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The Allestri Duo - Classical Guitar Duo
Jerry studied at Leeds University, as well as in Holland and London and has travelled extensively giving concerts throughout Europe recently giving a televised concert in Turkmenistan for the British Embassy.
He also favours beauty and contrast of tone as one of his primary means of expression, in the manner of the past masters such as Andres Segovia - this combination gives his playing a rare quality.
Graham Wade, (Rodrigo and Segovia Biographer)
He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM) in Music Performance, one of the few guitarists to receive the coveted accolade.
Geoff enjoys his career as a concert recitalist in possession of an extensive musical repertoire spanning five centuries from the Renaissance through to the 20th century, and also enjoys the reputation of being a fine flamenco and jazz guitarist making him without doubt one of the most versatile guitarists in the UK.
Aside from his solo activity, he performs in a variety of ensemble settings from guitar with voice/violin to various guitar duos/trios. As a flamenco guitarist, he regularly performs in the DeCasas Duo/Trio and has many original flamenco compositions to his name. He is also very interested in early music and plays the vihuela de mano.
He has recorded two CDs to date, the first of which received high acclaim and featured some of the finest repertoire of the 20th century. Future recordings include a CD of original flamenco compositions and one of 16th century Spanish music performed on the vihuela.
Born in Canada to Portuguese parents, he studied guitar with renowned guitarists Norbert Kraft and Jeff McFadden and received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto. He studied jazz and flamenco guitar with Rob Bulger and Pepe Haro and also holds an FRSM in Performance. Upon completing his studies, he moved to Europe and has been based in the London since 1998. As well as giving recitals throughout the UK, he has also performed in Canada, Portugal, Spain and Italy
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