Sunday, October 12, 2014

Paul Galbraith - The Most Interesting Guitarist in the World.

Paul Gralbraith is a most interesting and unique guitarist.

He started classical guitar studies at a young age and by the time he was 17 years old he had won the prestige’s Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition.

AndrĂ©s Segovia, who was present, called his playing "magnificent." He went on to launch a solo career and has played with some of the world’s finest orchestras all over the world.

He has toured the U.S. as a soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. His playing is quite unique. He developed this style around 1989 when he designed a guitar in collaboration with luthier David Rubio.

He calls this The Brahm’s Guitar. His guitar has eight nylon strings; four bass and four treble strings. It is supported by a long metal endpin that sets on what he calls, a resonance box.

He plays this instrument in the same fashion as one would play a cello. Due to his unique style the instrument features “fanned frets” and a tone bar that transfers vibrations to the endpin.

Galbraith has recorded numerous CD’s which include the Bach Lute Suites. His double CD of Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas arranged for guitar won him a Grammy nomination.

Paul Galbraith has been a featured guest on NPR’s All Things Considered.

When not touring, he resides in Switzerland with his family. He was a resident of Brazil and is the founding member of The Brazil Guitar Quartet.

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