“Guitars, Guitars, and More Guitars”

Presented by the ASU Guitar Soloists and Ensembles
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3 PM
Scottsdale Presbyterian Church
Hayden and Osborn Roads, Scottsdale
Free Admission – Donations Accepted

ASU Guitars Full  ASU Guitars Quartet


  • Domenico Scarlatti: Cat’s Fugue
    performed by Jase Brown, Katie Sample, Max Greenwald, and Joseph Daval, guitars
  • Johann Kaspar Mertz: Four Pieces
    performed by Cheyne Fehser and Alex Resnick, guitars
  • Joaquín Nin: Suite Espagnole
    performed by Tom Breadon, bassoon and Jase Brown, guitar
  • Radames Gnattali: Sonata
    Luca Luciano: Two Miniatures (world premiere)
    performed by the Bartoloni and Lucatelle Duo
  • Arvo Pärt: Summa
    performed by Fabio Bartoloni, John Oeth, Andrew Smith and Henry Bayless, guitars

The Arizona State University guitar program has been directed by internationally acclaimed pedagogue Frank Koonce since 1978, with many graduates who now hold important music positions around the world. As part of the Herberger Institute, the School of Music offers diverse degree programs to guitarists, including performance and music education, therapy, theory, or composition. Guitar classes include Pedagogy, Repertoire (early and modern), “Studio” (performance classes), and Ensemble.

Jonathan CrissmanThe ASU Guitar Ensembles are led by Dr. Jonathan Crissman, and feature both graduate and undergraduate students performing works representative of various eras and genres.  Featuring original works and arranged classics, these duos, trios, quartets, and large guitar orchestra are sure to entertain and inspire.


The Duo Lucatelle-Bartoloni, formed by pianist Daniela Lucatelle and guitarist Fábio Bartoloni, aims to record and broaden the repertoire for this kind of ensemble, which is not commonly found in chamber music.

Sponsored by São Paulo State Secretary of Culture, they recorded the CD “Sonatas and Fantasias,” released in 2014, whose repertoire contains only original works for piano and guitar chamber duo.  Now they live in Phoenix, Arizona, where Fábio is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Performance at Arizona State University.

Daniela Lucatelle received her Bachelor in Piano degree from the Unesp Arts Institute in São Paulo, Brazil in the class of Nahim Marun.  Winner of awards in many competitions, she has performed with various singers and choirs in the city of São Paulo and other cities.  Fábio Bartoloni is Master in Music and Bachelor in Classical Guitar by the Unesp Arts Institute in São Paulo, Brazil; he received many competitions prizes, such as Mozarteum Competition, Souza Lima Competition and Nabor Pires Camargo Prize. He performed in world premieres, playing solo guitar pieces by the composers Achille Picchi and Paulo de Tarso Salles.

Katie SampleKatie Sample is a junior guitar performance major studying with Frank Koonce at Arizona State University. Passionate about art education, she hopes to someday increase the creative outlets available to underprivileged young people. Her accomplishments include co-composing two award-winning musicals for youth, Merry Christmas Frankenstein and The Flying Trunk, in collaboration with loved ones. Supporting live performance and local art is of the utmost importance, and she thanks MusicaNova for all they do.



John OethJohn Oeth is a classical guitarist from Jackson, Mississippi. He is currently a doctoral teaching assistant at Arizona State University, studying with Frank Koonce. John has been awarded first prizes at multiple competitions, including Memphis International Guitar Festival (2013) and the Mississippi Guitar Festival (2013). During the past summer, John recorded his latest album Sketches featuring a premiere of the massive 21-movement Sketchbooks (I-V) by Michael Karmon. John is thrilled to play at this MusicaNova event that is the culmination of a lot of work.

Luca LucianoComposer Luca Luciano is originally from Naples, Italy and now resides in Great Britain where he “has established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet.” He works mainly as a solo artist presenting contemporary recitals that embrace 20th & 21st century music and feature his own compositions.
“I started collaborating with guitarists (mainly Brazilian guitarists) in 2010 during my first tour of Brazil. I met the Quarteto Tau (of which Fabio Bartoloni was a founding member) and appeared as their special guest during an event in Sao Paulo to celebrate their 100th concert. Over the past years we have strengthened our collaboration and cultural interchange in a project where European and Brazilian cultures meet and we have premiered other compositions of mine for clarinet and guitar quartet. Thanks to this experience, my knowledge of guitar performance and how to write for it has been enhanced and has led to more compositions also for clarinet and guitar and for guitar and piano, combining my interest in the guitar with piano writing that has been a continuous part of my artistic production. I am very happy that this premiere of Two Miniatures will happen thanks to the MusicaNova Orchestra!”