2017 was an exciting year for Benjamin Verdery, beginning with a world premiere by one of his closest mentors, Seymour Bernstein, entitled Searching for a Chorale. The work has been published by Doberman-Yipan with a video also available on YouTube.
Furthermore, Beat Box champion/vocal artist Mark Martin and the MICHIYAYA Dance Company, who choreographed a group of Verdery’s Etudes, joined him for East Coast concerts. Verdery was also honored to write a competition piece, the rain falls equally on all things for the Changsha International Guitar Festival in China. Doberman-Yipan has published the work, and it will appear on Verdery’s forthcoming album on Elm City Records. Verdery and Solomon Silber continue to release new videos with a variety of performers on Elm City Records.
A highlight of 2018 will be the world premiere of a new piece by Bryce Dessner (The National) for string quartet and guitar with the St. Lawrence Quartet, premiering at 92nd Street Y on May 10. Verdery will be recording this work along with his new arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata for guitar and string quartet.
Verdery has also been commissioned by Javier Farias to write a new piece for the Chilean Guitar Ensemble and singer/songwriter Nano Stern. The premiere will be in Santiago, Chile in November 2018.
Finally, a book entitled Benjamin Verdery A Montage of a Classical Guitarist, published by Hamilton Books and written by Thomas Donahue, including several of Verdery’s own essays, will be released in May 2018.
Verderu is in his 33rd year as guitar professor at the Yale School of Music, 10th year as Artistic Director of 92Y’s Art of the Guitar Series, and 19th year of Maui Summer Master Class. Additionally, he has recently accepted the position of Artistic Director of the Connecticut Guitar Festival.
Verdery uses D'Addario strings and guitars by Garrett Lee, Otto Vowinkel, and Greg Smallman. He is represented by http://www.gamisimonds.com/verdery. Visit benjaminverdery.com for more information.