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Portland Classic Guitar: Season Finale Concert

Portland Classic Guitar is proud to present the final concert of its 2016-17 season—and the first concert of the Summer on the Green concert series at Marylhurst University.

Featuring Portland’s own William Jenks, artistic director of Portland Classic Guitar, Chilean guitarist Alberto Cumplido and Cuban guitarist (currently based in the Dominican Republic) Ruben Gonzalez.

This family-friendly concert will also include a special performance by the Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble, directed by Jenks.

Ruben Gonzalez

Originally from Cuba, guitarist Ruben González Avila received his degree music from the Instituto Superior de Artes de la Habana. He has studied with excellent teachers who include Alina Quezade, Efrain Amador, Aldo Rodriguez and Maestro Leo Brouwer. Mr. Gonzáles-Avila teaches, performs and provides master classes in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Argentina. He has been winner of several notable guitar competitions.

Alberto Cumplido

Growing up in Chile, guitarist Alberto Cumplido studied composition and music theory with Cirilo Vila, musical performance with Luis López and Oscar Ohlsen, and literature with the poet Enrique Lihn. Abroad, he studied classical guitar with Abel Carlevaro, Eduardo Fernandez, Leo Brouwer, Egberto Gismonti, Manuel Barrueco, Ralph Towner, Ichiro Suzuki and Oscar Gighlia, as well as studying jazz in Barcelona. While living in Germany, he collaborated with composers Gustavo Becerra and Olaf Jansen, creating an egaging hybrid of modern classical music and jazz. An adventurous musician, Cumplido has experimented with electronic music, and has composed for dance, film, and theater. He has also explored the intersection of music and the spoken word.

Cumplido has appeared on 5 CDs, as both an interpreter of other people’s music and a composer for different chamber ensembles. Several guitarists from around the world have played his compositions, and he has been commissioned to create new works for the German guitarist Christian Wernicke and the American guitarist Hilary Field. In 2000, his CD Timeless was nominated for an Altazor award. Cumplido is also director and creator of the festival Entrecuerdas. Between 2013 and 2014 he gave concerts and master classes in Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru and the USA. He has performed in international competitions in Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Colima (in Mexico).

Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble

Marylhurst’s auditioned Guitar Ensemble is intended primarily for music majors and experienced guitarists from the university community. The group provides in-depth training for guitarists, working to develop the technical, musical and collaborative skills demanded by the teaching and performing professions. The Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble focuses on the public performance of a varied repertoire and regularly performs at Marylhurst and throughout the community.

William Jenks

William Jenks is a rare talent from a new generation of classical guitarists. Not only is he a world-class recording artist, sought out for performances and master classes around the globe. Jenks’s dedication to the music he loves has also motivated him to build what has become a truly amazing musical institution, the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series. And furthermore, as if all that’s not enough, Jenks recently became an inspiring figure to students and peers alike, when he made a full recovery from a serious motor vehicle accident in which he broke both of his arms, an accident that should have ended his career, but only propelled it to new heights.

Jenks is also the founder of Portland Classic Guitar, a teaching studio and guitar shop through which he directs the aforementioned performance series. Now in its eleventh season, the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series is the only entity of its kind on the West Coast. Among the first featured performers was the renowned guitarist Ana Vidovic, who quickly predicted that Jenks’s series would become “one of the most prestigious in the country”—a promise it has since fulfilled, as recently attested by a leading artist management company. Jenks now presents ten concerts annually—often in tandem with master classes—and has earned a loyal following among professional musicians and casual music lovers alike. Most of these concerts sell out, and no wonder: past performers have included many legends of the guitar, some of who were visiting Portland for the first time. John Williams, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, and the Romeros have all performed for the Portland Classic Guitar Concert Series—the latter drawing a record-breaking audience of 2300. But Jenks is equally supportive of the next generation of legends, presenting the US debuts of such artists as Dimirtris Kotronakis (from Greece), Gerard Abiton (from France), and Ruben Gonzales (from Cuba), as well as some of the best local up-and-coming guitar talent.