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David Franzen
David Franzen

Classical Guitar Instructor

Office: LH 243C


Having performed in such varied places as the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi to soloing at the Montreal Jazz Festival, David Franzen is known for his mesmerizing stage presence, lush tone, and deep and articulate performances. Mr. Franzen has toured throughout Italy, Germany, Central America, the United States, and Canada. One of the many highlights of his career occurred in 2011 when he joined master guitarist and icon Angel Romero in Joaquin Rodrigo's double guitar concerto the Madrigal with the Columbia Symphony.

David was the first-prize winner of the Northwest Guitar Festival Competition as well as a becoming a semifinalist in the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Guitar Competition. He also took first prize in the North Carolina School of the Arts concerto competition in Winston Salem, NC.
The Winston-Salem Journal had this to say after his concerto performance:
“What was apparent in his performance probably was what helped him win: articulate playing and cool confidence. Franzen handled the often rhapsodic solo passages with finesse. The second movement Adagio is some of Rodrigo’s most exquisite music, and its melody is instantly recognizable. The performance of this movement was perhaps the finest of the evening, thanks largely to Franzen’s beautiful performance...”
The Daily Columbian proclaimed:
“An American guitarist stole the thunder from three-well known Russian composers at Saturday’s Vancouver Symphony concert. With guitarist David Franzen leading the way, the Vancouver Symphony sounded better than ever as it opened what promises to be its best-ever season. Franzen was fundamentally flawless in his delivery of Guitar Concerto No. 1 by Italian composer Mario Castelvuovo-Tedesco, the only non-Russian composer on the program.”
Highly sought after as a performer, Soundboard magazine said:
    “He is a powerful player with confidence on stage. Having noticed his forthright and excellent musicianship, it was     surprising to find him somewhat shy and retiring in person after the recital.”

In 1991 he was honored to collaborate with the father of modern guitar pedagogy Aaron Shearer in the music interpretation section of the method book series, “Learning the Classical Guitar.”  Mr. Franzen plays the examples and pieces on the accompanying recording published by Mel Bay.
Mr. Franzen has also performed as guest soloist with many symphonies including the Winston Salem Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Olympia and Columbia Symphonies, and most recently with the Siberian Chamber Orchestra led by Alexei Ludmilin. In September 2001 he joined the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in a collaborative concert with Pepe and the Bottle Blondes where they performed original Latin songs he co-wrote with lead singer Pepe Raphael. Their single Rumba De Five Kilos was bought by Sony Digital and added into the compilation CD Hear Music, Volume Four and sold at Starbucks internationally along with their CD Late Night Betty. They were featured with artists such as Van Morrison, Beck, and Miles Davis.
David has an extensive background in ensemble work. His most recent collaboration is Duo Tenebroso with guitarist Kristen Waligora. He is also a former founding member of the critically acclaimed ensemble the Oregon Guitar Quartet which was featured at the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America in Los Angeles.

David Franzen has been on the music faculty at Oregon State University, Pacific University, Marylhurst University, and is currently on faculty at Portland State University.