Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Conor Padmanabhan | 2nd Prize | Strings | 3rd Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

Conor Padmanabhan, classical guitar

Score: 89

Guitarist Conor Padmanabhan, age 14, was first-place winner for the Best Bach Performance in the 2017 international Great Composers Competition Series. He has been a prizewinner in the Enkor International Music Competition, the Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition, the Pacific Musical Society Competition, and the Menuhin-Dowling Young Musicians Competition. Selected by audition, Conor has performed as a soloist in the San Francisco Bay Area's annual Junior Bach Festival for five consecutive years since 2013. He was twice a finalist in the solo competition of the San Francisco Bay Area section of the American String Teachers Association and has advanced to the state-level competition to be held in 2018. Conor was a soloist on a 2017 concert marking the centennial of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been a soloist for the Sacramento Guitar Society and at the University of Hawaii and has played in masterclasses for Ben Verdery, Jason Vieaux, and David Leisner, among others, and regularly performs as a volunteer at a local assisted-living center. He is a student of Scott Cmiel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Division, where he also studies music theory and chamber music in a guitar quartet. His first teacher was Jon Mendle. Conor plays a guitar built by Glenn Canin in 2012.

Fugue from Sonata in G minor, BWV 1001 by J.S. Bach, 5:26

Allegro moderato from Sonata in F, Op. 29 No. 3 by Anton Diabelli, 4:25

Shard by Elliott Carter, 3:38