January 2019 Meeting: Mark Delpriora

Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 7:00 PM

Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center, 311 West 43rd Street, 8th floor

A concise view of the New York classical guitar scene during the 1950s and early 1960s

The New York Times wrote of Mr. Delpriora’s debut, “The first notes of Mark Delpriora’s guitar recital established him as a musician of authority…. Mr. Delpriora is a guitarist to be reckoned with.” Mr. Delpriora has performed and/or given master classes at Eastman School of Music, Skidmore College, Stetson University Guitar Festival, Mannes Festival, William Paterson University, Rutgers University SummerFest, University of Illinois/Urbana Summerfest, GFA Festival, Summit Music Festival, and with the New York Contemporary Music Band, New Music Consort, Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, and the Washington Bach Consort. He has been a guest teacher at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, where he taught students from throughout South America. He has also been on the juries of several international competitions, including the Naumburg, Guitar Foundation of America, Lagonegro (Italy) Barrios and the D’Addario Concerto competitions. He is a regular contributer to Guitar Review and Soundboard and has written articles on music for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and NewMusicBox.

Mr. Delpriora’s teachers include Rolando Valdes-Blain and Manuel Barrueco. He was chosen to perform in Andres Segovia’s legendary New York master classes in 1982 and 1987, which were broadcast on PBS and other television stations.

Mr. Delpriora has recorded for Koch International Classics, Soundspells, Philips, Tzadik, and CRI. He is currrently working on a series of ten CDs with flutist Laurel Zucker on Cantilena Records. Delpriora’s compositions are published by Berben Edizioni Musicali, Editions Orphee, Guitar Arts Publishing, and Les Productions d’Oz. Sections of his work “Variations on a Theme by Sor” were used as the set piece for the 2011 Guitar Foundation of America Competition. In addition, his works have appeared in anthologies published by Mel Bay and Dover. Mr. Delpriora is also on the Undergraduate Studies faculty of the Juilliard School.

Mr. Delpriora has been on the Manhattan School of Music College faculty since 1989 and Precollege faculty since 2005.