Internationally renowned as a brilliant innovator of the classical guitar, Paul Galbraith has been working since the 1980’s towards expanding the technical limits of his instrument, besides augmenting the quantity and quality of its repertoire.
Gracefully phrased, beautifully balanced … imagination and coloristic variety — New York Times
These efforts have already resulted in a series of critically acclaimed recordings of works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Haydn and Ravel, along with his own arrangements of folk tunes from various countries, all of which demonstrate the originality of his musical personality. By exchanging the traditional guitar for the eight-string Brahms guitar, which he helped develop, Galbraith found the ideal instrument with which to interpret the challenging transcriptions from his highly personal repertoire.
In Galbraith’s unique playing style, the guitar, with its two extra strings (one high, one low), is supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box.
Exhilarating beyond compare … a joy — Guitar Review
Lauded for his “exceptional artistry” by the New Yorker, he won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition at the age of 17. Andres Segovia, who was president, call his playing “magnificent”. this award helped launch an international career, including engagements with some of the finest orchestras in Britain and Europe.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Lute Suite No.3 in G minor (trans. A minor), BWV 995 Prelude Allemande Courante Sarabande Gavottes 1 & 2 Gigue Anton Webern (1883-1945) Variations, Opus 27 Sehr mässig (Very moderate) Sehr schnell (Very fast) Ruhig fliessend (Calm, flowing) Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909) Espana Prelude Tango Malagueña Serenata Capricho Catalan Zortzico Manuel Ponce (1882-1948) Prelude and 20 Variations with Fugue on “La Folia de España” All works arranged for eight-string guitar by Paul Galbraith
Mr. Galbraith will conduct a masterclass 2:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday, March 10.