Event – Detail


Friday, June 21 at 6:00 PM

Classical Guitar Soiree
John Marcel Williams (Classical Guitar) & Maya Anjali (Violin)

Please join us for an evening soiree of classical guitar and violin music with John Marcel Williams and Maya Anjali.

The Classical Guitar Soirée Recital Series at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia is offered in partnership with the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. A Soirée is a lively and intimate gathering that increases the participants' knowledge through conversation and music. The classical guitar is often best listened to and understood within this context. While relatively rare in the chamber music world, the pairing of violin and classical guitar is complimentary, beautiful, and a natural extension of one another.

Social hour begins at 5:15 pm.

PCGS members: Register as "Members" for the PCGS discount price.

John Marcel Williams is an emerging talent in the classical guitar world, establishing a career as a soloist and a chamber musician. Winner of numerous awards, his refined technique and musical artistry have brought him to audiences nationwide and abroad. Recent engagements include appearances for the Chamber Music Society of Virginia, and Princeton University with the Curtis Institute Guitar Quartet, premiering Paul Lansky’s “Four’s Company.” Other highlights include multiple tours of Panama as a guest artist for the Panama Guitar Festival and solo recitals at Oberlin Conservatory, Moravian College, and the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. In 2019, John debuted with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro John Devlin, performing Elmer Bernstein’s Guitar Concerto. Mr. Williams currently resides in Philadelphia where he maintains a private teaching studio. He holds a faculty position at Rowan University and is a guitar instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. Williams received his BM and MM in Guitar Performance at the Peabody Institute of Music studying with Manuel Barrueco. In 2021, he graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music with a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma under the direction of David Starobin and Grammy Award–winning artist Jason Vieaux.

John Marcel Williams Website: https://www.johnmarcelwilliams.com/home

Recognized for her enchanting performances and exceptional bel canto-like lyricism, Indian American violinist Maya Anjali is gaining broad appeal as a dynamic young artist with extraordinary musicality. Named Yamaha’s 2020 Young Performing Artist for Classical Music/Violin, she has performed on three continents, garnering enthusiastic reviews. Maya has performed in recitals and as the featured soloist with numerous orchestras throughout the United States, China, and Europe. An alumna of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, she studied with Almita Vamos. She currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music in the studio of pedagogue Ida Kavafian. Maya performs with a c. 1730 Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Maya Anjali: https://www.mayaanjali.com/

Non-member price: $35.00
Athenaeum member price: $25.00