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Music at Noon Series
Alexander Dunn, guitar
November 19, 2019
12:15 pm, University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome!
This program features works in the German Romantic style by Rudolph Leberl and Ferdinand Rebay – whose music was overlooked by Andres Segovia, who primarily promoted Spanish nationalism and disregarded Austro-Germanic music. As a result, this deserving music was ignored until recently. In the tradition of Brahms and Schumann, the German guitar repertoire is now recognized as a treasure trove of beautiful, seriously crafted pieces.
Canadian classical guitarist Alexander Dunn has performed to enthusiastic acclaim in Canada, the USA, Cuba, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Southeast Asia, China, South Africa, western and eastern Europe, and Russia. Chamber music and recital performances include work with principal players from the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, in duo with guitarists Pepe Romero, David Tanenbaum, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, and many others. He has been a featured soloist with the CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Vicrtoria Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, La Jolla Symphony, Malaga Sinfonico, New England Symphony, and many major US orchestras as guest artists with Los Romeros.
Feature recitals at major music festivals include the Aspen Music Festival, Darmstadt's Ferienkurs für Neue Musik (in the premiere of Spin-Curve Foci, dedicated to Mr. Dunn), Salzburg's Sommerakademie der Hochschule Mozarteum, Vancouver New Music (in the premiere of Noche de Ronda, a Canada Council commission), International Guitar and Lute Institute, Stetson International Guitar Workshop, Guitar Foundation of America International Conference, Northwest Guitar Festival, the Paracho Festival de Guitarra, the Vancouver Festival, Early Music Society of the Islands, CBC Festival de Printemps, Zihuatenejo International Guitar Festival, Appalachian Guitar Festival, Boston GuitarFest, among others.
Mr. Dunn holds a Masters Degree in Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, San Diego, where he was a protégé of Pepe Romero; his extensive summer studies were at the Aspen Music Festival and the Salzburg Mozarteum.
He is a respected teacher, coach and clinician, having guest taught at institutions such as Northeastern University, University of Southern California, Central Conservatory Beijing, and many others. His students have taken prizes in provincial and national competitions and hold teaching positions throughout N. America. Dr. Dunn’s international outreach includes work with the Artist Protection Fund in bringing the Orontes Guitar Quartet from Syria to Canada. He is a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, a board member of the Guitar Foundation of America, director of the Summer Guitar Academy, president of the Victoria Guitar Society, and currently heads what is considered one of Canada’s top guitar programs at the University of Victoria.