The website of classical guitarist David Tanenbaum

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.

Highlights of the 2008 Summer Concert Season

David Tanenbaum will appear in chamber music festivals in Madison, Wisconsin, San Antonio, Texas and Napa, California; in the Boston Guitarfest; and, as co artistic director, in the GFA festival in San Francisco.

At GFA he will appear in a concert he created called Friday Night from San Francisco on August 8 at Herbst Theater. In that concert he will conduct the U.S. premiere of Sergio Assad’s Trois Brasiliens a Saint Paul, and perform, with Terry Riley, the U.S. premiere of that composers Moonshine Sonata.

He will also perform chamber works of Aaron Jay Kernis and Terry Riley. For concert dates, check the Schedule page.

Highlights of the 2007 Fall Concert Season

David Tanenbaum’s 07-08 season included performances in Brazil; Henze‘s El Cimarron in Tijuana Mexico; the world premiere of Jorge Liderman‘s Imaginary Tunes with Quarteto Latinamericano at Cal Berkeley; a Julian Bream tribute at the 92nd Street Y in New York; and the world premiere of Terry Riley‘s new triple concerto for two guitars and violin, Soltierraluna, with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.

He also premiered Five Pieces for Guitar and Electronics by Ronald Bruce Smith in a featured concert at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, a concert which was voted the second best of the entire Sacramento year by critic Edward Ortiz. He wrote:

“…Tanenbaum delivered one of the most wide-ranging and intelligently conceived programs for one instrument in recent memory. And he left no doubt that he is one of this country’s best classical guitarists…This outstanding performance was clearly one of the best of the festival and of the concert year. It was delivered with intelligence and urgency, as if Tanenbaum was single-handedly ushering the classical guitar into the open-book realm of the 21st century.”

Current Projects – October 07

David Tanenbaum is in the middle of four recording projects:

  1. A disc containg music of his father, Elias Tanenbaum
  2. The complete solo guitar works of Toru Takemitsu for Stradivarius
  3. Recordings of the Steve Mackey ensemble piece Measures of Turbulence (with Tanenbaum conducting) and Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby by Aaron Jay Kernis for guitar, soprano, piano and violin.
  4. A concerto disc with New Century Chamber Orchestra containing:
    • Aaron Jay Kernis – Concierto de Dance Hits
    • Astor Piazzolla – Double Concerto for guitar, bandoneon and strings
    • Terry Riley – Triple Concerto for two guitars and violin

DT Plays Takemitsu on YouTube

David Tanenbaum playing Takemitsu‘s In The Woods for the SF Guitar Society. Enjoy!

Part 1

Part 2