One of the world’s leading classical guitarists, his superb musicianship and provocative programming have been applauded by critics and audiences around the world. Celebrated for expanding the guitar repertoire, Leisner has introduced many important new works and has been a tireless advocate for neglected gems of the past, being a pioneer in the rediscovery of Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856), whose music Leisner recorded and edited for publication.
The concert will be introduced with a prelude performance by the young and gifted guitarist Nicholas Padmanabhan! Be sure to be at the Trianon Theatre by 7:10pm to hear him play!
Guitarist Nicholas Padmanabhan, age 15, was the first-place winner in the 2016 Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition and the Menuhin-Dowling Young Musicians Competition. He was a finalist in the 2016 Mondavi Young Artists Competition and was a prizewinner in the Pacific Musical Society Annual Competition, among others. Selected by audition, Nicholas has performed in the Junior Bach Festival for five consecutive years starting in 2012. Nicholas appeared in 2015 on “From The Top” on National Public Radio with his guitar quartet. He has been a soloist for the Sacramento Guitar Society, at the Bear Valley Music Festival in Bear Valley, Calif., and on public radio KPFA in Berkeley. Nicholas is a student of Scott Cmiel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Division. His first teacher was Jon Mendle. Outside the guitar, Nicholas is a high-school sophomore in Palo Alto, where he has played for his school’s tennis team. Nicholas is also a two-time prizewinner in the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship. Nicholas plays a guitar built by Glenn Canin in 2013.
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