Michael Carenbauer

Tradition and technology happily coexist in the music of guitarist Michael Carenbauer. His repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary American music. He began playing guitar at age 19 while attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He received a performance degree in Jazz Guitar from Berklee College in Boston, where he studied with jazz great Pat Metheny, and a Masters of Music in Classical Guitar from the University of South Florida. He is currently Professor of Music and director of Guitar Studies at the University of Arkansas/Little Rock. Michael has performed internationally in Italy, France, Austria, Mexico, Canada, and Hong Kong. His original compositions and arrangements for the guitar and guitar synthesizer were featured at the Chitarra 98 Festival in Montreal. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for music performance, composition, and education, including a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Arkansas/Little Rock and a Fellowship for Music Composition from the Arkansas Arts Council. His progressive use of technology in teaching was acknowledged with the first place award in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's first Teaching with Technology fair and will be the subject of a presentation he will make for the American String Teacher's national convention in 2003.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Nov. 10, 2002
CD review: Michael Carenbauer: Music for Guitar and Strings
"When you say classical guitar in central Arkansas, youšre pretty much talking about Michael Carenbauer...a charming collection of the usual - Carenbaueršs transcription of a Bach violin concerto - and the highly unusual - a quintet for guitar and string quartet by contemporary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer and Carenbaueršs own sextet for guitar, string quartet and zheng"...rating A-

Michael Carenbauer's "Music for Guitar and Strings" is a groundbreaking recording that presents 2 major works for guitar and string quartet and Carenbauer's own "Sextet for Guitar, Zheng and String Quartet". The Quapaw Quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra accompanies Carenbauer in his transcription of J. S. Bach's "Concerto in E major for Violin and String Orchestra", BWV 1042. They are joined by Chinese zheng, (a traditional Chinese plucked string instrument), artist Connie Ng. for Carenbauer's "Sextet for Zheng, Guitar and String Quartet" . This composition in 3 movements includes elements from the European classical tradition, American popular and jazz styles, and Oriental themes. Carenbauer is joined by the Arts Partners Quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in a rare performance of Cuban composer Leo Brouwer's "Quintetto for Guitar and String Quartet". His performance of this work was recently featured on NPR's "Classical Guitar Alive", the only internationally broadcast radio program for classical guitar in the world. Michael Carenbauer also performs with acclaimed cellist Felice Farrell, former principal soloist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is available for performances and workshops through the Arkansas Arts Council "Arts on Tour" program.

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