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David Tanenbaum has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Russia. In 1988 he became the first American guitarist to be invited to China by that government, where one of his Beijing recitals was seen by a television audience of 10 million.

David Tanenbaum has been a featured soloist at many festivals around the world, including those in Bath, Luzern, and Frankfurt. He has been guest soloist with many leading orchestras, including the San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies, as well as with the Kronos Quartet and Steve Reich and Musicians.

Among the numerous works written for him is Hans Werner Henzes guitar concerto An Eine Aolsharfe, which is dedicated to David Tanenbaum and his wife Julie. He premiered this work throughout Europe with the composer conducting. Collaborations with Henze also include performances of Kammermusik 1958 and various lecture-recitals. David Tanenbaum has also premiered Steve Reichs Electric Counterpoint throughout Europe, performed the U.S. Premieres of two Peter Maxwell Davies works, Hill Runes and Sonata, among dozens of other premieres.

David studied the guitar with Rolando Valdes-Blain in New York and later with Aaron Shearer at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. An Affiliate Artist from 1983-1988, Mr. Tanenbaum is much in demand for masterclasses at leading universities and conservatories. He serves as chairman of the guitar department at the San Francisco Conservatory, on the faculty of Mills College, and as artist-in-residence at Manhattan School of Music.

Few guitarists ever garner my complete, undying respect. Mr. Tanenbaum has earned it.  Bill Ellis, American Record Guide

David Tanenbaum is one of the most important figures in American classical guitar, a world-class player. &Tanenbaum is also a gifted transcriber&  Jim Ferguson, Guitar Player Magazine

Tanenbaum is the complete artist, way ahead of the pack. His skill and musicianship are such that the instrument becomes almost irrelevant.  Heuwell Tircuit, S.F. Chronicle

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