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Have classical guitar, will travel

Ever on the go, a USC Thornton musician is well on his way to international success.

Mak Grgić is never one to sit still for long.

The award-winning guitarist and doctoral candidate in the Classical Guitar program at the USC Thornton School of Music is always on the go, whether he’s teaching undergraduate students, performing at the White House or running a concert series on campus. And regardless of where he is, Grgić is never too shy to break out his guitar for an impromptu practice session.

In addition to curating the weekly Music@RushHour series for the past three years, Grgić has also begun a musical collaboration with flamenco guitarist and Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty member Adam del Monte. Duo Deloro, as the two are known, has just concluded its first national tour.

What’s next for the soon-to-be graduate? Grgić has already embarked on an international solo tour, with performances in Germany, Portugal and Spain. Closer to home, Los Angeles audiences can hear him in Pasadena (May 9), in Venice Beach with cellist Robert deMaine (May 15), at Villa Aurora for the Jacaranda music series (May 31) and with del Monte in a Duo Deloro performance at the Greystone Mansion (June 5).

What advice does Grgić offer to his fellow musicians?

“To be just constantly on the go, constantly trying new things,” he said. “You have to find ways of working outside of your comfort zone … All in all, it’s an exciting, little adventure, and each year brings something new.”

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