Seattle Classic Guitar Society
Frye Art Museum Concert Series, 2016-2017

Travis Johnson
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019

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Travis Johnson began his studies at the young age of seven, accompanying his own voice on an ukulele and practicing simple piano tunes. He moved away from those instruments when he began his guitar studies at eight years old with Peter Zisa, whom he stayed with for seven years. It was with Mr. Zisa in 2006 that Travis made the premier recording of a new commissioned piece by Bryan Johanson, as well as music by F. Tarrega, F. M. Torroba, and Vivaldi's Guitar Concerto in D Major. The Marylhurst Symphony, conducted by Lajos Balogh, invited Travis at the age of eleven to perform this concerto during their annual concert series, and in 2004, under the same baton, Travis was welcomed as a guest soloist with the Portland Festival Symphony. His performances with symphony orchestras are hardly limited to his hometown, as he has performed M. Giuliani's Guitar Concerto in A Major op. 30 with the Reno Philharmonic and the California Symphony under the direction of Barry Jekowsky, both in 2007. After these fundamental studies, Travis studied with Michael Partington, whom he stayed with until he was accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Upon his entrance to the SFCM, Travis took lessons from David Tanenbaum. He currently studies with Adam Holzman at the University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music where he is pursuing a Master of Music Performance degree. He has enjoyed lessons and Master Classes from Jeremy Jouve, Marcin Dylla, Judicael Perroy, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia, and Raphael Smits.


Martha Masters
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019

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Martha Masters first achieved international recognition in 2000 when she won first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition. That same year she also won the Andres Segovia International Competition in Linares, Spain, and was named a finalist in the Alexandre Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz, Poland. Since then, Ms. Masters has been active as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist around the world. Her 2015/2016 season includes appearances at festivals and on concert series through the United States, Germany, Poland, Russia, and China. 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. Ms. Masters is currently on the guitar faculty of Loyola Marymount University and California State University Fullerton, and is president of the Guitar Foundation of America. She has five recordings on the Naxos and GSP labels, and has published books three books with Mel Bay Publications and Alfred Music.


Marc Teicholz
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019

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Guitarist Marc Teicholz was awarded first prize at the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the largest, most prestigious contest of its kind in the United States. He was also a prize winner at the 1991 New York East-West Artists Competition. Described by Gramophone as "arguably the best of the new young guitarists to have emerged," and by Soundboard magazine as "among the best we have ever heard," Teicholz's performances throughout the world include tours of the United States, Canada, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Fiji. His recitals and master classes have received critical acclaim, and he has been featured in concert with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California and Hawaii. He has also had new works written specially for him. Teicholz tours the United States extensively with The Festival of Four. He is featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas' Young Indiana Jones, and has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, Menus and Music, and most recently, Guitar Salon International. His latest disc, Valseana, presents works performed on historic guitars of the period of each musical selection. Teicholz, currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory, teaches in the summer at the California Summer Arts Festival and the Weatherfield Music festival in Vermont. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Yale School of Music, and holds a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley Boalt School of Law.


Lily Afshar
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:00 PM
Frye Art Museum Recital Hall, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-2019

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An extraordinary artist, Lily Afshar has grounded her career on a strong foundation of excellent formal education, upon which she has built an exceptional record of innovative achievements. With a bachelor's degree from The Boston Conservatory, she earned her Master of Music at The New England Conservatory and went on to study at Florida State University, where she became the first woman in the world to be awarded the degree of Doctor of Music in guitar performance. She pursued greater proficiency with summer studies at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts and the Aspen Music Festival, advanced training at Gargnano, Italy, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, and master classes with Andres Segovia at the University of Southern California. Since becoming a tenured professor and head of the guitar program at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Afshar has received the 2000 Eminent Faculty Award, and in 2011 she was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Boston Conservatory. She conducts master classes worldwide and has released six instructional DVD's "Classical Guitar Secrets", Vols. I & II for beginner to Intermediate guitarists, and six instructional DVD's "Classical Guitar Collection", Vols. I & II for Intermediate to Advanced guitarists. Both are released with Guitarcontrol.com. She also produced a DVD entitled "Virtuoso Guitar" featuring live performances and an interview with Mel Bay. As a performing guitarist, she has won a top prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, Grand Prize in the Aspen Music Festival Guitar Competition, the Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Female Classical Guitarist, and a National Endowment for the Arts Recording Award, among others, and she was chosen as an "Artistic Ambassador" to Africa for the United States Information Agency.



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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 at the Frye Information Desk beginning at 1:00 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