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Mr. Parkening is Distinguished Professor of Music and Chair of the Guitar Department at Pepperdine University.  For information about the guitar program, click here.

To see a complete listing of , and details about all method books, music folios, and a DVD from the Hal Leonard Corporation, click here.

Christopher Parkening is ranked as one of the world’s preeminent virtuosos of the classical guitar. The Washington Post cited, he is “the leading guitar virtuoso of our day combining profound musical insight with complete technical mastery of his instrument,” and The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Parkening is considered America’s reigning classical guitarist, carrying the torch of his mentor, the late Andrés Segovia.” The great Spanish guitarist Segovia proclaimed that “Christopher Parkening is a great artist—he is one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world.”

Christopher has performed around the world, including such prestigious places as Carnegie Hall and the White House. His television appearances include the Grammy® Awards, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and 20/20. He has recorded 20 albums, and earned two Grammy® nominations in the category of “Best Classical Recording.” He recently received the University Musical Society's "Distinguished Artist Award" for 2003 at the Ford Honors Program. He founded the classical guitar department at Pepperdine University, and holds the Christopher Parkening Chair in Classical Guitar as Distinguished Professor of Music.

Christopher is also a world class fly fishing and casting champion who has won the International Gold Cup Tarpon Tournament (the “Wimbledon” of fly fishing) in the Florida Keys. But at the heart of his dedication to performance, recording and teaching is a deep commitment to Jesus Christ.

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