Michael Lewin

Head of Guitar

FRAM, Dip RAM, LRAM

Guitar - Head of Guitar
Junior Academy - Guitar

Internationally respected pedagogue who gives masterclasses all over the world, with an exceptional roster of former students throughout the profession

Adjudicator for major competitions

Studied at the Royal Academy of Music; Head of Guitar since 1987

As guitarist and lutenist, Michael has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Ballet Rambert, English National Opera and The Royal Opera Covent Garden amongst many others, and has broadcast on major networks in the UK and abroad. In addition to solo concerts he has played with chamber groups and orchestras at leading international festivals as well as at the BBC Proms. He has also made a number of recordings, notably with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and collaborated with the film composer Trevor Jones.

His arrangements for solo guitar have been featured on the recent top-selling albums by his former student Miloš Karadaglić for Deutsche Grammophon.

Since becoming a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1977, he has devoted an increasing amount of time to educational work. His department has built a superb reputation, attracting students and visiting artists of the highest calibre. Success in prize competitions and the strong and distinctive professional careers of Academy alumni further attest to the quality of Michael’s teaching.

Michael has given masterclasses at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), the University of Bologna, and the Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique et Danse (Paris), on summer courses at Scandiano and Siena in Italy, and at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival in Germany and the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil.

A regular adjudicator at national and international competitions, Michael has examined at most of the main UK conservatoires and is on the Diploma Panel of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He has also edited Trinity College of Music’s Guitar Grade and Diploma Syllabus. In 1990 he co-founded the European Guitar Teachers’ Association, UK (EGTA) and from 1999 to 2001 was its chairman, meanwhile also being vice-president of the international EGTA from 1996 to 2006.

Extending his interest in helping young musicians at the start of their careers, he is honoured to be a Liveryman and Court Member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and chairs the panel of the WCM’s Ivor Mairants Guitar Award. Since its inception in 2009 he has been a trustee of the Julian Bream Trust.

Michael Lewin studied with Hector Quine at the Royal Academy of Music, and in Spain with José Tomas.

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