Adam Holzman and the Texas Guitar Quartet
Friday, June 9, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center
Texas Guitar Quartet
Adam Holzman, guitar
AMELKINA-VERA The Heaven's Hundred
PUJOL Elegia por la Muerte de un Tanguero
BOCCHERINI Introduction and Fandango
GIMENEZ El Baile de Luis Alonso
ROSSINI Act II Quintet from Il barbiere di Siviglia
MOZART Symphony No. 40
BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
BELLINATI Baiao de Gude
PIAZZOLLA Muerte del Angel
Overture Program Information
Artist Information (Show)
Adam Holzman, international performing and recording artist, is hailed as "...polished and quite dazzling," by The New York Times, "...brilliant!," by De Gelderlander, Holland, and "...masterful!," by The Toronto Star. Five times he has been a winner in major international competitions. These include:
First Prize -1983 Guitar Foundation of America Competition, Quebec, Canada Top Prize - Ninth Concorso Internazionale di Interpretazione di Gargnano, Italy Bronze Medal - Third Toronto International Guitar Festival, Toronto, Canada.
Mr. Holzman has performed at the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, distinguished New York venues such as Kaufman Hall at the 92nd St. Y, Merkin Hall, and Carnegie Recital Hall, as well as in music festivals and series from Miami to San Francisco, Boston to New Orleans. His extensive international performances have taken him throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central and Latin America. Mr. Holzman's recordings for the Naxos label have been critically acclaimed. The first two are discs of the music of Fernando Sor and have been called "...irresistible" by Gramophone Magazine. Discs three and four contain the music of Manuel Ponce. Of the Sonata for Guitar and Harpsichord on Ponce Volume II Classical Guitar Magazine (England) says "It's a fine and substantial work and here it receives the finest recording yet..." His recording debut, on HRH Records, is a collection of rarely or never before recorded selections. According to The American Record Guide this performance is "…so flawless he makes it all sound easy." Of his Naxos release, The Venezuelan Waltzes of Antonio Lauro, the American Record Guide had this to say: "The landmark recording was David Russell's 1980 LP. Now, 20 years later, comes another masterly recording by Adam Holzman: in many ways it raises the benchmark still further." His latest Naxos release is the Bardenklange, Opus 13, of Johann Kaspar Mertz.
Mr. Holzman's commitment to new music has led him to co-commission Samuel Adler's first Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. He has also premiered works by composers Robert Helps, Roland Dyens, and Stephen Funk Pearson among others.
Adam Holzman is founder of the Guitar Department at the University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music where, in addition to his active performing career, he heads a thriving guitar studio. His students have won an array of international prizes. From 1992-1994 Mr. Holzman held the title of "Maestro Extraordinario" given by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, where he served as artist-in-residence. He was awarded the Ernst von Dohnanyi Prize for Outstanding Achievement from Florida State University and has been named The Parker C. Fielder Regents Fellow in Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Holzman has been featured on the covers of both Classical Guitar Magazine and Guitart Magazine.
Mr. Holzman's performance studies were with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, Albert Valdes Blain, Eliot Fisk and Oscar Ghiglia. He was chosen twice to perform in the historic Master classes of the legendary Andres Segovia.
He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Carolyn and their son Benjamin.
Texas Guitar Quartet
Formed in 2008, the Texas Guitar Quartet has been hailed as "Impeccable in every respect" by Classical Guitar Magazine. Throughout the U.S. and from Central America to Spain, audiences have embraced the quartet for their daring programs, dazzling virtuosity and joyful music making. Recent highlights include performances for the Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra 2016 (Nicaragua), Victoria Bach Festival, Guitar Foundation of America Convention, Festival Internacional del Noreste (Mexico), and Texas Music Festival. During the summer of 2015, the quartet presented a series of concerts in historic cathedrals along the Camino de Santiago, Spain.
The TxGQ recently premiered a landmark new work by lauded American composer Nico Muhly in collaboration with Grammy-winning chamber choir Conspirare, Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and the Dublin Guitar Quartet. The group has pushed the boundaries of the guitar quartet medium by premiering new works by Peter Lieuwen, Mark Anthony Cruz and John Truitt and creating daring arrangements of orchestral works by Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel.
Red, the quartet's first album, was released to critical acclaim and was praised by Guitar International as a "tremendous accomplishment for the classical guitar...the TxGQ perform with virtuosity, clarity, balance, and a refined character which will no doubt help to establish them as one of today's leading guitar quartets." Their upcoming album, Icon, features the complete 40th Symphony by Mozart and will be released in the Spring 2017.
The TxGQ has been featured in concertos with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra (Masetro Marcelo Bussiki), Camerata Bach and Nicaraguan Youth Symphony (Maestro César Bermúdez Rodriguez), Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra (Maestro Zachary Carretin) and the Abilene Philharmonic (Maestro David Itkin). They have been part of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster since 2010. The TxGQ is Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel and Joseph Williams II.