Christopher Parkening, guitar
Christopher Parkening is celebrated as one of the world's preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. For more than a quarter century, his concerts and recordings have received the highest worldwide acclaim. The Washington Post cites "his stature as the leading guitar virtuoso of our day, combining profound musical insight with complete technical mastery of his instrument." Mr. Parkening is recognized as the heir to the legacy of the great Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia, who proclaimed that "Christopher Parkening is a great artist--he is one of the most brilliant gutarists in the world."
Mr. Parkening has been a frequesnt guest soloist with the finest orchestras in the United States and the world. Mr. Parkening has played at the White House, appeared with Placido Domingo on Live From Lincoln Center, participated in Carnegie Hall 100th Anniversary celebrations and performed twice on the internationally televised Grammy® Awards. Mr. Parkening's commitment to music extends beyond his demanding performance schedule. He was recently named a Distinguished Professor of Music at Pepperdine University where he was appointed to the Christopher Parkening Chair in Classical Guitar in 2002. He also teaches an annual summer master class at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Parkening has authored The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method, Volumes I and II, basic pedagogy books for beginning and advanced players. These editions, along with his collection of guitar transcriptions and arrangements, are published by Hal Leonard Corporation.
Christopher Parkening and his wife, Theresa, reside in Southern California. At the heart of his dedication to performance, recording, and teaching is a deep commitment to the Christian faith. He is also a world class fly-fishing and casting champion who has won the International Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament (the Wimbledon of fly-fishing) held in Islamorada, Florida.