Guitarfest 2011

The William Paterson University Music Department proudly announces:

William Paterson University Guitarfest 2011

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Guitarfest 2011 Events

11:30-1:00: William Paterson University Guitar Student Concert
2:00-3:00: Scott Borg, guitarist in concert
4:00-6:00: Mak Grgic guitarist in concert
7:30-9:00: Mak Grgic, master class

All events will take place in the elegant Hobart Manor 2nd floor salon on the campus of William Paterson University. Admission is $20 for the public and free to WPU students and staff. An additional charge will apply to master class performers.

About our Guest Performers

This year, William Paterson University Guitarfest celebrates a new generation of guitarists. At the start of the twenty-first century, the guitar is firmly established in the world of classical instruments and the players who have come up in this time of a higher level of guitar are pushing things to even greater heights. Two such brilliant young players are to be presented at the Guitarfest, Mak Grgic and Scott Borg.


Mak Grgic

At 24, Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic has already achieved quite a bit with the classical guitar. He made his orchestral debut with the St. Petersburg Symphony playing Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and he has performed Rodrigo's Fantasia para un Gentilhombre at the Lancaster Festival in Ohio under the baton of Gary Sheldon, newly appointed conductor of the Miami City Ballet. He has played solo recitals at concert series in the United States and Europe including The Allegro Guitar Series in Texas; Piran Music Nights; The Sounds of Six Strings, and Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana in his native Slovenia. For four years he was a member of the Zagreb Guitar Quartet, who toured throughout Croatia and with them he travelled from Dubai to Montreal to Mobile, Alabama and Paris.

He recently took first prize at the Pacific Guitar Festival and Competition 2011, and has been honored with highest prizes at: the First Andres Segovia International Competition for young guitarists in Velbert, Germany, the Forum Gitarre Wien International Competition, the International guitar competition in Arrenzano, Italy, the Fifth Anna Amalia Competition for young guitarists in Weimar, Germany, the International Guitarart festival and Competition in Belgrade, Serbia and as the youngest participant, he was awarded the third place in the category with no age limit at the Concorso Europeo di Chitarra Classica, Citta di Gorizia, in Italy in 2005.

“Wonderful, marvelous, tremendous. He was spectacular.”
“Grgic certainly connected.”
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette


Scott Borg
Scott Borg

Australian classical guitarist Scott Borg has enjoyed an extensive international performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. In recent years he appeared at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra in Mérida, Mexico, the ICPNA Guitar Festival in Peru, and at the Shell Darwin International Festival in Australia. In 2006 he was invited to perform for President Hu Jintao of the Peoples’ Republic of China at his internationally televised address to the United States of America at Yale University. As a winner of the Artists’ International Auditions, he made his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Borg showed his versatility when he performed alongside rock legend Carlos Alomar at New York’s Apollo Theater.

A recipient of many awards including the Augustine Guitar Foundation Award, the Nescafe Big Break, and the prestigious Marten Bequest Award, he has also been a multiple winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American-Australian Association, and the Skills and Arts Development award from the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2002 he was awarded the Australian Music Examinations Board’s highest honour, the Fellowship in Music, Australia.

“Well balanced, gracefully presented, and expertly played”
“Each note was purposeful and focused, as was each rest”
—New York Concert Review

William Paterson University Guitarfest thanks its sponsors:
La Bella Strings (E. & O. Mari, Inc.)
Luthier Music Corporation

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Contact Information

For information, contact the Music Department at (973) 720-2315 or William Paterson University guitar faculty:
Professor Gabriel Handy at (646) 382-1190 or
Professor Seth Himmelhoch at (201) 928-1641

Music Department
Shea Center for the Performing Arts
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Registration for Guitarfest

• Admission is $20 for any and all Guitarfest events.

• Students wishing to participate in the Master Class will pay $60. Any student wishing to participate must contact Professor Handy or Professor Himmelhoch and submit an audition tape. (see contact info) This charge will also include admission to all Guitarfest events.

• All events are free to WPU students. (Please bring student ID.)

• Registration is available at the door.