Crane School of Music Hosts Classical Guitarist Vladimir Gorbach


Vladimir Gorbach will present a concert at Crane on Sept. 23 as part of a 50-city tour after winning first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.

The internationally renowned classical guitarist Vladimir Gorbach will swing through Potsdam as part of a 50-city concert tour of North America, after winning first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.

SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music will host the artist for a guest artist series concert on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

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

Gorbach will perform works by Mauro Giuliani, Domenico Scarlatti, Vicente Ascencio, Dionisio Aguado, Astor Piazzolla and Miguel Llobet.

This concert is made possible in cooperation with the Guitar Foundation of America, the Crane Student Association and the Dean’s Office at The Crane School of Music.

About the guest artist:

Internationally acclaimed Russian guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across the world on stages in Austria, Australia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Spain and Turkey, in addition to the United States and his native country of Russia, both as a soloist and with orchestras. He has been a featured performer for some of the most highly regarded concert organizations, festivals and musical institutions in the world, performing in the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and for the Sydney Crow’s Nest Concert Cycle. He has also been a soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestra de Las Beiras and Orchestra de Aveiro in Portugal, and performed with the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra, “Musica Viva.”

As a first place winner in more than 10 of the most important international competitions, his most recent win at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition has earned him a 50-city concert tour of the U.S., Mexico and Canada, with appearances in Brazil and China. Now a member of a prestigious group of prize laureates who include some of the most active concert artists and pedagogues in the field of classical guitar, his tour will also include a Carnegie Hall debut through the D’Addario Foundation in February 2013.

Gorbach grew up in Siberia, Russia, and graduated with honors from the Music College of Novosibirsk, the city where he was born. At a young age he received recognition for his accomplishments with prizes at numerous youth competitions, and he later received scholarships from such prestigious sources as the Russian Ministry of Culture. He later left to complete his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the famed Conservatory for Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany, under the tutelage of internationally renowned concert artists and pedagogues Roberto Aussel and Carlo Marchione. His live and recorded performances have since been broadcast throughout Europe.

As a soloist, Gorbach has recorded a CD with Naxos, the world’s largest classical label. He is also a member of Duo Cologne, along with Goran Krivokapic, the 2005 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.

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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.