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Antonio Torres 200: Fernando Espí commemorates the Birth of the Modern Guitar

2 Nov 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


King’s College



Fernando Espí pays homage to the creator of the modern guitar, the luthier Antonio de Torres (1817-1892), in the second centenary of his birth.

Pre-eminent 19th-century specialist and multi-award-winner, Fernando Espí, presents a programme of Romantic Spanish guitar works by composers with a personal connection to Torres who helped shape his approach to guitar-making and who showed off his instruments to greatest effect.

Without Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817-1892) we would not have the classical guitar. Considered the greatest luthier of his day, he gave birth to the modern instrument with his innovative improvements to its design, which produced a louder and more beautiful tone, helping to launch the guitar out of the drawing room and into the concert hall as an increasingly ‘serious’ instrument at a time when it was manifestly failing to compete with louder, more dramatic instruments.  So superior was Torres’ craft that his design remains, to this day, the blueprint for all classical guitar production.

This event is part of Echoes Festival 2017 and the guitarrísimo series organised by ILAMS and the Instituto Cervantes with the kind support of Wines from Spain and RC Strings.

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2 Nov 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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King’s College
London, WC2R 2LS United Kingdom
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