Here is a special event for John Holmquist. He was my first guitar teacher, who set me on my journey with classical guitar.
On Friday, January 4th at 7 p.m.
at the MacPhail Center for Music’s Antonello Hall in Minneapolis, there will be a concert to honor John Holmquist’s distinguished career in music.
The event is free and open to the public.
The evening will include performances as well as spoken tributes by John’s students and friends, many distinguished in their own right, who are traveling from around the country to be here for this event to pay tribute to their teacher, mentor and friend who was earlier this year diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
John, a Minneapolis native who studied with Jeffrey Van and graduated from the University of Minnesota, is one of the greatest American classical guitarists of his generation. In 1978, he won the most important classical guitar competition of that time, the Guitar 78 Festival in Toronto, Canada. He went on to head the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his students included Jason Vieaux, winner of the 1992 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition and a 2015 Grammy Award winner.
The concert will feature several new pieces written for the occasion.
Performers for the evening include
James Bonney with Charlie Witthoef
Mary Lou Roberts/guitar ensemble
John has created a Facebook page to encourage donations to the Prostate Cancer Foundation: