Ireland's Leading Flamenco Guitarist - John Walsh
September 28th 2019
This is an amazing opportunity to learn from and experience the talent of John Walsh Guitar, Ireland's leading Flamenco Guitarist. John has composed music for and performed with Bill Whelan’s Riverdance, the National Ballet of Ireland, & Michael Rooney’s De Cuellar Orchestra and is often requested to perform for the Irish President, Michael D Higgins.
John was one of the 10 musicians (and the only guitarist) chosen for the 2009 ‘Musicians of the Future’ concert in the National Concert Hall, Dublin performing 2 original compositions composed specially for the concert.
John regularly gives Flamenco Workshops & Masterclasses throughout Ireland, including The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin and throughout the UK.
Besides music John has a keen interest in Astronomy and Science, holding a BSc in Applied Physics.
An accomplished musician and composer, John has been performing solo since 2006.
After obtaining a Diploma with distinction in classical guitar from Trinity College London in 2006, John dedicated his studies exclusively to Flamenco guitar. He studied with guitarist Francisco Garcia in Dublin before travelling to Algeciras, Spain, home of the legendary Paco de Lucia to study with Salvador Andrades.
He has since studied with other masters of Flamenco such as Jose Manuel Leon and Juan Antonio Suarez.
Along with performing concerts throughout Ireland, Spain and the UK, he has performed in one of the most historically important flamenco venue’s ,’El Candela’ in Madrid, as well as being the invited International Artist for the 2014 Flamenco Festival Flamenco de Consuegra.
In 2015 he had the honour of being invited to play at the 2nd International Paco de Lucia Guitar festival, a major flamenco festival in honour of the great Paco de Lucia, in the Maestro’s hometown of Algeciras
He has performed onstage with many acclaimed artists including Salvador Andrades, Jose Manuel Leon, Maria Delgado, Alicia Carrasco, Karen Lugo, Luis de Luis, Antonio Sanchez, Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, Gines Pozas, Jaime Salazar Losada, Jaime Nadal Perez, Jose Torres, David Avila, Olayo Jimenez, Lucas Gonzalez, Mercedes Garcia Lopez, Pepe de Algeciras.
Aside from performing, John has a special passion for music education and with raising the profile and knowledge of Flamenco in Ireland. He regularly gives Flamenco Workshops & Masterclasses throughout Ireland, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and in the UK.
John is currently in the process of composing material for his debut album.
John acknowledges the support of Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.
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