Faculty guitarist Taso Comanescu ('10) and guest guitarist Mak Grgic will perform music by Dowland, Telemann, Granados, Villa-Lobos, Turina, and others Friday, Mar. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Raitt Recital Hall, Malibu.
At Pepperdine Comanescu is an ensemble coach and guitar instructor. Originally from Northern California, he studied flamenco guitar with Charles Sedlak and classical guitar with David Dueñas. Comanescu earned a bachelor's degree in 2010 from Pepperdine University where he studied classical guitar with Christopher Parkening. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in classical guitar at the University of Southern California under the instruction of Scott Tennant (LAGQ).
In addition to classical guitar, Comanescu has a strong background in contemporary forms of guitar. Past teachers include Kenton Youngstrom of the De Falla Trio and he currently studies with acclaimed electric guitar virtuoso Steve Trovato.
Grgic is a Young Artist in Residence at The Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, and a cofounder of DC8, Da Camera's contemporary music ensemble, which strives to expand the definition of what a modern music ensemble can be. In February 2014 the group will premiere a newly commissioned work from the renowned American composer Michael Gordon, cofounder of Bang on a Can of New York City.
He has performed with orchestras such as the Spokane Symphony at The Festival at Sandpoint under Maestro Gary Sheldon, conductor of The Miami City Ballet, as well as the festival orchestra at Lancaster Festival, The RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Ivo Lipanovic, the Croatian Chamber Philharmonic with Maestro Mladen Tarbuk, the SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Simon Krecic and St. Petersburg Symphony with conductor Vladimir Lande, former principal oboe of The St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Grgic studied guitar in Zagreb with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music and obtained his Bachelor's Degree with Alvaro Pierri at the Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. At the moment he is pursuing his Doctoral Degree at the USC Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He is also a teaching assistant at USC under the direction of Brian Head.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Fine Arts Division website.