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
Tony Kakamakov is a terrific young guitar player. Having come to the U.S. to study guitar at age 14, he was one of the hardest workers in the San Francisco Conservatory Guitar Department. He tackles the most difficult repertoire with aplomb, and his interpretations have intensity as well as beauty.
— David Tanenbaum, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Guitar Department Chair
I recently brought Tony Kakamakov to play a concert for my students at Cal State East Bay. We were all thrilled by his wonderful skills and beautiful sound. But even more moving than that, Tony brought us all into a world of powerful intensity and pure and humble commitment with every note that he played. It was a refreshing and ennobling experience that I hope many others can experience in the future.
— Marc Teicholz
Tony Kakamakov plays with virtuosity, intelligence and a stunning command of the instrument.
— Lawrence Ferrara
Antoniy is a virtuoso guitarist and profound musical thinker… he gave an astonishing performance and distinguished himself immediately as a guitarist to reckon with for the outstanding quality of his performance and his level of musicianship.
— Rene Izquierdo, Director of Classical Guitar Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kakamakov is astonishingly good. We sat in wonderment through the Bach Chaconne, the Antonio Jose Sonata, Bach’s Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, Mertz’ Fantasie Hongroise and Sergio Assad’s Aquarelle - very expressive playing and complete mastery of a heroic program - an instant standing ovation at the end.
— Daniel Roest, President/Artistic Director of the Sacramento Guitar Society
Antoniy’s performance was captivating and brilliant. In particular, his rendition of Bach’s Chaconne was powerfully emotional and virtuosic. Our students also had the pleasure of benefiting from his experience and advice during an intimate master class. We hope to have him back soon.
— Jesse McCann, Portland State University Guitar Faculty