Classical Guitar News

Garry Schyman to premiere concerto with the L.A. Jewish Symphony

August 17, 2016

Garry Schyman, alumnus and USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, will premiere a new viola concerto, Zingaro, with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony on August 21. The program, conducted by Noreen Green and featuring violist Matthew Cohen, highlights music by composers from the film and gaming industries, including selections from Schyman’s scores for the BioSchock […]

Thornton alumni perform at the Salzburg Festival

August 5, 2016

Several USC Thornton alumni are performing at the celebrated Salzburg Festival this summer, including the Calder Quartet (violinists Benjamin Jacobson BM ’01, MM ’07 and Andrew Bulbrook BM ’02; violist Jonathan Moerschel BM ’01, MM ’03; and cellist Eric Byers BM ’03), which presented a program of works by Thomas Adès, György Kurtág, and Franz […]

Trojan Family Magazine spotlights musicians – and the specialists who keep them healthy

July 6, 2016

The spring issue of USC’s Trojan Family Magazine includes a feature article exploring the special relationship between musicians and the medical specialists who help to keep them in top performing condition. The piece profiled two USC Thornton students – Popular Music junior Javen Smith and Vocal Arts alumnus Justin Fatu Su’esu’e (MM ’16) – and […]

Adam del Monte and Mak Grgić – Duo Deloro – receive strong tour review

April 14, 2016

USC Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty member Adam del Monte and Classical Guitar DMA candidate Mak Grgić are receiving strong reviews for the tour of their collaboration, Duo Deloro. Their performances include works from composers, such as Granados, Albeniz, Ginastera, as well as Argentinian tangos. In March, the duo was reviewed after a performance in Dallas […]

Guitarist and film scoring student Tim Callobre profiled in OZY

March 21, 2016

USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television (SMPTV) graduate student Tim Callobre (BA ’15, Music) was recently profiled in OZY magazine, which detailed his prodigious experience as a classical guitarist and his growing body of work in film scoring. Callobre has previously received a composition fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LAPhil) and has […]

Daily Trojan explores Music@RushHour series with Mak Grgić

March 2, 2016

The Daily Trojan, USC’s student-run newspaper, profiled USC Thornton’s weekly Music@RushHour concert series in their February 25th issue. The regular Wednesday concerts, which are coordinated by Classical Guitar doctoral candidate Mak Grgić (pictured), aim to provide a relaxing and engaging respite to USC students, faculty, and staff, who might otherwise by struggling through rush hour […]

Alumnus Cameron O’Connor wins Frances Walton Competition

November 6, 2015

This past summer, classical guitarist and alumnus Cameron O’Connor (DMA ’14) was one of four soloist award winners of the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, WA. The competition is open to classical performers of piano, voice, strings and wind instruments, who are residents or students in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, California or Alaska. Soloist winners […]

Alumnus Ben Pila to perform before Pope Francis at September 11 Memorial event

September 14, 2015

Classical guitarist and USC Thornton alumnus Ben Pila (DMA ’11) has been invited to perform for Pope Francis during the pontiff’s Sept. 25 visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. Pila has become a semi-regular presence at the memorial’s anniversary events, performing for dignitaries including Presidents Barack Obama and […]

Guitar student Jason Lewis featured on NPR’s “From the Top”

September 11, 2015

USC Thornton Classical Guitar student Jason Lewis (BM ’19), was a featured performer on the June 28, 2015 episode of NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. The 18 year-old guitarist and dual neuroscience/music major from Glencoe, Illinois, performed works by Leo Brouwer and Roland Dyens, for the show, which was recorded in Boston. […]

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet releases new album

March 26, 2015

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, which features John Dearman, USC Thornton alum Matthew Greif, and USC Thornton faculty Scott Tenant and William Kanengiser, has released a new album, entitled New Renaissance. The recording, which evokes 16th century La Mancha with a distinctly modern aesthetic, was partially funded through a crowd-sourced Kickstarter campaign, which […]

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