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New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes 2014: Fábio Zanon

Americas Society

June 24, 2014


Image: Courtesy of Diane Saldick.

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The New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes returns to Music of the Americas for the 2014 edition of the opening faculty concert. The Seminar offers classical guitar students the opportunity to join the world's top performers and competition winners for a packed week of concerts, masterclasses, rehearsals, and workshops.


Henry Purcell Six keyboard lessons (1696)
Manuel Ponce Var. and Fugue on "La Folia d'Espagne" (1930)
J.S. Bach  Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998
Enrique Granados Spanish dances; Tonadilla: La Maja de Goya (ca. 1900)
Francisco Mignone Etudes (1931)
Paulinho da Viola Itanhangá
Marc Pereira Bate-Coxa


About the artist

Born in Brazil, Fábio Zanon has sought to expand the perception of the guitar in the concert scene. He began his musical studies at an early age with his father and completed his education at São Paulo University and the Royal Academy of Music, London. His principal teachers were Antonio Guedes, Henrique Pinto, Edelton Gloedon, and Michael Lewin; he also attended the Julian Bream masterclasses in London. Although not initially drawn to competitions, his career took flight when, in 1996, he won both the GFA (United States) and the Tarrega (Spain) competitions in the space of a few weeks. He has since received many awards for his concerts and recordings, notably receiving accolades for the best concert performance of 2006 in Brazil for his operatic conducting debut. He has performed in many of the most prestigious halls in Europe, Asia, and the Americas and has released several recordings to critical acclaim. An inspiring pedagogue, Zanon has taught at major conservatories from Los Angeles to Moscow. In 2008, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. 

He has performed more than 40 different works for guitar and orchestra, and his chamber music repertoire and frequent collaborators range from the traditional to the adventurous. In 2009, Zanon released "Yanomami," a recording for choir and guitar with Coro Cervantes, and also published his first book, Villa Lobos, upon the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the great Brazilian composer. Just one year later, he released a recording of Francis Hime's cross-over Guitar Concerto with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.