Gerald Garcia – Biography

Gerald Garcia – studied Chemistry at Oxford  University  and  now lives in Oxford.

When not performing as a guitarist in Borneo or the Arctic Circle, he writes music and conducts and trains ensembles.

His ’25 Etudes Esquisses’ for guitar solo  have been recorded for NAXOS by John  Holmquist and Alison Bendy and his music has been played and  recorded by David Russell, Craig Ogden, the Amadeus Duo, the Eden-Stell Duo, Xue Fei Yang,the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and John  Williams. His compositions have also been performed or recorded by the Oxford Concert Party and the early music ensemble Charivari Agreable.
His concerto for 2 guitars based on  themes collected by Garcia Lorca (the Lorca Concerto) has been  performed throughout Europe and is a staple of the guitar duo repertoire – it has recently been recorded on the  Hanssler label by the Amadeus Duo and with the National Youth Guitar Ensemble by the Eden Stell Duo.
His concerto for violin, guitar and strings (Concerto Romantico) was  performed in February 2013 to a capacity audience in Vilnius Congress Hall by the Lithuanian State Symphony with Vilhelmas Cepinskis and Sergej Krinicin
His  orchestral and choral music has been performed at  the Festival for Youth and Music two years  running and he has written many guitar and orchestral works.
His music and arrangements have been published  worldwide by Mel Bay, Holley Music, ABG  publications, Guitarissimo and Cramer.
His teaching experience has included educational  workshops with Kent Opera, English National  Opera and the Academy of St.Martin-in-the- Fields.

He is a regular tutor at the International Guitar Festivals in Iserlohn, Germany and West Dean, UK.

He is at present musical director of the National Youth Guitar  Ensemble which brings together young guitarists  from all over the UK to play guitar orchestral  pieces, some of which have been commissioned for the group.
He has taken part in and created music workshops for both school children and teachers in Britain and Scotland and is a popular adjudicator at music festivals around the world.
As a session guitarist he has been heard in many films scored by Gabriel Yared, Michel Legrand, Stanley Meyers and Philippe Sarde, amongst others.
He has recorded more than 14 CDs with Naxos, Meridian, Acoustics and Saga which have sold more than 50,000 copies world-wide.
He has performed with many other musicians  and actors, notably guitarists Paco Peña, John  Renbourn and John Williams, and performs in a  duo with Alison Bendy and with Simon Mayor’s  Mandolinquents as well as in an occasional  Irish”ensemble” with Mick Henry, Bernard  O’Donoghue, John Pethica and Tom Paulin.
In October 1995 he toured China in a duo with  guitarist John Williams playing to audiences of  tens of thousands of Chinese guitarists and teaching at Beijing and Shanghai conservatoires.
He has been invited back to China more recently with teaching posts at Guangzhou, Beijing and Chengdu.

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It was a happy coincidence that I bumped into Will McNicol in Chengdu when I was on my way to my Mum’s 96th birthday.

I was met at the airport by Will, Xu Bao and Joshua Jiao and rushed to a restaurant in an emergency food dash.

Will had been touring China with his own super charged yet gentle brand of acoustic music which he played on a new crossover guitar made by Martinez. This is a nylon strung instrument with a longer neck (the neck meets the body at the 14th fret) and a slightly shallower body. Will had just played in Chengdu the night before, following on from ten or more concerts throughout China, ably assisted by Josh.

After a wonderful lunch which culminated in the smashing of a wine glass while I was on a swing (don’t ask) we were joined by Alex Wang, CEO of Martinez. The following, slightly inebriated interview(s) discussing the future of the guitar in China, connections, Will’s music, life, the universe etc followed without further breakages .

A clip from Will’s latest recording
Dragonflies, Frogs and Bumblebees

Will was voted Acoustic Guitarist of the Year by Guitarist Magazine in 2011.
Here is his piece “The Wakeup”.

Lunch with Alex, Josh, Gerald, Will, Xu Bao

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