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Gubaidulina World Premiere

On Sunday, February 22, David Tanenbaum performed the world premiere of a major new work by Sofia Gubaidulina, Repentence, for three guitars, cello and bass. The half hour long piece was presented in Davies Symphony Hall by the San Francisco Symphony as part of Ms. Gubaidulina’s two week residency with the orchestra. Performing with Mr. Tanenbaum were Thomas Viloteau and Elliot Simpson on guitars, with Symphony members Peter Wyrick, cello and Scott Pingel, bass. Here is a published preview of the concert:

Artist Spotlight: David Tanenbaum @ San Francisco Classical Voice

Review of SF Conservatory Concert

Scott Cmiel, in the San Francisco Classical Voice, has posted a review of the Oct. 11, 2008 concert at the San Francisco Conservatory.

Tanenbaum is without peer in this music. He captured every mood to perfection — ebullient opening, mournful solo, building determination, and painful conclusion — with an amazing command of color, time, and empathy.

The Upcoming GFA Festival

 With the Guitar Foundation of America coming to San Francisco for the first time in less than a month now, I wanted to tell the story of my becoming the co-artistic director. Not long after the San Francisco Conservatory‘s move to the Civic Center became a reality, several GFA leaders approached me about making an application to host the festival at the new facility. I have directed two festivals before – the 2nd American Classical Guitar Congress in Winston Salem, North Carolina and the Lou Harrison 80th birthday Festival at the Conservatory – and I knew that taking the whole thing on with my schedule would be impossible.

Meanwhile, Richard Patterson, an entrepreneur par excellence and the host of the longest running and certainly biggest classical guitar series in the country (, had been wanting to take a year off from touring during his son’s last year of high school and do something in town. So he decided to make a proposal as Convention director, and he approached me right away about being co-Artistic Director. (more…)

GFA Convention August 5-10, 2008

Join some of the world’s greatest guitarists as the Guitar Foundation of America comes to San Francisco for the first time ever. It will take place at the new Conservatory facility as well as the Veteran’s Building.

Highlights of the 2008-09 Concert Season

As a new member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, David Tanenbaum will be celebrating Elliot Carter’s 100th birthday with performances of Lumien in San Francisco and Sacramento. He will also perform Luca Francesconi’s thrilling A Fuoco with the group.

In February 2009, David will perform in his first tour of New Zealand. He will join the United Guitar Ensemble in German festivals in September, and perform in a Jorge Liderman memorial concert on September 14 at Hertz Hall, U.C. Berkeley.