Carlos Bonell has been described by Classical Guitar Magazine, UK as "one of the great communicators of the guitar world". He has recorded more than twenty albums and played in forty countries, with concert appearances ranging from intimate recitals to concertos with symphony orchestras.
His latest album Magical Mystery Guitar Tour, inspired by his association with Sir Paul McCartney, is dedicated to the music of the Beatles in Carlos' own arrangements for solo guitar. It went to number one on the UK iTunes classical album charts in May 2012. Carlos was born in London of Spanish parents in 1949. He started to play at the age of five, learning to play Spanish folk music on the guitar from his father who was a keen amateur guitarist, while also studying the violin more formally at school. He completed his studies at the Royal College of Music with John Williams, where he was appointed the youngest ever professor at the age of 22. His solo début in 1971 was a sell-out concert at the Purcell Room in the Royal Festival Hall, London; his concerto début was with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1975.
John Walsh is a Flamenco guitarist based in Dublin. An experienced musician, John has been giving concerts throughout Ireland as Europe and the UK.
After obtaining a Diploma in classical guitar from Trinity College London, John dedicated his studies exclusively to Flamenco guitar, travelling to Algeciras, Spain, home of the legendary Paco de Lucia to study with the brilliant guitarist Salvador Andrades and has since studied with other masters of Flamenco such as Jose Manuel Leon and Juan Antonio Suarez.
In 2008 he was invited to perform in the National Concert Hall Dublin and the Millennium Theatre Limerick supporting the Garcia Flamenco National tour. John was one of the 10 musicians (and the only guitarist) chosen for the 2009 ‘Musicians of the Future’ concert in the National Concert Hall performing 2 original compositions composed specially for the concert.
He has performed with many acclaimed artists including Salvador Andrades, Luis de Luis, Olayo Jimenez, Lucas Gonzalez, Felipe de Algeciras, Mercedes Garcia Lopez, Pepe de Algeciras.
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Sound Of Strings
Welcome to the Sound Of Strings, a new Finger-style Guitar band from Sweden, featuring Thomas Hansy and David Hansson! Many people might know them as the world touring classical guitar duo The Gothenburg Combo.
"Tenderness abd delicacy, sensitivity and perfection. But also playfulness and exuberance, virtuosity and sheer joy... The Gothenburg Combo play classical music with pop, exude and irresistible life-affirming sense of humour and with these qualities belong to the leading guitar ups of the world." Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
Sound Of Strings was formed in a desire to return to our youth. We were brought up with the music of ABBA and we find it very liberating to play all those amazing songs that were such an important part of our childhood.
.... the young Swedish Stars showed an almost acrobatic skill on the guitar. Their ingenuity knew no limits... Hersbrucker Zeitung
Manus Noble is one of the most exciting and innovative of today's generation of young guitarists. Both a performer and a composer, Manus studied at the Royal College of Music under Gary Ryan and after graduating with first class honours was awarded a scholarship to do his Masters in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 2010, where he also graduated with Distinction in 2012.
A multi-award winning guitarist, having performed throughout the UK and abroad, Manus Noble's exciting and varied concerts are in high-demand.
"Manus Noble is an extremely talented young musician, showing great imagination on all his interpretations. He backs up his musicality with a superb technical ability, excelling in his colorful use of sound." - David Russell
Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional impact of the music.
Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, McManus abandoned academia in his twenties to pursue music full time. The session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland and a studio set for BBC Radio, frequently rebroadcast, began to spread the word.
Thibault Cauvin is one of the most talented, charismatic and sought-after guitarists in the world today. He is traveling the globe throughout the year at the invitation of the most prestigious festivals and concert halls such as the New York Carnegie Hall, the Shanghai Opera, the Moscow Tchaikowski Hall, the London Wigmore Hall, the Hong Kong Opera, the Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Munich Geistag, among others.
He has already given more than 1000 concerts in 120 countries, warmly greeted by the critics. He has also participated in many TV and radio programs and collaborated with famous musicians, composers and symphony orchestras. Considered as an innovative and creative performer, always working on the evolution of the classical music.