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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

Chamber Music Review
February 24, 2012

An appealing program pairs a flutist with a guitarist, performing classical and jazz works in their own vivid arrangements.

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Recital Review
January 27, 2012

An esteemed European guitarist is cheered to the rafters in his second Bay Area recital.

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Recital Review
December 10, 2011

An esteemed international guitarist tours two continents, then ends his peregrinations with a melancholy, romantic Russian gem.

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Upcoming Concert
December 2, 2011

The Uruguayan six-string virtuoso masterfully interprets music from Bach to contemporary guitar.

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Upcoming Concert
November 27, 2011

The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents Minette, an arrangement for two guitars of an opera by Hans Werner Henze constructed on the principles of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and based on a short story by Balzac about vegetarian cats that form the Royal Society for the Protection of Rats.

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Recital Review
November 12, 2011

A classical guitarist circles the globe in his program, which he played with complete mastery and ravishing color.

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CD Review
November 3, 2011

Jon Mendle has already made a name for himself in guitarist circles. His first solo recording makes an exhilarating sweep through the music of J.S. Bach’s friends and sons.

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Recital Review
October 29, 2011

The ravishing Beijing-born classical guitarist plays the Spanish classics, tosses off some Bach and Chopin, and swings with works by Brazilian composers.

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Chamber Music Review
April 10, 2011

Sergio and Odair Assad have moved audiences and inspired guitarists around the world for over 30 years. Sunday, their program was musically thrilling, emotionally satisfying and, at least implicitly, a politically challenging and sympathetic view of immigration.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2011

Technical bravura and emotional depth marked the recital of Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla, who consistently delighted his large audience.

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Recital Review
February 26, 2011

The Paris Guitar Duo, in its first San Francisco outing, performed wide-ranging music with brilliance, but with odd mannerisms.

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Recital Review
January 22, 2011

Marc Teicholz of the San Francisco Conservatory gave an exquisitely sensitive and skillful recital there on Saturday, featuring new transcriptions, music associated with Segovia, and extraordinary contemporary compositions.

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Chamber Music Review
January 15, 2011

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet brought charisma and virtuosity to a program of mostly Renaissance music (bookended by 19th-century opera arrangements and leavened by a modern classic) at a recital presented on Saturday.

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Chamber Music Review
December 3, 2010

Excitement was high on Friday when the Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presented the San Francisco recital debut of Meng Su and Yameng Wang at the Green Room.

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Recital Review
October 17, 2010

Classical music advocates often take a Eurocentric view of music history that leads them to question the importance of the guitar and its repertoire. John Williams deftly reverses the logic, maintaining that a global 20th- and 21st-century perspective the guitar makes a more vital contribution than any other instrument. Williams made his case on Sunday in a recital received by a packed audience.

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Recital Review
April 29, 2010

Manuel Barrueco gave a panoramic view of the history and future of the classical guitar in the 20th and 21st centuries in a marvelous recital Thursday at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre.

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Chamber Music Review
February 27, 2010

A well-known guitar legend quotes Chopin as saying, “Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two.” Mark Eden and Christopher Stell, the Eden Stell Guitar Duo, gave evidence on Saturday at the Veterans Building Green Room with their magnificent sound, vivid interpretations, and telepathic ensemble. They jokingly asked the Omni Foundation presenters to lock the exit doors so no one could leave during their performance of Leo Brouwer’s astringently modern Per Suonare a Due, but the audience responded with wild cheering and insisted on encores after the concert.

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Recital Review
January 9, 2010

The San Francisco Bay Area has one of the largest and most enthusiastic audiences in the country for the classical guitar. Internationally acclaimed artists are regularly featured by San Francisco Performances and the Omni Foundation, while young talent is often presented by smaller organizations. The South Bay Guitar Society, undoubtedly the best organized and ambitious of these smaller presenters, gave its audience a special treat Saturday: Scott Tennant, a founding member of the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, in a rare solo recital.

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Upcoming Concert
November 10, 2009

When Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang was 15, John Williams heard her play in Beijing and was so impressed that he gave her his own guitar. Yang has gone on to win numerous prizes in music competitions. 

Her program for San Francisco Performances includes Bach and Albeniz, and also showcases Stephen Goss' beautiful, four-movement work The Chinese Garden, part of an admirable series of pieces commissioned by Yang that highlight elements of Chinese culture.


 

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Recital Review
October 16, 2009

Pixinguinha is a name revered in Brazil but relatively unknown elsewhere. Alfredo da Rocha Vianna Filho, better known as Pixinguinha, was the first and most influential musician in Brazilian popular music.

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