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James Durkee (Guitar)

Born: USA

The American guitarist, James Durkee, studied classical guitar with Steven Novacek at the University of Washington and Tom Bourne at Central Washington University and performed in numerous master-classes with world-renowned artists. While attending the Guitar Institute of Technology, he studied with such luminaries as Joe Pass and Howard Roberts. He holds a graduate certificate from G.I.T. and a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance, Cum Laude, from Central Washington University.

Throughout the USA and Japan, James Durkee has performed hundreds of solo guitar recitals and has been a featured performer with symphony orchestras and choirs. He has premiered a number of new compositions for the instrument. Contemporary composers have been inspired to dedicate works to him.

James Durkee heads the Guitar Department Central Washington University since 1992. He is also the Head of the Guitar Department at YVCC and WWC. He was a founding member of the Yakima Valley Classical Guitar Society and held the office of president of the organization for an unprecedented five consecutive years. His students have earned the highest honors in national and state competitions. He is also in demand as an adjudicator and has officiated local, regional, state and national competitions.

James Durkee has released numerous recordings that are available throughout the world.

" artist of very high standards ...and ...classical guitar that sings!" The Guitar Foundation of America's Soundboard Magazine
"Durkee is precise - he takes on each piece dedicated to the music, the notes, and it's clear his focus is on the integrity of the piece as a whole."
"A modern masterpiece of classical guitar performance." 20th Century Guitar Magazine

Source: Mostly James Durkee Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2008)

James Durkee: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

JAMES DURKEE (Official Website)

Central Washington University - Music: Mr. James Durkee

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