Seattle Classic Guitar Society
Frye Art Museum Concert Series, 2017-2018

Scott Kritzer
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
Artist Website | YouTube
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Scott Kritzer has demonstrated his musicality and commitment to technical excellence in concert halls in San Francisco, Frankfurt, Vancouver, B.C., Los Angeles, Sapporo, Washington, D.C., and Munich, including in critically acclaimed performances in New York's Carnegie Recital Hall and Wigmore Hall in London. In Classical Guitar Magazine, Colin Cooper wrote of Mr. Kritzer in his Wigmore Hall debut: "a guitarist in the best modern American mold." New York Times critic Bernard Holland wrote of Kritzer in his Carnegie Hall debut that he is "an intelligent and self-assured musician with a sure technique and a deep musical sensitivity." Kritzer graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with favorite Andres Segovia protege Michael Lorimer. He has released a number of recordings: Romance for Guitar and A Classical Guitar Christmas, and in collaboration with soprano Janet Chvatal: In the Blue Hour, and Songs of America. He has performed as soloist with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Ballet, and with multiple chamber orchestras and string quartets throughout the the Pacific Northwest. Kritzer has been featured in guitar magazines published in the US, London, and Japan, and is a frequent guest on the Portland-area radio station KQAC, All Classical Portland. In addition to maintaining a busy concert schedule, Kritzer is a highly sought-after instructor. Many of his past students have won regional, national and international guitar competitions, and have gone on to attend such notable schools as The Julliard School, the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


South Hill Guitars
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
Artist Website (James Reid)
YouTube (John Paul Shields)
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South Hill Guitars formed in 2014 and has already performed at a wide variety of venues in the Northwest including the Northwest Guitar Society in Bellingham, the Northwest Guitar Festival's 2016 convention in Moscow, the Fridays at Four Series at Whitman College, and for Gonzaga University and the Tri-Cities Guitar Society. Guitarists James Reid and John Paul Shields share a love for South American music as well as contemporary compositions and this is reflected in the repertoire of South Hill Guitars. The duo has recently programmed works by Maximo Pujol, Jaime Zenamon, Alfonso Montes, and Celso Machado and the duo has also had works written for it by William Whitley and Jacob Johnson. South Hill Guitars received a grant in 2016 to record their debut CD, Lonesome Coyote. In addition to his activity as a member of South Hill Guitars, James Reid has had a long and extensive solo career and he has released eight solo CDs the most recent of which was Guitarra Americana. Reid is the founder of the Northwest Guitar Festival, and he directs the guitar program at the University of Idaho. Most recently, John Paul's career moved him to Peru, where he studied the rich intricacies of Andean folk guitar music. He worked with several renowned musicians in Peru, including Frank Collazos, Luis Salazar Mejia and the legendary Ayacuchan guitarist Raul Garcia Zarate. Mr. Shields teaches guitar at the Holy Names Center and Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, WA.


Gaëlle Solal
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
Artist Website | YouTube
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Guitarist of extraordinary passion and virtuosity, Gaëlle Solal was born in Marseilles (France) and began playing the guitar at age 6 with Rene Bartoli. At 14, she won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles and as the best student among all instruments, was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille. A winner of 1st Grand Prix at multiple competitions including Alessandria Competition, Locquemeau, Savona, Sernancehle, and Finalist at Concert Artists Guild New York, Honor Diplom at Accademia Chigiana, and 2nd Prize at Guitar Foundation of America. Gaëlle has performed in more than 35 countries including Germany, Myanmar, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Spain, France, Gabon, India, Iceland, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA, and Japan. She has performed in prominent festivals including Festival d'Ile de France, Noches en los Reales Alcazares in Sevilla, Festival d'Avignon, Festival Montpellier-Radio France and at Salle Cortot (Paris), Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley), Tsuda Hall, Nikkei Hall, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Merkin Concert Hall (NY), and at the Guitar Foundation of America's International Convention in 2011. She has been a soloist in concertos with the Berkeley Symphony, the Garde Republicaine Orchestra, and the Philharmonic of Turin Orchestra.


Alan Liu
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019
YouTube
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"Just wow" said the CBC of Alan Xu Kun Liu in naming him to their 2016 list of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30. Born in Xi'An, China in December of 2001, Alan began studying piano and guitar at the age of five. When he was seven he won his first national-class prize for guitar in Beijing and has since amassed an impressive list of top prizes in music competitions around the world. He began his guitar studies with Ping Jin and Xia Yang and has performed in numerous master classes. Alan currently studies with Michael Partington of the University of Washington and Daniel Bolshoy of the Vancouver Symphony School of Music. He was the first prizewinner of the Canadian National Music Competition (2016), the GFA International Youth Competition Junior Division (2014), Guitare Montreal International Youth Competition (2014) and the Northwest Guitar Festival Adult Competition (2015). He was also a finalist and prizewinner at the Michele Pittaluga International Youth Guitar Competition in Alessandria, Italy (2014), the Parkening International Young Guitarist Competition (2015) and the GFA International Youth Competition, Senior Division (2016), as well as many other local and regional events.Alan has performed in Canada, the US and China, including a concerto with the Vancouver Symphony in 2015 and as a featured artist in the 2015 Montreal International Guitar Festival.



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Stroll the colorful galleries of one of the Northwest's finest art museums, and then hear a world-class guitarist perform in the Frye Art Museum's intimate recital hall. The SCGS is able to bring these concerts to the Seattle audience through the generous support of the Frye Art Museum, member donations, and grants. The artists are paid, but the admission is FREE! All concerts start at 2:00 PM. Seating in the Frye Auditorium is limited. Tickets are distributed in the Foyer outside the Frye Auditorium beginning at 1 pm. Please note: Tickets go very quickly, so come early to pick up a ticket and then enjoy the exhibitions or have lunch at the fine cafe before the concert. The Frye Art Museum is located at 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019. fryemuseum.org