Christopher Wilke, solo baroque lute October 11, 2015

Presented by the Phildadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3pm
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St (free parking)
Tickets available at the door:
General: $25; Student/Senior: $15; Member: $10 

Christopher Wilke developed a love for music early in life. As a child he began to compose music before he’d even learned to play an instrument. He went on to study guitar and composition at the College of Mt. St. Joseph followed by a Master’s degree in classical guitar from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. He recently completed his doctorate in Early Music Performance at the Eastman School of Music under renowned lutenist, Paul O’Dette. He now teaches at Nazareth College in Rochster, NY. Dr. Wilke has performed widely in both Europe and the U.S. He has done live on-air performances and interviews for WGUC, WNKU and WVXU radio stations where his recordings were also featured. Notable appearances include a performance with the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and solo concerts at the European Lute Festival in Fuessen, Germany and the Lute Society of America’s 2010 Festival.
Fantasie und Fuga by Paulo Carlo Durant 
Suite in G Minor, BWV 995 by J.S. Bach 
Variations on “Nun danket alle Gott” by Adam Falckenhagen 
L’Amant Malheureux by J. Gallot/S.L. Weiss 
Koyunbaba, Op. 19 (1985) by Carlo Domeniconi
                                CD available at

Jason Vieaux Sunday, October 18th, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Sunday October 18, 2015
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Jason Vieaux “makes the single guitar seem like a body of instruments at work, an orchestra of sound” (Philadelphia Inquirer). In five previous PCMS engagements, he has demonstrated stirringly virtuosic playing, uncommon communicative gifts and strikingly imaginative programming. Ranging from Bach to bossa nova, his Sunday afternoon return to the Art Museum traverses five centuries of music from three continents.

Giuliani: Grande Overture
Bach: Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
Albéniz: Capricho Catalan and Torre Bermeja
SesslerRhapsody and Afterglow
Henze: Drei Tentos from Kammermusik
Jobim: A Felicidade (Arr.)
Ellington: In A Sentimental Mood
Bustamante: Misionera (w/ P. Metheny intro)


David Cohen’s 2011 interview w/Jason Vieaux

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Strictly Pharmaceutical by David Cohen: No prescription necessary

The Solo Instrumentalist contest is on at
With my iPhone I recorded a late night practice before the next days studio session for my soon to be completed 2nd album. I entered the video into the Solo Instrumentalist category. The composition is titled Strictly Pharmaceutical from a conversation I had. It is all in reference to my choice of remedies for allergy relief that are available.

Welcome to my online pharmacy.
Grab a cup of joe, sit back and check out my pharmaceuticals.  If your like my product please cast a vote.

Click:  Strictly Pharmaceutical

Strictly Pharmaceutical by David Cohen

Online realtime guitar concert-May 8, 2015

Friday May 8, 2015
Watch on

Classical & flamenco guitarist David Cohen performs a set of music on May 8th in conjunction with World Ovarian Caner Day. Money raised from the online concert is donated to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. This years concert is the 3rd concert in this yearly event.

Know the symptom of ovarian cancer:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency)

Winners of the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competitions

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society (PCGS) proudly announces the winners of the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competitions
The 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition included High School and Adult Divisions and included competitors from around the world.  Awards included the $1000 Peter Segal prize for the first place Adult Division winner and additional prizes and performance opportunities for winners in separate Adult and High School divisions. For the 2015 competition students submitted their applications along with recordings of required repertoire. Finalists were selected after performing in the semifinal round on April 11, 2015.  The finalists then performed on April 12, 2015 and were judged by the prestigious judges William Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), Glen Caluda (Shenandoah University), Elizabeth Caluda (Shenandoah University), Marisol Rampolla (Community College of Philadelphia), Manena Contreras (Venezuela).
Adult Division Winners

PCGS Competition 2015 - Adult Division Winners
Alec Holcomb
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Holcomb studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Holcomb is a native of Nashville, TN.
Xiaobo Pu
Currently a student at Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Pu studies with Grammy Award winning guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin.  Mr. Pu is a native of Beijing, China.
Jess Freedman
A professor of guitar at Rider University Mr. Freedman received his bachelor’s degree at Guilford College under guitarist Kami Rowan and his master’s degree at the University of Southern California under guitarists William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant. Mr. Freedman is a native of Brooklyn, NY.
Carlos Bedoya
Currently a student at Rowan University, Mr. Bedoya studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.  Mr. Bedoya is a native of Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
High School Division Winners
 PCGS Competition 2015 - High School Division Winners
Benjamin Lauring
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Lauring studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.
Daniel Choe
Currently a student at Tenafly High School, Mr. Choe studies with guitarist Seth Himmelhoch.
Nathan Constans
Currently a student at Haddon Township High School, Mr. Constans studies with guitarist Kathleen Mayes.
Matthew Tantoy

In Memory of Duane Large Classical Guitar

Philadelphia Guitar News is saddened to learn of the passing of one of Philadelphia’s fine classical guitarists Duane Large. In addition to the guitar Duane played many styles of music on the mandolin, lute, piano and percussion instruments. Duane received his Bachelor’s degree in guitar performance (summa cum laude) under the tutelage of  Allen Krantz as well as two master’s degrees in both guitar performance and musicology from Temple University. Learn more about Duane Large by visiting his website: Our condolences to his wife and family. A memorial concert is planned for family, friends and fans information:


Harrisburg gig, piping at Niagara Falls and the Philly Hot list

Saturday July 26, 2014 I will be blasting tunes flamenco style, pipa style and baggpipe style in  classical David Cohen Fashion at Midtown Scholar 1302 North Third Street in Harrisburg, PA. I will play from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Admission is free but if you buy my CD DAVID COHEN: GUITAR that will be available at the gig as well as on line it would be really cool. All the compositions are original. The music Saturday night will be mostly original with a few traditional pieces mixed in.

The Midtown Scholar was a great discovery one day while in Harrisburg. It’s says a lot about a venues commitment to the arts and community when they bring in artists who do not follow the standard music formats that generate the income that venues need to survive. I have found such venues in New Jersey, New York and now Harrisburg. I want to add Philadelphia to the list.

On July 13, 2014 on a trip to Niagara Falls I took my pipes to play at the base of falls on the New York side.

Lastly, I have been nominated in the Philly Hot List Contest in the category for best wedding entertainment. I am up against many big bands. Please help out and cast a vote for me LINK TO VOTE. Thank you!

Niagara Photos


Edwin Warfield Debut Album “Day Blue”

Project worthy of notice: Guitar, Bagpipes and Sitar. It’s always a great find to hear the projects Philadelphia Bagpiper Charles Rutan is involved in. Through them I have found much great music and many a great guitarist in the mix.




More about the project here:

John Bogan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey 1st place winner in GFA’s 2014 competition

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Congratulations to John Bogan of Point Pleasant, New Jersey in winning 1st place in this years Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition Senior Division ages 15-18. John’s placement in first position earns him $1,000 lots of guitar strings and a full paid scholarship and airfare to Montana’s Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival.

John has studied with David Cohen (this sites creator) and Keith Calmes of Wall, NJ. John is currently a student at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of David Starobin. In 2011 John entered his first competition in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s Annual Guitar Competition taking home 1st place  in his division. In the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Competition John preformed  Prelude #2 -Villa-Lobos  and Think Fast and Open Up Your Ears- Bryan Johanson for the 1st round and the 2nd round performed Sevilla, Albeniz, Open Up Your Ears-Johanson and Minuetto from Opus 31- Matiegka.

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SoloDuo in Concert

Saturday June 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

2125 Chestnut St., Philadelphia PA 19103

One of the most acclaimed classical guitar duos in the world!


“SoloDuo guitarists break barriers. It was a magical evening”: the “San Francisco Classical Voice” reviews SoloDuo’s concert

General Admission $30; Students/Seniors $20; PCGS Members $15






Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909) 

arranged by Miguel Llobet (1878-1938)


Bajo del la palmera       ( from Cantos de Espana op. 232)

Evocacion                     (from Iberia)

Castillia                        (from Suite Espanola op.47)

Enrique Granados(1860-1909)

arranged by Emilio Pujol (1886 -1980)

Intermedio                   (from Goyescas)

Joaquin Rodrigo (1901 -1999) 


i.   Allegretto ma non troppo

ii.  Minueto pomposo

iii. Allegro vivace


 ~~~~~ INTERMISSION ~~~~~

Andre’ Jolivet (1915 -1974) 


i.   Preludio e Canzona

ii.  Allegro trepidante

iii. Andante malinconico

iv. Con allegria

Claude Debussy  (1862 – 1918)

arranged by Ida Presti (1924 – 1927) and Alexandre Lagoya (1929 – 1999)

Clair de lune

Ludvig Van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Sonata “quasi una fantasia” op.27 n2 (Moonlight Sonata)

i.   Adagio sostenuto

ii.  Allegretto

iii. Presto agitato



SoloDuo (Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli) formed in 2003 and have since performed throughout Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada and Latin America. From New York’s Weill Recital Hall (at Carnegie Hall) to Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall; from Kiev’s Hall of Columns to Vienna’s Konzerthaus, SOLODUO has become one of the world’s leading guitar duos. Of the duo The Washington Post wrote: the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous – profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.

In addition to classic, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo – joined by lutenist Massimo Lonardi – enjoy exploring the early literature for baroque guitar and theorbo. Together, Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa’s Three Quartets, op. 19 (2004), a CD of 17th Century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo (“La Suave Melodia” with Massimo Lonardi, 2008), a CD of Arias and Cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti (“Clori, ninfa e amante”, 2013), an anthology of 20th Century masterpieces for two guitars (“Solaria”, 2007), the Duos Concertants by Antoine De Lhoyer (2007), a collection of chamber works by Mauro Giuliani (2008), a collection of 19th Century pieces for two guitars (“Noesis”, 2009), the Sonatas of Ferdinand Rebay (2010), the 24 Preludes and Fugues by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (2012), and the album “Metamorphoses” (2014), as well as a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Brilliant Records, Kookaburra, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius.

Matteo Mela resides in Geneva, Switzerland, where he teaches at the Conservatoire Populaire. Lorenzo Micheli resides in Milan, Italy, and teaches at the CSI Conservatory in Lugano, Switzerland.


For further information, please visit:

SoloDuo is represented in North America by:


(860) 567-2500


SoloDuo Master Class  

Sunday June 8 at 10:00 am  

Open to the public – Admission: $10

Settlement Music School – 416 Queen St. Philadelphia