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Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo in Concert presented by RI Guitar Guild

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Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

Laura Oltman and Michael Newman, guitars

www.guitarduo.com

“The pair's Vulcan-mind-meld delivery is downright astonishing.” (Guitar Player Magazine)

Hailed as a “revelation to hear” by The Washington Post and now celebrating their 42nd anniversary season, the Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo’s 12 CDs have been critically acclaimed.

Ensemble-in-Residence at Mannes School of Music since 1987, Newman & Oltman’s concert tours have taken them to world cultural capitals and premier venues across five continents and to 49 of the United States.

The Duo has demonstrated extraordinary stylistic and cultural breadth in their collaborations with such diverse artists as Pulitzer Prize-winner author Frank McCourt, composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, fiddler Eileen Ivers, pianist Clarice Assad, violinist Tim Fain, and the ETHEL, Calder, and Turtle Island string quartets.

Champions of new music, Newman & Oltman have built a unique repertoire of works composed for the duo by leading and emerging composers, such as Leo Brouwer, Paul Moravec, Augusta Read Thomas, Daniel Binelli, Lowell Liebermann, Dušan Bogdanović, Arthur Kampela, João Luiz, Michael Chapdelaine, and Roberto Sierra. Their collections of music arranged for two guitars are published by Theodore Presser and Mel Bay Publications.

One of their recent commissions, Concierto Buenos Aires, composed for them by Nuevo Tango Master Daniel Binelli, received acclaimed performances by Newman & Oltman in with l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Reims in France and with the Virginia Symphony.

To celebrate the 80th birthday of Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in 2019, Newman & Oltman performed the world premiere of Brouwer’s new guitar duet, The Book of Imaginary Beings, a major new ensemble work dedicated to the duo. The recording for the Musicmasters label will be released in Spring 2020 on LP Vinyl, CD, and streaming.

Laura Oltman teaches guitar at Princeton University and Lafayette College. Michael Newman serves on the guitar and chamber music faculties of Mannes School of Music and The College of New Jersey.

Their recordings uniformly garner critical praise: “A reference standard” (Billboard); “Their duet recordings reveal a finely blended sound and true unity of timbre and style” (The New York Times); “beautifully realized performances” (Guitar Player Magazine).

As founders and music directors of New Jersey’s Raritan River Music, the Duo was awarded the National ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming (www.RaritanRiverMusic.org). Laura and Michael are co-founders and artistic directors of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes (www.mannesguitar.com) and the Lanciano International Guitar Seminar (www.lancianoguitar.com).

Laura and Michael are the recipients of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the 2017 City of Fiuggi (Italy) Career Prize, presented to the duo at the XI Fiuggi International Guitar Festival.

Drawing upon their artistic and creative experiences, Newman & Oltman have designed an entrepreneurship and career skills presentation offering marketing advice and practical tools on ways to compete and succeed in an ever-changing marketplace, presenting their vision which engages the participants in the discussion for arts and business departments of colleges and universities throughout the country.

Newman & Oltman play 1978 and 1981 Thomas Humphrey Pre-Millennium guitars with D’Addario EXP Composite High Tension strings.

For more info: www.guitarduo.com

Recordings for Musicmasters/BMG, Musical Heritage Society, Sheffield Lab Audiophile, MSR Classics/Albany Records

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo is represented by

GENEVIEVE SPIELBERG INC.

12 Princeton Street, Summit, New Jersey 07901

phone: (908) 608 1325 fax: (908) 608 1326 e-mail: gspielberg@aol.com

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