World renowned guitarist Oscar Ghiglia, to perform at the National Opera House, Wexford, 23 October

14 September 2017



World renowned guitarist Oscar Ghiglia, to perform at the National Opera House, Wexford, Monday 23rd October 

Music Network Artist Residency in partnership with the National Opera House and Wexford County Council


Music Network is excited to announce a concert by legendary classical guitarist Oscar Ghiglia as part of its Artist Residency 2017 with the National Opera House and Wexford County Council.  On Monday 23rd October, Ghiglia will perform a solo recital of his concert favourites by composers J. S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Frank Martin, Maurice Ohana, Manuel Maria Ponce, Manuel de Falla and Giampaolo Bracali. Tickets €20 available at Tel. 053 912 2144/  

Invited to perform in Wexford by artist in residence and his former student Redmond O’Toole, this concert at the National Opera House is a rare opportunity to hear one of the great classical guitarists of our time. According to O’Toole, “A giant of the guitar scene, Oscar Ghiglia has had a profound influence on the direction of the classical guitar internationally; he brought a new level of interpretation to the instrument and then set about passing it on through his famous masterclasses. Dublin Guitar Quartet, John Feeley and myself all attended his classes over the years - but the National Opera House appearance is his first ever Irish concert! He will perfom a programme of quintessential guitar music including some of his best loved pieces that he brings a lifetime of depth and experience to.”

Oscar Ghiglia was born in Livorno, Italy, to a pianist mother and a painter father. While attending Rome’s Santa Cecilia Conservatory, he participated in guitarist Andrés Segovia’s summer masterclasses in Siena and Santiago de Compostela. Following his graduation in 1962, he performed in several internationally recognized competitions, earning a slew of awards: 1st prize in the Orense Guitar Competition, 1st prize in the Santiago de Compostela Guitar Competition and 1st prize in the Radio France International Guitar Competition.

In 1964, Andrés Segovia invited Ghiglia to be his assistant in masterclasses in California. Since then, Ghiglia has given concerts and masterclasses throughout the world. In addition to appearing extensively in North and South America and Europe, he is a frequent performer in East Asia, Israel, Argentina, New Zealand and the South Pacific, and has recorded for Angel, Nonesuch and Stradivarius Records. While enjoying an active performing career, Ghiglia has always favoured teaching as a sister-profession and has taught almost every well-known guitarist today.  The Hartt School of Music awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2004 for his outstanding contributions to classical guitar teaching and performance. In 2009, the Guitar Foundation of America presented him with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Retired from the Basel Music Academy (Switzerland), where he held the professorship in guitar from 1983 until 2005, his teaching continues in the summer at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, in Gargnano, Italy, and during the year in Athens, or Thessaloniki, where he and his wife Elena Papandreou now reside, to a select group of pupils flocking in periodically from the four corners of Europe.

The Music Network Artist Residency Programme 2017 was developed to provide the selected musician with access to resources to curate a concert series in collaboration with Wexford County Council Arts Office and the National Opera House, Wexford. Curated by guitarist Redmond O’Toole, the series has featured a concert with Wexford Sinfonia Orchestra and RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, traditional Irish musicians Zoë Conway and John McIntyre with Iranian-born and Dublin-based brothers Shaháb and Sháyán Coohe, Wexford native soprano Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, and will include performances from British violinist Chloe Hanslip and the debut performance of the International Guitar Quartet. In conjunction with the concert series an extensive Learning and Participation programme has been developed that will engage with a range of community groups. Full details at


J.S. Bach, Lute Suite No. 3, BWV 995
Fernando Sor, Capriccio, Op. 50 (‘Le calme’)
Frank Martin, Quatre pièces brèves
Maurice Ohana, Tiento
Manuel Maria Ponce, Sonata Romántica
Manuel de Falla, Hommage à Debussy
Giampaolo Bracali, Viajes


Oscar Ghiglia (guitar)
Monday 23rd October, 8pm
The O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford
Tickets: €20
Booking: Tel. 053 912 2144/


For media queries and photographs, please contact:

Tracy Ryan, Marketing Manager, National Opera House, (053) 9144380


Louise Walsh, Communications Manager, Music Network: (01) 4750224