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    • 2 Mar 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Rd San Jose, CA 95148

    Guitar Virtuoso Goran Krivokapić in Concert

    with a Prelude performance by Roan Holmes 

    DIRECTIONS: Evergreen Valley High School

    “One of the most sought-after guitarists of today.” – Medici TV

    An active soloist and chamber musician, Goran Krivokapić performs throughout the world and has appeared with the New Russian Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra, Chilean Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, and Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, among many others. 

    Krivokapić has performed as a soloist and with his duo partner Danijel Cerović at festivals including the Koblenz International Guitar Festival, Iserlohn International Guitar Festival, the Guitar Foundation of America's International Guitar Convention, Shenyang Guitar Festival and Daejon Guitar Festival.

    As an educator, Krivokapić has given masterclasses, lectures and workshops at universities and conservatories worldwide. He has been active in the late pianist Lars Vogt's Rhapsody in School project, dedicated to bringing classical music into the classroom.

    Krivokapić won his first international competition in Belgrade at 14 and continued to win another 18 competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of America's International Concert Artist Competition in 2004. He has won two Chittara d’Oro awards at the International Guitar Convention in Alessandria, Italy, citing Krivokapić as best young guitarist of the year in 2005 and recognizing his 2006 debut disc, entitled Goran Krivokapić Guitar Recital, on the Naxos label.   

    As the Montenegrin Guitar Duo, Krivokapić and Cerović have been highly acclaimed by both audiences and critics who praise the duo's live performances as well as their recording of their transcriptions of J.S. Bach’s English Suites on the Naxos label. 

    Born in 1979, Krivokapić began his music education at age eight with Mićo Poznanović at the Music School of Herceg Novi in Montenegro and continued his studies at the Faculty of Music at University of Arts in Belgrade under Srđan Tošić, graduating in 2000. He continued with Hubert Käppel and Roberto Aussel at the Hochschule für Musik Köln in Germany, where he graduated and received his Konzertexamen degree. He pursued graduate study at the Conservatorium Maastricht in the Netherlands under Carlo Marchione and at LUCA School of Arts Campus Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Belgium, under Raphaella Smits.

    Krivokapić is professor of guitar at Cologne University of Music and teaches guitar at Detmold University of Music. He lives in Cologne with his wife and son.

    Prelude performer Roan Holmes

    A student of the classical guitar for more than 11 years, Roan Holmes currently studies with Scott Cmiel at the Pre-College Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His previous teacher was Dr. David Chapman. Roan has won 4th place in the Stanislaus State University Guitarraganza Competition and 2nd place in the Guitar Society of Montreal Next Generation Guitar Competition and is also a winner in the Bay Area Creative Youth Awards. He is a junior at The Athenian School and lives in Livermore. Outside the guitar, Roan is a competitive runner in cross country and track.

    • 6 Apr 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • St. Francis Episcopal Church 1205 Pine Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

    Hao Yang, Guitar Virtuoso in Concert

    with a Prelude performance by Claire Okamoto

    DIRECTIONS: St Francis Episcopal Church

    Guitarist and Astral Artist Hao Yang appeared as a soloist with the Chusachsische Philharmonie in Germany and has been a soloist at international guitar festivals in Cleveland, Panama, and Beijing. Originally from China, Yang has performed concerts in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center, New York Subculture, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, and Princeton Sound Kitchen.

    As a chamber music enthusiast, Yang made her Carnegie Hall debut premiering Paul Lansky's "Talking Guitars’" with guitarist JIJI. Yang performed on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series as guest collaborator and appeared at the Concordia Chamber Festival. As a recording artist, Yang has worked with Grammy award-winning label Bridge Records on multiple new chamber works by Paul Lansky and Poul Ruders.

    In 2021, Yang won the national auditions of Astral Artists, a non-profit organization that supports extraordinary emerging musicians. Yang's other competition prizes include the top prize at the 54th Markneukirchen International Instrumental competition in Germany, fourth prize at the International Concert Artist Competition of the Guitar Foundation of America, and first prizes at the GFA's International Youth Competition, Columbus State University International Guitar Competition, and Andres Segovia 7th International Guitar Competition. She is a recipient of the Clifton Foundation’s Emerging Artists Award. Yang holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and is currently pursuing her graduate degree at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

    For more about Yang, please see haoyangguitar.com


    Anton Diabelli:  Sonata No. 3 in F Major           

    I. Allegro moderato

    II. Andante sostenuto

    III. Finale

    J.S. Bach:  Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830 (Arr.)

    I. Toccata  

    Nicholas Maw:  Music of Memory  


    Giulio Regondi:  Air varie de l’opera de Bellini “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”   

    Manuel de Falla:  Homenaje "Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy"

    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco:  Sonata omaggio a Boccherini, Op. 77 

    I. Allegro con spirito

    II. Andantino, quasi canzone

    III. Tempo di minuetto

    IV. Vivo ed energico

    Prelude performer Claire Okamoto

    Claire Okamoto, 17, is a regular performer at the South Bay Guitar Society's open mic events and has played in masterclasses for Bokyung Byun, JIJI, and Dragos Ilie. Claire studies with Scott Cmiel at the Pre-College Division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she also performs in a guitar quartet and guitar orchestra. Her previous teacher was Grady Sloan in Sunnyvale. Outside the guitar, Claire is a junior at Lynbrook High School.

    • 4 May 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • St. Francis Episcopal Church 1205 Pine Ave, San Jose, CA 95125


    DIRECTIONS: St Francis Episcopal Church 

    Guitar Virtuoso Paul Galbraith in concert

    with a Prelude performance by Kenneth Chen

    Renowned as one of the foremost guitarists of our time, Paul Galbraith has a revolutionary approach to guitar playing that has made him an instantly recognizable figure in classical music. But it is ultimately his interpretative breadth that has captivated audiences around the world.

    Paul plays a unique 8-string guitar, which he developed in 1993 with luthier David Rubio. To distinguish it from the traditional 8-string guitar, Rubio called it the "Brahms Guitar," reflecting his enthusiasm for the way this guitar, with its rich sound and wide range, performed in the music of Brahms through Paul's transcription and rendition of the Variations Op. 21.  

    On this instrument, Paul has made a series of highly acclaimed albums, most famously a recording of J.S. Bach's complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998.

    Paul developed an individual approach to guitar posture at age 20 following a period of intense investigation into technique. He discovered a playing position that allowed equal freedom of movement for both arms. Within three years, this position developed into the cellist's posture associated with him today. 

    Paul began concertizing in his late teens after attracting public attention in  Britain through a series of televised competition successes. Since then, Paul has performed throughout Europe as well as in China, South America, Russia, Norway, Australia, Canada and India. From the early 1990s onwards, he has toured regularly in the U.S.

    Paul has appeared with major orchestras and ensembles in Britain and Europe, including the BBC Orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Quartet, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Halle, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the European Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Shanghai Quartet. Most recently he formed a duo with legendary Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses.

    Prelude performer Kenneth Chen

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