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Head of Classical Guitar Michael Lewin FRAM, Dip RAM Michael Lewin studied with Hector Quine at the Academy and later in Spain with José Tomas. He has performed as guitarist and lutenist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, many UK opera companies and La Piccola Scala, Milan. In addition to solo concerts, Michael has played and recorded with leading ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe.Regular adjudicator at major national and international competitions. Vice-President of the European Guitar Teachers’ Association, 1996–2006.

The Academy has established itself as a foremost international centre for the study of the classical guitar, with a comprehensive curriculum and unique musicological resources which 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 Fernandez, Eliot Fisk, Sharon Isbin, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, David Russell, David Starobin, David Tanenbaum, John Williams and Julian Bream (who adjudicates 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 Tarrega 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.


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The Teachers Michael Lewin FRAM, Dip RAM

Visiting Professors David Russell FRAM John Williams OBE, Hon RAM

Fabio Zanon MMus, LRAM, DipRAM, ARAM (pictured above right)

Consultant Julian Bream CBE, Hon RAM

If you are auditioning for the undergraduate programme, you should present three pieces and postgraduates four pieces from: a contrapuntal work written between c.1550–1750 a movement in sonata form a theme with variations a dance movement a work, or movement(s), written after 1950.

Established guitar duos are also invited to audition at postgraduate level, performing a programme of three contrasted duo pieces; each member of the duo will also be required to present one solo piece.

See p.59 for general details.

For details of the Julian Bream Trust Scholarship see scholarships

‘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

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2010–2011 Highlights Lecture/Recital by Avril Kinsey on ‘Guitar Music from South Africa’ Open Day Masterclass by David Russell Masterclass by Edoardo Catemario Concert of chamber music involving strings, woodwind, keyboard, accordion and vocal students Masterclass by Fabio Zanon Further concert of South African chamber music with guitar, including a new work by postgraduate student Scott Lygate and the UK premiere of Timothy Walker’s ‘Concerto for a Rainbow’ conducted by Fabio Zanon Performances by Academy guitar students at Kings Place, Bristol’s Colston Hall and at the Norfolk & Norwich and Spitalfields Festivals Orchestral and other events at the Academy featuring repertoire from Gershwin and Zappa to Piazzolla, Bryn Harrison and Weill’s Threepenny Opera

Successes for students and recent alumni

Dimitris Dekavallas (graduated 2007) Performances for the Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury

Robert Morón Perez (graduated 2007) Recording of solo works by Stephen Dodgson

Miloš Karadaglic´ (graduated 2006) IMG management worldwide and chart-topping debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon

Xuefei Yang (graduated 2003) Askonas/Holt management worldwide and recordings for EMI, including Stephen Goss’s Concerto

Manus Noble (current postgraduate) Acclaimed performance for Park Lane Group at the Southbank Centre, and winner of the 2011 Ivor Mairants Guitar Award

Other outstanding alumni include David Russell, Antigoni Goni, Fabio Zanon, Mark Ashford, Stephen Goss, Gary Ryan, Benjamin Dwyer, the Eden/Stell and Katona Duos and both Tetra and the English Guitar Quartets

Department Administrator: Karen Ingram BA, Hon ARAM Telephone 020 7873 7380 Email Open Day: 6th October 2011

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