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Stephen Marchionda


"You'll have to go a long way to hear anyone perform as convincingly as Marchionda."

Classical Guitar Magazine (England)

Impeccably musical and wonderfully deft...  Financial Times
Stamped as much with romantic ardour as intellectual rigourThe Times (London)
A star on the international classical guitar stage.  Classical Guitar Magazine

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Stephen Marchionda has emerged as a unique presence on the international concert scene, his performances are characterized by flair, technical facility and musical individuality- “...he turns in vibrant performances...energetic and vital, with a great sense of momentum and flow...cohesive and highly charged.American Record Guide.

He has been featured at Weill Recital Hall/Carnegie Hall (Aranjuez Series), where Sounboard Magazine wrote that “Imbued with depth and passion, Marchionda played engagingly and with a sense of drama...deftly played.” Also in NY, he performed in recital at Lincoln Center and the Frick Collection.  Elsewhere in the USA he has appeared at Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Cleveland and San Diego Museum’s of Art; the Cleveland Institute and San Francisco Conservatory of Music; MIT, Columbia, Yale and George Washington Universities. In Europe he has given acclaimed performances for the UK’s BBC Radio 3, “a sans souci elegance”, the Royal Opera House, Wigmore Hall and the inaugural concert at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, (Royal Academy of Music). As well the National Radio of Spain, in Rome, Madrid, London, Granada, Athens, Copenhagen, Oxford University, Cardiff, Scotland and Birmingham, where the Post and Mail said he had the “sublime eloquence of a virtuoso”.

With the late British tenor Philip Langridge and flutist Sebastian Bell, he appeared  at the Cheltenham Festival (England), premiering "Today Too" by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, (written for the trio) and his arrangement for solo guitar of "Tango” from Nicolas Maw’sSophie's Choice"; Les Soirees Des Junies Festival, (France) in collaboration with Nicholas Maw; with mezzo-soprano Laurie Monahan. He also premiered his arrangement / realization for guitar and tenor of Henry Purcell's 'Incidental Music to Thomas d’Urfey’s play “A Fool’s Preferment”, (he realized Purcell's 'A Comic History of Don Quioxte' - 2005 was the 500-year celebration of Cervantis’ “Don Quixote”, a huge celebration in Spain).

A strong advocate of contemporary music, he is also acclaimed for his performances of more standard repertoire and is developing an already vast reservoir of solo concert music, as well as an impressive repertoire for concerto and chamber music. He “embraces the Spanish idiom like a native...flying scale passages graced with ease and style... a true virtuoso” Cleveland Plain Dealer. Of his recording of the complete variations by Manuel Ponce for ASV/ London, the DeutschlandRadio Magazine Berlin says: “With this recording, Marchionda maintains his reputation as one of the best masters of the guitar”.

 In a special collaboration with Philip Langridge, Mr. Marchionda  recorded (Chandos) music by Britten and Nicholas Maw. This is the premiere recording of Maw’s masterpiece "Music of Memory" for solo guitar,and "Six Interiors for tenor and guitar along with Britten’s "Nocturnal, after John Dowland for Solo Guitar" and the "Songs from the Chinese" for tenor and guitar.  British Music Magazine names it Record of the Month for July 2005 and said of Mr. Marchionda's playing:
...a guitarist who can obtain such a range of colour and expression that 74 minutes doesn't seem a second too long...a compelling soloist..."   Among his other recordings are the complete series of variations and preludes of Manuel Maria Ponce and his transcriptions of sonatas by Scarlatti and piano works by Albeniz (MDG), both of which received exceptional attention and plaudits 

Mr. Marchionda is top prize winner at several international competitions; among these are the Guitar Foundation of America's International Solo, the Segovia International, and the Manuel de Falla. A graduate of Yale University’’s School of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, he was affiliated with the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1991, where he received classes with the celebrated guitarist Julian Bream, who called him a "strong, spirited performer”. Born in New Mexico, raised in Denver, he has lived in both New York City, where he taught at Columbia University's College of Performing Arts, in London and Granada. He now lives in Barcelona. .


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