Interview with Gabriel Guillén











Gabriel Guillén (right side) with artist Roberto Fabbri at the
International Guitarfestival Rust 2006

Gabriel Guillén

is founder of the International Guitar Festival Rust..
From 2. - 4. April 2007 Gabriel  will give a master course in Rust.

In 2006 Gabriel recorded  a CD called "transcriptions.on.the.guitar" in studio.v4m.vienna

Please listen  to the performance of Gabriel Guillén of Domenico Scarlatti's  sonata.k32 arranged for guitar by Jovan Pesec..



Interview with Gabriel Guillén:


Question: Who do you think is the most overrated and the most underrated composer for the classical guitar?

Gabriel Guillén: There are a different composers for classical guitar, I would not say there are overrated or underrated composers, There are different composers wich style can be played by so many differerent players.

Question: Which „Slogan“ would you use in advertising for the classical guitar?

Gabriel Guillén: Like Berlioz:... a miniatur orchestra"

Question: With which prejudices – that are connected with the classical guitar – would you like to get rid of?

Gabriel Guillén: well, i think in this time people knows about classical guitar, i mean if somebody who doesn´t know about guitar it is a question of education.

Question: Which attributes do you find typical for classical guitarists?

Gabriel Guillén: a guitar player who gets money from lottery
plays so many concerts until the money is finish...

Question: What things in your life do you definitely want to learn and what do you regret not having done?

Gabriel Guillén: there are so many things what I still like to learn if i start to speak about i would never ending this conversation.
about thinks what I regret not having done i think i am happy with myself and there is nothink at the moment what I regret not having done.

Question: What dreams do you have that you would like to fulfil?

Gabriel Guillén: The same dream when i was a child: learn and play the guitar doesn´t matter if I have concerts to play or not.

Question: What is embarrassing for you?

Gabriel Guillén: when a person speak too much without knowing what is he speaking about.

Question: What short phrase would you use to discribe your lifes philosophy?

Gabriel Guillén: don´t speak too much and play.

Question: Which abuse in your native country would you like to do away with?

Gabriel Guillén: too many words and to less efficiency.

Question: In relation to world history, which personalities fascinate you the most?

Gabriel Guillén: Napoleon Bonaparte, Chales de Gaulle, Winston Churchill, Niccoló Paganini and Leonardo da Vinci.

Question: Which question would you like to be asked and what is your Gabriel Guillén to this question?

Gabriel Guillén: How was the day as you play the guitar for the first time in your life?
The sky was blue, I really will never forget this day.

Question: Which guitar virtuoso today has the makings to follow in the footsteps of Andres Segovia?

Gabriel Guillén: No idea, I don´t care about Segovia.


Thank you very much Gabriel for this interview.

Jovan Pesec

Biography & other informations of Gabriel Guillén please look at http:/www, 



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