B i o g r a p h y
Theresa Calpotura has performed in numerous venues throughout the US and the Philippines, and has appeared on national and international TV and radio programs. She has received highly competitive grants and awards such as Yale University's AlumniVentures grant and the MuKha Arts and Science Prize for 2010, headed by Nobel Laureate Torsten Weisel in recognition of her debut CD Kanta Filipina (VGo Recordings 2010) - a premiere recording of original, arranged and transcribed Filipino songs for solo guitar in collaboration with Filipino composer Bayani Mendoza de Leon.
Ms. Calpotura has also won a number of awards from associations such as the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and received scholarships from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Yale School of Music.
Ms. Calpotura studied with the renowned guitar pedagogue Scott Cmiel of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with versatile guitarist and composer Stephen Aron. She then continued at the Yale School of Music with Benjamin Verdery. She has given master classes in the US and in the Philippines and is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, and has been on the faculties of De Anza College and Notre Dame de Namur University. Ms. Calpotura also serves on the advisory Board of the Omni Foundation, host of one of the longest-running guitar series in the country.
In addition to her solo guitar work she has studied the lute with Christopher Morrongiello of the Venere Lute Quartet, jazz guitar with Tony Romano, and has participated in several master classes with guitarists such as John Williams, Sharon Isbin, Antigoni Goni, David Tanenbaum, Mark Teicholz, David Leisner, Scott Tennant, Nicholas Goluses, Julian Gray, Ronald Pearl, Lily Afshar, Stanley Yates, John Holmquist, and Benjamin Verdery.