Classical guitarist Seth Himmelhoch is known around the U. S. for his work as a soloist and as a partner in the flute and guitar duo, Duo Cavatina. He has made solo appearances in his home area at such venues as the 92nd St. Y, Alice Tully Hall, Wagner College in Staten Island, and St. Paul’s Chapel in NYC. He has performed around the US at Rhode Island College, Eastern Michigan University, and at guitar workshops in several states. Mr. Himmelhoch has also made appearances on cable television on NJ News 12, LITV and Staten Island Cable TV.
Duo Cavatina, an award winning flute and guitar partnership, has performed in numerous concert series throughout the Northeast. The Duo was awarded a debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie as winners of the Artists International Auditions. They have since been featured guests on live radio interview shows on WNYC (New York Public Radio) and WNTI (North Jersey Public Radio) and their Pittsburgh (PA) benefit recital was recorded and broadcast on WQED.
His beautifully phrased second cadenza was an example of inspired artistry.
— Soundboard Magazine
As director of guitar studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, Mr. Himmelhoch has taught many talented young musicians and has overseen a yearly guitar festival which has presented such artists as Jason Vieaux, Benjamin Verdery, Nicholas Goluses and others. Mr. Himmelhoch is the founder and director of the Suzuki guitar program at the JCC/Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ and he also serves on the Guitar Development Committee of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Mr. Himmelhoch is also active as a guitarist and composer in jazz, pop and experimental music groups. His compositions have been presented in concerts by the groups Orchestra of the Sky and Doansburg Chamber Ensemble. Mr. Himmelhoch has performed on electric guitar with the rock groups Ripe and Curious.
…interpretation of the music was personal and sincere, and each composition was met with thunderous approval.
— Hi Rise Expressions Magazine
Mr. Himmelhoch holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Carlos Barbosa-Lima. His other teachers were Jeffrey Meyerriecks, Rob Winter and Dennis Coleman. He has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, David Leisner, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Guido Santorsola and Jesus Silva. Mr. Himmelhoch completed all nine levels of Suzuki Guitar teacher training with trainers Frank Longay and David Madsen.
…rhythmic vitality and just the right sonority and variety of sound…
— New York Concert Review