George Svoboda - Guitar
was praised by San Diego Tribune staff writer Bob Corbett as, "a first-class musician, top-drawer stuff...his fingers seem to fly effortlessly across the guitar strings. The music that results is full of life. It's happy.'' George has been heard in recital in his native Czechoslovakia, England, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Mexico and the United States
He has gained recognition not only as an immaculate and entertaining performer, but also as a composer and arranger of music for solo guitar, small ensembles and large orchestras. His music is rooted in the folk traditions of Eastern Europe and his transcriptions have won him consistent praise from musicians and critics alike. As a member of the well-known Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble, he has performed throughout California, Arizona and Mexico. George has performed for President and Mrs. Clinton at the world-renowned Hotel Del Coronado.
George has been performing, recording and teaching for nearly twenty-five years. In his native Czechoslovakia he taught guitar and music theory in Public Schools of Art and since arriving in the U.S., he has been teaching at San Diego City Schools as an Artist in Residence, guitar instructor at Mesa College, Grossmont College and is a faculty member at CSU San Marcos and San Diego State University. He has also published successful instructional books on classical guitar technique.
Born in Cheb, Czech Republic and now residing in San Diego, California, George studied guitar and history of music at the State Conservatory of Music in Pilsen, Czech Republic. He received his Bachelor Degree in Music at San Diego State University in 1996 and his Masters Degree in Music in 1998.