CLASSICAL SUNDAYS AT SIX
William Kanengiser, guitar
Sunday, January 16, 2022 | 6:00 PM
Recognized as one of America’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser won first prize in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, as well as major international guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983). He has developed a unique repertoire for his instrument, ranging from arrangements of Mozart, Handel, and Bartok, to his innovative excursions into the music of Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. He was twice awarded a Solo Recitalist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his debut solo recording for the GSP label won an “INDIE” award for Best Classical Recording. A member of the guitar faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music since 1983, Mr. Kanengiser has given master classes around the world.
As a founding member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, he has toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and North America, recording for the GHA, Delos and Sony Classical labels. Their first recording for the Telarc label, LAGQ: Latin, was nominated for a Grammy in the Classical Crossover category in 2001, and their follow- up recording LAGQ’s Guitar Heroes won a Grammy in the same category in 2005.
Mr. Kanengiser released his fourth solo recording for the GSP label entitled Classical Cool, featuring jazz- inspired compositions and arrangements for classical guitar.