American guitarist Marc Teicholz has enjoyed quite a career since he won first prize at the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual international competition in 1989. Besides touring throughout Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia, he has recorded several outstanding discs, including two devoted entirely to Fernando Sor, another to Napoléon Coste, a third CD called Valseana, for which he recorded 18 waltzes from all periods on 18 vintage guitars, and an album of duets with soprano Laura Claycomb, titled Open Your Heart. Teicholz, who earned degrees from Yale University, the Yale School of Music, and the Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, teaches guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

For his Classical Guitar Sessions appearance, Marc chose to play Seis Brevidades (Six Short Pieces) by fellow SFCM faculty member Sergio Assad. According to Assad, “The Seis Brevidades were written partially in Chicago and partially in Paris during 2008 and dedicated to my dear brother Odair Assad. They were not conceived with related musical material, each being very different in character and based in different sources of Latin American music. The whole set is unified as they reflect very loose and brief moments of a journey through a single day. Although they were not written on the same day they were inspired during or by specific times of the day.”

And speaking of the Assad family, this past January (2016), Marc Teicholz was chosen to play the premiere of an exciting new piece by Clarice Assad called O Saci-Pererê along with the SFCM New Music Ensemble at the International Guitar Competition and festival Maurizio Biasini in San Francisco.