Esteban, Live at Encanterra!
Legendary classical guitarist, Esteban, will take the stage this Sunday, October 21st at Encanterra Country Club as part of The Good Life Festival Series! Born Stephen Paul in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Esteban was given his name by his master, Andres Segovia during his years of study in Spain and the United States. Esteban saw his first guitar in a shop window when he was 8 years old. His uncle bought it for him and Esteban says, “It never left my hands.” If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, purchase your tickets online now!
Esteban In Concert At Encanterra
October 21st, 2012
3:00pm to 7:00pm
36460 N. Encanterra Dr
San Tan Valley, AZ 85140
Click here for driving directions to Encanterra Country Club.
3:00pm – 5:00pm: Wine tasting before the show
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Esteban performs live!
Purchase your tickets online. All concert tickets are General Admission, and include three 2oz wine tastings per person (Wine Tasting participants must be over age 21). Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Premium parking at the Club is available for $20.00 and $5.00 for general parking, and Food and Beverage will be available for purchase.
Call 888-856-3727 for more information on this event!
Esteban’s dream was to be able to express his deep inner feelings through his music. He wanted to study with legendary classical guitarist Andres Segovia, but being self taught, it seemed impossible, since Segovia only accepted students of other classical guitarists, in the traditional settings of master classes. So he gave up on that quest for a while, attended college, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1972, majoring in guitar and English literature. 1968, his first year at university, was the first year guitar was offered at Carnegie Mellon, and the guitar teacher was a cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He really was not an accomplished guitarist, so Esteban was basically on his own once again, teaching himself. He stunned the juries with his amazing self-taught technique, playing his own compositions and performing the Spanish gypsy flamenco-style guitar.
Upon graduation, he began teaching guitar at music studios and performing local gigs, but his quest of studying with Segovia was always with him. He decided to try another way to meet the maestro, since he could not gain entry into any master classes. Esteban left hundreds of messages for Segovia on bright yellow index cards, while Segovia was on his world tours, saying, “My life is meaningless unless I can study with you.” Year after year he sent them everywhere Segovia went.
After a relentless pursuit in Los Angeles, Segovia finally permitted Esteban to play for him in 1974. Segovia gave him a long list of specific pieces of music to learn and promised Esteban that he would listen to him again the following year, when he returned to Los Angeles for concerts. When Segovia returned and heard Esteban play, he invited the student to Santiago de Compostela, in northern Spain, for master classes. After these classes, Segovia invited Esteban to Madrid to study privately with the maestro in Segovia’s famous 4th floor studio on Avenida Concha Espina. These were memorable times in Esteban’s life, never to be forgotten.
For four years Esteban studied with the master whenever possible, in Spain and in the U.S., and in 1978 Segovia gave Esteban his endorsement. Esteban returned to the U.S. and began touring.