Kahului, Hawai‘i – Virtuoso guitarists Ian O’Sullivan, Ray Zhou, Arash Noori will perform a free noon concert at UH Maui College on Friday, July 25. The program, sponsored by the UH-Maui College Music Department, will include baroque guitar, classical guitar, and ‘ukulele, and will take place in the science building lecture theatre (‘Ike Le‘a 144) at 12:00 PM. The concert is a special event in the week-long guitar masterclass taught by the renowned American guitarist and chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music, Benjamin Verdery. This year marks the 15th year that Mr. Verdery has held a guitar masterclass on Maui. Over that time, over 125 guitarists have come from across the United States and around the world to Maui to study with Mr. Verdery, many of them returning multiple times. The class includes one-on-one instruction not only with Mr. Verdery but also with world-famous guest teachers, including this year John Dearman of the acclaimed Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. The class also includes the performance of ensemble music, with the 15 to 20 guitarists in the class performing as a guitar orchestra. Each year, the orchestra performs at least one piece of music written by a Hawaiian composer. This year, that piece will be Bailey Matsuda’s “Born and Raised,” in an arrangement by Ian O’Sullivan.

The concert at Maui college will feature three extraordinary young performers, all of whom have studied with Mr. Verdery, either on Maui, at Yale, or both. Ian O’Sullivan grew up on the north shore of Oahu, where became proficient at a young age on the ukulele. After being introduced to the classical guitar at UH Manoa by Hawaiian classical, jazz and slack-key guitarist Jeff Peterson, Ian […]