Classical Guitarist Performing Recital April 23


by News Bureau on Tuesday, Apr. 09, 2013


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 9, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music presents classical guitarist Zane Forshee in a free recital at 12:20 p.m. April 23 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus. The program is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature traditional Spanish repertoire as well as arrangements of keyboard sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. Contemporary works include pieces by the Brazilian composer/guitarists Paulo Bellinati and Ronald Pearl. Of special interest, the program features a suite by Vincente Ascencio, the subject of Zane’s recent research in Spain and current recording project.

Forshee also will present a Master Class on Tuesday evening, April 23. This class is free and open to the public.

Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine has described Forshee as “one of his generation’s finest guitarists.” Active both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, he performs regularly across this country as well as in Europe and Asia. His recent performances include appearances at the Palacete de Amezúa in Madrid, the Joseph Joachim Konzertsaal in Berlin, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the New York City Classical Guitar Society and the Chimei Museum in Taiwan. Forshee has worked in collaborative performances with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company in addition to solo and chamber recitals for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the Omaha Guitar Guild and the Endless Mountain Music Festival.

Critical response to his performances has been overwhelmingly positive. In Asia, he was commended for “a beautiful ever-flow that held the audience captivated” (Retriever Weekly). A review in Classical Guitar Magazine notes that “Forshee immediately establishes his credentials as an excellent player, with clarity, precision and an abundance of fine technique.” And his debut recording “Initial” has been praised for its “Superb musical and technical skill” (

Winner of numerous competition prizes including first prize in the National Guitar Workshop International Solo Guitar Competition and the top prize in the Montpelier Artist Recital Competition, Forshee recently spent a year of research in Spain on a Fulbright Fellowship supporting his current recording project of contemporary Spanish works for solo guitar. Additionally, he has been the recipient of two Peabody Institute Career Development Grants.

Forshee holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, Master of Music Degree and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his teaching duties at the Peabody Institute, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and the Performing Arts Institute Summer Music Festival in Pennsylvania, Forshee currently serves as Visiting Guitar Faculty for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

For further information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Noonan at or (573) 651-2706.