|Distinguished Service Award 2007 - David Grimes|
David Grimes was first introduced to the guitar when he was a junior math major at Caltech and heard a recording of Andrés Segovia. He completed his degree in mathematics and subsequently worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena for several years while he pursued his guitar studies with Guy Horn and Oscar Ghiglia. He has directed the guitar program at California State University, Fullerton since 1973.
His illustrious career has include many successful publications, including Treasures of the Baroque. Volumes 1, 2, 3. Mel Bay Publications, 1991, 1992, 1993; Complete Sor Studies. Mel Bay Publications, 1994; Complete Giuliani Studies. Mel Bay Publications, 1995; Favorite Sonatinas. Mel Bay Publications, 1996; Luys Milán: The Complete Fantasias. Mel Bay Publications, 2000; Islands. Editions Doberman-Yppan, 2007; and Twenty-four Preludes. Editions Doberman-Yppan, 2007.
David joined the GFA in 1984 and became a member of the Executive Committee. He hosted the first fully independent GFA International Guitar Festival in 1985 at California State University, Fullerton. He served as GFA President from 1986 to 2005 and continues as Reviews Editor for Soundboard.