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Thomas Aquino, 18, guitar

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Thomas Aquino, 18, is graduating from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and will attend Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in the fall.  At the Lab Schools, he participated in track, cross country, swimming, choir, and jazz band. As a senior, he pursued an independent course of study on the guitar with Katy Sinclair.

Thomas began guitar studies at Sherwood Academy with Mark Marston at the age of five and after three years began studies with Jack Cecchini, and has continued with Jack for the last ten years.

Thomas has also participated in two master classes taught by Christopher Parkening, a weekend session in February of 2009 at Pepperdine University, and the four day session in July of 2009 at Montana State University.


Thomas developed this program in consultation with Jack Cecchini. The program is intended to demonstrate, in a short time, the long history and breadth of musical styles included in the guitar literature. All of the pieces are favorites of his, and he’s played most of them for several years.

Three Renaissance Pieces arranged by Oscar Chilesotti (3:49)
– Vaghe belleze et bionde treccie d’oro vedi che per ti moro
– Se io m’accorgo
– Saltarello

Prelude from Cello Suite no. 1 by JS Bach(2:49)
Allemande from Cello Suite no. 3  JS Bach (3:47)

Estudio 17 by Fernando Sor (3:03)

Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tarrega(6:31)

Canzonetta by Alexandre Tansman(3:00)

Prelude no. 4 by Heitor Villa-Lobos(4:49)

Hommage a Tarrega by Juaquin Turina (4:30)
– Garrotin
– Soleares

  • Elizabeth Sogge

    Wonderful music and fun interview! You sounded older than 18 to me. What a sweet story that your father took lessons from your teacher once and that he used to play for you as you fell asleep. Good luck with Bach’s Chaconne. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

  • Carl Southwell

    Nice playing, Thomas. I enjoyed listening.

  • John Aquino

    Bravo Thomas!

    You playing is beautiful and transports us to from the Renaissance through the Baroque and on into the world of the 20th Century.

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