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One new favorite on YouTube, and three others live

by Jeff Stanley
(San Antonio, Texas)

I just discovered Julio Cesar Oliva, who Ruben Diaz of the Guitar Foundation of America calls "the greatest classical guitar composer and player in Mexico." YouTube has a recording of Oliva playing his wonderful piece "Amaneci en Tus Brazos" here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrE7RPgsDuA

BTW, GFA is hosting a convention June 22-27 in Austin, Texas. The opening concert Tuesday night will feature Pepe Romero. I can't attend the entire event, which includes workshops and lectures. But in addition to Tuesday, I plan on attending two concerts on Friday night featuring Ana Vidovic and Grisha Goryachev.

http://www.guitarfoundation.org/drupal/convention/artists

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Love these guys

Jason Vieaux - I finally got to see him play live and was not let down. He is incredible. Wonderful sound. Plus he is a really nice guy. Can't say enough about him.

SoloDuo - These 2 guys are incredible. It is amazing what they can do with a guitar. I am so looking forward to seeing them live in February.

Patrick Lui - Because he is my son's classical guitar teacher and he introduced me to the wonders of this genre of music.

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Emotional feelings

Pepe Romero - Concerto De Aranjuez (2nd movement)

I have always liked this piece as far back as I can remember, to me it was just a fantastic piece of emotional playing. Then!!!! I watched this,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdMScY0rEhQ

and at the end I broke down and cried, I never knew that so much sadness and loss was associated with this piece, it has took on a whole new meaning for me now, although I have only had about 20 1 hour lessons I am actually learning this piece now, albeit it is the easier version, but now! I am determined to learn the proper version some time in the future when I have gained a lot more experience.

Julian Bream - Capricho Arabe

The title to this piece has always intrigued me and I can't explain why this piece effects me the way it does, it just does, I cannot explain how I am feeling when I listen to this, all I know is for some reason, part way through I start to feel sad and teary.

John Williams - Asturias

I like this piece because it makes me feel really good inside. and for me it is an exciting piece that spans a whole range of emotions.


One day I will learn these 3 pieces and be able to play them well.

Ian.

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The greatest unknown - Virginia Luque

by Erwin
(Indiana)

Virginia Luque was Andres Segovia's last student; a fact that many do not know. Her technique, tone, and interpretations are exquisite and definitely strikes you. In concert, she will stir your heart, a true measurement of a incredible musician. Words really do no justice.

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Living? Vidovic, Kanengiser, Clarke, and Two HMs

by Jeff Stanley
(San Antonio, Texas)

At the top I would have to put Ana Vidovic. Comparing artists, especially virtuosos, is a dicey business. But calling Vidovic "today's Ida Presti" would hardly be overrating her. Her mastery of the instrument is a given.

Meanwhile, her journeys of discovery into the profundities that lie deep inside the music -- and which require virtuoso performances to plumb such as her's of "Asturias" and "Valses Venezolanos 2 y 3" -- often bring tears to my eyes. Simply breathtaking.

William Kanengiser is a true master of the guitar. A master with technical skills -- as can be witnessed in his performance of "Turkish March" -- which may be as flawless as is possible for a human being to attain. But like all true masters, Kanengiser is hardly bound by forms, but stretches the envelope of his instrument in pieces such as Brian Head's "Brookland Boogie."

Last but not least would be a young man named John Clarke who, like the young tend to be, is wonderfully iconoclastic, especially with his various strums. Purists can scoff all they want at those he adds to "Spanish Romance." I think they're *kewel*.

Clarke is not only an accomplished player, he also writes. His piece "The Most Evolved," rich with his trademark strums, has a feel and an appeal that I would call "American, All The Way." I sincerely hope that Clarke continues to develop himself both as a player and a composer.

Honorable Mentions: Begging Mr Maurice's indulgence, I have to mention two more guitarists. Strictly speaking, since they both play steel-string acoustics, they aren't classical players. Nevertheless they are true innovators on the instrument in my book. Check out Andy McKee's performance of Don Ross's "Tight Trite Night" and of his own "Drifting." And check out Antoine Dufour's performance of his piece "Catching the Light". See if you agree.

Note: All of the above artists and performances can be found on YOUTUBE.

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Iraqi guitarist

by Islam Yasir
(Mosul-Iraq)

At most I really adore Mr.Lee Ritenour because he is a real master of fusion jazz to me and besides, his music is so beautiful & meaningful & simple to me (as a classical & Flamenco beginner 16 years old guitarist). He also plays nicely on so many different sorts of guitars.

At the second place I like Earl Klugh because of his brilliance in playing the classical guitar.

Finally , I like Mario Reyes (of the Gitano family) because of his fast rythm Flamenco playing.

And there are more like Al di Meola, Al Stewart, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, David Gilmour, Pat Metheny, Paco De Lucia.

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Ars Longa, Vita Brevis...

by Praxiteles
(Washington)

Francisco Tárrega inspired more people than just me me. Segovia most likely played guitar rather than the violin because of him. Though I don't think anyone ever asked him his influences on the instrument.

His transcription of Isaac Albéniz's "Asturias, Leyenda" is by far my favourite of his contributions to the guitar.

His tremolo study "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" is brilliant, not only because of it's beautiful simplicity, but because it's just so damn hard on the hand.

People tend to forget about this guy when they're a guitard (guitar retard for all of you who couldn't deduce that).

Obviously I like Segovia. He plays more like he's caressing the guitar than beating the hell out of it.

Almost like having sex with it (as some people say for Vai, Satriani, Hendrix, and the like).

This guy's one of the main reasons modern Classical guitar (and really guitar driven music in general) exists today.

He took it and basically made the world see that that the guitar wasn't just a parlor instrument comparable only to the likes of the lute (don't get me wrong, I love lutes).

I love all his arrangements, his interpretations and all of his original compositions. The way he plays is just so much more smooth than really any guitar playing (the only electric guitar tone I even dare to compare with his playing is Eric Johnson's. It's just as sexy as Segovia's playing).

And John Williams. I really like this guy even though he does beat the hell out of his guitar (most of the time).

He plays even better than the guy I used to have in his place (Parkening, I still like him. I just don't think he's anything like Williams).

I really got into him when I bought Sky's first, second, and third albums. When I found out how he arranged some of the tunes, he really got my attention.

Plus, Sky's just an amazing band.

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Concerto de Aranjuez, Schindler's List, Asturias Leyenda

by anthony
(england)

Number 1: Kaura Muraji

Number 2: Flavio Sala

Number 3: John Williams

Kaura plays Concerto de Aranjuez like she wrote it. Also, the same goes for the other two. Flavio plays Schindler's List and it is just hauntingly beautiful as does John Williams with Leyenda. By the way, please listen on youtube if you haven't - you will see what I mean!

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These are my favorite guitarists

by Santiago Rosales
(El Salvador)

Some people say that all the guitarist are the best, in my opinion are only:

John Williams

Agustin Pio Barrios Mangore

Ana Vidovic

I like them because their different techniques that they have vary and the beginners could learn from them.

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Agustin Barrios Mangore, Xue Fei Yang, and Kaori Muraji

by Melvin
(Niagara Falls, ON)

First and foremost I liked to say that I can not realistically define in full, the emotions that three of this artists bring out in their playing.

Barrios, I like for his mood and color that he always portrays in his compositions.

I mean to me pesonnally, I think he was just as good a guitarist as Segovia. Barrios to me evokes a lot of melodic mixes in his works and it really shows in "La Cathedral" and even in "Juila Florida".

Xue Fei on the other hand has somewhat of the extraordinary flow in her playing. Even when a song is played allegro, it sounds so clear and unrushed if that makes any sense.

Her playing it so smooth and is further heightened by her expressive way of playing.

Ah, last but not least the infamous Kaori Muraji. Like Yang she stared playing very young under the teachings of her father. It is very evident in her playing that she is very confident when she plays.

At times, it looks as if she plays very aggressive but, to me again, shows that she is very into what she is playing and that in itself is something that is lost in many musicians.

The expression of oneself must always come out in any piece whether it be composed by them or by another individual. A musician to me has to have the ability to look past the cress. and decres. and just play from their hearts.

So in conclusion, I find that Barrios, Yang, and Muraji as for now, to be my favorite classical guitarists. Not because of just their godlike playing ability but because what emotion and expressive feeling they portray to the listener.

One has not to hear the music but to LISTEN to the music.

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Armando

by Armando
(Belem-Para-Brasil)

1. Francisco Tarrega – Because he is the reason classical guitar exists and I like his compositions.
2. Andres Segovia – The second reason that classical guitar exists.
3. John Williams – The best classical guitar played that I heard.

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Inspiration & beauty ...

by Mike W
(Bucks Co, PA)


Filomena Moretti is my favorite. She plays beautifully and is also lovely just to watch playing. The same can be said of Ana Vidovic. John Williams is a great guitarist who, I think , can play anything to perfection.
So ... Those are my top 3 !!!

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The Most Loved Virtuosos

by Edy
(Jakarta)

1. I love Ana Vidovic, because she plays fast, accurate, harmonic, dynamic, lovely sound and ideal aural.....

2. Narciso Yepes, he plays accurately, dynamic, and goodly....

3. Andres Segovia, nobody denies him as the master of classical guitar...

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I love prestissimo!

by Bryan
(Ballarat, Victoria, Australia)

Definitely Karin Schaupp, Norbert Kraft and Williams. Gotta stick with some Aussies, especially when their technique is so flawless (and Schaupp's tone and tremolo... WOW!!!!)

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Guitar Masters

by Yuri
(Buda, TX )

Alvaro Pierri (Uruguay) possesses a superb technique and great sensibility which makes him a truly unique classical guitarist. I particularly like Pierri's interpretation of Piazzolla's music.

Eduardo Fernandez (Uruguay) is well known for his technical prowess and interpretive ability. He plays with equal mastery Bach, Regondi, or Gentil Montana's music. Fernandez is a very versatile performer.

David Russell (Scotland/Spain) is a brilliant and sensitive player. His repertoire includes many composers and periods and his performances are characterized by his singular musicality and style.

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Great players

by JB Taylor
(Texas, USA)

1) Christopher Parkening- Because he is a Christian who's goal is to glorify God. As a Christian myself I look up to him because he has made it as far as he has in the classical guitar world with God on his side. Glorifying God is something that I as a christian guitarist am working on and seeing Parkening is very encouraging.

2) Dionoso Aguado- Because his works challenge me to greater heights!

3) John Williams- Because I had to choose another one :)

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Choro de Saudade - Agustin Barrios Mangore

by Phil Long
(Bournemouth, Dorset, UK)

Fallen in love with all his music. Poetry for the classical guitar. (Tarrega, Sorr are the other two but there are many more). If you haven't experienced Barios' compositions you ARE missing out.

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Mathematical Wizards of Emotion

by Chris
(Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

John McLaughlin - His explorations and applications of classical guitar into a variety of world music genres defies explanation.

Paco de Lucia - Sheer fire and fluidity.

Rodrigo Sanchez - For the speed and aggression that he extracts while maintaining the traditional beauty found in the sound of every classical guitar. A classical guitar for contempory sounds.

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Guitar God Incarnate

by Wes
(Baton Rouge, LA)

Kazuhito Yamashita is #1, 2 and 3 in my books.

Segovia is the old-school maestro, David Russell is the Lord of lyrical music, John Williams is owner of the Aranjuez, Parkening is the Bach-master, Fisk + Paganini = awe inspiring. All are second rate in performance in comparison.

Nothing quite stacks up to Kazu. Anyone that would dare to play entire orchestrations on one guitar is crazy, and he is crazy-genius. His Pictures at an Exibition haunts my music psyche. His passion evokes something primal in my musical soul.

If music were competitive (which it isn't) then Yamashita is the winner and will always be the winner. Maybe it isn't a competition because nobody will ever be able to compete with him. The story of his performance at the Toronto guitar festival is mythical. He will forever be inspiring many to quit the guitar, because there is no match. Maybe if somebody grew an extra set of fingers!!

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excellent players

by Barry
(Moore, OK, USA)

Chris Parkening
Liona Boyd
John Williams

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Shivers up my spine

by James McCutcheon
(Decatur, Alabama, USA)

Me and my Takamine Hirade 7 of 1977

Me and my Takamine Hirade 7 of 1977

Leona Boyd
Andre's Segovia
Julian Bream

Their repertoire interpretation, unpretentiousness for presentation (and lack of concern to offend critics of others for liberties taken to change or alter certain needed small aspects in transcriptions of phrasings to better accommodate the flow of the music to make sense to the ear).

Feeling, technical ability and deep sense of keeping the originality come to play hear when I look deeply into this 3 wonders for me.

The early records are not good for Andres but they captured what was available but the remastering is sufficient for any decent ear.

I feel dwarf by the wonderful energy, love and meticulous efforts each of these 3 great people have put into ensuring future generations of students, teachers, parents and listeners will have the most rich repertoire of sheet music and the best arrangements and ensemble music from which is available to pull from for whatever the occasion.

I know the benefits to support our world community of Guitarist is one of the most important work we could begin to manifest as this time have an endowment that would shrink all the others. It is time to do it. NOW!

Love, peace and rest upon the sounds of music that inspires our brains and emotions to places that no other music has the ability to do.
I love God, Guitar and well shaped nails
Namaste, much metta
James

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Accuracy, Virtuosity, and Emotional

by Justin Miller
(Arcade, N.Y, U.S)

1. Manuel Barrueco
2. John WIlliams
3. Laura U. Klemke

ALL are amazingly accurate and have such emotion in each and every piece. Also all have been such an inspiration.

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Wonderful players

by Dave W
(Southampton, England)

My 3 are: Norbert Kraft, Julian Bream & John Williams. I choose these 3 as I've so far managed to accumulate a number of recordings from each of these individuals. Each in his own right is a beacon of fine example, I'm not able to choose between as each has his own unique skill & attraction.

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Nowadays Guitarists.

by Tomás Silva
(Santiago, Chile)

1. David Russell: Excellent guitarist, he is the kind of player you want to copy, excellent technique, I really look up to him.

2. John Williams: He is the king, he is just himself, I don't know, he has something that makes him different from the rest, when you hear him play, he produces magic, I don't really think I can explain it.

3. Ana Vidovic: Many people criticise that she plays too fast and without feeling. Well, I can't say she could compare herself with Williams and Russell, but she is only one step behind, and that's absolutely normal, because she is still too young and I'm sure once she gets a little more experience and years lived she will reach and even pass them. I have to say her technique is perfect, but her interpretations still need a bit more feeling, still one of my favourite. And isn't she gorgeous???

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Niceroad

by Mike
(Golden, BC, Canada)

I found most of the answers very "main stream". All the guitarists people have named are quite excellent but some less known are just as good if not better. My "Top 2":

1) Alvaro Pierri for his unique noiselless technique and feel. Listen to his interpretation of Villa-Lobos and you'll see what I mean. It's like waves on the ocean.

2) Norbert Kraft for democratizing classical guitar music through the Naxos label. Sometimes, cheap doesn't rhyme with poor quality. This guy rocks!

Hopefully people will enjoy discovering these incredible guitarists!

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Chamber Music with Guitar

by bob
(cincinnati )

1.Matt Gould www.duo46.com because of his passion for chamber music with guitar
2.David Tanenbaum because of his passion for chamber music with guitar
3. Frank Koonce because of his passion for chamber music with guitar

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ledders

Xuefei Yang because she is beautiful and plays beautifully!!

She has the great capacity to make me stop what I'm doing and want to listen to her when she plays. Her heart is in the music and it shows in every note she plays.

John Williams and Julian Bream are guitar masters but to me lack that indefinable quality possessed by Miss Yang.

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killer guitar riffs from a monstrous guitarist

by jun a. ditan
(manila, philippines)


1. Paco de Lucia - Perhaps one of the guitarists whom I admire most. Having seen him play "entre dos aguas" via Youtube makes my jaw drop. Just by listening alone, you might think his arpeggios at the beginning of the song are just simple. But as the song progresses, you'll notice that if you'll try to emulate his fingerings, you'll be amazed. Worth checking.

2. John McLaughlin - I saw this guy, join forces with Paco de Lucia and another guitarist named Al di Meola in a song entitled "Mediterranean Sun Dance". The combination of these three guitar gods in classical genre complements each other's part of the riffs. I just loved their rendition of that song.

3. Perfecto de Castro - This guy, who hailed from the Philippines, is one of my guitar heroes. If you'll just listen to him play classical pieces you might think it's just plain to emulate. But once you've seen him play live, you'll fall in love with the sound from his guitar - and not just any classical guitar at that...a 1973 Jose Ramirez ten string classical guitar. Seeing him work his fingers through the guitar's ten strings would certainly inspire you to grab your nylon string axe - and start playing.

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Amazing!

by Ian
(Santa Rosa Ca USA)

Pepe Romero - does it really need explaining.

Flavio Sala - Nuance, emotion, artistry, poetry on the guitar.

Ana Vidovic - Thrilling, invigorating, unique, like a shooting star! Best Female guitarist I have ever heard.

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Anything by the brilliant Perez

by John Eyers
(Windsor, UK)

Carlos Alberto Perez, currently in Sydney, Australia is to my ear the best classical guitarist today.

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Dreams of a World

by Scott M.
(Rochester, NY US)

Sharon Isbin's CD "Dreams of a World" is one of my favorite classical guitar recordings. If you do not own this one, do yourself a favor and add it to your collection! It is no wonder she won a Grammy Award for this spectacular recording.

I am absolutely transported to another dimension when I listen to "Appalachian Dreams" (which I believe she co-wrote with John Duarte). She also has my favorite interpretation of "Julia Florida" by A. Barrios Mangore on her CD "Journey to the Amazon", another must have in my opinion.

I also love the Assad brothers. Arguably the best classical guitar duo of our time. I have also recently seen Julian Breem playing J. S. Bach Sonata no. 1 in G Minor "Fuga" on You Tube....phenomenal!

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Redbackhaze

XueFie Yang - Style, Passion ,Interpretation, Stage presence, technical brilliance. Represents the beginning of the next generation!

John Williams - Technical Brilliance...

Segovia - Inspired so many....were would the classical guitar world be today without him?

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Inspirations

by Brian
(east newark,nj)

Roland Dyens, Andrew York, and of course Jorge Morel.

These three guitarists are the ones that give me sufficient inspiration to keep on playing because every single one of them have a unique sound and feel to them.

For example, Andrew York is greatly known for his contemporary music. I mean once you play and hommage for Bob Marley I mean really.

Roland Dyens on the other hand is very fluent with his playing and his technique is flawless.

Jorge Morel is just great there are so many things to say about him but whoever reads this please check these guys out - they are great!

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Classical Spanish Guitar Player

by Frank Madore
(Canada)

Fernando Sor, Francisco Tarrega and Andres Segovia because they give such meaningful expression in their music.

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A star is born

by dragon
(UK, China)

Listen to her romance de amor

Listen to her romance de amor

1. Xuefei Yang, why I like her the best?
Touching and flawless playing, great looks.
2. David Russell, great tone and phrasing.
3. John Williams, the best balance.

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classical guitar players

by l simo
(dominican republic)

1- John Williams
2- Julian bream
3- David Russell

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My three favorites

by Michael
(Atlanta, GA)

(1) Roland Dyens - not just a great classical guitarist, but also a brilliant composer, arranger, improviser, teacher, and conductor! I'm particularly fond of playing his Libra Sonatine, Saudade No. 3, and arrangements from "Nuages" and "Citrons Deux". Only Dyens could pull off such wonderful arrangements of Chopin for guitar!

(2) John Williams - perfect technique, and so many great recordings in a variety of different styles; I particularly love his Bach recordings, no one plays Bach like John Williams!

(3) David Russell - also incredible technique and a masterful interpreter of a wide variety of different genres


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Two amazing ladies

by Philip Jones
(Reston VA)

I have just two favorite: Liona Boyd and Sharon Isbin. Liona had the most amazing technique. I read she started guitar at age 14 and was giving concerts at 16. Add to that she is totally hot. I used the past tense about her technique. I understand she has a disease that has crippled her hand. It is truly tragic to lose such a talent.

Sharon Isbin has done so much to expand guitar repertoire. She too has astonishing technique and pushes us in new directions.

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Dynamics Galore

by Pamela
(Mt. Washington, KY, US)

Carlos Montoya - I absolutely love the percussiveness of Montoya's playing. From blindingly fast arpeggio's and phrases to what I like to call machinegun rasgueados. His music captures the flamenco style in all it's glory.

Julian Bream - In sharp contrast to Montoya, Bream's music, to me, is like a sweet lullaby. Such a light touch! Makes me think of all the beauty of nature.

John Williams - What can you really say about this man? He employs such subtle changes in dynamics that his music just flows so seamlessly. Brilliant guitarist!

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Angel Romero

Technical perfection, Speed and feeling

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And the winner is...

by Vinh
(Hanoi-Vietnam)

In 3rd place I think is Julian Bream. His playing style is very funny and unique.As he plays,he always keeps bouncing on the chair and doing funny faces. Moreover, he plays every pieces so beautifully.

In second is John Williams. He's got wonderful technique. He almost never makes any mistakes. His playing style is in contrast with that of Julian. They played together a lot. It's funny to see this:Julian did some funny faces at John and then John looked at him as if he wanted to say"What's up Julian?".

ANd the winner is PACO DE LUCIA, probably the most famous flamenco guitarist ever. He plays every flamenco piece with such purity and spirit. According to me,he played the Concierto de Aranjuez much better than John Williams. His technique is brilliant. You can see most of his performance on youtube,espescially the hit "Entre dos aguas". He was awarded the "Asturias" prize.

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I close my eyes and become transported.

by Jay
(Killeen, Texas)

I have listened to numerous classical guitarists, but for some reason, this guy really touches my soul:

http://www.per-olovkindgren.com/

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My three favorites!

by RJ Sauve
(Cameron, NC)

Ida Presti- For the clarity of her tones and the brightness of the coloring in her phrasing. I've also listened to some of her recordings when she was only about 14 years old. Wow. A prodigious talent! I can't help but feel sorry for her though for the way her father "manipulated" her fingers from the time she was a baby.

Andres Segovia- Such warmth.....yes. He's the first Maestro I heard play this instrument. I fell in love with the Classical Guitar because of him. I also find the Tarrega School's Right hand technique very interesting to study.

Emelio Pujol- Great depth of feeling and musicality.


Xuefei Yang - O.K. I just couldn't leave her out. I love listening to her play; she makes it seem so effortless, dare I say easy? But we know better right?

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For my taste

by Matt Cargo
(Utah)

1. Xuefei Yang
She's got everything, the looks, the technique and the heart.
2. John Williams
Balance.
3. David Russell
Great phrasing.

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FingerPickinGood

by Zachary December
(Missouri)

For my top 3 I have finally chosen Andy Mckee, Doug Smith, and Laurence Juber.

As far as my favorite among the 3, I can't say. Andy Mckee's brilliance behind his rhythm, technique, and all around unique sound had me at his Rylynn.

Doug Smith's intricate finger picking melodies on Order of Magnitude and A Fine Line opened a whole new world to me and showed me that slow songs can be fast.

Laurence Juber's unique twist on a bunch of renditions were irresistible for me to ignore and not try for myself. He really sees music differently than others.

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Brilliant up and coming guitarists

by Alex
(Miami, FL)

Denis Azabagic and Marcel Dylla are incredible players that really add something unique to the classical genre with great technique and feel to the music.

If you love Barrios you have to listen to Azabagic and when it comes to Rodrigo and Bach Dylla is beautiful. Of course I have many favorites.

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Lawyer From Puerto Rico

by Carlos Morales
(Puerto Rico)

1. Dr. Jose Antonio López (Indiana U Graduate): Nobody can play Antonio Lauro´s waltz like him, including Natalia (Waltz 3). And Sueño en la Floresta´s feeling cannot be found in the "perfecto" playing of John Williams. He is a scholar on his own, and developed a Thesis for classical guitar teaching.

2. Ivan Rijos (Arizona State Master): "Virtuoso" is an understatement for this Maestro. Maybe one of a very few to perform on four voices (polyphony) at once. As great as humble.

3. Sharon Isbin: Such a pleasant combination of power and soul. No other player can integrate the slurs within the partitute like her. Only a woman like her can perform the classics with such a feeling.

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David Heap

by David Heap
(West Yorkshire UK.)

Just as fascinating would be, to track down say the top ten guitarists and find out their favorite guitar and strings. I know this is rather down to personal choice but it would be interesting to see if a pattern exists.

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mohamed rafi

by mohamed rafi
(india)

1.Mauro Giuliani(1781–1829) (Italy)

2.Fernando Sor (1778–1839) (Spanish)

3.Francisco Tárrega (1852—1909) (Spanish)



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No doubt...

by Eric
(Canada)

A recent photo of Xuefei Yang

A recent photo of Xuefei Yang

1. Xuefei Yang
2. John Williams
3. Paco de Lucia

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Guitar Players - Shivers Up My Spine!

by Andien Dhani
(Bandung. Indonesia)

1. Andre Segovia,

2. Narsisco Yepes,

3. Ana Vidovic

They ara amazing!

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My Favorites

by Master

1. Ana Vidovic's articulate technique and childlike physical beauty make her one of my favorites.

2. Someone who's music relaxes my spirit and mind is Per-olov Kindgren. His music comes fron the heart then through the mind and into the hands.

3.Liona Boyd is a master worth listening to. Also beautiful in artistry and appearance though more mature.

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Unknown and Remembered

by Tim Roark
(USA)

1) William Powell - Bill was my first classical guitar instructor for two years in the mid 70's at Powell and Clark Music in Parkersburg W. Va.
Olen A MacCutcheon was Bill's teacher from the early 50's onward.

2) Olen MacCutcheon was light years ahead of Segovia whom he met in '28 and blew away in '35. Segovia muttered 'Impossible' all day long at Sophocles Papas's studio in DC when Mac played a Bach Prelude and Fugue as if he played it all his life after looking thru Segovia's transcription with fingers just one time.

3) Andy Ketterman was my second guitar teacher (1 year), passed on to me by Bill. Andy had a truly musical soul. Listening to Andy play a song for the first time was incredible. You could hear it come alive and it would sound as if he had played it all his life.

Andy started with Rock and Roll when he was 16 and was asked to sudy with Ray De La Torre when Del La Torre heard Andy play at Denison University when Andy was 20.

Andy was passed on to Mac from Bill after studying less than a year with Bill. Andy died in an auto incident. Mac decided the Lord meant for him to teach all of Andy's students, about a dozen of us from 5 to 70. Mac was my third instructor. Mac taught the craft, not just the music.


I remember Mac, Andy and Bill.

After hearing Segovia perform in the mid 70's I went backstage afterward to pay homage. When I asked Segovia if he remembered Red MacCutcheon, Segovia's face beamed with a huge smile as he nodded yes enthusiastically. I've been told that was a miracle as Segovia was not usually kind to competition.

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Shred revolution

by Arie Robbins
(C-Ville Indiana)

My top 3 favorite guitarist are Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, and Marty Friedman.

Yngwie inspired an entire genre of neo classical shredders and in his wake Jason Becker (the Prodigy) and Marty Friedman carried the battle further with their work on Cacophony and their solo work.

They took guitar playing to the next level. Combining metal and rock with the technical scales and arpeggios of classical music.

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Humbled Just to Think of Them

by John McCloud
(Canton, GA)

Tarrega- Without him there would have been no Segovia
Segovia- The lightness of his touch and the evocation of emotion are unmatched
Parkening- Studied with Segovia. The only American to authenically carry the tradition of Segovia

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Shaun the Sheep

My top classical guitar players are:
1. Tomaž Rajterič
2. Julian Brim
3. Pepe Romero

All of them are guided by the feeling of music, which than dictates the type of tecniques they are using. They are not only wonderful players, but are also outstanding people.

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Flawless, masterful and Exquisite interpreters

by James

Manuel Barrueco--for his elegant, refined, and majestic playing and interpretations; flawless technique and amazing tone.

David Russel--agility, sensitivity, and heartfelt playing.

John Williams-- masterful, bold, and musical.

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inspired

by jim
(macedon, new york)

Rodrigo Rodriguez - check him out he's a christian that went to the top of his professional career only to find an empty and lonely life there.

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Have already mentioned my three, but here's an addition

by Patricia
(Michigan, USA)

Hi everyone,

I found this on YouTube and was enthralled by this guitarist (who I'd never heard of) and his rendition of Rodrigo's "Sonata Giocosa"...had to share it here...

I hope to hear a lot more from this guitarist.

Hi Patricia,

What a fantastic addition you've found too! Certainly has that virtuoso quality for sure so, well done.

Trevor M.

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One more?

by kurt
(Texas)

Li Jie

I was downloading some Bach from Youtube for my sister and I heard this girl playing Bach's prelude BWV1007. Got my attention!

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Mind boggling players

by Sasha
(Miami, Florida, USA)

Phillip Hii plays an extraordinary rendition of Bach's Chromatic fantasy. I don't think anyone else has recorded it.

Paul Galbraith is another jaw dropping guitarist; as lyrical as he is as technically gifted. Gorgeous interpretation of Bach and the best Recuerdos de la Alhambra I've heard.

Grisha Goryachev, the incredibly gifted flamenco guitarist.

Of course, these guys come after John Williams, Oscar Ghiglia and Eliot Fisk.

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Chen Zhi's students

by James
(NY)

The Best Classical Guitars:

Su Meng and Yameng Wang (playing together as Beijing Guitar Duo):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2_oQosScps

What makes them so good?
Easy:
Rocksolid rhythm, high virtuosity, and inspirational fire!

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The Pentical of Guitarist

by Chris Chimene
(Conroe, TX. U.S.A.)

My top three guitarists are ranked more on their importance to the contribution to the guitar than their actual skill level.

3. Alonso de Mudarra
- He is noted for having the first published pieces for the guitar (or an earily version of the Vihuela). His Tres libros was published int 1546, and his famous "Fantasia" was considered by Mudarra himself as, "difficult until understood." So for jump starting the early guitar music, I give him the number three spot.

2. Andres Segovia
- The man who introduced the classical guitar to the world. He was so influential that the chances of you playing a classical guitar piece that he did not edit or arrange, is rare. He is the reason the classical guitar is where it is today.

1. Fernando Sor

- The master of technicallity. During the Golden Aged of the Guitar, he stood out and was applauded for his many studies. He was such a good guitarist and pianist that he was promoted to leutinant in the Spanish Army. He wrote mainly in the style of the Vienna School of music and wrote one of the most technically challenging masterpieces, Vartiations on a Theme of Mozart (A piece in that Segovia said, "it has every technical difficulty that you could imagine for the guitar.") Since I like technical studies and what not, I choose Fernando Sor as my number one guiartist.

Chris Chimene

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shiver up my ears

by abhishek yadav
(ooty,tamil nadu ,india)


pink floyd
fernando sor
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My favorites

Being new to classical guitar, I have less exposure to players, but have my favorites already.

Eric Henderson - Local player trained by Segovia is the first live performance I've seen

Ana Vidovic - I love watching her elegant hands as she plays, plus the fact that she is so smooth with so much feeling in her sound.

John Williams - Just overall good

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i like guitar

Of the already established guitarists, I say David Russell and Barrueco, though there are many other wonderful guitarists who've had fruitful careers.

Of the younger guitarists, I like Marcin Dylla, Gabriel Bianco, Łukasz Kuropaczewski. All happen to be GFA winners. I look forward to seeing how their careers turn out!

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learn-enjoy-play

by Georges Rembo
(Montreal- for now...)

my guitar

my guitar

William Kanengiser- originality and quartet LAGQ
Douglas Niedt- great tempo and tone
Segovia- the master of maestros



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Women guitarists

by David
(France)

There are not many women on this list of guitarists so I thought I'd do my bit for equal rights.

I want to put in a vote for Xue-fei Yang. I'm not sure if she's Chinese, Korean or Japanese but who cares, she's a great guitarist (and pretty too!!).

On her album Romance d'Amor, she plays some traditional Asian music on the classical guitar, it's lovely.

You're right David! Excellent, excellent choice!

Trevor M.

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Metronome

by bobo
(Planet Earth)

My favourite player is my metronome. In today’s modern world, the aim is to play like a metronome! And Yepes, Williams, Barrueco, Kanengiser, Isbin, Russell, Starobin, Glise, Yamashita, Vidovic and all others, manage this marvellously.

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Controversial Guitarists

by Anonymous

In all honesty I don't really like many guitarist today!

Most of them are overrated. So rather than saying which guitarists are good, I'll rather summarize why most guitarists today are bad...

sterile playing
too rigid phrasing
too much mechanical drive
too fast playing
encouragement of metronome use
too much adherence to the score
some albums with terrible mixture of all styles (Ultimate guitar album)
boring performances
no idea of musical style

no idea of musical style

no idea of musical style

NO IDEA OF MUSICAL STYLE

-> the performing of music that one does not even understand!

Who is guilty of some of the above points?
Who are the guitarists that I really would not recommend anyone?

Well virtually every guitarist who has recorded.

But even for the few guitarists that I would actually recommend, I could recommend only performances of select works, because most of them have a big repertoire which often includes some works that they should never have recorded.

Do I think that this is only a problem with guitarists?
NO!
Many other instrumentalists play without understand musical style and true expression.

So what do we want in terms of guitarist/instrumentalists?
No we don't won't good guitarists.

We actually want musicians...

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Artistic Brilliance

by John McCormack
(New York, USA)

The best classical guitarists are from German-speaking countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria!


To choose the top 3 is difficult, but I believe that the worlds best guitarists are:

Tilman Hoppstock, Stephan Schmidt, Franz Halász

closely followed by: Hubert Käppel, Duo Sonare (Jens Wagner, Thomas Offermann), Thomas Müller-Pering, Michael Tröster, Jürgen Ruck, Brigitte Zaczek

But why stop with players. Germany also has the worlds finest luthiers making the best professional concert-level instruments: Matthias Dammann, Joachim Schneider, Mario Gropp, Karl-Heinz Römmich, Kolya Panhuyzen, Sebastian Stenzel, Fritz Ober, Bernhard Kresse, etc.

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Not really classical guitarists but really good...

by David
(Chambéry, France)

Two guitarists I came across quite recently on youtube : Andy Mckee and Peo Kindgren.

The former isn't a "classical" guitarist but I thought he was worth a mention on this site. He plays on a folk guitar and other stringed guitar-like instruments such as his "Harp guitar". He uses hammer-on's and pull-offs to great effect and also uses the guitar body as a percussion instrument. All at the same time!! Wish I could do that. You can see him perform his own music on various internet sites. Mind-blowing!

Peo Kindgren (aka Per-olov Kindgren) is a Swedish guitarist I discovered on the internet. I was really impressed with his ability to convey the emotion of particular piece of music. On a more fun note, he also converts modern music onto the classical guitar. On particular example is "Nothing else matters" by Metallica, which is blasted out of an electric guitar. Kindgren performs this piece on a classic guitar - its really nice. He also composes his own music.

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my classical guitar favorites

by tyler
(austin,tx)

Jorge Morel - Great composer who is so open minded to new ideas. He likes when people express his pieces in their own way.

David Russel - I love his sound and musicality

M.D. pujol- i like his compositions a lot!

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