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WARNER IVERSEN, LUTE

Warner IversenWarner Iversen shares his knowledge and enjoyment of music-making with others through performing and educating. Mr. Iversen performs regularly on the modern classical guitar, the baroque guitar, and the theorbo. Mr. Iversen’s studies in performance practice led him to perform on early instruments because he believes these instruments are best suited to expressing the musical ideas and expressive devices appropriate to historical musical styles. Recently, he gave solo performances in the Rochester Early Music Festival (recorded for broadcast on WXXI), in the Eastman Collegium Musicum concerts, and at Roberts Wesleyan College on the baroque guitar. Recent collaborative performances on the theorbo include serving as a guest artist in a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Juilliard School, and co-directing a production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis; the latter performance being the first staged production in the Eastman School of Music’s Hatch Hall.

Mr. Iversen’s performance abilities have been recognized through scholarships and awards. He was granted several scholarships to attend the Eastman School of Music for his graduate studies under the great performer-pedagogue Nicholas Goluses, and the world renowned, Grammy-winning artist Paul O’Dette. During his studies at the Eastman School, Mr. Iversen was awarded Eastman’s very competitive Performer’s Certificate. Mr. Iversen also attended the University of California, Santa Barbara on a performance scholarship where he received his undergraduate degree under John Dearman of the Grammy-award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

In addition, Mr. Iversen has been awarded scholarships to various festivals and summer programs including the Lute Society of America Festival in Cleveland where Mr. Iversen performed a concert whose attendees included many of the top performers and teachers in the lute community. A recording of this particular performance can be found on the Lute Society of America’s youtube.com channel.

Aside from musical performance, Warner Iversen is also an avid educator. Mr. Iversen is himself in the final stages of completing his doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music with a double major in Classical Guitar and Historical Plucked Instruments, and with a minor in Pedagogy. With this unique base of knowledge, Mr. Iversen has been invited to lecture on a variety of subjects related to historical performance practice, music history, and historical instruments. Through his lectures, Mr. Iversen hopes to help others enjoy and appreciate classical music history and performance. Recent lectures include “Dance and Expression through Physicality in the Baroque,” at the Eastman School of Music, “An Introduction to the Baroque Guitar for Classical Guitarists,” at Roberts Wesleyan College, and “Dido and Aeneas: Italian and French influence in Purcell’s music” at DePauw University.

In his role as a teacher, Mr. Iversen creates a highly structured and organized environment that focuses on achieving excellence in performance while maintaining a positive atmosphere that celebrates individual success. While completing his master’s degree, Mr. Iversen was awarded a teaching fellowship to teach a two-semester “Guitar History and Literature” course at the Eastman School for both graduate and undergraduate level classical guitar majors. In his private studio, Mr. Iversen collaborates with other teachers to organize masterclasses and performance opportuntites for his students. Mr. Iversen’s students have won and placed in local and national competitions. Mr. Iversen is also on faculty at the Falls View Academy in Honeoye Falls, NY. In his double role as teacher and administrator, he has organized faculty concerts, created school-wide awards, and consulted on a variety of music related matters.
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