In addition to his extensive solo career, Eliot Fisk has collaborated frequently with such colleagues as flutist Paula Robison, violinist Ruggiero Ricci, the Juilliard String Quartet, jazz and flamenco guitarists Joe Pass and Paco Peña, castanet virtuoso Lucero Tena, Turkish musician Burhan Öçal, and vocalist Ute Lemper. He has premiered major works by Robert Beaser, Luciano Berio, Nicholas Maw, Xavier Montsalvatge, Kurt Schwertsik, George Rochberg, among others. He has further enriched the guitar repertoire through numerous transcriptions of works by composers ranging from Bach and D. Scarlatti to Paganini (he is the first guitarist to record all 24 Capricci from Paganini’s Op. 1), Mendelssohn, Albeniz, and de Falla. Voted “Best Classical Guitarist” in the 26th Annual Guitar Player Magazine readers’ poll, Fisk performed by invitation of the Spanish Royal Family for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Fisk is virtually the last direct disciple of Andrés Segovia, and as such seeks to combine the great romantic tradition with the best of modernity.
B.A., summa cum laude, Yale College; M.M., Yale School of Music. Studies with Ralph Kirkpatrick, Andrés Segovia. Recordings on EMI, DGG, Musical Heritage Society, Arabesque, Naxos, MusicMasters. Transcriptions published by Ricordi, Guitar Solo Publications. Faculty of Mozarteum, Salzburg. Former faculty of Yale University and Hochschule für Musik, Köln.
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