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HONORS & AWARDS:
2015 Honored at the Woodstock Guitar Invitational for Lifetime Achievement, and for having trained a cadre of talented young luthiers who are making a mark for themselves in this field of work.
2014 Artwork included into the collection of Julie Hawks, Oakland, California
2013 Artwork included into the collection of Charles Dahlman, Santa Rosa, California
2012 "Best of Oakland" Award, U.S.Commerce Association, 5042 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California
2011 Artwork included into the collections of Michael and Melissa Sternhell, New York, New York; artwork included into the collection of Michihiro Matsuda and Marjorie Learned, Alameda, California.
2010 Artwork included into the collections of Michael and Melissa Sternhell, New York, New York; artwork included into the collection of Michihiro Matsuda and Marjorie Learned, Alameda, California.
2010 Advisory Committee, Montreal Guitar Show
2009 Artwork included into the collection of Pamela Bendich, Bekeley, California
2009 Somogyi Books Launch Ceremony, Montreal Guitar Festival, Montreal
2009 Donation of Hecht guitar to the Musical Instrument Museum at the University of South Dakota.
2008 Artwork included into the collection of Yolaida Duran and Magie Crystal, San Francisco, California; and Pamela Bendich, Bekeley, California
2007 Member of Advisory Board, Montreal Salon de Guitare
2007 Artwork included into the collection of Manuel Velazquez, Winter Springs, Florida
2007 Member of Advisory Board, Miami Guitar Show
2006 Curatorship of (City of Berkeley Arts Commission) Guitar Making Exhibition
2006 Artwork included into the collection of Susan Moffett, Nelson, B.C., Canada; and William Fitzgerald, Washington, D.C.
2004 Artwork included into the collection of Lewis Santer, Berkeley, California; Matthew Tremaglio, San Francisco, California
2003 Artwork included into the collections of Joan Alexander, Berkeley, California; Michael Sommer, Las Vegas, Nevada; Hiro Corporation, Kobe, Japan
2002 Artwork included in the collections of Joan Alexander, Berkeley, California; Michael Sommers, Las Vegas, Nevada
2001 Artwork included in the collections of JoAnne Zupan, Los Angeles, California; Muriel Anderson, Nashville, Tennessee
2001 Artwork included into the collections of Arthur and Barbara Bloch, Berkeley, California; Michael and Laura Yard, Tucson, Arizona
2000 Artwork included into the collections of Nancy Fuller, Los Angeles, California; Janet Yang, Seattle, Washington; Barbara Willenborg, San Francisco, California; Al Williams, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Christopher Jenkins, Arlington, Texas; David Serva, Madrid, Spain; Jess Wilson, San Carlos, California; David Smith, Berkeley, California; Kathy Foster, Oakland, California; Rosalind Kim, Moraga, California; Gerald Alexanderson, Santa Clara, California; Thomas A. Tyler, St. Louis, Missouri; Arlene Baxter, Berkeley, California; Mr. & Mrs. Sung-Hou Kim, Berkeley, California
1999 Artwork included into the collection of Ittsei Nakagawa, El Cerrito, California; Sophia Nardin and Luke Wood, Los Angeles, California; Karen Rosenberg, Berkeley, California; E. Kim Barnes, Oakland, California; George Casey, Richmond, California; Ken and Mina Oya, Saitama, Japan; Josh Wolf and Laura Powers, New York, New York; Robert and Marianna Hoolhorst, Berkeley, California, Mr. & Mrs. Isato Matsuda, Tokyo, Japan; Miriam Green and Andrew Rose, Berkeley, California; S.W. and D.S. Jordan, Walnut Creek, California; Brigid O'Brien, Richmond, California; Gerald Alexanderson, Santa Clara, California; Ann Marie Peters, Hayward, California; Joan Gale, Oakland, California; Jonathan and Abby Alkon Leonard, Berkeley, California; Sherilyn Tharp, Berkeley, California; Matthew & Julie Wong, Berkeley, California; Rebecca Pushkin, Morgantown, West Virginia; Marsha and Paul Dalmas, Berkeley, California; Daniel Somogyi, Northampton, England
1999 Tokyu Hands Grand Prix Mind Prize; Tokyo, Japan
1998 Commission by Jewish Federation of San Francisco
1998 Artwork included into the collections of Mitsuhiro Uchida, Nagano, Japan; Martin Wood and Jennifer Matthews, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Mildred Sternhell, New York, N. Y; Ryosuke Iizuka, Tokyo, Japan; Kirsten Williams, Oakland, Calif.; Jason Grant, Berkeley, Calif.; Peppino D'Agostino, San Francisco, Calif.; Joseph Goldyne, San Francisco, California; Andrew Rose, Berkeley, California; P. Elise Morgan, El Cerrito, California; Vatcharee Aiem-Sa-Ard, Berkeley, California; Trician Comings, Santa Cruz, California
1998 Jury Award, Northwest Fine Woodworking, Seattle, Washington
1997 Artwork included into the collections of Valory Mitchell, Oakland, Calif.; Mark Cloutier, Berkeley, Calif.; Avi Goldyne, Tel Aviv, Israel; Timothy White, New Boston, N.H.; Vivian Wohlwend, San Diego, Calif.; Mihail Chemiakin, New York, N.Y.; John Wooster, Ross, Calif.; Laura Nicodemus, Berkeley, California
1996 Artwork included into the collections of Jose Romanillos, Guijosa, Spain; Ernest Lowinger, London, England; Shun Komatsubara, Kobe, Japan; Alice Horne, St. Julians, Malta; John Fogelin, San Francisco, Calif.; Vivian Wohlwend, San Diego, Calif.;Yoshiaki Kakuta, Kanagawa, Japan; Isato Nakagawa, Tokyo, Japan; Patrick Cho, Hayward, California
1995 Appreciation award, Northern California Association of Luthiers
1995 Artwork included into the collections of Hideo Kamimoto, San Jose, Calif.; Lewis Santer, Davis, Calif.; Selma Brenner, Stamford, Ct.; Diane Michalowski, Boston, Mass.; Jay Hostetler, Athens, Ohio; Guild of American Luthiers, Tacoma, Wash.; Mr. & Mrs. T. Mellon, Washington, D.C.; and The Arizona Center for Health and Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona
1995 Letter of Commendation from Ed Gerhard, Virtue Records, New Hampshire
1994 Artwork included into the collections of Barbara Klein, Berkeley, Calif.; Ann Lumsdaine & James Ross, Oakland, Calif.; Terry & Jane Nardin, Minneapolis, Minn.; Donald and Joan Gale, Oakland, Calif.
1993 Letter of Commendation, Different Fur Recording Studios, San Francisco, Calif.
1993 Second Place Best of Show, l078 Gallery, Chico, California
1993 Honorable Mention, Dishman Gallery, Beaumont, Texas
1993 Artwork included into the collections of Asta Engineering Co., Inc., Malvern, Pa.; Mr. & Mrs. David Zumsteg, San Francisco, Calif.; Ann Lumsdaine & James Ross, Oakland, Calif.
1992 Artwork included into the collection of Daniel H. Eakins, Palo Alto, California; Mr. & Mrs. Philip Gardner, San Ramon, California; Naomi Nakashima, San Francisco, California; Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Jones, Berkeley, California; Ronald Skarbos, Seattle, Washington
1991 Artwork included into the collection of Christine Steensma, Berkeley, California
1991 Retirement presentation woodcarving commissioned by New Life College of Chiropractic, Hayward, California
1991 Business logo carving commissioned by Luthier's Mercantile, Healdsburg, California
1990-1 Artwork included into the collection of Don Kessler D.C., Hayward, California; Robert Sternhell, Malvern, Pennsylvania; June Zalatoris, San Ramon, California; Nancy Baer and Leon Cho, Richmond, California; David and Sara Andrew, Miami, Florida; Anthony and Johanna Hunt, San Francisco, California; Diane Wilson, El Cerrito, California
1990 When John Denver was asked to play at the White House he played on a Somogyi guitar
1985 Awards of repair warrantee certification by Ovation, Alvarez-Yairi, Dobro, Orozco and Gibson guitar companies
1985 - 05 Pat Donohue, national fingerpicking champion, plays a Somogyi guitar on Prairie Home Companion
1985 Third place, "Best Luthier" category, Frets magazine
1985 Letter of recognition by Music Annex Recording Studio, Menlo Park, California
1983 Somogyi guitar selected and given as first prize for the National Fingerpicking Championships, Winfield, Kansas
1982 Winner, "Best Luthier" category, Frets Magazine
1981 Windham Hill artists Alex de Grassi and Daniel Hecht play solo performances at Carnegie Hall, playing Somogyi guitars
1980-85 Windham Hill recording artists using Somogyi Guitars selected as music of choice for intermissions, National Public Radio programming
1980 KTVU Channel 2, Oakland, California, makes award-winning short film for Segment 2, about Ervin Somogyi's work

COMMISSIONED LUTHERIE WORK:
Many of my instruments have been commissioned directly by individuals. Since 1975 I've made instruments for Will Ackerman, Maurizio Angeletti, Henry Austin, George Austin, Keola Beamer, Christopher Blake, Daniel Boggan, James Boraas, Paul Bowman, Tom Bowman, Daniel Bresnan, Lawrence Brooke, the California Guitar Trio, George Casey, Ralph Compton, George Connor, Gregory Coon, Al Copping, Nick Copping, John Creger, James Edward Criss, Donna Bediah Dawn, Natividad de Anda, Toby de Ganahl, Alex de Grassi, Robert de Witt, John Denver, Pat Donohue, Jonathan Dudey, Kenton Drake, Jeffrey Edmunds, A. E. Ehrenworth, Jonathan Elion, Steve Erquiaga, Norman Eshoo, Richard Faltynski, Dennis Galloway, John Gates, Ed Gerhard, Richard Glick, Robert Gore, Greg Gumbel, Kristin Hackler, Steve Hancoff, John Hansen, James Hare, Howard Harrelson, Gerald Hauptman, Gary Hayes, Daniel Hecht, Michael Hedges, George Hegwood, Paul Heumiller, Clyde Hill, Ronald Horvitz, F. Scott Houston, George Issaris, Victoria Jacobson, Frank Jakubowski, Murray James, Leon Jones, Michael Joyce, Tama Judd, Howard Kadis, David Kang, Myra Kelly, Joseph Kiefer, Masaaki Kishibe, Josie Klapper, Shun Komatsubara, Richard Layton, James Le Tellier, Ellie Lewis, Tracy Love, Ralph MacMichael, Martin Mak, Mike Marshall, Michael Masterson, Michael Matich, James Matthews, Isato Nakagawa, Mark Nomura, Glen Oberhansli, Mark O'Connor, Larry Pattis, Lawrence Pederson, Teresa Piccolo, Richard Poole, Paul Prince, Willis Alan Ramsey, Polly Roberts, Anthony Russo, Maggie Sansome, Carl Schwindeman, Richard Seifert, Bola Sete, George Sheldon, Michael Simon, Martin Simpson, Rodney Stone, Walter Taylor, Mark Tomacci, Dwayne Tunnell, David Vanecek, Don Willis, George Winston, and Michael Yard

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