Friday, May 20, 2016

Hill Guitar Company Presents Michael Chapdelaine!

Michael Chapdelaine
Saturday May 28, 2016 @ 7:30
Santa Cruz, CA

House Concert in Santa Cruz, CA
Please contact for reservations
More info provided upon reservation
Sponsored by B40 Cafe and Hill Guitar Company

We hope to see you there!

Michael Chapdelaine Biography
Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield , Kansas.
From New York's Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Chapdelaine continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his amazing technique, "soulful" expressiveness, and versatility as a performer, composer and arranger/producer. His performances, played on both steel string and classical guitars, include musical styles ranging from blues to Bach to country to rhythm n' blues as he wins his audiences hearts with breath taking technique and the poetic magic of his original musical portraits and landscapes.
In the 80's and 90's Michael proved himself to be one of the worlds finest classical guitarists; twice winning the coveted National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant, and taking First Prize in both the Guitar Foundation of America's and the Music Teachers National Association's Guitar Competitions. He also won the Silver Medal in Venezuela's VIII Concurso International de Guitarra "Alirio Diaz". He has toured four continents while giving hundreds of performances for Affiliate Artists Inc., and various arts promotion organizations. In 1992 he recorded the Sonata Romantica CD, which many critics and connoisseurs of classical guitar consider to be one of the definitive recordings for the instrument. Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote "... if I were marooned on a desert island with a limited selection of recordings, this one would be among my choices...I have seldom heard a more beautiful album. Other young guitarists have excellent technique, but few have such style and musicality, and Chapdelaine's beautiful tone is the nearest to Segovia's that I can recall."
In 1994 Michael turned his attention to pop music, in arranging, producing and recording Time-Life Music's beautiful Guitar by Moonlight collection, which sold 250,000 copies in it's first two years in the stores. In 1998, he once again, expanded his musical range and gained instant notoriety and credibility in the "acoustic music" world as a "fingerstyle" guitarist and composer, by winning the National Fingerpicking Championships at Winfield.
Michael is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico, and has previously been on the faculties of the University of Colorado at Denver and Metropolitan State University. He has given master classes throughout the world including, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela, Taiwan, Indonesia and at institutions such as, University of Miami, Mannes School of Music, University of Texas, and California State University.
His teachers included the great Spanish maestro Andres Segovia.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Omni Raffle Winner: Congratulations Ventsislav!

We have a winner!
Congratulations to Ventsislav for winning the Hill Performance model guitar in the Omni Foundation Raffle!  Ventsislav is a local Bay Area man, and even though he was not present for the win, he was able to meet Richard and Kenny in person to collect his wonderful prize!  

Photos of the April 23rd concert and raffle drawing:

We already look forward to the next season of Omni Foundation's: Dynamite Guitars!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Upcoming Concerts in May!

Take a look at some of the exciting concerts coming up this May! 

Scott Tennant
Founder of Grammy winning group LAGQ
Saturday, May 7th @ 7:30pm
Golden Bough Playhouse, Carmel, CA
Tickets are $35 ($25 students with ID)
Purchase tickets HERE
Sponsored by Carmel Guitar Society, Friedman Eye Center, Hill Guitar Company, and the Pacific Repertory Theatre

Adam Levin
Founder of the Kithara Project
Saturday, May 14th @ 7:30pm
Le Petit Trianon Theatre
72 N Fifth St.
San Jose, CA 95112
Tickets are $15-$35
Purchase tickets HERE
Presented by the South Bay Guitar Society

Michael Chapdelaine
GFA Winner and Fingerstyle Champion
Saturday, May 28th @ 7:30pm
House Concert in Santa Cruz, CA
Please contact for reservations
More info provided upon reservation
Sponsored by B40 Cafe and Hill Guitar Company

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Omni Foundation: Amadeus Guitar Duo and Hill Guitar Raffle!

The Amadeus Guitar Duo in San Francisco!

Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presents the Amadeus Guitar Duo for Dynamite Guitars! This is Omni's 35th season of bringing dynamite guitars to the Bay Area.  The season is almost over, so now is your chance to get tickets to see a memorable performance by the dynamic duo of Thomas Kirchhoff and Dale Kavanagh!

When: Saturday, April 23rd @ 7:30pm
Where: St. Marks Lutheran Church
Tickets: $38.00
Buy Tickets HERE


Hill Guitar Company has partnered with the Omni Foundation's 2015-2016 Raffle!  This is your chance to win a 650mm Performance Series Guitar!

Our Performance Series is made right here at our shop in Ben Lomond, CA.  These guitars are a high quality concert instrument, with a list price of $5,500.00!

In order for this guitar to be yours, you must purchase a raffle ticket HERE. Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.
Drawing will be held at the Amadeus Guitar Duo Concert on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016.  Winners need not be present to be eligible. 

And Omni is offering even more prizes for this raffle, so make sure you buy your tickets for your chance to win!  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Celebrating 40 years at Hill Guitar Company

It has come as a surprise, 40 years of guitar making. I made my first guitar in 1976. At first thought this all seems like it has happened so quickly, but if I think back on all the events and phases, wow! a lot has happened. Sometimes it seems like I can recall every single moment, many, many stories to tell. Within Hill Guitar Company we’ve been talking about making an Anniversary Model for a year or more, yet it still snuck up on us, and now already we’re at 40 years and looking toward 41!  How the world does turn.

Last year was tough, my father Bob Hill passed away, my wife’s mother Norma passed away, and a few others of their generation who were important to me and our family. It’s natural, but it’s hard. And this does bring to the forefront how fleeting it all is, how brisk and moving the present is, how truly, this is all we have.

In the ‘60s my parents thought I was crazy when I wanted to play music as a job, and later to make guitars as a job. Dad, a mechanic and musician, mom, a housewife, both church people, Baptists, 1950s staunch post-war citizens. They were so shocked when I didn’t want to be just like them. As an adolescent I wanted to be a beatnik, or at least a free spirit. At that time there were a lot of young people busting out like that. I had no idea what kind of shape that sort of life would take, but now, so many decades later, it looks like I’ve made a career of it.

Stumbling onto the classical guitar as a lifetime occupation has been my great fortune. I started as a player, initially through the  lofty art of Bach, through the sensual sound and feel of the strings and the body of instrument, it was love from the beginning. Then learning about wood, trees in the forest, then in the workshop, the colors and shapes and smells are irresistible. I started playing folky style guitar as a teenager, it wasn’t until I was around age 24 that I took up classical guitar playing for real. I also started working on instruments about the same time, and in Santa Barbara in 1976 I made my first guitar. Shortly after that I moved back into my home territory in Santa Cruz, and my guitar work has been centered here since then. For over forty years as a player I’ve enjoyed the relationship with audiences, other players, and composers old and new. For over 40 years as a builder I’ve enjoyed working with the materials and tools and designs, with artists of all levels, and with colleagues, co-workers and customers from around the world, the bondings of a lifetime.

My very first guitars were pretty eccentric. I was working in a vacuum, I din’t have access to historic instruments or experts in the field. Really there were very few experts worldwide. Later I was able to make more connections in the growing realm of professional players and builders and I wised up a bit and did a lot of research into historic instruments, and built many copies and learned a lot about the standards and traditions of guitar making. The, after stepping myself traditional style work,, I once again wandered off the path and reinvented the instrument again, using my experiences in historic design, and blended styles with my own instincts and preferences to make the Hill Signature model. It has been an evolution and is very satisfying. both as an instrument and as an accomplishment. I love these guitars.

A number of fateful accidents lined up to make this career possible, and I never gave two thoughts about where it all might lead. Since the beginning I’ve followed my intuition, learned from leaders and coworkers and employees and students, every day and every place something new. Many friends, family and associates have been in this chorus with me. Later I will name names, but for now I want to say that everyone in this journey deserves more credit than me, I’ve just learned from the people around me. Most important of all has been the love and encouragement of my wife Roberta, and of my four unique and beautiful children. it’s a great fortune to share the love of something so rewarding as guitar and family.  It is an uncommon privilege lo live out your dreams, though it should be the normal human deal, an inalienable right. I hope this good fortune will always be possible for you and me, for my kids and grandkids and for all those around them.

Here I want to share some images, memories, hopes, tributes and passions.

Kenny Hill, the Classical Guitarist.

A young Kenny Hill working on Guitar #4
Enjoying the process.

Kenny in the workshop with sons Simon (left) and Quillan (center)

The sign goes up after moving locations to Ben Lomond, CA!

My father Bob Hill.
My beautiful family.

40th Year Anniversary Model
I’ve been thinking about this ideal Signature model for a while, with beautiful woods, jewel-like tuners, wonderful aromatic finish, nice decoration, custom ergonomics, and an ideal guitar case. Now we have this for a limited time, and I have to say, it is wonderful! The Brazilian rosewood gives a delicious other world quality of sound, and the guitar is fully adjusted to any player’s needs. These guitars are special order only. I expect them to go to special hands, persons and professionals who can appreciate the value and the personal touch.

Kenny Hill

Rodgers Tuners

Full body cedar top.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Welcoming our New Dealer in San Diego!

We are very excited about partnering up with Guitars San Diego as a dealer for Hill and New World Guitars!  

Guitars San Diego carries fine acoustic guitars, electric guitars, guitar amplifiers and now classical guitars!  If you are in the San Diego/LA area you should head to Guitar San Diego to try out their selection of Hill and New World Guitars.  The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly and their love for all things guitar really shines through.

Head over to their website here to browse their guitar selection and learn a little bit more about them.

Guitars San Diego
6255 Ferris Square, Suite E
San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 500-7998

Friday, February 5, 2016

Welcoming New Hill Guitar Artist, Tariq Harb!

We are excited to welcome the very talented Tariq Harb to the Hill Guitar family of Artists!  

Tariq, A Jordanian-Canadian with Palestinian roots, has studied with top names and participated and won awards in competitions all over the world.  Tariq's playing strikes the soul with his crisp yet silky smooth technique and we find ourselves captivated every time.  He has certainly struck a chord with us here at Hill Guitar and we look forward to seeing what's in store for Tariq Harb.  Play on!

Go visit his Hill Guitar Artist Page to learn more about Tariq!

Tariq Harb Links: