João Kouyoumdjian
Bach and the Guitar



7:30 PM


Thursday, March 9, 2017


Christ the King Lutheran Church

2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston


$30 General | $25 Senior | $5 Student


Included in Chamber & Full Subscriptions

Join us as the Brazilian master João Kouyoumdjian explores some of Bach’s most introspective music with his unparalleled approach.



João Kouyoumdjian is a Brazilian-born classical guitarist of mixed Brazilian and Armenian ethnic heritage. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of São Paulo where he studied under Sharon Isbin and Edelton Gloeden respectively. He has also studied with Preto Moreno as well as being a mentee of Paulo Martelli.  


Since winning the XXI Souza Lima National Guitar Competition in São Paulo, Brazil in 2010, Kouyoumdjian has been building a steady international performance career that has spanned the United States, Brazil, Europe and Africa. Among his concert engagements, noted stops have included Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum. He has also performed as a guest soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia.


A native of São José do Rio Preto, Brazil, João Kouyoumdjian has been featured on numerous nationally televised concert series in his homeland, including the acclaimed Movimento Violão. In 2011, he premiered new works by Brazilian composers Ricardo Calderoni and Raimundo Penaforte at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at the behest of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York in a program entitled, “Brazilian Guitar: Traditional and Tendencies”. This program inspired his first album SURFBOARD: Solo Guitar Works from Brazil(Pomegranate Music) in 2013, released in a webcasted concert at Trinity Wall Street in New York City. In 2015, João Kouyoumdjian released his second album, entitled Kouyoumdjian Plays Bach: New Transcriptions for Guitar (Pomegranate Music), featuring his transcriptions of unaccompanied cello and violin works by J. S. Bach. 



Join us for a reception to meet João.


Christ the King Church Parish Hall.



Sonata, BWV 1003


Suite in G Major, BWV 1007


Other transcriptions





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