by The New York Times as "Fresh, Hot and Headed for Fame," The Newman &
Oltman Guitar Duo celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year with a new CD release on
MusicMasters Classics/BMG (their nineth recording overall) -- Cantos de España: Songs of
Spain, featuring Spanish Romantic works by Isaac Albéniz -- as well as with the start of
their second decade as Ensemble-in-Residence at New York's Mannes College of Music and
recital and orchestral performances in North America and Europe. Billboard Magazine
recently named this CD it's "Critic's Choice," and Guitar Player Magazine
proclaimed: "the pair's Vulcan-mind-meld delivery is downright astonishing.
It's especially remarkable in the context of the floating, quasi-improvised rhythms with
which the pair breathe new life into the music."
The duo's recent MusicMasters/BMG CD, Laments and Dances: Music from the Folk
Traditions, received unanimous critical acclaim: "A revelation to hear."
-The Washington Post. "Spirited, informed performances." -American Record
Guide. "Newman and Oltman are true musical explorers, and their performances
are as electrifying as their choice of repertoire." -On The Air Magazine.
Recipients of numerous grants and awards including those from the National Endowment
for the Arts and Chamber Music America, the duo's concert tours have taken them to
forty-nine states, to Asia, Europe, South America, Canada, and the Caribbean.
The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo explores the farthest reaches of the ensemble
literature, performing and recording the premieres of many new works. Newman and
Oltman collaborate with such diverse artists as mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and folk
singer Sally Rogers, violinist Arnold Steinhardt and fiddler Jay Ungar, Celtic artist
Seamus Egan, and the Lark and Turtle Island String Quartets. The duo's critically
praised recordings for MusicMasters and Sheffield Lab reveal the extraordinary stylistic
and cultural breadth of their repertoire.
Laura Oltman teaches at Princeton and Rutgers Universities. Michael Newman
serves on the faculty of The Mannes College of Music. They serve as Music Directors
of the Raritan River Music Festival. Beginning this summer, they will direct the
guitar program at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival. In between concert tours,
Michael and Laura are still restoring their 19th-century house and perennial gardens on
the Delaware River in New Jersey, where they live with their horse ("Bunny") and