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FISK, ELIOT
Eliot Fisk began his study of the guitar at the age of seven with William Viola, Oscar Ghiglia, Alirio Diaz, Andrés Segovia, and harpsichordist Ralph Kirkpatrick. Since his first solo recital at the age of thirteen, Eliot Fisk has performed in major concert halls on four continents. He has devoted considerable energy to expanding the repertoire of the guitarfirst through his transcriptions of literally hundreds of compositions by masters of the past (Frescobaldi, Froberger, Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Soler, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Granados, and others) and second, through intense collaboration with contemporary composers such as Robert Beaser, Luciano Berio, Nicholas Maw, and George Rochberg, all of whom have written major works for him.

In addition to his numerous recordings, he performs regularly in recital and as soloist with orchestra, while sustaining a life long passion for chamber music. He has performed with Victoria de Los Angeles and Herman Prey, cellist Steven Isserlis, his frequent partner - flutist Paula Robison, double bassist Gary Karr, and violinists Gidon Kremer and Dmitri Sitkovetsky among others.

Eliot Fisk is also active as a teacher. He has taught at Yale University (where he founded the guitar department upon earning his M.M. in 1977), the Hochschule für Musik in Köln (where he was Professor from 1982 - 1990) and most recently has been appointed Professor of Guitar at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he founded the Andrés Segovia Institute, which seeks to develop new and creative solutions to problems in performance practice, instrumental technique, and career development facing young musicians today.

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I consider Eliot Fisk as one of the most brilliant, intelligent and gifted young musical artists of our times, not only among guitarists but in all the general field of instrumentalists. His clear and flexible technique, his noble style of interpreting the beauty of classic compositions as well as the colorful music of today, put him at the top line of our artistic world.  Andres Segovia

Reviewers inevitably mention Fisks prodigious technique, but his musicianship is as remarkable. &I am drawn back to his extraordinary command of the instrument, because such breathtaking technical security is so rare.  Allan Clive Jones, Classical Guitar Magazine

Not since the days of the revered Andres Segovia has a guitar virtuoso worked with such dedication to further the cause of his instrument as has Eliot Fisk.&In the music of the Baroque through that of our present day, Fisk brings a strong sense of style, based partly upon his firm conviction that musicians must be aware of all of the arts, and involved in the future of every aspect of contemporary culture and society.  Byron Belt, The Sunday Republican, Springfield, MA

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