Paul Galbraith, Classical Guitar

Date: 03.06.2012

Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

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General admission:  $33.00
Students (with valid I.D.) and Seniors (age 62 and over):  $23.00

Program to include:

Johann Sebastian Bach  --  Cello Suite No.6 in D, BWV 1012

Paul Hindemith  --  Harp Sonata

Manuel Ponce  --  Prelude and 20 Variations with Fugue on “La Folia de España”

PAUL GALBRAITH’s recording of the Complete Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas (Delos) was nominated for a GRAMMY AWARD in the category of Best Solo Instrumental Album.  This 2-CD set was also chosen as one of the two best CDs of the Year by Gramophone Magazine, which called it “a landmark in the history of guitar recordings.”  It received a “Four Star” rating in Stereo Review, and reached the TOP 10 on Billboard’s classical charts.

            Highlights of Galbraith’s recent seasons include his nationally-televised closing-night performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in the UK at the 2010 Proms with the BBC Scottish Orchestra.  Galbraith was invited by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) to perform a special “Tribute to Glenn Gould” concert for Canada-wide broadcast at the Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the great pianist’s death.  Galbraith has been featured twice on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and numerous times on “Performance Today.” 

            In Galbraith's unique playing position, first revealed in 1984, the guitar is supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box.  The instrument has two extra strings, one high, one low.  Both the guitar's extraordinary design and Galbraith’s playing style are considered groundbreaking development in the history of the instrument, increasing its range to an unprecedented extent.    

            Galbraith made his New York début at the Frick Collection, receiving a rave review in the New York Times; a subsequent NYC engagement on Lincoln Center’s “Great Performances” series was sold out, and he has twice given solo recitals at the 92nd Street Y.  Recent and forthcoming North American recitals include NYC, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Portland, Seattle, Miami, Baltimore, Buffalo, Milwaukee, San Antonio, San Juan (Puerto Rico), and Cuernavaca (Mexico).  In addition, tours of the UK, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland and Israel are among Mr. Galbraith’s international activities.  He has performed at numerous Bach Festivals, including those of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver and Carmel.                      

            At the age of 17, Galbraith won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition.  Andrés Segovia, who was present, called his playing "magnificent."  This award helped launch an international career including engagements with some of the finest orchestras in Britain and Europe (Royal Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Scottish Baroque Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra among them). He toured the U.S. as soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and performed in Prague’s Dvorák Hall with the National Chamber Orchestra of Chile. In the USA he has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, among others.  Galbraith and the St. Petersburg String Quartet gave the World Premiere in March 2003 at Stanford University of a work that they co-commissioned from the acclaimed Georgian composer Zurab Nadarejshvili. He was a founding member of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, playing with them until 2003.        

            Born in Scotland, Galbraith has lived in Malawi, Greece, London, Brazil, and currently Switzerland. Further information on Paul Galbraith is available at

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Come early and enjoy dinner at the Soka Bistro, which opens 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10.50 for an “all you can eat” international buffet catered by Bon Appetit.

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