September 16, 2015

Classical Guitarist Mak Grgic To Perform in Schroeder

Slovenia-born guitarist Mak Grgic will perform works by Ponce, Ginastera, Mangore, Bernstein, Granados, Morricone and Albeniz at 7:30 pm October 2 in Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University.

Grgic’s artistry— an alluring combination of masterful guitar skills, dedication to playing and an engaging stage presence— has led the young LA-based guitarist to his first solo recording entitled Cinema Verismo, which mixes classical works used in films and transcriptions of cinematic scores, including The Godfather, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Volver, The MissionWest Side Story and Chariots of Fire.

Grgic has been awarded first prize at the Guitar Competition “Luigi Mozzani” in Italy and has been honored with highest prizes at: the Andres Segovia International Competition in Velbert, Germany; the Forum Gitarre Wien International Competition in Vienna, Austria; the International Guitar Competition in Arrenzano, Italy; the Anna Amalia Competition  in Weimar, Germany; the International Guitarart Festival and Competition in Belgrade, Serbia; and the European Classical Guitar Competition “Enrico Mercatali” in Italy.

“[On] Cinema Verismo… rest assured, the 14 tracks add up to a well-contrasted and satisfying hour-long recital. More importantly Mak Grgic’s abundant, yet tasteful guitar virtuosity leaves a powerful impression.”
Classics Today

Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, he studied guitar in Zagreb with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with Alvaro Pierri at the Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. He currently is pursuing his Doctoral Degree at the USC Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He is also a teaching assistant at USC under the direction of Brian Head.

Grgic’s charitable activities include fundraising for Bosnian children with financial issues, including a recent recital in Zenica, BIH, where funds were raised for a local orphanage. He currently plays Antonius Müller, 2009, and a double top guitar made by Slovenia’s brilliant luthier Samo Sali. Visit Grgic at

Tickets are $8 and available online and at the door. Call 707-664-4246 for ticket information. Schroeder Hall is located at the Green Music Center, near the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. Parking is available in Lots L, M, N, and O.

Ponce: Sonata III
Ginastera: Sonata for Guitar, op. 47
A. Barrios Mangore: La Catedral
Bernstein/Sedlar: “Somewhere” and “Tonight”
Granados: Spanish Dance No. 5
Morricone: "Gabriel's Oboe" and "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"
Albeniz: Asturias



Media Contact:

Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928