Nate Whitsell 11 a.m., Aug. 28
RIYL: Andrés Segovia, Paco de Lucia
Upcoming Local Shows
Influences: Andrés Segovia, Paco de Lucia, Bruno Benedetti, the Beatles, Los Romeros, Peter Sprague, Pepe Romero, Christopher Parkening, Federico Moreno-Torroba, George Sakellariou, David Grimes
Fred Benedetti was born in Sasebo, Japan, and began playing the guitar at age nine. In 1986, he was 1 of 12 guitarists chosen worldwide to perform in the Master Class of Andrés Segovia at USC, where Guitarra Magazine wrote, "Fred Benedetti amazed the audience with his performance of the Bach Chaconne."
He has performed locally with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the Starlight Opera, the American Ballet Company, the Old Globe Theatre, and with Luciano Pavarotti. As of 2009, he is a full-time professor of music at Grossmont College, where he is chair of guitar studies, and is head of the guitar faculty at San Diego State University with George Svoboda, Robert Wetzel, and Celin Romero.
Benedetti records on the SBE label and Domo Records with several ensembles: Camarada (chamber ensemble), Keltik Kharma (a celtic band), the Odeum Guitar Duo, and the Benedetti/Svoboda Guitar Duo. His album The Guitar Ensemble II includes performances of compositions by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Mozart.
He has performed for dignitaries such as the king & queen of Malaysia, Mikhail Gorbachev, and President Jimmy Carter.
-- Press bio