Goldspiel/Provost Classical Guitar Duo

"Outstanding," "amazing musicians," "thrilling," and "charismatic" are the accolades the press has offered to describe the Goldspiel/Provost Classical Guitar Duo. The Duo's concerts of original and transcribed works for two guitars - reaching back to the Baroque and pointing to the future with dramatic cutting-edge works by modern composers - have earned bravos from audiences across America. The current recital program, "Latin Magic", features fiery Argentinean Tangos and Jazz-influenced contemporary compositions, along with fascinating transcriptions of Spain's turn-of-the-century piano masterworks set for two guitars.

Alan Goldspiel and Richard Provost, already renowned as performers and educators, first joined forces in 1988 with the goal of promoting exciting new music for the guitar duo format. They have given the world premieres of Charles Griffin's From the Faraway Nearby, at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and Edward Diemente's The Spanish Steps, a concerto for two guitars and orchestra. In addition, they have premiered works by Michael Karmon, Thomas Schuttenhelm, and David Macbride.

As performing/touring artists for the Louisiana State Division of the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Duo has performed extensively for school children, conducted master classes for serious students of the guitar, and lectured on music.

Three CD's released by the Goldspiel/Provost Classical Guitar Duo have garnered praise from Fanfare, American Record Guide, Soundboard, and Classical Guitar. In addition, their recordings are frequently heard on National Public Radio stations throughout the country. Their fourth CD An Essential Reflection has just been released by Brioso Records. On the program are the premiere recordings of Thomas Schuttenhelm's An Essential Reflection, Michael Karmon's Caught in the Headlights, and Ferdinando Carulli's transcription of Haydn's London Symphony. Rounding out the program is Fernando Sor's Souvenir de Russie and the Duo's arrangement of Aaron Copland's Hoe Down.

Alan Goldspiel is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Department at Louisiana Tech University. Richard Provost is Professor of Classical Guitar at the Hartt School, University of Hartford.


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