Media Quotes

New York Times

“The kind of impeccable musicianship that only greatly talented people achieve at any age.”

“Parkening’s musical grasp of broad ideas is as impressive as his utter technical security and control in shadings, colors and dynamics. His playing Bach is so intelligent, sensitive and adept that one can forget everything but the music.”

“From Renaissance composers to the present, he played superbly well. A spellbinding recital.”

Boston Globe

“Christopher Parkening… no one exceeds him in sheer mastery of the guitar.”

Washington Post

 “Parkening confirmed his stature as the leading guitar virtuoso of our day combining profound musical insight with complete technical mastery of his instrument.”

“Has a classical guitar ever caught your ear, for even a moment? If so, then beg, steal, buy, or borrow a ticket to hear the spectacular virtuoso Christopher Parkening the next time he is in town.”

 Chicago Tribune

“The shadow cast by Andrés Segovia is long, but the mantle of the Spanish master has always rested easily upon the shoulders—or fingers—of classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening.”

 San Francisco Chronicle

“He is a prince among guitarists, a musician of genuine warmth and intellect, magnificently exciting.”

“Califomia has produced a guitarist of major International worth… one of the five or six finest guitarists alive. His name is Christopher Parkening and… he ranks beside John Williams, Julian Bream or Andrés Segovia himself.”

Los Angeles Times

“Parkening is considered America’s reigning classical guitarist, carrying the torch of his mentor, the late Andrés Segovia.”

Washington Star

“… a phenomenally brilliant virtuoso and an absolutely first rate musician.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“You go to hear Parkening to be completely and overwhelmingly reassured that great musicianship is still one of life’s most exhilarating experiences.”

High Fidelity

 “The performances… are extraordinarily beautiful! The command of the instrument sounds well-nigh faultless and his artistic instinct is natural born.”

Stereo Review

“He is a Segovia pupil and a worthy heir to the musical tradition of the master.”

Personal Quotes

“He is, by common consent, the greatest guitarist America has ever produced.” — Jim Svejda, host and producer at KUSC-FM.

“Christopher Parkening is a great artist — he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world.” — Andrés Segovia

“Christopher Parkening is a consummate classical guitarist with fine musicality and a beautiful sound. I have a magnificent opinion of him as a guitarist.” — Mrs. Andrés Segovia

“Magnificent interpretation of my compositions!” —  Joaquin Rodrigo, Conciertode Aranjuez & Fantasia para un Gentilhombre