Guest Artists

Fred Benedetti


Fred Benedetti was born in Sasebo, Japan and began playing the guitar at age 9. In 1986 he was one of 12 guitarists chosen worldwide to perform in the Master Class of Andrés Segovia at USC where Guitarra Magazine wrote, "...Fred Benedetti amazed the audience with his performance of the (Bach) Chaconne..." Fred has performed in the United States, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico and locally with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the Starlight Opera, the American Ballet Company, the Old Globe Theatre, Luciano Pavarotti, and jazz artist Dave Brubeck.

Presently he is a full-time professor of music at Grossmont College where he is chair of guitar studies, and is the head of the classical guitar faculty at San Diego State University. Fred is listed in the prestigious "Who's Who Among America's Teachers-2002" and received an "Outstanding Faculty Award" in 2001 from SDSU, the "NISOD" Excellence in Teaching award from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and an "Outstanding Chair" award in 1990 from Grossmont College.

Equally at home playing classical music or contemporary music, he records on the SBE label and Domo Records with four noted ensembles: Keltik Kharma (a celtic band), The Odeum Guitar Duo, recently given the honor by the magazine, Acoustic Guitar, as being one of the ten best independently produced guitar CDs for the year 2000, "Blurring the Edges" a recipient of the 1994 San Diego Music Awards "Best Pop-Jazz" album of the year featuring jazz musicians Peter ,Tripp, and Hall Sprague, and the acclaimed Benedetti/Svoboda Guitar Duo.

As a BMI affiliated composer, Fred has written numerous contemporary pieces for the international CD library company Network Productions and as a studio musician for 30 years his playing is featured on over 200 CD's, numerous movie soundtracks, and TV commercials. He has shared the stage with Mason Williams, Eric Johnson, Doc Watson, Albert Lee, Doyle Dykes, Art Garfunkel, Michael Franks, Mark O'Connor, Michael Hedges, and Ottmar Liebert, and has recorded with Willie Nelson, Juice Newton, Paul Overstreet, Patty Loveless, Tom Barabas, Big Mountain, Matthew Lien, Ronny Robbins and William Lee Golden. He has performed for dignitaries such as the King & Queen of Malaysia, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ravi Shankar.


The Benefic Piano Trio


The Benefic Piano Trio, Grand Prize winners of the 2018 ENKOR International Music Competition, and Artists in Residence at the Benefic Chamber Festival, was formed at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, California, in 2017.

The Trio has had great success among music critics and media, most notably being interviewed and featured as a rising ensemble in the August 2018 issue of 'String & Bow', South Korea's premier classical music magazine.

Featuring three dedicated chamber musicians and solo prize winners coming together to channel their artistic intent with integrity and energy into tasteful and expressive music making, members Sunhwa Kim, piano, Misha Vayman, violin, and Cello (Qiele) Guo, cello, have all received numerous accolades, including full fellowships, residencies, and competition titles nationally and internationally.

The Benefic Piano Trio is currently based in Los Angeles where it was founded, and has performed at numerous venues throughout the sprawling city, including Zipper, Thayer, and Mayman Halls. Internationally, the Trio recently performed at the Debussy Hall in Lyon, France.

The Trio has worked intensively with Colburn faculty such as the legendary Arnold Steinhardt, former first violin of the Guarneri String Quartet, Fabio Bidini, prize winning concert pianist and member of Trio Solisti, and Martin Beaver, acclaimed former first violin of the Tokyo String Quartet, and a member of the Montrose Trio.

For more information, visit https://www.beneficpianotrio.com