A note to presenters:
My name is Kirk Hanser, and I've been performing as a solo guitarist or ensemble member for almost 30 years. I'd like to tell you a bit about what I do, with the hopes that you might find me to be a "fit" for your upcoming concert season...
I realize that (generally) a presenter can sell one of two things, those being 1) the artist, or 2) their concert program. A couple of points on this matter:
First, a presenter once told me, "I can sell two guitar-related things to my audience: Spanish Guitar, or John Williams playing Spanish Guitar!"
All jokes aside, the guitar world is a niche market, and perhaps most general audiences - non-guitar society audiences - are really only familiar with Spanish music being played on the guitar. Because of this - and as an example of "program flexibility!" - I always have a nice set of Spanish pieces in my repertoire, and am happy to insert this into any program.
Secondly, I always assume that audiences will not have heard of me.
In Metz, FR. Photo by Dreyfus and Assoc., St. Louis, MO
Spanish - solo
Fine by me - I have the mindset that I am only as good as my last concert, and have no problem with "proving" myself night after night. This attitude, along with a solid program (and stories) can go a long way toward making someone feel like this was "a Saturday night well-spent!"
I'm more than happy to avail myself for any radio, television, print, or internet interviews in the weeks/months prior to the concert that you feel would help with publicity.
I do this because I want my performance to be a win-win, for both your organization and for myself. Need CDs sent out to local radio stations? High-quality pictures sent to area papers? Done, and done.
Again, while I do have a planned concert program, there is flexibility in some parts. I DO want the input of you and your board - the people who know your audience the best. We can work together to build a program that your audience can relate to and enjoy, and yet still be musically strong!
My repertoire gives me broad appeal. Many seasons, I enjoy programming music on the steel-string guitar, as I don't believe that the nylon string guitar has a total and unquestionable grip on "great art music".
A sampling of the organizations that have hired me include:
The Sheldon Concert Hall's Classics Series (St. Louis)
The Allegro Guitar Society's Great Artist Series (Dallas/Ft. Worth)
The South Bay Guitar Society's Concert Series (San Francisco)
The Guitar Foundation of America International Conference (Oberlin)
The Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Festival (Nashville)
The Paris Conservatory of Music and Dance (Paris, FR)
The Bordeaux Conservatory of Music (Bordeaux, FR)
The Zobel Gitarrenschule Wilhemkirche Series (Bad Nauheim, GR)
Please take a moment to view some of my videos. If you are interested learning more, or in booking either me or my duo, please contact me: