Eva Beneke appointed Prof. at Norwegian Academy of Music

Eva Beneke appointed Prof. at Norwegian Academy of Music

Big news: This Fall, I moved back to Berlin, and also started teaching as an Associate Professor at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo! The Academy has a long standing central position in guitar education in Norway. The Guitar Department working group is the largest in the country.
I am particularly thrilled to be a part of such a great team of internationally acclaimed performers and pedagogues.
If you are a young guitarist looking to study music, or a grad student looking to further your carreer in Europe, don´t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have! Our auditions are held in the Spring of 2019, and the deadline to apply or do a video audition is December 15.

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All-Sor album release with NAXOS on August 11, 2017

All-Sor album release with NAXOS on August 11, 2017

Last year, Nerea Berraondo and I got to record an album with NAXOS. On two days in April, we got to work in Newcastle/Toronto with the famed Norbert Kraft, who helped us breath life into some of Fernando Sor´s lesser known and previously un-recorded works. Among them Sor´s own arrangements of Mozart arias and exhuberant French Songs, as well as some very demanding unknown works for both our instruments: voice and guitar. Needless to say, we are very excited to have this album finally out and ready for you to enjoy: as a live stream on the NAXOS site, on itunes for download, or get a copy of the CD at one of our upcoming concerts, as well as for sale online. Time to celebrate!

Fernando Sor was one of the greatest guitarists of his era and his works are still extremely popular today. His songs, however, are much less well-known. They demonstrate the superb flair of Sor’s vocal writing, in three languages, as well as the variety of his virtuosic guitar accompaniments. The three groups of songs presented here (in addition to Sor’s setting of two patriotic texts) offer distinct styles of composition, ranging from arrangements of arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni to the dance elements of Spanish seguidillas.
The official release with NAXOS is on August 11, 2017. However, you can PRE-ORDER the album on itunes, or get a copy of the CD at the webstore.

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U.S. Premiere of "Unremembered" by Brooklyn composer March 11, 2017

Unremembered is an hour-long, thirteen-part song cycle for seven voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, inspired by poems and illustrations by writer and visual artist Nathaniel Bellows. Presented as part of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra´s Liquid Music Concert Series, curated by Kate Nordstrum.
U.S. Premiere Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8pm Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis
Unremembered Ensemble: Kayla Moffett (violin), Joshua Koestenbaum (cello), Kathy Greenbank (oboe), Barbara Bishop (english horn), Eva Beneke (guitar), Min Kim (harp), Mary Jo Gothmann (piano), Adam Rappel (percussion)