Eliot Fisk, who has been called “America’s premier classical guitarist,” performed to a packed audience in St. John’s Chapel on March 6. The last pupil of Andrés Segovia, the father of modern classical guitar, Fisk graduated from Yale University summa cum laude in 1976, after which he was asked to form the Guitar Department at Yale School of Music.
Fisk is known for his distinctive repertoire which includes a large body of guitar music consisting of works written by composers such as Robert Beaser, Luciano Berio and George Rochberg, as well as his own transcriptions of works with historical significance by Bach, D. Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Granados, Albeniz and others. He has received critical acclaim in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras and in a wide variety of chamber music combinations.
He often performs in unusual venues, including schools, senior centers, logging camps, and even prisons. In 1996, he appeared in a command performance in the Palacio de los Cordova in Granada, Spain, for then U.S. President Bill Clinton and King Juan Carlos and their families. On June 10, 2006, Fisk received the Grand Cross of Isabel la Cátolica from King Juan Carlos of Spain. This is one of the highest civilian honors awarded by the government of Spain and Fisk earned the award for contributions to Spanish music as an interpreter and teacher. Fisk was the winner of the International Guitar Competition in 1980.
In addition to his performing career, Fisk is founder and director of Boston Guitar Fest, an annual cross disciplinary and cross cultural extravaganza co-sponsored by the New England Conservatory and Northeastern University. The festival has received warm encouragement from U.S. Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, and the late Edward Kennedy, as well as from Congressman Barney Frank and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Fisk is a prolific recording artist and professor at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria and in Boston at the New England Conservatory.
His concert was one of several decorated shows featured in the HWS Music Department’s spring 2013 concert series.
The show, along with the entire concert series, is free of charge and open to the public.