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Richard Savino, guitar


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Bella Italia; Hermosa España (Beautiful Italy, Beautiful Spain)


This program will feature music for guitar, voice and strings from 17th - early 19th century Spain, Italy and Latin America on period instruments. Works by Durón, Hidalgo, Marin, Handel, Murica, Giuliani and Paganini will be performed.


Richard Savino, guitar/lute
Jennifer Ellis Kampani , soprano
Eugenio Solinas , cello
Tyler Lewis, violin
Sarah Bleile, violin

Artist Profiles

Richard Savino
Grammy nominated guitarist, lutist and director Richard Savino’s performances and recordings have been praised by critics throughout the world. Within his extensive discography of over 30 commercial recordings of music ranging from the early 17th century through virtuoso music of Paganini and Mertz is the only recording of Mauro Giuliani’s Op. 30 Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra with the original orchestration and no cuts on a period instrument. He is also the recipient of a Diapason d’Or from Compact (the French Grammy) and a 10 du Rèpertoire. The latter has also placed his Boccherini recordings in their "Great Discoveries" category, which they deem as essential to any classical music collection.  He has been a featured guest on numerous national and international television and radio programs such as NPR, PBS and CBC and CBS, and has been chosen three times as the Global Hit on the Public Radio International/BBC program The World most recently in 2016 to celebrate the release of his cd What Artemisia Heard, Music from the Time of Caravaggio and Gentileschi.  This cd surveys the life of the great 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi through music. He has also created concert programs and cds on the lives of Francisco Goya and Peter Paul Rubens. In 2017 he created 20 soundtracks to accompany videos describing the world’s largest collection of privately held Rembrandts, the only private Vermeer and dozens of additional paintings by other great Dutch masters for the Leiden Collection in New York. These videos have recently been shown at the Louvre in Paris and the national museums in Beijing, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi.

Mr. Savino has toured and recorded with some of the world’s most important performers including Joyce Di Donato, Monica Huggett, Stephanie Chase, Chanticleer, and Paul Hillier. And as a continuo player has performed as principal with groups such as the Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, West Edge Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Colorado, Dallas Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. He has also guest directed the Aston Magna Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Ensemble Rebel and Milano Classical Chamber Orchestra. From 1986-98 Mr. Savino directed the CSU Summer Arts Guitar and Lute Institute. Presently he is director of the ensemble El Mundo.  An avid writer, Mr. Savino has composed all of his cd notes and had articles and editions published by Cambridge University Press, Editions Chantarelle and Indiana University Press. He is presently a Professor of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at Sacramento State University where he has been the only music professor to receive "outstanding and exceptional" and “best” sabbatical awards.  Mr. Savino instructors have included Andres Segovia, Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk, Albert Fuller and Jerry Willard. He received his Doctorate from SUNY at Stony Brook. For more information go to:  www.richardsavino.net.

Jennifer Ellis Kampani
GRAMMY nominated soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani, who” offers a freshness of voice, fineness of timbre, and ease of production that place her in the front rank of early-music sopranos,” (andante.com) is one of the leading interpreters of the Baroque repertoire. Her international career has included appearances with the period instrument groups New York Collegium. American Bach Soloists, Baroque Band, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Apollo's Fire, Musica Angelica, and Boston Camerata. Jennifer has been heard in many concert series and festivals including Le Flaneries Musicales de Reims in France, Aston Magna, Da Camera Society, Houston Early Music, Music Before 1800, Carmel Bach, and the Berkeley and Boston Early Music Festivals. Ms Kampani has recorded many CD’s- two highlights are Kingdoms of Castille (GRAMMY nomitation 2012) and the works of Chiara Cozzolani (Gramophone editors pick, August 2002.) She recently moved to Los Angeles and now teaches at the University of Southern California.

Sarah Bleile
Sarah Bleile is a member of Rosa Barocca in Calgary, Alberta. She studies baroque violin with Elizabeth Blumenstock at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has performed concerti of Vivaldi, Tartini and Bach with the SFCM baroque ensemble. She has also performed with ensembles such as Musa Baroque, Black Box Baroque and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. In summer 2016 and 2017 she participated in La Petite Bande Summer Academy, led by Sigiswald Kuijken, and she has also studied at the American Bach Soloists Academy and the Berwick Academy.

Eugenio Solinas
Eugenio Solinas began his study of music at the A. Vivaldi Conservatory of Music in Alessandria, Italy. Upon graduation, he studied with the renowned concert cellist Umberto Clerici. In 2013, he moved to the United States to obtain a Master's degree in cello performance from the Mannes School of Music under the guidance of Ms. Barbara Stein Mallow. Eugenio has a particular interest in Baroque music and has focused his studies in this area. He studied first at the St. Rocco Ancient Sacred Music Academy in Italy, and was subsequently involved in the Baroque Music Ensemble at Mannes College. Most recently, he has been a member of the Baroque Ensemble at the SF Conservatory of Music. Eugenio is a PSD candidate at the SF Conservatory of Music, majoring in Baroque cello with Elizabeth Reed. He has participated in festivals such as Valley of the Moon Music Festival and American Bach Soloists Academy. In spring 2017, he will perform Haydn's cello concerto in C major with the SFCM Baroque ensemble as a concerto competition winner.

Tyler Lewis
Tyler Lewis received his B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, specializing in Baroque music and performing with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra,  San Diego Bach Collegium, Musikanten Montana, Folger Consort and other Baroque ensembles in the United  States.  Tyler has been a part of Napa Valley’s Festival Del Sole, St. Paul’s International Music Festival, China’s Festival of Spring, NYC Lincoln Theatre's Mostly Mozart, Victory Bach Festival, Tangelwood Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival, and the Napa Shakespeare Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, to name a few.  Tyler is also a member of the Sylvestris Quartet.  With his spare time he enjoys nights under the stars with a telescope, cooking, lapidary and racing motorcycles.

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