Early Guitars and Vihuela

A network for historic guitars and vihuelas

Jelma van Amersfoort
  • 56, Female
  • Amsterdam
  • Netherlands
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New CD -- Wake the Sigh: guitar music by women composers
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Martyn Hodgson Apr 22, 2021.

New book by Christopher Page

Started Jul 21, 2020

2020 Andrew Britton Fellowship
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jelma van Amersfoort Oct 7, 2019.


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Here's a live recording of Salvador Castro's Folías, on a gut strung Spanish guitar:

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Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Jan Burgers's discussion Francesco Molino
"Congratulations, Jan! I have ordered my copy and am looking forward very much to reading it!"
Nov 9, 2021
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A new guitar research prize

There is still time to apply to this Prize: There is a new prize for guitar research, awarded by the Cambridge Consortium for Guitar Research. It is multi-disciplinary and open for scholars of any age in any stage of their career. Your contribution…
Aug 25, 2021
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to stephen linder's discussion new vihuela
"Dear Stephen, if you let us know the scale of the instrument maybe we can be more specific. I assume it has six double courses?"
Aug 25, 2021
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to James Westbrook's discussion original 19th century guitar by Louis Moitessier, Paris 1810
"Nice guitars, James!"
Jul 15, 2021
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Jun 11, 2021
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Antoine de Lhoyer (1768-1852) Air Varié et Dialogué for guitar quartet

"What a fun project, well organized and well done!"
Jun 6, 2021
Jelma van Amersfoort replied to Greig Hutton's discussion UNUSUAL MARTIN GUITARS
"Hello Greig, posts about gut strung guitars from before 1850 are welcome. Can you give us a bit more info on where you heard the term 'Amadill' as related to Martin guitars? Lyra guitar and lyre guitar are the same thing as far as I know."
May 23, 2021
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Antoine de Lhoyer (1768-1852) Air Varié et Dialogué for guitar quartet

An international project with ten guitarists from different countries, all specialists in early guitars. We perform 'Air Varié et Dialogué' by Antoine de Lho...
Apr 22, 2021

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About me:
I studied guitar with Tom Burmanje at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and with Gordon Crosskey at the RNCM in Manchester. Masterclasses with Leo Brouwer and David Russell. I graduated as a musicologist in 2013, with a thesis on the composer Pauline Duchambge (1776-1858).

Currently I am working on a PhD about guitar culture in the 1700s (at the Uuniversity of Southampton, UK). I have published articles on guitar history in Early Music and TVNM.

I have been playing 19th century guitars for about 20 years now, after spotting & buying a lovely Mirecourt guitar at a local auction. I have been performing on gut strings, without nails, right from the start. Among other instruments, I own a ca 1830 Franz Brunner (Vienna), a ca 1855 D & A Roudhloff (London), and a Enrique Recio (Cadiz) from 1862.

As a performer, I mostly accompany singers, such as Christopher Kale, tenor, Sigurd van Lommel, altus and Valeria Mignaco, soprano. I teach guitar, lute and ukulele.

Email: jelmaa-at-gmail.com

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At 21:43 on April 5, 2020, Ken Van Hoeylandt said…

Bedankt Jelma!

At 16:52 on October 29, 2018, Willem Feltkamp said…

bedankt! en tot ziens

At 14:08 on August 29, 2018, jamie akers said…


At 21:17 on August 15, 2018, Emma Rush said…

Hi Jelma! I’m looking for solo repertoire.

At 2:35 on October 23, 2017, Stephen Pickett said…

yes it was made by Alexander last year

At 11:22 on August 11, 2017, Patricia Butler said…

Thank you Jelma for welcoming me to your website. I have recently aquired my first early 19th century guitar after collecting several vintage Spanish guitars. I am eager to learn more about my latest addition and antique guitars in general. I cannot offer any knowledge on your site but look forward to gaining some knowledge. I will post some photos on the forum and look forward to receiving some information on my guitar. Thank again. Pat

At 22:30 on January 5, 2017, Leon de Kroes said…

Hoi Jelma, leuk om je hier te zien!. Hartelijke groet, Leon

At 20:03 on August 11, 2016, Guzman Ramos said…

Thank you Jelma!

At 4:36 on June 13, 2016, Ken Hartdegen said…

Thanks very much Jelma! Nice to hear from you; still getting it all set up....

At 17:48 on January 14, 2016, Alan Clark said…

Thank you!

Regards, Alan


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