Founder of the Gargnano International Guitar Competition, Oscar Ghigliha has served as artist in residence or visiting professor at such institutions as the Cincinnati and San Francisco conservatories, The Juilliard School, the Hartt School and Northwestern University.
A former student of Segovia, he is participating in the Art of the Guitar series’ “American Tribute to Segovia” on Sat, Oct 26.
Experience the intimacy of a coaching session as soloists from the 92Y School of Music perform for world-class virtuosi, who then share expertise with their “students.” Discover the star’s creative vision and insight, and deepen your own understanding and enjoyment of the music and the performance.
Koh Kazama — Etude 1, Etude 8, Etude 7 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Sean Bauer — Concerto in A major, op. 30 by M. Giuliani
I. Allegro Maestoso
Ezekiel Bardash — Prelude No. 1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
92nd Street Y School of Music is generously supported by the Edwin Caplin Foundation and the Brodsky Family Foundation.
On Sunday, Oct 27, Oscar Ghiglia leads a master class at the 92Y School of Music, working with two students.
He is continuing a remarkable legacy. In 1965 he participated in a master class led by the legendary Andres Segovia. Fortunately, Oscar Ghiglia’s 1965 master class in Spain was filmed; the language is Spanish, but the music is universal.
Born into an artistic family— his father and grandfather were both famed painters, and his mother was an accomplished pianist—Oscar Ghiglia began as a painter, but after spending a day holding a guitar while posing for his father, he realized his true calling. After graduating from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome, Mr. Ghiglia studied with Andres Segovia, and he would eventually take over Segovia’s famed class at Siena’s Accademia Musicale Chigiana.
Mr. Ghiglia further established his fame as a teacher by founding the guitar department at the Aspen Music Festival as well as the Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano and the International Guitar Competition of Gargnano. He held a professorship in guitar at the Basel Music Academy from 1983 to 2005, and he has been a visiting professor or artist in residence at such centers as the Cincinnati and San Francisco conservatories, the Juilliard and Hart schools, and Northwestern University.
Besides touring as a solo performer, Mr. Ghiglia has played and recorded with such illustrious artists as singers Victoria de Los Angeles, Jan de Gaetani and John McCollum; flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal; and violist Pinchas Zuckerman. He was a founding member of the International Classic Guitar Quartet, and he has worked with the Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard and Tokyo string quartets, among others. Following his latest CD, Manuel Ponce’s Guitar Music, the Stradivarius label issued a re-release of his performances of Bach lute music.
Koh Kazama is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in guitar performance at the Yale School of Music, where he is studying with Benjamin Verdery. He recently received his Master of Music degree from Yale and was enrolled in a combined five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Music program, earning his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Yale College. He started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspired by watching a music video of a Japanese rock musician. He was a finalist of the Third Street Music School Concerto Competition, being the first guitarist in the school’s history to achieve this. He has been selected to play in master classes and workshops of renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Carlo Domeniconi and Jorge Caballero. His former major teachers include Simon Powis, David Gonzalez, Liam Wood and Nadav Lev. Koh attended LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City, where he majored in cello and was a part of the LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra.
Ezekiel Bardash is a Music Performance student at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. Coming from a musical family, Ezekiel has been playing guitar since age 12. For about four years he studied jazz under the great Jazz guitarist Kenji Shinagawa and played in the Jazz band at the Berkeley Carroll school, with whom he one a Maestro Award at the Heritage Jazz Festival in Boston, Massachusets.
However upon entering Aaron Copland School of Music, he found that he had a hidden passion for classical guitar. He currently studies under Michael Cioffero of the 92nd Street Y School of Music, as well as Bill Anderson at Aaron Copland.