World Renowned Guitarist Johannes Möller to Perform at Crane

09.15.11

Swedish classical guitarist and composer Johannes Möller will travel to SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music to present an upcoming concert. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26 in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

The program will feature four pieces by the artist himself, including “Song to the Mother,” “A Star in the Sky, A Universe Within…,” “Poem to a Distant Fire” and “Ananda.” The concert will also include pieces from K. A. Craeyvanger, Isaac Albéniz, Denis Gougeon and Agustín Barrios-Mangoré.

Möller has captivated audiences throughout the world with his charismatic and soulful performances. After playing his first public concerts at the age of 13, his performances now total over 500 and span Europe, Asia, South and North America. In 2010, he was awarded first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Concert Artist Competition, considered by many to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world, resulting in a 50-concert tour and a recording with the Naxos label. This concert is a part of that tour.

“Johannes Möller is one of the most exciting young guitarists in the world, and we are very fortunate to have him play here in Potsdam,” said Dr. Douglas Rubio, professor of classical guitar at The Crane School of Music. “His program is a fascinating mix of standard repertoire and his own compositions, so it should be a special evening.”

At the age of 12 as a self-taught composer, Möller experienced an outburst of creativity that resulted in a large quantity of pieces that were performed and recorded with great critical acclaim. A selection of these works was recorded on a CD with some of the top instrumentalists in Sweden when he was 14 years old. In his later teenage years, Johannes continued composing and experimenting with various compositional styles and techniques. Doberman-Yppan has published a number of his works and his pieces are now being performed by such groups as the Eden-Stell Duo.

Möller has earned a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the Royal College of Music in London, where he studied guitar with Gary Ryan and Carlos Bonell and composition with William Mival. He received a master’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where he studied with Zoran Dukic. He also received a scholarship from the Royal Conservatoire that allowed him to study privately with Pavel Steidl in the Czech Republic, as well as composition lessons with Dusan Bogdanovic in the U.S. He completed a second master’s degree at the Conservatoire in Amsterdam, where he studied guitar with Lex Eisenhardt and composition with Richard Ayers.

This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

For more information about the many performances on the events calendar at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, visit www.potsdam.edu/newsandevents.

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution, and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011.