Maestros of 50 Oak Street


Sergio Assad, Richard Savino, David Tanenbaum, Marc Teicholz

Friday, October 22, 2021  7:30 pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

The maestros from the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music present 4 mini-concerts. Expect a wide-ranging mix of music performed by an exceptional group of guitarists.

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Sergio-Assad-smSergio Assad is best known as the older sibling in the Duo Assad, described by many as the finest pairing of guitarists currently before the public. The two (Odair Assad is the other half of the team) have also appeared under the name the Assad Brothers. Sergio has given many solo concerts, as well, often playing his own compositions, which make up a fairly substantial output of mostly guitar music, the bulk scored for one, two, or four guitars. Many of these compositions employ other instruments as well, including violin, cello, and clarinet. A small number are large works, including the ballet Espantalho, for chamber orchestra, and Concerto Originis, for two guitars, violin, and chamber orchestra.

Sergio Assad began making regular concert tours of the Americas and Europe with his brother from about 1969. He has compiled a large discography, both as a soloist and with Odair, and the recordings have appeared on a variety of labels, including EMI, Naxos, Nonesuch, Sony, and Gha. The Assads’ repertory includes many standards (via transcription), including J.S. Bach, Scarlatti, Debussy, and Gershwin, as well as contemporary and popular Brazilian and Latin music.

Sergio Assad was born in Brazil on December 26, 1952. His father was a mandolin player who served as his children’s first teacher. Sergio would later study for seven years with virtuoso guitarist and Segovia student Monina Tavora.

In 1969 Sergio and Odair Assad won a prize at the Bratislava International Rostrum of Young Interpreters, and then in 1973 earned first prize at the Brazilian Symphonic Competition. The pair was quite active on the international scene in the 1970s, and as their reputation grew, an impressive list of composers turned out compositions for them, including Terry Riley, Astor Piazzolla, Radamés Gnattali, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, and Jorge Morel. In addition, Yo-Ya Ma, Gidon Kremer, Dawn Upshaw, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg performed with them.
One of the Assads’ most popular recordings was the 1993 Nonesuch CD of Baroque repertory that featured arrangements (mostly by Sergio) of works by J.S. Bach, Scarlatti, Couperin, and others. The Assads’ Nonesuch CD entitled Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla was awarded a Latin Grammy in 2002.

Though Sergio Assad resides in Chicago and Paris and Odair in Brussels, the brothers continue making regular concert tours, occasionally with sister Badi, also a guitarist. Sergio joined the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in September 2008.

 

Richard-Savino-smRichard Savino has an extensive discography of over 35 commercial recordings of music ranging from the early 17th century through virtuoso music of Niccolò Paganini and Johann Kaspar Mertz. Contained within these are the only recordings of Mauro Giuliani’s Op. 30 Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra and Boccherini’s Symphonia a grandé orchestra con chitarra with the original orchestrations, and no cuts on a period instrument. He is also the recipient of a Diapason d’Or from Compact and a 10 du Rèpertoire. The latter has also placed his Boccherini recordings in their “Great Discoveries” category, which they deem as essential to any classical music collection. In addition to his 2012 GRAMMY nomination he was also a principal instrumentalist on the Ars Lyrica 2011 GRAMMY nominated cd of Hasse’s Anthony and Cleopatra.

Additional recordings include Venice Before Vivaldi, a Portrait of Giovanni Legrenzi, Villancicos y Cantadas (sacred music from Spain and Latin America), Sebastian Duron’s zarzuela Salir el Amor del Mundo (1696), romantic solo guitar music of Johann Kaspar Mertz, virtuoso sonatas by Paganini and Giuliani with violinist Monica Huggett, an extensive collection of 18th century guitar music from Mexico by Santiago de Murcia (4 Stars: Goldberg), The Essential Giuliani Vols. 1 & 2 (4 cds Koch), Op. 21 Solo Sonatas by Ferdinando Carulli, Baroque Guitar Sonatas (1696) of Ludovico Roncalli (Dorian), the first period instrument versions of the Boccherini Guitar Symphonia and the Op. 30 Concerto for Guitar by Mauro Giuliani and three additional recordings of music by Barabara Strozzi (Emanuella Galli, mezzo soprano), Biagio Marini (with Monica Huggett) and Giovanni Buonamente (with Monica Huggett and Bruce Dickey) and Ensemble Galatea.

He has been a featured guest on numerous national and international television and radio programs such as NPR, PBS and CBC and CBS, and has been chosen three times as the Global Hit on the Public Radio International/BBC program The World most recently in 2016 to celebrate the release of his cd What Artemisia Heard, Music from the Time of Caravaggio and Gentileschi. This cd surveys the life of the great 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi through music. Mr. Savino has toured and recorded with some of the world’s most important performers including Joyce Di Donato, Monica Huggett, Stephanie Chase, Chanticleer, and Paul Hillier. And as a continuo player has performed as principal with groups such as the Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, West Edge Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Colorado, Dallas Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. He has also guest directed the Aston Magna Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Ensemble Rebel and Milano Classical Chamber Orchestra. From 1986-98 Mr. Savino directed the CSU Summer Arts Guitar and Lute Institute. Presently he is director of the ensemble El Mundo.

An avid writer and music researcher, Mr. Savino has composed all of his cd notes and had articles and editions published by Cambridge University Press, Editions Chantarelle, Indiana University Press, Guitar Foundation of America, and Gendai Guitar. In 2017 he discovered an important collection of early 18th century Spanish secular cantadas that he is editing and will record during the next year. He is a founding member of the Consortium for Early Guitar Studies at Cambridge University, Professor of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a full Professor at Sacramento State University where he has been the only music professor to receive “outstanding and exceptional” and “best” sabbatical awards. Mr. Savino instructors have included Andres Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, Albert Fuller and Jerry Willard. He received his Doctorate from SUNY at Stony Brook.

 

David-Tanenbaum-smRecognized internationally as an outstanding performer and recording artist, a charismatic educator, and a transcriber and editor of both taste and intelligence, David Tanenbaum is one of the most admired classical guitarists of his generation. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, the former Soviet Union and Asia, and in 1988 he became the first American guitarist to be invited to perform in China by the Chinese government. He has been soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, the Oakland Symphony, Vienna’s ORF orchestra, with such eminent conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano and John Adams.

David Tanenbaum has been a featured soloist at many international festivals, including those of Bath, Luzern, Frankfurt, Barcelona and Vienna as well as numerous guitar festivals. In 1989, as President of the Second American Classical Guitar Congress, he commissioned five new works, including Rosewood by Henry Brant for a large guitar orchestra. He has subsequently conducted Rosewood more than a dozen times on four continents.

While his repertoire encompasses diverse styles, David Tanenbaum is recognized as one of today’s most eloquent proponents of new guitar repertoire. Among the many works written for him is Hans Werner Henze’s guitar concerto An Eine Aolsharfe, which he premiered throughout Europe and recorded with the composer conducting, Terry Riley’s first guitar piece, Ascención, four works by 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis, two pieces by Roberto Sierra, and a suite by Lou Harrison. He is currently working with Terry Riley on a series of 24 guitar pieces. He has toured extensively with Steve Reich and Musicians, was invited to Japan in 1991 by Toru Takemitsu, and has had a long association with the Ensemble Modern. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with, among others, the Kronos, Shanghai, Alexander and Chester String Quartets, dancer Tandy Beal and guitarist Manuel Barrueco. He is currently a member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

David Tanenbaum’s three dozen recordings, which reflect his broad repertoire interests, can be found on New Albion, EMI, Nonesuch, Ars Musici, Rhino, GSP, Albany, Audiofon, Bayer, Acoustic Music Records, Bridge, Stradivarius and others. His 2002 recording as soloist with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in John Adam’s Naive and Sentimental Music was nominated for a Grammy as the Best New Composition. His recording of the complete guitar works of Sofia Gubaidulina will come out on Naxos in June, 2015.

He has produced many editions of guitar music, including the David Tanenbaum Concert Series for Guitar Solo Publications. He has also written a series of three books, The Essential Studies, which analyze the etudes of Sor, Carcassi and Brouwer and compliment his recordings of those works on GSP, and his chapter on the Revival of the Classical Guitar in the 20th Century appears in the Cambridge Companion to the Guitar.

David Tanenbaum is currently Chair of the Guitar Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received the 1995 Oustanding Professor Award, and he has been Artist-In-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music. He is in demand for master classes worldwide. Mr. Tanenbaum’s students have won many international competitions, and his former students hold teaching positions internationally.

David Tanenbaum studied guitar with Rolando Valdez-Blain, Aaron Shearer and Michael Lorimer, attending the San Francisco Conservatory and Peabody Conservatory. Further studies included work with pianist Jeanne Stark-Iochmans and harpsichordist Laurette Goldberg. He participated in the 1981 New York master class with Andres Segovia.

 

Marc-Teicholz-smGuitarist 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. Most recently, Teicholz debuted Clarice Assad’s Concerto for Guitar, O Saci-Pererê, at the Biasini Festival in San Francisco. 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 solo disc, Valseana, presents works performed on historic guitars of the period of each musical selection.  On Delos records, he has recently released “Open your Heart” with soprano Laura Claycomb, featuring mixed 19th and 20th century composers.

For Naxos, Marc Teicholz has made his mark with two collections of Sor’s music already committed to disc. In a show of his versatility, he has also recorded the fifth volume of the collected works for guitar by the 19th Century French virtuoso guitarist and composer Napoleon Coste.

Teicholz, currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory. 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.

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