Classical Guitarist Robert Gruca Performs
Prize-winning classical guitarist Robert Gruca takes the stage at
Alma College for a solo concert featuring varied works by Handel,
Morel, Albeniz and Mangore.
“Robert Gruca is one of the most talented guitarists of his generation,” says John Holmquist of the Cleveland Institute of Music. “A sensitive and refined musician, his virtuosic technique is always at the service of his musical expression. [He’s] a player to watch.”
Gruca performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
His accomplishments include touring the eastern United States and
Europe with the Cleveland Orchestra, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 7
under the direction of Franz Welser–Most.
Other performances with the Cleveland Orchestra include Kurt Weill’s
“Little Three Penny Music,” Igor Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol” with
Pierre Boulez and Howard Shore’s “The Lord of the Rings Symphony” with
Described as possessing powerful musical interpretation and complete technical command over his instrument, Gruca has earned several first prizes in national guitar competitions. He won first prize in the Columbus State Guitar Symposium Competition, the Appalachian State Guitar Festival Competition, and the East Carolina University Guitar Festival Competition.
He also was a top prizewinner in the Rantucci International Guitar Competition and a semifinalist in the Guitar Foundation of America Competition and the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. Other awards and honors include receiving the 2007 Distinguished Alumni award from Grand Valley State University’s Department of Music.
In addition to performing, Robert Gruca is a highly motivated and dedicated guitar instructor who has a private guitar studio in University Heights and Hudson, Ohio.
Posted: Mon, January 21st, 2008 at 8:09AM