David Starobin

David Starobin (b. 1951, New York City), was called “arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century” (Soundboard), and is the dedicatee of more than two hundred compositions featuring the guitar, including works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Gunther Schuller, Poul Ruders and Milton Babbitt. Starobin has performed and recorded this repertoire during the course of a 45 year-long international solo career, frequently collaborating with ensembles and orchestras throughout the world. Starobin's guitar recitals often feature new music along side compositions from the six-string guitar's first "golden age" (1800-1850), played on smaller Viennese-style guitars. David Starobin has recorded prolifically on both period and modern guitars. In 1998, his Newdance (BRIDGE 9084), was Grammy-nominated in the "Best Solo CD" category and in 2015, Starobin was Grammy-nominated as "Producer of the Year" (Classical). Among Starobin's honors are Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Career Grant and induction into the Guitar Foundation of America's "Hall of Fame". In 1981 Starobin and his wife Becky founded Bridge Records, Inc., a recording label that has issued more than 500 highly regarded titles (www.BridgeRecords.com). Becky and David recently collaborated on a libretto for the new Poul Ruders fairy-tale opera, The Thirteenth Child. The opera will receive premiere productions in the USA and Europe during the 2018-19 season, and is in production as an animated feature for Bridge Records. In 2017 David Starobin wrote and directed String Trio, Los Angeles 1946, a documentary film about the composer, Arnold Schoenberg, filmed in Mr. Schoenberg's house. Mr. Starobin is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music, and holder of the Fondation Charidu Chair in Guitar Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia). David Starobin studied guitar with Manuel Gayol, and with Aaron Shearer at the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore).






Sunday  |  3 p.m.  |  Hillwood Recital Hall

Program includes Wenzeslaus Matiegka, Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, and Francesco Molino


August 17   

GIULIANI Variations in A Major for Violin & Guitar, Op. 24a

POUL RUDERS Occam's Razor

(2016 Festival Commission; world premiere)

DVORÁK String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48

Dvorák’s infectious Czech flavors shine through his String Sextet when played by the Dover Quartet; Steven Tenenbom, viola; and Eric Kim, cello. And Poul Ruders’s Festival commission with the intriguing title Occam’s Razor (philosophy majors: reserve your seats now!) gets its world premiere, performed by Liang Wang, oboe, and David Starobin, guitar.

Dover Quartet, B. Kim, E. Kim, Starobin, Tenenbom, L. Wang


August 18

SCHUMANN Sonata in D Minor for Violin & Piano, Op. 121


Lass mich schlummern, Herzlein, schweige, Op.25, No.3

Die Zeit, Op, 13, No. 5

Canzonetta, Ch'io mai vi possa, Op. 29, No. 3

Wiegenlied, Schlaf, Herzenssohnchen, Op 13, No. 2


Tune thy musicke to thy hart

Never Weather-Beaten Sail

Jacke and Jone they thinke no ill

POUL RUDERS "Oh, Mother" from the opera The Thirteenth Child

SMETANA String Quartet No.1 in E Minor, “From My Life”

Poul Ruders’s commissioned work for guitar, soprano, and string quartet features guitarist David Starobin. Soprano Susanna Phillips joins him for a selection of songs, and Ida Kavafian and Artist-in-Residence Peter Serkin play Schumann’s tour de force Sonata in D Minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 121. To cap off the concert, Smetana’s “slice of life” String Quartet No. 1.

Dover Quartet, Kavafian, Serkin, Shafer, Starobin

August 20

VIVALDI Concerto for Trumpet, Strings & Continuo, “La tempesta di mare”

BOCCHERINI Quintet No. 4 in D Major for Guitar & Strings, “Fandango”

VIVALDI Concerto in G Minor for Trumpet, Strings & Continuo, “La notte”

J.S. BACH Concerto in C Major for Two Pianos, Strings & Continuo, BWV 1061

Artist-in-Residence Peter Serkin, fellow pianist Julia Hsu, and friends have the last word on this season’s Bach Plus Series performing J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Strings & Continuo, BWV 1061; plus Boccherini’s Quintet for Guitar & Strings, nicknamed “Fandango” (yes, you’ll be dancing on the way home!); and two concertos by Baroque mega-star Antonio Vivaldi performed by virtuoso trumpeter Caleb Hudson.

Brauer, Fredenburgh, How, Hsu, Hudson, Johnson, McIntosh, Serkin, Starobin, Tatum