EVERY PIECE TELLS A STORY
Recognized as one of the USA’s finest classical guitarists, William Kanengiser instills each piece he plays with a dramatic, narrative intention. With his unique ability to make the guitar imitate a panoply of colors and instruments, he evokes far-flung locales and tells poignant musical stories. Kanengiser was First Prize Winner in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, as well as in major international guitar competitions in Toronto (1981) and Paris (1983). He is known for developing a unique and individual repertoire for his instrument, ranging from arrangements of Mozart, Handel and Bartok, to his innovative excursions into jazz and word-music styles. Read More: Bio →
As a way of encouraging focus on the historical and contemporary issues surrounding the immigrant experience, William Kanengiser has embarked on a personal journey to create new works for guitar that reflect how immigrants have often used their indigenous music as a vital means of retaining some measure of cultural identity. In addition to “The Walls”, he has so far commissioned six other composers to contribute works that somehow address their perspective on the Diaspora theme.
I’m very dedicated to the art of pedagogy, and I feel honored and privileged to have been a member of the esteemed guitar faculty at USC since 1983. I’ve taught hundreds of master classes around the world, and I truly enjoy sharing my love for the instrument and it’s traditions with the next generation. I’ve also developed talks on other specific topics, such as “Biomechanics for Guitarists”, “Tone Production on the Guitar”, “Increasing Left Hand Efficiency”, and “Changing Performance Anxiety into Performance Excitement.”
In addition to giving private lessons, directing Performance Class, coaching ensembles and conducting the USC Guitar Orchestra, I’ve become increasingly interested in issues of general Health and Wellness for Musicians. In 2017 I developed a course on the subject, and I’m proud that I’ve been able to help musicians across the Thornton School of Music to become more aware of these issues in their own lives.
William Kanengiser is available to book concerts, masterclasses, lectures, and lessons.
Please use the email addresses provided below to inquire about bookings and beyond.