Marc Johnson with his restored Francesco Stradivari celloMarc Johnson

Cellist Marc Johnson has been a friend and client for nearly 30 years, and he is certainly one of the major players in my career. We became acquainted many years ago, when he began spending summers in Maine, as a member of the the Vermeer Quartet, who were the resident quartet for Bay Chamber Concerts for many years.

To read about Marc Johnson’s distinguished career and learn about our restoration of his Francesco Stradivari cello, click here.

Eric Slavin

Eric Slavin was born on a US Marine base in Hiroshima, Japan. As a child, he studied piano under the guidance of the Hungarian pianist Agi Rado, but later turned to the guitar. He earned his BA in Music from the American University where he studied guitar with the late John Marlow, a member of the Washington Guitar Quintet. He also holds an MA in music from New Mexico State University. In South America, Mr. Slavin studied guitar with Abel Carlevaro. He also studied with Guido Santorsola on the analysis of guitar quartet repertoire, including works dedicated to the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet. When not touring with the SFG4, Mr. Slavin teaches classical guitar at the El Paso Music Conservatory and is a faculty member at El Paso Community College. Mr. Slavin plays a Pinkham Elite Master model guitar.

The Santa Fe Guitar Quartet (SFG4), from Santa Fe, Argentina, is an innovative guitar ensemble whose repertoire ranges from Baroque works to modern tangos. The group is strongly committed to the performance of Latin American music, having presented exciting new works to a large audience worldwide.

Their full sound is similar to a small string orchestra and was praised by the Washington Post as "big, warm, round and clear." The quartet's addition of the six-string contrabass along with the occasional use of other instruments and percussive effects broaden the range and sound palate of the typical guitar ensemble.

Combining the individual talents of two Argentineans and two North Americans, the group has been touring internationally since 1989, both in recital and with orchestra. The Santa Fe Guitar Quartet has performed for sold-out houses throughout North and South America including Lincoln Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The Organization of American States, Partners of the Americas, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Community Concerts, Texas Commission for the Arts, and Allied Concerts have all sponsored the quartet in the United States. In 1997, the Argentinean Institute for Excellence (Instituto Argentino de la Excelencia) awarded the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet the prestigious First Prize of Excellence.

The ensemble's recordings continue to receive enthusiastic reviews throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Their latest recording, a collection of music representing the diverse expression of composers living throughout the Americas, further demonstrates that the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet is a living example of the merging of the Americas through music.

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Don McLean

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A 1990-91 winner of the coveted, Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Scott toured extensively in Europe, Brazil, and the U.S. and was featured as a soloist with the Leningrad Chamber Ensemble and as a member of the Music Sales Corporation, "Selected Performances" list. He was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities, "Younger Scholar" grant for his transcriptions of John Dowland's lute music and was the 1990 Arcady Performance Competition champion. On a 1994 tour of Brazil, Scott was invited by Turibio Santos to make his South American debut for Rio de Janeiro's Villa-Lobos Society. He was featured on television and in radio broadcasts in both the U.S. and England and released his first compact disc, Works from Döblinger Hauptstrasse in 1994. He taught in the University of Massachusetts Performing Arts Division and released his second recording, Or All Away in 1995.

Mr. Scott's guitar was built by Ron Pinkham, Woodsound Studios in Glen Cove, Maine.

“My [1960 Miguel Rodriguez classical] guiter looks beautiful. The cracks have been repaired in an exemplary manner... The tone sounds improved, thereby providing an instrument that both looks good but sounds that equally match.

“I am still enjoying the classical guitar purchased earlier in the year. Those friends who have seen it remark on the high quality of the workmanship as well as the robust and balanced sound in basses and trebles.

“Thank you again for your attention to detail on both instruments.

“I would highly recommend your guitar and repair/restoration skills to anyone and everyone interested in high quality guitars.”

—Paul Klein