Classical Guitar Festival
Saturday April 21, 2012
as a “revelation to hear” by The Washington Post, the
Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo’s phenomenal musicianship
places them solidly at the top of their field. Their innovative
programming, matchless technique and ensemble precision,
combined with their commitment to expanding the repertoire for
guitar duo make them a standout chamber ensemble in every way.
Newman & Oltman’s concert tours have taken
them to world cultural capitals and premiere venues across five
continents. The Duo has demonstrated extraordinary stylistic
breadth in their collaborations with such diverse artists as
author Frank McCourt (“Angela’s Ashes”), composer/conductor
Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, violinist
Arnold Steinhardt, fiddler Eileen Ivers, and numerous string
quartets including ETHEL, Calder, Daedalus and Turtle Island.
Highlights of this season include the world
premiere of “Concierto Buenos Aires” composed for the Duo by
Nuevo Tango Master Daniel Binelli with l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de
Reims in France and with the Virginia Symphony (JoAnn Falletta,
Also this season, Newman & Oltman will join forces with the
dynamic violinist Tim Fain – featured performer in the hit film
“Black Swan” – for a program of works by classical and
contemporary composers. Recent and upcoming performances include
partnering with Grammy Award-nominated Clarice Assad at the
Raritan Music Festival, the Newcomb Classical Guitar Festival in
New Orleans, the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the New York
Guitar Seminar at Mannes and most recently at the Pittaluga
International Guitar Competition and Convention in Alessandria
Through their groundbreaking New Music
Commissioning Program, Newman & Oltman have built a unique
repertoire of works for two guitars by composers such as Paul
Moravec, Augusta Reed Thomas, Lowell Liebermann, Dušan
Bogdanovic and Roberto Sierra. The duo’s latest CD, Music
from Raritan River (MSR Classics 1298), which was hailed by
Fanfare Magazine as “top notch” and “a winner all around”,
features a collection of world premieres commissioned by the duo
over the past decade.
Their artistry has also been captured on nearly a dozen
other acclaimed recordings and has been recognized by grants and
awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music
America and ASCAP, among others.
The Duo has served as ensemble-in-residence
at New York’s Mannes College of Music since 1987.
Michael and Laura are founders and artistic directors of
the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, which takes place every
summer in New York City (www.mannes.edu/guitar).
They also are founders and music directors of New Jersey’s
Raritan River Concerts and the Raritan River Music Festival (www.raritanrivermusic.org).
Laura Oltman graduated with honors from
Florida State University and teaches at Princeton University.
She studied with Bruce Holzman, Oscar Ghiglia, Luisa
Sanchez de Fuentes, and Andrés Segovia.
Michael Newman is a graduate of The Mannes College of
Music and serves on the faculty there.
His teachers were Thomas Anthony, Alberto Valdes Blain,
and Oscar Ghiglia.
In between concert tours, Michael and Laura are still restoring
their 19th-century house on the Delaware River in New Jersey,
where they live with their numerous cats.
Laura Oltman plays a 1981 Thomas Humphrey Pre-Millennium guitar
with D’Addario EXP45C Composite Coated and Titanium Treble
Normal Tension strings.
Michael Newman plays a 1978 Thomas Humphrey
Pre-Millennium guitar with D’Addario EXP46C Composite Coated and
Titanium Treble High Tension strings.
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Daniel Boring is a rare performer who specializes in various instruments
including baroque, classical and romantic guitars, baroque lute and theorbo.
He has performance degrees from the State University of New York at
and the Ithaca College School of Music, and former teachers include the
Castellani-Andriaccio duo, Donald Miller, Timothy Schmidt, Pablo Cohen, and
James Tyler. He has participated in master classes given by
Oscar Ghiglia, the Assad duo, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Anthony Rooley,
Nigel North, Ronn McFarlane, Robert Barto, Ricardo Iznaola, and Adam Holzman.
Mr. Boring made his European debut in
Italy in 1995 where he participated as chamber
artist with the
festival orchestra and ballet troupe.
Return engagements throughout
Italy include performances with the
Opera Theatre of Lucca orchestral member and chamber music artist. He has also
Europe as a member of Due Colori, a
soprano/guitar-lute duo with soprano Megan Monaghan, with whom he has released
the recording Irish Airs and Ballads.
As a soloist and continuo player on lute, theorbo, and
baroque guitar, Mr. Boring performs with such baroque groups as the Philadelphia
Bach Festival Orchestra, La Fiocco, The American Society of Ancient Instruments,
and the Vox Ama Deus Baroque Orchestra with whom he has made several recordings
on the Lyrachord Early Music record label. He also has
performed with various opera companies throughout the
United States including Pittsburgh
Opera, Ithaca Opera, Teatro Grattacielo and Glimmerglass Opera.
As a teacher, Mr. Boring served as Director of Classical
Guitar Studies at the University of Louisville School of Music, and taught at
the Preparatory Department of the
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Currently in the
area, Mr. Boring is on faculty at Muhlenberg and
College, he serves as the
Director and Conductor of the Muhlenberg College Chamber Orchestra, and is
instructor of Historical Instruments and Classical Guitar.
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David J. Pace
Drawing from experience as a guitarist, audio engineer and
woodworker, David J. Pace hand-builds concert guitars in his
Maryland workshop. His designs feature both
traditional as well as composite double-top
soundboards. Pace’s work was featured in the
March-May 2011 issue of the French magazine
At the 2012 SU Festival, Pace will give a workshop on
“Understanding the Modes of Vibration as an Influence on Soundboard Design”
demonstrating modal vibration patterns on a guitar soundboard plate. Pace will
also discuss the practical implications behind the experiment in terms of how
classical guitar soundboards are braced and sculpted.
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Classical guitarist Danielle Cumming is an active
performer, studio teacher and lecturer. She holds a Doctorate in Performance
and a Masters in Performance from the
where she studied with Norbert Kraft.
A native of
Canada, Danielle’s performances have been
broadcast on national television and radio. In addition to giving recitals in
North America, Danielle has performed in
Europe and has served on international guitar competition
juries. After a year of study in
Spain, Danielle released her solo
CD, postcards, a recording of 20th century repertoire with world music
influences. She continued to pursue her interest in issues of exoticism in
classical and popular guitar music in her doctoral paper, Led Zeppelin and Carlo
Domeniconi: Truth Without Authenticity?
In addition to teaching guitar and popular music history
University, Danielle is
also a certified yoga instructor, and has created and taught yoga programs to
help musicians prevent injuries and handle performance anxiety.
Danielle is a D’Addario artist.
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