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Scott Cmiel

Scott Cmiel is Chair of the guitar and musicianship departments at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division and Director of the guitar program at San Francisco School of the Arts.

Articles by this Author

Video Essay
January 30, 2014

Nothing like a strong right hand for a guitarist. Here's how to begin.

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Video Essay
December 5, 2013

Step one with any instrument. Here's how to get off on the right foot ... er, hand, with the guitar.

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Chamber Music Review
November 1, 2013

The Katona Twins Guitar Duo highlighted both the popular and classical roots of the guitar in an unusual and distinctive recital.

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Chamber Music Review
July 21, 2013

In San Francisco, that hotbed of world-class guitar performances, a new series is born; Mobius Trio and The Living Earth Show were featured in the wide-ranging inaugural concert.

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Recital Review
April 13, 2013

A young winner of an international guitar competition, Vladimir Gorbach, presents a nuanced, passionate performance of little-known works.

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Upcoming Concert
March 20, 2013

Meng Su and Yameng Wang are rapidly becoming California celebrities. Their repertoire has an exciting world-music flavor featuring such composers as Brazil’s Sergio Assad and China’s Tan Dun, as well as sensitive interpretations of Spanish classics and the music of J.S. Bach. 

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Recital Review
March 16, 2013

Not content with a spectacular performance of a contemporary masterwork, and other meaty fare, Marcin Dylla did actual magic tricks during his encore.

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Recital Review
March 2, 2013

Playing the works of composers who were also instrumentalists, guitarist David Russell proves to be their masterful advocate.

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Upcoming Concert
February 22, 2013

Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla gave a brilliant and deeply poetic recital in April 2011 and his return to San Francisco is highly anticipated. 

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Recital Review
December 8, 2012

To no one’s surprise, guitarist Shin-ichi Fukuda’s recital was both brilliant and varied, studded with classics and fresh works, too.

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Upcoming Concert
December 3, 2012

The Japanese guitarist Shin-Ichi Fukuda possesses an astonishingly large repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day.

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Upcoming Concert
November 13, 2012

The Brasil Duo is equally at home on a classical or a world music series, and its innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works.

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Festival Review
November 6, 2012

Benjamin Verdery brandishes his guitar in open and inviting ways, in both familiar songs and insightful commissioned works.

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Chamber Music Review
October 27, 2012

The Pacific Guitar Ensemble continues to tap the instrument’s potential with another enticing recital.

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Upcoming Concert
October 25, 2012

The Pacific Guitar Ensemble is a group dedicated to keeping this dynamic process alive, and it invites audiences to come along for the ride.

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Upcoming Concert
October 1, 2012

Sergio and Odair Assad have been the preeminent classical guitar duo of the last 40 years, having set the standard for technical excellence, sensitive musicianship, and innovative repertoire choices.

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Season Preview
September 17, 2012

The Omni Foundation is once again bringing the classiest acts in guitar playing to the Bay Area, with the assistance of San Francisco Performances.

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Festival Review
July 18, 2012

What could be sweeter than hearing terrific playing and thought-provoking lectures at a noted guitar fest in the scenic Sierra Nevada?

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Modern Classical Review
April 28, 2012

The “indie-classical” duo Living Earth Show performs original material with both raucous good humor and subtlety.

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Recital Review
April 29, 2012

Yamandu Costa’s wonderfully expressive playing takes the classical guitar to new heights.

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