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Christopher Gotzen-Berg: News

Molloy College - September 20, 2012

I am a bit late in announcing this news, but as they say, better late than never! In late June I was asked to join Molloy College as their new Adjunct Instructor of Classical Guitar! This is truly a dream come true and something I've worked toward my entire career. I am currently teaching 8 private students, guitar ensemble, and a course on how to use Finale and Sibelius. I am also still maintaining a large studio of private classical guitar students in the evenings, and performing as much as I can.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me for all these years!

An amazing summer, and professional development - September 4, 2011

Wow! What a great summer I've had! I was very fortunate to get to play a lot of guitar and meet some amazing new friends. As I said in my last update, at the beginning of the summer I became a sponsored artist of Savage Classical Guitar and received a fantastic Kenny Hill "Signature" guitar. So what does a person do when such a wonderful thing has happened to them? PLAY!

-I spent the summer playing at a great winery on Long Island called Clovis Point and met some very supportive people there!

-I then saw a fellow guitarist request some help on setting up some benefit shows. Rene Izquierdo and his wife Elina Chekan are both amazing guitarists and musicians, and we got together to set up two benefit concerts (one in Manhattan at ZEB's, and one on Long Island at The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts). These concerts were held in support of Cuban cellist Ana Bermudez and her family. Also involved in the show was young guitarist Jonathan Bodian, and of course, Rich from Savage Classical Guitar as our main sponsor! It was hugely inspiring to work with such talented musicians, and for a great cause!

-My wife and I had to opportunity to perform at the 1st Annual Lake George Classical Music Festival. I played some solo guitar music, and my wife and I as The Miriam Duo performed Mauro Giuliani's "Grand Duo Concertant Op. 85".

-I did a solo recital and master class for Jay St. Music in Schenectady, NY. It was great to see some old friends and hear some young players who were excited about classical guitar music!

So what's next? Starting this September I will be doing my student teaching internship to complete my NYS Teacher Certification in Music. I have been teaching privately for more years than I can count, and always planned on taking my teaching to a higher level, so that time has come! So between September and December I will be flying under the radar for the most part (possibly a little gig here and there).

In early 2012 I will begin recording 3 separate new projects. 1st will be a new solo album of Spanish music with selections from Rodrigo, Albeniz, Llobet, Asencio, and Tarrega. 2nd will be an album with The Miriam Duo of Paganini, Giuliani, and Schubert. 3rd will be an album with soprano Holly MacCormack of music by Argento, Britten, and Leisner. VERY EXCITING!

Lastly, I am also preparing to enter in the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America Competition. Hey, ya never know!

So thank you to everyone who came out to my concerts, and to all of my new friends! You are all the best!

Savage Classical Guitar - June 15, 2011

Hello everyone,

I have a very exciting announcement to make! I am now officially sponsored by Savage Classical Guitar, one of the top classical guitar retailers in the US. I now have a new Kenny Hill "Signature" guitar that I will performing with. This is such a wonderful and exciting opportunity to further my repertoire with the help of a great company!

Please visit www.savageclassical.com and find the guitar of your dreams!

Chris

The Beginning of the Summer Season, 2011 - May 27, 2011

Well, I have been back home on Long Island for about 2 weeks now and it is great to be back! I spent from the end of January through mid May at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam taking care of my NYS Teaching Certification. While I was braving the elements in the North Country of New York, I was hard at work learning new repertoire, and am excited to begin playing some concerts to share that music with you all.

Please keep watch on my calendar for show updates.

I have pushed my recording dates back to the end of 2011. I am excited about the music I will be releasing and hope you will enjoy it when it is available.

Long Island Classical Guitar Society - January 9, 2011

Sorry it's been so long since I've updated my news or blog, it's been a very busy few weeks with the holidays and the such. Some new and exciting news is what is going on with the Long Island Classical Guitar Society. I recently had a meeting with the President and Artistic Director of the LICGS about things we can do to build up our membership and programming. So at the February meeting there will be a vote held among members about making me the Executive Director. I am very excited about taking on this position and look forward to working on taking the LICGS to the next level.

I will be contacting people over the next few months about their possible interest in becoming members and possibly serving on our Board of Directors. If you are interested, please contact me at chris@chrisgotzenberg.com

Aside from that, I am also excited to announce that I will be working on completing my NYS Teacher's Certification in Music at SUNY Potsdam. While I am looking forward to seeing old friends and faulty at Crane, I will miss my wife and students here on LI. I will be continuing serving my private students through SKYPE, so if you haven't already, please add my SKYPE name, "gotzenberg". I am sure the time away will go by quickly, and I will be back on Long Island every month to make sure my students continue to stay on track.

Thanks all for now, I hope everyone is having a great start in this new year!

Chris

Skype - December 6, 2010

Hey everyone, I just created a Skype account, so I can stay in better touch with students and fans. If any of you are 'Skypers' please email me and let me know and we can connect that way.

-Chris

Preparing for new Recording - November 18, 2010

Not only has it been a very long time since I have updated this site, which I am very happy to have redone, but it was over 7 years ago that I released my first solo album!!! So I am happy to announce that I have a great concept for my next recording, which will consist of new original compositions, but also a select group of solo Spanish classical guitar works which are very close and personal to me! As long as I can keep to my time line, I hope to be ready to enter the recording studio by Summer 2011. As things progress I will update more often!

Where have i been? - November 15, 2010

So it has been a LONG time since I've updated my site, put out a new recording, or pretty much done anything, So, where have I been? Here is the short and simple version.

About four and a half years ago, shortly after completing my M.M. in Music Performance at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, I moved to Long Island. I was very excited at the time to introduce myself to new people and audiences, get to writing for the next album, and live in a new place. Well, after living on Long Island for only one month, my guitar was destroyed by my landlord, trust me- LONG STORY!

So with the loss of my instrument and the shock of living in such a difficult part of the country, I basically stopped playing and writing for a little over 2 years. In order to make a living, I worked at a small, freely distributed music magazine called "the Inside Connection". While working there, i had the opportunity to meet many great people within the music industry like William Bay of Mel Bay Publishing and Dave Mills of Mills Acoustics. It was an amazing experience to learn different aspects of this incredible industry.

Eventually, I began to take on private students and develop a strong reputation throughout Long Island for my teaching. I eventually got around to buying a new guitar, a 2008 "Almeria" from Kenny Hill. Kenny is a great and patient person, and did a wonderful job setting the guitar up in a "Flamenco" manner, golpeador and all!

In 2009 I married my amazing wife, Diana, who's my greatest supporter. With her motivation, I have gotten around to writing and practicing again. She and I formed "The Miriam Duo" (violin and guitar) and have been performing at weddings on Long Island.

Currently, I am writing and programing for my next album, which I hope to begin recording for in 2011. Also, I am the co-founder of "The Arcane Guitar Duo" with Jason Mainville.

Thank you to all who have continued to listen to my music and kept in touch with me over the years! I look forward to sharing my love of the guitar with you again soon!

Re-Working chrisgotzenberg.com - November 8, 2010

Hello everyone!

As you can see, I have finally gotten around to updating my website, and it only look me 4 years to get around to it! So much as happened in the last few years, and I will be posting that info here very soon. So please visit often, and keep listening!

-Chris

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