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Grammy-Nominated Paul Galbraith Performs on 8-String Brahms Guitar

Grammy-Nominated Paul Galbraith Performs on 8-String Brahms Guitar at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated classical guitarist Paul Galbraith performs a solo concert at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults; $32 for students, seniors, and active military families; and $29 each for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Innovative classical guitarist Paul Galbraith has been working for decades to expand his instrument’s technical limits and augment the quantity and quality of its repertoire. The program for this concert will include: Haydn’s Keyboard Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Hob. XVI: 36 (trans. E Minor) and Keyboard Sonata in E Major, Hob. XVI: 31; Bach’s French Suite No. 2 in C Minor (trans. E Minor); four preludes by Scriabin: Op. 11, No. 17 & 21; Op. 2, No. 2; Op. 16, No. 4; and Isaac Albéniz’s Sevilla from Suite Española, Op.47; Mallorca, Op. 202; Torre Bermeja, Op. 92.

Internationally renowned as one of the foremost guitarists of our time, Galbraith’s revolutionary approach to the guitar, allied to the searching depth of his interpretations, have made him an instantly recognizable figure in the world of classical music. He plays a unique eight-string guitar, which he developed in 1993 together with legendary luthier, David Rubio. Adding to his international fame, in 1998 Galbraith was nominated for a Grammy Award for his rendition of Bach’s complete solo-violin sonata and partitas.

Since the early 1990s, Galbraith has toured the United States annually, and performed throughout Europe, China, South America, Russia, Australia, Canada, and India. He has also appeared with several major orchestras and ensembles in Britain and Europe such as the BBC Orchestras, Royal Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Quartet, English Chamber Orchestra, the Halle, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, European Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Shanghai Quartet.

Galbraith began concertizing in his late teens, having come to public attention in Great Britain through a series of televised competition successes. Asked by a member of the press after the 1981 Leeds Castle Segovia competition what he thought of Galbraith, who was awarded the silver medal, Segovia raised his hand, and exclaimed “Paul is magnificent. He will be a great artist.”