Welcome to the New York City Classical Guitar Society

International Artist Series

At Symphony Space. Concerts are on Fridays at 7:30 PM.

Guitar Plus: David Leisner and Michael Kelly

Friday, November 11, 2016, at 7:30 PM

The extraordinarily versatile guitarist/composer with the expressive, dynamic vocalist in Leisner’s arrangement of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin

“Mr. Kelly has a beautiful baritone … the phrasing was faultless, and the word coloring went beyond any we have heard before. And what of the guitar arrangement? It was accomplished by Mr. Leisner himself and struck us as a masterpiece in its own right.” – Voce de meche review of Die Schöne Müllerin

Andrew York

Friday, February 10, 2017, at 7:30 PM

The Grammy-winning guitarist/composer and 16-year former member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

“One of the hippest styles in American classical guitar . . . honesty, spirit, and magnetism” — Guitar Player

Alvaro Pierri

Friday, April 7, 2017, at 7:30 PM

The Uruguayan master, acclaimed globally for his stupendous virtuosity, golden tone, and superb musicality

“Combines the shadings of the orchestra, adding to them even more ingredients than Segovia and Bream … a master of colors, a genuine innovator of interpretation” — Leo Brouwer

Salon Series

At Diller-Quaile School of Music. Concerts are at 7:30 PM.

Marco Sartor

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 7:30 PM

The prize-winning young Uruguayan phenomenon and Grammy-nominated recording artist

“Consummate skill, sparkling technique, and cleanly executed embellishments… a sizzling example of sterling talent” — The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

Daniel Lippel

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 7:30 PM

A modern guitar polymath, a champion of new music performing in an eclectic range of context and instrumentation

“The music [Lippel’s recording of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint] sounds wonderfully well … A better 15 minutes I cannot imagine.” — Gapplegate Music

Rupert Boyd

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 7:30 PM

The young New York-based Australian virtuoso, acclaimed for his warm musicality, finesse, and versatile facility

“Boyd’s playing is beautifully refined, with gorgeous tone… musically and technically flawless.” — Soundboard

Duo Noire

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 7:30 PM

The genre-bending ensemble of Christopher Mallet and Thomas Flippin, in a program featuring newly-commissioned works by female composers

“Figments [by Duo Noire] is a unique and entrancing album that exists at the unusual intersection of minimalism and impressive classical guitar technique.” – I CARE IF YOU LISTEN blog

Member Events

Free and open to all members and first-time guests. Featuring special presentations and Open Mic performances.

November 2016 Meeting: John Dearman

Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 7:00 PM

The Grammy Award-winning guitarist and founding member of the acclaimed Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will conduct a masterclass

December 2016 Meeting: Marco Sartor

Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 7:00 PM

Abel Carlevaro’s Instrumental Technique
Abel Carlevaro (1916–2001) had a remarkable and multi-faceted career as a performer, composer and pedagogue. In the year of his 100th anniversary, Marco Sartor will discuss the concepts laid out in Carlevaro’s revolutionary School of Guitar, Exposition of Instrumental Theory and their deployment in Villa-Lobos’ Twelve Studies. With a hands-on approach, Mr. Sartor will share strategies to greatly benefit from Carlevaro’s four Cuadernos and his series of Microestudios.

January 2017 Meeting: Daniel Lippel

Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Topics in Modern Repertoire: The Guitar’s Integration into Contemporary Aesthetics
Daniel Lippel will discuss the guitar’s increasingly prominent role in the world of contemporary composition, covering examples ranging from scordatura, microtonality, tempo modulation, electronic music, and extended technique. The emphasis of the talk will be on repertoire by non-guitarist composers, and the ways in which those composers creatively use the guitar, an instrument many composers dread writing for, to serve their aesthetic goals.

February 2017 Meeting: Andrew York

Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 7:00 PM

A Discussion with Andrew York
An open Q & A session with the award-winning guitarist and composer

March 2017 Meeting: Thomas Offermann

Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 7:00 PM

The Integrative Guitar Technique
A presentation on guitar technique based on Dr. Offermann’s newly-published method

April 2017 Meeting: Alvaro Pierri

Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 7:00 PM

The acclaimed teacher and performer will conduct a masterclass.

May 2017 Meeting: Federico Diaz

Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 7:00 PM

The Guitar in Tango
The talk will focus on the tango language and how to understand it. As an introduction, Mr. Diaz will discuss the history of the guitar in the tango, followed by an analysis of tango notation, its evolution, and the diverse ways to perform what is written.

June 2017 Meeting: Mariano Aguirre

Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 7:00 PM

Developing Musicianship on Guitar
A step-by-step method on how to master fretboard knowledge and sight reading based on music theory principles. A practical, hands-on workshop designed to impart fretboard, reading and ear training skills by using solfege and music theory concepts.