GERALD GARCIA (b 1949 )
Born in Hong Kong, the guitarist Gerald Garcia read chemistry at Oxford before embarking on a career as a performer. Based in Oxford, he is also known as a composer for the guitar and as a teacher of the instrument.
Garcia’s best-known work for guitar is his Études Esquisses, a set of sketches or studies that gradually grew to include a varied set of 25 pieces with titles that indicate their origin or purpose. The work concludes with a series of ‘Hommages’ – to Villa-Lobos, Lauro, Rodrigo and Piazzolla. His Celtic Airs, originally for guitar and flute, were reworked in 1994. The spirit of the Outer Hebrides and of Ireland is evoked.