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Classical Guitar Recital - Stephen Robinson

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February 8, 2017 Tyler Recital Hall
Free of charge, w donations accepted at the door

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Heralded by The New York Times for his “effortless virtuosity with intelligence and good taste,” by The Tallahassee Democrat for his “sweet, pure sound, technique to burn and strong sense of musical and poetic phrasing,” classical guitarist Stephen Robinson will appear Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in a free recital at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville in the Tyler Recital Hall. Seating is limited, donations will be accepted at the door for this free recital, which is sponsored by the college’s Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division.

A professor of guitar at Stetson University in Deland, Stephen Robinson tours extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist. He has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras, and conducts master classes at leading musical institutions and festivals worldwide.

Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia called Robinson a “magnificent North American guitarist, full of virtuosity, magnificent technical precision, and a masterfully delivered diverse range of sound.” His recordings for Clear Note Records, Centaur Records and Lakeside Records have received unanimous critical acclaim. Of his disc, “Stephen Robinson,” Munich’s Fonoforum states, “A guitarist of the first order . . . Robinson fills the melodic lines with a great individual emotion. Technically, the New York guitarist is at the top level: his scales are light and clean, his chords are clear as glass.”

Soundboard’s Richard Long writes, “Stephen is a guitarist who invariably reminds me of why I fell in love with the guitar many years ago; to put it simply, he plays beautiful music, and he plays it beautifully.”

A top prizewinner in five major international competitions, including the XXIII Concours International de Guitare in Paris and the VI Concurso Internacional de Guitarra in Venezuela, Robinson is an alumnus of the distinguished Affiliate Artists Touring roster and a member of the State of Florida Touring Program. He has received numerous awards, fellowships and grants, including two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Solo Recitalists Awards, an NEA Recording Award, a Fulbright Fellowship for Performance and Research in Music to Canada, and more.

A native of New York, Stephen Robinson began his guitar studies with Bruce Holzman at Florida State University, and worked closely with Andrés Segovia, who called him “a magnificent guitarist, one of the most brilliant guitarists of our times.” After pursuing graduate work at the Yale School of Music, Florida State University awarded Robinson the first Doctor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance. He is a Professor of Music at Stetson University in Florida, where he is the founding director of the Guitar Program (since 1983).