You helped make me understand that there is a story behind every
piece; that there is something far far beyond the black dots on the score, a
metronome, and a lonely small space. I have learned to use the guitar as my
voice, and now understand that no one can hear that voice if I don’t go out
in the world and say something.
Whoever comes through and studies at Mannes Prep with you in the upcoming
years is very lucky. I’m sure that you will have the same impact on them as
you have had on me. I won’t hesitate to ask you for advice or just say hello.
Farewell maestro.
— John Bogan - Mannes Prep 2013 1st Prize winner at the 2014 GFA Youth International Competition Senior Division