The Caulkins Guitar Duo

Caulkins Duo, Promo Photo

The Caulkins classical guitar duo has been described as “altogether exciting!” (by Fanfare, New Jersey), “a striking debut album” (by Guitar Review, New York),and as “A well-matched team” (by Guitar International, Wiltshire, England). After completing their Masters Degrees they studied for a year with maestro Jose Luis Rodrigo at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain. During their year in Spain, the duo received scholarships to study at the international Spanish music festival in Santiago de Compostela and the Manuel de Falla International music festival in Granada including a course with composer Luigi Nono. Upon their return to the United States, the duo recorded a critically acclaimed CD and pursued a rigorous concert schedule, including performances in New York, Calgary, and throughout the Southeast and Pacific Northwest.

The duo has commissioned several new works for two guitars including Three Cherokee Legends by Sarah Pierce, Kootenai East, Op. 56 by Michael E. Young, Pentamerisms by Michael Daugherty, and Water Leaves by Bruce Reiprich.

A forgotten manuscript of duets by Isidro de Laporta (fl. 1790-1820) on the shelves of the Royal Conservatory library in Madrid introduced Neil and Tamara to a wealth of early nineteenth century music for two guitars. Their scholarly articles have been published in the United States, England, Japan, and Germany. They are currently bringing the early 19th-century duet repertoire to life through research in archival sources and a study of historically informed performance practices. Neil plays a Scot Tremblay replica of a seven string guitar made in Mirecourt, France, in 1840 by Aubry-Maire and Tamara plays an original anonymous French instrument from about 1825. Neil will be presenting a workshop on early 19th-century performance practice with a particular focus upon the improvised prelude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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