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

Stephanie Jones

Friday, September 15, 2023, at 7:30 PM


The Australian-born phenom, a player of exceptional passion, power, and versatility

Cristina Galietto

Friday, November 10, 2023, at 7:30 PM

The young Italian EuroStrings Guitar Competition winner (2021), a standout among her country’s emerging generation of guitarists

Alan Mearns

Friday, October 21, 2022, at 7:30 PM

The extraordinarily versatile and gifted Irish-American guitarist, composer, and songwriter, praised alike for his bold, distinctive Bach transcriptions, his virtuosic original works, and his inventive song arrangements

An Tran

Friday, March 31, 2023, at 7:30 PM

The widely acclaimed Vietnamese virtuoso, winner of multiple competitions and awards, with a repertoire blending guitar classics with works grounded in the music of Vietnam

Cicchillitti-Cowan Duo

Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 7:30 PM

Acclaimed Canadian guitarists Steve Cowan and Adam Cicchillitti, expanding the world of paired guitars with an emphasis both on contemporary works and on Impressionists Debussy, Tailleferre, Jolivet, and others

Patterson/Sutton Duo

Friday, May 27, 2022, at 7:30 PM

Cellist Kimberly Patterson and guitarist Patrick Sutton, Juilliard Global Visiting Artists, in adventurous programs that showcase the rich tonal resources of their ensemble

Laura Snowden

Friday, October 4, 2019, at 7:30 PM

The British-French guitarist/composer, an eclectic new light of the guitar world

“Snowden is not only an excellent guitarist who is technically virtuosic, but also a true musician whose interpretative capabilities are profound and exciting.” — Classical Guitar

Diálogos Duo

Friday, November 8, 2019, at 7:30 PM

Guitarist/composer Richard Boukas and clarinetist/bass clarinetist Louis Arques, in a panorama of original works in Brazilian genres, including the world premiere of Mr. Boukas’s suite, A Dozen Choro Tributes

Mateusz Kowalski

Friday, February 7, 2020, at 7:30 PM

The young Polish virtuoso, winner of the 2019 EuroStrings competition, in a joint EuroStrings/NYCCGS presentation

Jesse Flowers

Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 7:30 PM

An exciting new talent, winner of the 2018 EuroStrings competition, in a joint EuroStrings/NYCCGS presentation

Yenne Lee

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 7:30 PM

The versatile young South Korean artist, known both for her classical interpretations and her pop arrangements, with over 6 million YouTube views of her “Autumn Leaves”

Steve Cowan

Friday, February 1, 2019, at 7:30 PM

A rising star with an acclaimed debut CD, Pour Guitare, featuring innovative works by Canadian composers

“One of Canada’s top contemporary classical guitarists” – Classical Guitar

Gohar Vardanyan

Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 7:30 PM

The young Armenian virtuoso, now winning over American audiences with her passion, flawless technique, and gorgeous sound

“The complete package, with a musicality and emotional quality … that one would expect from someone much older” – Guitar International Magazine

Binelli-Diaz Duo: Piazzolla Revisited

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Daniel Binelli, bandoneon master and veteran of Astor Piazzolla’s ensemble, with guitarist Federico Diaz in Piazzolla Revisited, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s passing

“The bandoneon, Argentina’s national musical instrument, has long been an essential part of Tango culture. Now it has become a sensation throughout the world and its greatest exponent [is] Daniel Binelli.” —

Sheu Pettit Duo

Friday, November 17, 2017, at 7:30 PM

Acclaimed soloists Connie Sheu and Adam Pettit join forces to explore inventive reaches of the guitar duo repertoire

“Their combined mastery of the guitar and profound musicality make the Sheu Pettit Duo a dynamic musical force which needs to be heard.” — Scott Tennant, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Frank Wallace and Nancy Knowles

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 7:30 PM

Music for guitar and voice

“Nancy Knowles is a wonderful mezzo-soprano who sings with passion and clarity…Frank Wallace’s instrumental works and song accompaniments are exemplary” — American Record Guide

Luigi Attademo

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 7:30 PM

Winner of major competitions, a scholar and explorer of innovative repertoire, in a program marking the 50th anniversary of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s passing

“Full of Mediterranean fire and foot-tapping rhythms, but in the context of a historically informed journey through the cultural landscape of the guitar’s spiritual home.” — Brilliant Classics

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

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

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,

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.” —

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


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


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
ANNETTE KRUISBRINK Homenaje a Andrés Segovia

Duo Transatlantique

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

COSTE Grand Duo
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
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
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