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Rave Review for “Playing with Ease” on Goodreads

“This is one of the best books on the physiology of guitar playing (and instrumental technique in general) that I have read”, writes Scott Sanchez for Goodreads.  To read more of this review, please go to the “Playing with Ease” page on this website.

Guitar orchestra piece commission

A consortium of guitar orchestras in the US will commission David Leisner for a substantial new work for guitar orchestra.  Details forthcoming soon.

Eduardo Fernandez/David Leisner duo to return soon

The guitar duo of Eduardo Fernandez and David Leisner was a big hit in its concerts this season at the 92nd St. Y in New York and in Seattle, Portland, OR, Los Angeles, and the Long Island guitar Festival.  They plan to return for more concerts in a few seasons.

Playing with Ease, an Oxford University Press book, is now available

David Leisner’s long-awaited book on ergonomic technique for the guitar and other instruments as well is now available from Oxford University Press and Amazon.  Playing with Ease: a healthy approach to guitar technique” intends to set a new standard for the literature on this subject.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco Quintet review by Allan Kozinn

Reviewing Leisner’s performance on August 9, 2018, at the Portland Chamber Music Festival, former New York Times critic Allan Kozinn reported in the Portland Press Herald: “David Leisner, a superb guitarist (and also an eloquent composer) who is chairman of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music, delivered a crisply articulated, sweetly singing account of the guitar line and made its difficult stretches seem almost easy.”

Leisner book on ergonomic technique to be published by Oxford University Press

Playing with Ease: a healthy approach to guitar technique is the name of the new book by David Leisner, to be released by Oxford University Press.  The official release date is October 15, 2018, although advance copies may be ordered here for delivery in late September.

New teaching videos for tonebase

David Leisner has joined the roster of teaching artists at tonebase, a new platform for educating guitarists about specific aspects of technique, interpretation and repertoire.  His first two videos on Villa-Lobos’ Etude 8 and 12 have just been released.  This is the beginning of a series he will do on all 12 of the Etudes. https://tonebase.co

“Ghosting” for 2 guitars released on Brasil Guitar Duo’s latest CD

The superb Brasil Guitar Duo has just released their latest CD on CAG Records, and the title of the album is the same as David Leisner’s piece on it, Ghosting.  The piece was written for and dedicated to the Brasil Guitar Duo and commissioned by Symphony Space in New York.  More info on the CD may be found on the CAG website.

Score and parts for Love Dreams of the Exile now available

Love Dreams of the Exile, a 17-minute work for flute, guitar and string quartet has been published by Theodore Presser Co.  The piece is based on Sephardic folk songs and was recorded on the much-acclaimed Cedille CD, Sephardic Journey, by the Cavatina Duo and the Avalon String Quartet.  Score and parts may be purchased here.

Review of Vapors for solo viola

At the premiere of Vapors for solo viola, George Grella of the New York Concert Review reported: “Each movement opened simply and grew more complex. The first, “Falling,” created a haunting sensation of stillness, while the tough, fast music of “Floating” riveted the attention.”