Christopher Parkening
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"Christopher Parkening" is an American classical guitarist. He holds the Chair of Classical Guitar at Pepperdine University under the title Distinguished Professor of Music.

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It was a great privilege to study with him — and I have felt he's the greatest for four reasons: one, he had great technique; two, he had a uniquely beautiful sound; three, his musicianship was remarkable — such feeling and passion; and four, he had the ability to communicate all of this to the public, from which he had wonderful support.

[He said he feels privileged to carry the Segovia torch.] I have such great admiration for him, ... He once told me, 'The pursuit of excellence requires hard work and discipline, over and above success,' and I try to emphasize this with my students at Pepperdine.