Dale Kavanagh

Friday, October 13, 2023, at 7:30 PM

Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York City

The international Canadian-born star, a guitarist/composer with 20 CDs, 1,700 concerts, and numerous competition prizes to her credit

“Overwhelming technique, powerful sound, and fantastic musicality.” – Klassik Heut

KAVANAGH Three Preludes, Briny Ocean, How Long?, Two Concert Etudes, Melissa, Contemplation, A la Fueco
PRAETORIUS La Volta, Courante, Ballet
VILLA-LOBOS Guitar Concerto, second movement
SOR Etude, Op. 35, No. 17
PAGANINI Sonata 26
DYENS Lulla by Melissa



Canadian-born Dale Kavanagh is one of the guitar world’s most gifted interpreters. Between 1986 and 1988, she was a top prize-winner in Spain’s Segovia Competition, Italy’s Gargnano Competition, and Switzerland’s Neuchatel Competition, and First and Special Prize winner in Finland’s Scandinavian International Guitar Competition.

Kavanagh performs internationally as a soloist as well as in the Amadeus Guitar Duo with German guitarist Thomas Kirchhoff. She has given recitals in more than 70 countries. She is a regular recitalist and teacher in guitar and music festivals in Canada, Turkey, Poland, Italy, Greece, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Hungary, England, Argentina, Mexico, China, and the United States, and has given more than 1,700 concerts around the world.

Many composers have written works hor her, including Roland Dyens, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime M. Zenamon, Stephen Dodgson, Stephen Funk-Pearson, Bruce Shavers, Christian Jost, Martin Herchenröder, Stepan Rak and Harald Genzmer.

Kavanagh is herself a composer, and has had her works published by Chanterelle, Edition Margaux, and Hubertus Nogatz Verlag. She has written works for Giampaolo Bandini, Aniello Desiderio, Zoran Dukic, Jorge Caballero, Iliana Matos, ChromaDuo, the Marlow International Youth competition, and many more.

Her 20 CDs have received superlative reviews in international magazines, including Classical Guitar, Fanfare, Fono-Forum, Hi-Fi-Vision, Gendai Guitar, Gitarre & Laute, La Cahir de la Guitare, Musikblatt, Staccato, Soundboard, Gitar och Luta, and many others.

Kavanagh was a professor of guitar at the Musikhochschule (University for Music) in Detmold, Germany, from 1999 to 2022. She also had a musician residency at Acadia University from 2003 to 2010, and was an exclusive artist with Hänssler Classic from 1999 to 2003. She is currently on faculty at the Talent Masters University in Brescia, Italy.

Since 2004 all of her CDs have been produced by NAXOS International.