David Rogers

Thursday - November, 03 @ 5:00pm

Termed, ‘a prominent guitarist,’ by the New York Times, and praised by The Washington Post for his ‘astonishingly florid’ improvisations, David Rogers Fuses classical, jazz, and world music into beautiful, expressive and virtuosic performances.

He has been called a 'modern master’ of the classical guitar' by 20th Century GuitarClassics today.com has praised his ‘first rate instrumental artistry,’ and the Lute Society of America Quarterly has called his technique ‘formidable.’

He is an endorsing artist for Aquila Strings (Italy) and his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany. His performances have been broadcast on American National Public Radio and Bayrische Rundfunk, including both the nationally syndicated Performance Today (live performance/interview in Washington D.C. NPR studio 4A) and Harmonia programs. David has recorded for DorianCallisto and Focus Recordings. He has given recitals and conducted master classes throughout North America, including performances and classes at the San Francisco Conservatory, the University of Southern California and The Interlochen National Arts Camp.

David has studied historical plucked strings with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Dombois at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland; with Thomas Binkley at Indiana University; and with Lyle Nordstrom at Oakland University. He has studied guitar with Joseph Fava at Wayne State University. David was a musician with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 18 years and taught at Southern Oregon University for 13 years.

David Rogers



Video Links:

Winter Sunrise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77APBKNBkag

Tilang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL3qeSniPuk&list=PLIiWO64mVMPlvaYb3b_U3u-7eHegn6zCM&index=1

Contours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xRB2SVrK0Y&list=PLIiWO64mVMPlvaYb3b_U3u-7eHegn6zCM&index=2

Paint it Black https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_4J2AxI6EM&t=6s

J.S. Bach, BWV 1006a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQwQKqm4skg

Hallelujah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG3p9eIQW50


“...Playing the vihuela (a guitar relative), David Rogers held everything together with a few poignant plucks, vigorous strumming and the occasional astonishingly florid solo...” 

Washington Post 

“...Music to listen to, be amazed by, and to dream upon.” 

Akustik Gitarre 

The guitar solos were also outstanding with Rogers performing arrangements of J.S. Bach and Leonard Cohen’sHallelujah, among other lovely pieces...” 

Eleni Sakellis, The National Herald, NYC 

"...David Rogers played his vihuela (a 16th-century precursor to the guitar) not in the tasteful, restrained way of early music groups, but like a lead guitarist in a rock band. He laced the likes of 'De el pobo' with improvised, speedy solos way up into the wailing region of the fingerboard..." 

                                                                                                Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

“...A modern master of the classical guitar...David Rogers has a remarkable grasp of 16th Century Baroque guitar music.” 

20th Century Guitar 

 “...first rate instrumental artistry...” 

Classics today.com 

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