity and unassuming elegance. Most of his pieces explore aspects of sonority and resonance—the gradual change of musical parameters over time (e.g. textural or […]

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Battle of the Nocturnals

Musical Interpretation and Musicianship
Battle of the Nocturnals

Benjamin Britten’s Nocturnal after John Dowland is one of those rare pieces that almost single-handedly changed the history of an instrument: dedicatee Julian Bream’s premiere at the 1964 Aldeburgh festival made waves in the contemporary musical establishment, leading to top-flight composers writing several other substantial pieces in the following years. Almost fifty years after its […]

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[CD Review] Connie Sheu: The Woman’s Voice

Through the history of Western Classical music women have been dramatically underrepresented: consider that the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has only been integrated from a gender standpoint for a whopping fifteen years. As far as composers go, historical surveys generally include but a handful—usually starting with Hildegard, maybe Barbara Strozzi, then skipping to Fanny Mendelssohn and […]

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Know Your Worth

Music Business Tips

With few exceptions, many professional classical guitarists derive their income from a variety of sources—including private lessons, wedding/corporate kinds of gigs, and of course concerts. All of these situation require the artist to act also as a negotiator, discussing compensation, logistics, and terms with a varied array of client types (that is, unless the musician […]

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2012 GFA Competition Winners

Classical Guitar News
2012 GFA Competition Winners

The Guitar Foundation of America convention, along with its international and youth competitions, just concluded last weekend. 2012 International Competition Winners First Place: Rovshan Mamedkuliev (Russia) Second Place: Celil Kaya (Turkey) Third Place: Silviu Ciulei (Romania/USA) Fourth Place: Ivan Sanchez Flores (Mexico) Watch Winner Rovshan Mamedkuliev Play Youth Competition Winners — Junior Division First Prize: […]

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Damage Control: Salvaging Torn Fingernails

Classical Guitar Fingernails

We’ve all done it. Something is falling, a box perhaps, and we reach out with our right hand and the worst happens. No, the box doesn’t just fall to the ground, it grazes the fingertips. That is when you notice that your ring finger nail is there… just feels weird. It is torn, not all […]

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Jason Vieaux on his New Online Classical Guitar School

Classical Guitar News, Classical Guitar Videos, Interviews with Classical Guitarists
Jason Vieaux on his New Online Classical Guitar School

Last week, Jason Vieaux and Artist Works launched a new course for classical guitarists. It’s a video lesson platform and you can check it out here. I was able to ask Jason a few questions about his new online lesson series. Before we get to that, however, Jason was kind enough to give ClassicalGuitar.org readers […]

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