Guitar

The Academy has established itself as a foremost international centre for the study of the classical guitar. 

 
Our comprehensive curriculum and unique musicological resources encourage students to reach the highest standards as soloists, ensemble players and teachers. The expertise of the department embraces all aspects of guitar performance, from the concert platform to the theatre, ballet, opera house and recording studio, as well as specialisms in the main historical periods.

Each year there is a prestigious series of masterclasses, lectures and concerts. Among the distinguished visiting artists have been the Assad Duo, Manuel Barrueco, Edoardo Catemario, Eduardo Fernández, Eliot Fisk, Sharon Isbin, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, David Russell, David Starobin, David Tanenbaum, John Williams and Julian Bream (who for almost half a century adjudicated his prize each year). Eminent luthiers, such as David Rubio, Paul Fischer and José Romanillos, have also been invited to discuss developments in guitar construction.

Other special events have featured the composers Leo Brouwer, Stephen Dodgson, Hans Werner Henze, Nicholas Maw, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and an International Guitar Duo Festival. The promotion of student compositions for the guitar also forms an integral part of the department’s work.

In competitions around the world, from the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Prince’s Prize and Mairants Award in the UK to the Tárrega Competition in Spain and the GFA, Parkening and Concert Artists’ Guild competitions in the USA, Academy guitarists have regularly won top prizes. Many successfully pursue international careers.

‘I had these ideas about music and how I wanted to sound, but I needed somebody to steer it. Michael was incredible because he never stopped me from expressing myself the way I wanted to, but he always helped me express myself better’ Miloš Karadaglic, The Daily Telegraph 

See also: Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies

 

Contact

Karen Ingram, Guitar Administrator
Telephone 020 7873 7380 / Email guitar@ram.ac.uk

Michael Lewin

Head of Guitar: Michael Lewin

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

Has recorded works from the early Baroque to cutting-edge contemporary

Adjudicator for major competitions

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

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Guitar Chamber Music

04.05.2017 木曜日 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

A varied programme of collaborations between guitarists, vocal and string students

The Spencer Collection: A Musical Banquet — A Curator’s Tour free

12.06.2017 月曜日 12:30, Museum Ground Floor

Joanna Tapp gives a guided tour of the current exhibition exploring the collection of lutenist and guitarist Robert Spencer

Guitar Masterclass with Fabio Zanon free

14.06.2017 水曜日 18:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

6.30–9.30pm With Fabio Zanon, leading international soloist and Visiting Professor of Guitar at the Academy. Free, n...

David Russell Guitar Prize free

29.06.2017 木曜日 18:00, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Students will perform a recital including set repertoire works.

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