LA Phil Concertmaster Martin Chalifour & Guitarist Mak Grgic

In what promises to be an incredible evening of world class music, Martin Chalifour and Mak Grgic are teaming up to perform an intimate violin and guitar duo recital on January 12 at a private Brentwood residence in support of Santa Monica nonprofit Elemental Music.

“It’s with great pleasure that Martin and I bring our program of originals and intricate transcriptions for violin and guitar to this EM benefit in the hope that it will foster further growing support for the musical youth in Santa Monica and broader,” said Grgic.

Proceeds from the intimate evening of music will go to support local nonprofit Elemental Music. Launched in 2004, Elemental Music’s mission is to inspire, train, and nurture young musicians on the Westside of Los Angeles. Over 1,500 students have participated in its ensemble and free music lesson programs.

Violinist Martin Chalifour began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. He maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire of more than 60 concertos. Chalifour has played solos with the Auckland Philharmonia, Montreal Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Taiwan and the Malaysian Philharmonic and shared concert stages with such notable conductors as Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He currently teaches violin at the USC Thornton School of Music and chamber music at Caltech.

Virtuoso guitarist Mak Grgic received his doctoral degree at the USC Thornton School of Music. He has held directorship roles at Zagreb Guitar Festival and Roots and Notes Interactive Music Festival in Croatia, Music@RushHour in Los Angeles and Acoustic Caffeine Concert Series in cooperation with Arts Brookfield. He also serves as director of the Elemental Guitar Program in Santa Monica and as adjunct factually at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the performance are $100. A pre-concert reception of wine and light refreshments in a beautiful garden setting are included with ticket purchase. Doors open at 6:30pm with music starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call (424) 272-1559. Address will be provided to attendees.

Submitted by Emily Call Marketing & Communications Director


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