The Los Angeles Times has described USC classical guitarist Jordan Charnofsky’s “lucid grace,” “sure hand,” “expressive range” and “bravura.” Charnofsky, a candidate for the doctor of musical arts degree in classical guitar performance, is the winner of this year’s USC Classical Guitarist Concerto Audition. A student of James F. Smith, associate professor in the School of Music, Charnofsky graduated summa cum laude from the master of music program in 1993 and has studied with James Tyler, associate professor, specializing in early music, Renaissance lute and Baroque guitar.
He is artist-in-residence at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley, where he directs the young artists program. Charnofsky performs the Castelnuovo-Tedesco Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Opus 99 with the USC Symphony in Bovard Auditorium on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. Other works on the program are Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. The USC Symphony is guest-conducted by School of Music alumnus Jung-Ho Pak. See calendar highlight, page 6.