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Eliot Fisk is one of the most exciting and creative musicians before the public today. Known world wide for his adventurous repertoire and willingness to take art music into unusual venues (including schools, senior centers, and even logging camps and prisons!) he belongs as his great mentor Andres Segovia once wrote, “at the top line of our artistic world.”

Eliot Fisk has transformed the repertoire of the classical guitar through his ground breaking transcriptions (including works by Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Paganini, Albeniz etc.) through countless works dedicated to him by composers as varied as Luciano Berio, Leonardo Balada, Robert Beaser, Nicholas Maw, George Rochberg and Kurt Schwertsik, and through his countless creative collaborations with other musicians in classical, flamenco, jazz and world music styles.

Eliot Fisk’s numerous recordings, many of which have even entered the Billboard charts as best sellers, have introduced much of this repertoire to an international audience and have elicited unqualified praise from musicians, critics and the public at large.

In June 2006, by order of King Juan Carlos of Spain, Eliot was awarded the “Cruz de Isabel la Catolica” for his service to the cause of Spanish music. Earlier recipients of this rarely bestowed honor have included Andres Segovia and Yehudi Menuhin.

Highlights of Eliot Fisk’s 2008-2009 season included premieres of two ground breaking new works: Robert Beaser’s “Guitar Concerto”, which with the American Composers Orchestra under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies thrilled a sold out house at Zankel Hall in New York City, and Eliot’s transcription for solo guitar of John Corigliano’s “Red Violin Caprices”, called by the composer a “tour de force”. Further performances of both are planned around the world. He also continues new chamber music collaborations with guitar legend Angel Romero and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.

In addition to his performing career, Eliot 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 Edward Kennedy as well as from Congressman Barney Frank.

Eliot Fisk was the last direct pupil of Andres Segovia and also studied interpretation with the legendary harpsichordist Ralph Kirkpatrick at Yale University, from which he graduated “summa cum laude” in 1976.

Described by one New York Times headline as a “Fiery Missionary to the Unconverted”, Eliot Fisk devotes considerable energy to teaching. He is Professor at the Universitaet Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he teaches in 5 languages, and in Boston at the New England Conservatory. His students have come from all corners of the earth. Many have gone on to become world famous performers and teachers.

Eliot Fisk lives in Boston, Salzburg and (whenever possible) in his beloved Granada, Spain, with his wife, acclaimed guitarist Zaira Meneses, and their eight year old daughter, Raquel.
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Simeon - 13 Jan 2010
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