American-born classical and flamenco guitarist Dennis Koster will continue to perform throughout the 2016 season. Please check back often for performance dates and locations.
While still in his teens, Dennis Koster began his career as a flamenco guitarist . Today’s flamenco has become a jazz-influenced and infused art, but Dennis Koster carries on the tradition of concert-classical flamenco guitar first introduced to the music-loving public in Paris in 1927 by the great Don Ramón Montoya and brought to the world by his followers Niño Ricardo, Mario Escudero and Sabicas. Koster is one of the few guitarists ever to have learned this music directly from both Mario Escudero and the legendary Sabicas. He has celebrated this legacy in radio and concert performances throughout the United States, Japan, Spain and Latin America. A great virtuoso performer, Koster is widely regarded as this country’s leading authority on flamenco guitar, being the author of the internationally best-selling three volume flamenco method the Keys to Flamenco Guitar, its newly revised second edition was released this year by Mel Bay Publications.
Dennis Koster’s 1975 Carnegie Recital Hall debut as a classical guitarist, was hailed in the New York Times as “ a considerable success... a brilliant, aptly fantastic performance”, earning special attention because of his transcription of Zoltan Kodaly’s Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8. Since that time, Dennis Koster has earned a considerable reputation for the quality and depth of his original transcriptions for guitar, carrying on the tradition of Francisco Tárrega and his followers. “Tárrega’s transcriptions are a corner stone of guitar literature” says Mr. Koster. “In successfully translating to the guitar great masterworks from the violin, piano and even string quartet, Tárrega not only expanded the technical vocabulary of the guitar, but also demonstrated to music-lovers worldwide the expressive weight and depth of the guitar’s voice”. Dennis Koster’s Alice Tully Hall concert in November 2002 included selections from his new Musical Heritage Society release Mozart Fantasy on Guitar – Dennis Koster Plays Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms. Also available on the MusicMasters label of the MHS is Koster’s landmark recording Flamenco Clásico – Concert Solos for Flamenco Guitar.