“Tony Kakamakov is a brilliant young musician who plays the guitar beautifully. He has a true understanding of different music styles and delivers them with great enthusiasm and expression.” Sergio Assad
Antoniy Kakamakov was born into a family of professional violinists in Bulgaria, and began studying the guitar at the age of ten. Just three years later, Antoniy had already won first prizes in three international guitar competitions in Romania and Bulgaria.
Antoniy’s passion for guitar was quickly recognized and he was awarded full scholarship to study at the prestigious all arts boarding school Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, under Terry Graves and Michael Kudirka. He was then offered a scholarship to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music – one of the major guitar departments in the country. There he received his Bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of David Tanenbaum, and furthered his studies as a Master’s candidate under famed guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. Antoniy has continued to receive many awards and prizes from guitar competitions of national and international levels. Antoniy is the first prize winner of the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival and Competition and the first of its kind Wesley Day Solo Classical Guitar Recording Competition, providing the winner with a CD recording, and a tour around several UC and state colleges and universities. Antoniy is a prize winner of the SFCM Concerto Competition, Portland, Louisville and Tennessee Guitar Competitions, and has participated in organizing and judging various guitar festivals.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music teacher and renowned guitarist Marc Teicholz and Antoniy led the San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Ensemble for the US premiere of Sergio Assad’s piece Trios Brasiliens a Saint Paul at the 2008 edition of the leading guitar festival in the USA – Guitar Foundation of America. He was also a part of Guitarrada IV, which is a showcase of rare collector guitars from WWII to present, showcasing the John Harris Collection. Antoniy has performed at yet another major festival in the US – La Guitarra California. Antoniy appeared during David Tanenbaum’s concert at the festival, where they gave the the second ever performance of a newly written 30 minute piece by noted Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina “Repetence,” featuring three classical guitars.
Antoniy Kakamakov actively performs both as a soloist and with the Pacific Guitar Ensemble, a group consisting of SFCM guitar faculty and selected alumni. He has appeared in concerts at La Guitarra California, Guitar Foundation of America, Omni Foundation Guitar Series, Cranbrook Music Guild, Seattle, South Bay, Sacramento, Sierra Nevada guitar societies, and more. Antoniy has a passion for teaching and has given performances and masterclasses at Portland State University, Humboldt State University, UC Santa Cruz, and others. Antoniy is currently the classical guitar faculty at Oakland School for the Arts.