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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Happy New Year

This year, I had the good fortune to bump into Christian Fergo, a very talented film maker who is also no mean guitarist.

He wanted to do an interview with me, which ended up a sprawling 30+ minutes long. Thanks for the hard work, Christian!

Here is the video he made-

and here is the complete performance of the Concerto for Four Guitars given by the Sensemaya Quartet at Iserlohn 2019

Born in Copenhagen 1980, he studied guitar with John Jacobsen, Lars Trier and Frank Bungarten and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Lucerne Academy of Music, both academies awarding him diplomas with distinction for his recitals and soloist performances. The Lucerne Times called him an “outstanding young soloist” and wrote about him: “Christian Fergo showed a highly sensitive musicality and very detailed technique”.

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