February 21, 2018
7:30 pm
WPAC Concert Hall

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With his first CD “study < > study”, Belgian guitarist Dr. Sam Desmet promoted and recorded guitar etudes and compositions of renowned composers such as Leo Brouwer, Angelo Gilardino and Simone Iannarelli, who praise the cd as an example of his refined musical personality. As a soloist and chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Desmet has performed in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan and the United States. He performs chamber music frequently with flutist Dr. Emilio Rutllant as Wabi-Sabi Duo and with pianist Dr. Elizabeth Hsieh as La Folia Duo.

He assisted, reviewed and proofread Concerto pour Guitare et Petit Orchestre opus 155 by Belgian composer Jean Absil upon request of musicologist Angelo Gilardino. Together with Dr. Gonzalo Gallardo, Mr. Desmet translated and published Solfėges and Vocalises opus 195 by Ferdinando Carulli based on manuscripts of 1822-6. It may still be the only tutor intended for guitarists to read, sing and play two lines of music simultaneously.

Dr. Desmet studied music performance and music pedagogy at the Belgian Royal Conservatory and completed his Doctorate at the Florida State University. His publications can be found under Berben Italy and Production d’oz.