guitarist William Kanengiser
William Kanengiser
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UTSA to host guitarist William Kanengiser

(Jan. 22, 2004)--The UTSA Department of Music presents guitarist William Kanengiser in a performance at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 in the UTSA Arts Building Recital Hall at the 1604 Campus. The performance is free and open to all.

Recognized as one of America's best guitarists, Kanengiser won first prize at the Concert Artists Guild competition, as well as major international competitions in Toronto and Paris. His unique repertoire ranges from arrangements of Mozart, Handel and Bartok to music of Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Kanengiser describes his UTSA concert as an exploration of "contemporary cool jazz," featuring Spanish classical guitar music and American contemporary jazz and blues standards.

Praised by the Los Angeles Times for his "dizzying execution" and "exceeding vitality and warmth," his debut recording won an Indie award for best classical recording. He currently records for Sony Classical as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Kanengiser has performed in recital and as guest soloist with orchestras in virtually every major American city, ranging from New York City's Carnegie Hall to San Francisco's Herbst Theater, as well as throughout Canada, Europe and Asia. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including the Miami String Quartet, flutist Marina Piccinini, pianist Mia Chung and violinist Maria Bachmann.

The recipient of two Solo Recitalist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, he was named one of Musical America's Outstanding Young Artists. The producer of two popular instructional videos, "Effortless Classical Guitar" and "Classical Guitar Mastery," Kanengiser hosted a weekly radio show for two years on KKGO-FM in Los Angeles.

Kanengiser has won consistent praise for his transcriptions of scores from the traditional repertory including Mozart's "Piano Sonata in A Major," prepared for the Columbia Pictures release, "Crossroads," in which he was guitar double and coach for actor Ralph Macchio.

Born in Orange, N.J. and now residing in Los Angeles, Kanengiser studied at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the USC faculty and offers frequent master classes at universities and guitar festivals throughout the world.

For more information, contact Cindy Solis, Department of Music events manager, at 210-458-5685.

--Tim Brownlee

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