Classical guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin will perform his only summer Annapolis concert on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church, Church Circle in Annapolis. Our audiences gave him standing ovations last season for his performances with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” and Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar in D Major.
Amid a busy summer schedule of international competitions and working on a CD, Mr. Pakhomkin will make a one-night-only Annapolis appearance. For this program, he will perform 19th-century guitar showpieces by János Gáspár Mertz and Niccolo Paganini. He will also play JS Bach’s tour de force “Chaconne,” which is the final movement of his Partita in D minor, arranged for the Spanish guitar. Tickets for this concert are $25 and will be sold at the door.
Mr. Pakhomkin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, into a family of artists. His impressive resume includes performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Dweck Center of Contemporary Culture in New York. Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after concert guitarists of his generation, Mr. Pakhomkin was invited by the Guitar Association of Panama to perform recitals at Panama City’s historic National Theater and lead several master classes as part of the nation’s VIII International Guitar Festival this year. He also made his presence known on the competition circuit, winning 1st prize at the Great Lakes Guitar Competition as well as 2nd prize at the Montreal International Guitar Competition. Flamenco Connection said of his virtuosity, “The warmth and clarity of his tone, the precise lyricism of his phrasing, the subtle drama of his timing, all combine to create an almost overwhelming sensation of other-worldly beauty.” The Washington Guitar Society called him a “Sensational young guitarist.” In addition to his performance schedule, he also teaches guitar lessons. He performs exclusively on a custom-made 2010 Ross Gutmeier cedar top guitar.