Guitar virtuoso Anton Del Forno brings his acclaimed performance to the Downtown Concert Series on Saturday February 15th in a concert that will resonate with the richness and passion for which he is well known. “What Caruso was to the voice, Del Forno is to the guitar,” describes Il Messaggero.   

A remarkably versatile musician, Del Forno is tireless in his efforts to introduce listeners to his instrument's rich repertoire. Not only is Del Forno an enthusiastic and acclaimed performer of the classical and modern guitar, but he has enriched the guitar literature by his own compositions and transcriptions.

Born in New Jersey, Del Forno started with the electric guitar, initially launching a successful career as a pop musician. At seventeen, he realized the tremendous potential of the classical guitar and changed direction. Del Forno studied at Mannes College of Music in New York, graduating with the highest distinction in 1972. His teachers included the esteemed Russian violinist Leonid Bolotine, whose principal instrument is not the guitar.

Convinced that string players have a lot to learn from each other, despite, or, perhaps, because of, the fundamental differences between particular string instruments, Del Forno has observed that the art of violin fingering can shed light on fingering problems facing a guitar player.  Encouraged by Bolotine, Del Forno played a guitar recital his freshman year, making history at Mannes as the school's first freshman guitar recitalist. When he was 24, Del Forno started a concert career under the auspices of the Sol Hurok Agency.

“You’ll be treated to the intimate sounds of the guitar played by a master - it’s the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!" said Mark Hyczko, artistic director for the Downtown Concert Series.

Also a dedicated teacher, Del Forno is the founder of the guitar department at St. John's University in New York. Interestingly, Del Forno is left-handed, but plays guitar as right-handed person. Favoring a Ramirez guitar, whose unusually large fingerboard poses special technical challenges, Del Forno is passionate in his quest for a rich, resonant sound, which he believes should complement impeccable technical prowess.

Tickets for the concerts are $25 and $10 for students 18 years and younger. Discounted tickets are available for groups of ten or more. Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm. A reception honoring the artist will be hosted by Investors Bank (21 West Main Street, Freehold) following the concert.


The Downtown Concert Series is committed to bringing extraordinary musical artists to the intimate and historic venue of St. Peter’s Church located in downtown Freehold at 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, New Jersey 07728.