Considering their solo projects or their collaborative career, guitarists Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda have impressive résumés. As a new age guitar duo, Benedetti & Svoboda have played together for over a decade and have released four albums, two of which (Scirocco Desert Wind and Zephyr) blend pan-global musical influences, and another pair (Flamenco Dreams and Spanish Gardens) explore new flamenco styles. The duo also composed and played music for a new production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, performed at San Diego's Old Globe.
Benedetti & Svoboda's solo careers are equally accomplished. Benedetti performed in master classes with Andrés Segovia, Pepe Romero, and Christopher Parkening and went on to play with artists and ensembles like Dave Brubeck, Luciano Pavarotti, the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, and the American Ballet Company. Along with his performing duties, Benedetti is professor of music and chair of guitar studies at Grossmont College, and a guitar faculty member at San Diego State University.
The Czechoslovakian-born Svoboda taught music and guitar theory in his homeland's Public Schools of Art; in the U.S., he has taught guitar at Mesa College and Grossmont College. He is also a guitar faculty member at CSU San Marcos and San Diego State University, as well as an Artist in Residence in San Diego's public schools. ~ Heather Phares