The Salon Series began in September, 2012. Concerts currently take place at the Diller-Quaile School of Music.

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

Boyd Meets Girl

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

The New York-based Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd, acclaimed for his warmth, finesse, and virtuosity, with the brilliantly gifted American cellist Laura Metcalf, in an exciting program ranging from Bach to the unique sound world of the contemporary Australian Ross Edwards

“Immaculate and elegant in their interpretation, their musicianship of the highest order.” — Kolkata Statesman

Simon Powis

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 7:30 PM

With formidable technique and a passionate, expressive style, making his mark in major venues throughout Europe, his native Australia, and the Americas

“Simon displayed outstanding sensitivity and a musical maturity … I know we will be hearing much more from this young man.” — Huffington Post

Colin Davin

Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 7:30 PM

One of today’s most dynamic young artists, pushing the envelope with repertoire from traditional to cutting-edge contemporary

“The real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination.” — American Record Guide

Celil Refik Kaya

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 7:30 PM

The phenomenal young Turkish guitarist/composer, a top prize winner in numerous international competitions

“The clean precision of Kaya’s playing, against the rushing sea of the orchestra, was spectacular and beautiful.” — Sheila Abrahams, NJArtsMaven.com

Ian O’Sullivan

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Versed in classical technique, composition, and the slack-key tradition of his native Hawaii, embodying the emerging genre of Hawaiian classical guitar

Born and Raised [O’Sullivan’s debut album] is beautiful acoustic music and a memorable introduction to a versatile new talent.” — honolulupulse.com

Mak Grgic

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 7:30 PM

A major new presence in the guitar world with an innovative repertoire spanning classics, film music, and cutting-edge contemporary works

“Grgic is a guitarist to keep an eye on” — Washington Post

Bradley Colten

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 7:30 PM

Widely known as a superb ensemble player, a soloist of refinement and exceptional sensitivity with a deep commitment to new music

“Imaginative lyricism … amazing energy.” — Guitar Review

Music by ERNST BACON

Duo Luz Ana

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 7:30 PM

Award-winning soloists Kaya Katarzyna Bryla (violin) and Max Zuckerman (guitar) join forces in an exploration of repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary, from folk music to jazz

Zaira Meneses

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 7:30 PM

A Mexican-born guitarist known on three continents for her warm sound, fluid technique, and natural musicality, with a deep affinity for the music of Latin America

“An arresting performance … a fluid, colorful style.” — The New York Times

Stephen Robinson

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 7:30 PM

A top prize winner in five international competitions with eight acclaimed CDs to his credit; in the words of Andres Segovia, “a magnificent guitarist.”

“One of America’s great guitarists, a performer of brilliance, elegance, and lyricism.” — Soundboard

Music by MERTZ, COLDRICK, DOMENICONI, BACH, LENNON, and DYENS

Arc Duo

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 7:30 PM

The richness of chamber music, the intimacy of a solo performance — flutist Heather Holden and guitarist Bradley Colten, enfolding the audience in their vibrant dialogue

“Electrifying, reflective, and always engaging … a mix of sensuality and thoughtful elegance.” — Guitar Review

João Luiz and Hye-Jin Kim

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 7:30 PM

João Luiz of the noted Brasil Guitar Duo and Korean violinist Hye-Jin Kim, both winners of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild (CAG) competition, team up in a special CAG Cultural Crossroads program

Lily Afshar

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 7:30 PM

With her effortless command of the instrument, the Iranian-born Lily Afshar delivers an exotic mix of classical repertoire and works that shimmer with Eastern influence

“Draws together the seemingly disparate spheres of classical guitar and world music … one of the 21st century guitar’s most individual and creative figures.”— Classical Guitar

Duo Roldán

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 7:30 PM

The deep warmth of Ana Ruth Bermúdez’s cello, framed beautifully by guitarist Rene Izquierdo’s impeccable articulation and tonal palette, in music of Europe and Latin America

“Izquierdo’s big sound and command made his guitar a worthy partner to Bermudez’s cello in songs by Manuel de Falla … Bermudez gave them full voice and phrased generously.” — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Connie Sheu

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 7:30 PM

EMILIA GIULIANI-GUGLIEMI Variazioni su un tema di Mercadante, Op. 9; Preludes 1, 4 and 6, Op. 46
DALE KAVANAGH Three Preludes
IDA PRESTI Segovia
SOFIA GUBAIDULINA Serenade
ANNETTE KRUISBRINK Homenaje a Andrés Segovia

Duo Transatlantique

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 7:30 PM

BELLINATI Jongo
COSTE Grand Duo
PIAZZOLLA Tango Suite
TIERSEN Three pieces from the film Amélie
PETIT Tarantelle

Tali Roth

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 7:30 PM

BARRIOS Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios
REISS Se Ela Perguntar
MEDINA Malagueña (adaption by Tali Roth)
ALBENIZ Asturias
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez, second movement
PIAZZOLLA Milonga del Angel, Liebertango

Nylon Wound

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 7:30 PM

PARISI Collage, Suite Mexicana
BRUBECK Two-Part Adventures
RAMEAU First Book of Harpsichord Pieces
GERSHWIN Preludes
ADAM Giselle

Gohar Vardanyan

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 7:30 PM

PONCE Suite in A minor (in the style of Weiss)
BARRIOS MANGORÉ Un Sueño en la Floresta
SAINZ DE LA MAZA Andaluza
ALBÉNIZ Sevilla (from Suite Española, Op. 47)
ARCAS Fantasía para guitarra (on themes from La Traviata)
RODRIGO Invocación y Danza
MERTZ Fantasie Hongroise, Op. 65, No. 1