I was born in Cape Town and now live in Auckland. My life has been devoted to the study of the guitar and my PhD is on Sor. I studied Renaissance lute with Dietrich Wagner (a pupil of Michael Schäffer), guitar under Michael Goodgoll and I play the baroque guitar specialising in Santiago de Murcia. I have just acquired a vihuela and I also play the romantic guitar.
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I wanted to thank you for allowing your dissertation on Fernando Sor to be available. I have referred to parts of it a few times and now I am reading the whole work through. I was immediately impressed by your initial statement:
“I attempt to show this was not just the work of Fernando Sor as an isolated genius, rather that it was indicative of a Spanish school of guitar playing, with an illustrious history, that could be traced to the polyphonic music of sixteenth centuryvihuelistas. Sor was therefore an important contributor to an ancient and rigorous Spanish tradition of playing and composing for the guitar.”
Could you tell me a little about your vihuela? I have been considering having one made. I found your name on one of the luthier websites and would be interested to know how you like the Chambura version. Any information would be helpful. Thank you!