Neil Smith (guitar) on Unizarre ProductionsNeil Smith is one of Britain's finest classical guitarists, having given concerts in over 40 nations making over two thousand appearances in total. An Examiner for the University of Wales and for the Royal Northern College of Music, he is a respected Fellow of the London College of Music.

His early studies took place in the UK with pupils of Segovia and Llobet in addition to Duarte and later, he attended classes at Toronto University, Canada, to study with Diaz and Brouwer. He returned to the UK and made his Wigmore Hall début to great acclaim. ‘He played with great assurance and a fine, strong sound’ said one review. He followed this with tours under some of the finest conductors including Sir Alexander Gibson and Sir Simon Rattle and orchestras including the Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, the English String Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra (with whom he made his Barbican Hall début).

His first commercial recording was featured as 'Pick of the Month' in two national journals and he became a regular player on BBC Radio 3,  as well as appearing on TV and radio in the UK and abroad. Neil’s debut in the USA received a standing ovation and led to several return trips coast to coast. Later he toured behind the Iron Curtain, on one occasion, he broadcast to over 45 million people direct from Budapest Art Gallery. Recent tours have included Japan, Arabia, Russia, Scandinavia, Holland, Portugal and Spain where he has also given masterclasses. In August 2000, he was invited to play at Glamis Castle for the 100th birthday of Her Majesty, The Queen Mother. Not only has he played in such distinguished venues, he has also played for His Highness General Sheikh Maktoum in Arabia, for His Excellency The Spanish Ambassador, H.E. The Colombian Ambassador and H.E. The Israeli Ambassador in London in addition to the film-star Elizabeth Taylor in Rome and a special recital in the USSR for a Red Army tank division at the castle of Attila the Hun near the Transylvanian Mountains.


His amazing experiences have been set down in his best-selling book Have Guitar Will Travel.

Virtuoso

Neil Smith - classical guitar

Virtuoso - SS 002A welcome reissue from Neil Smith, one of Britain's finest classical guitarists. He performs guitar music by Niccolo Paganini, Mauro Giuliani, Fernando Sor and Isaac Albeniz. Paganini was the greatest of violin virtuosi but he was also a master guitaristand composer for the guitar. The Grand Sonata has three movements: a bold Allegro Risoluto then an exquisite Romanza and finally a set of variations marked Andantino Variato. In these performances, Neil Smith introduces a number of his own improvisations, a lost feature of the romantic era. Giuliani's Variations Op 107 are taken on a theme by Handel, known generally as The Harmonious Blacksmith. Fernando Sor's Les Adieux is just one of a number of pieces reflecting on losses during his lifetime. Albeniz's Cadiz has the jaunty air of a seaport whereas Torre Bermeja reflects on the images of the great crimson towers of The Alhambra in Granada as multitudes of notes imitate the Moorish decor.

La Danza

Neil Smith - classical guitar

La Danza - SS 001Neil Smith, one of Britain's finest classical guitarists, performs Spanish Guitar classics by Gaspar Sanz, Fernando Sor, Francisco Tárrega, Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados. Neil Smith has given concerts in over 40 nations making over two thousand appearances in total. He has toured under some of the finest conductors including Sir Alexander Gibson and Sir Simon Rattle and the finest orchestras including the SNO, RLPO, CBSO, BBC Ulster, City of London Sinfonia, the English String Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. His debut in the USA received a standing ovation and led to several return trips, coast to coast. Recent tours have included Japan, Arabia, Russia, Scandinavia, Holland, Portugal and Spain where he has also given masterclasses, a rare honour for an Englishman.

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