Interview with Enric Madriguera












Enric Madriguera

(Enric Madriguerar is a longstanding member of the Jury of the John Duarte Competition of the  International Guitarfestival Rust.
He will also give a very interesting performance at the festival 2008. He is professor for classical guitar at the University
of Texas at Dallas, which is one of the main sponsors of the International Guitar Festival Rust.

Interview with Enric Madriguera:

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

Enric Madriguera:
I don’t think of this topic in exactly the same terms, but I do know what you mean. These days society has much more efficient and quicker ways of promoting cultural figures – so I’d say in general the composers that are the most recent will have the tendency to be overrated - due to all the media hype. Still, there are many really excellent composers for the guitar, ….and time will tell.

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

Enric Madriguera:
“I can’t believe its classical guitar!”….this was a slogan used by a frozen yogurt company in the US to great effect  and it seems to apply to items of acquired taste.


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

Enric Madriguera: 1. Learn - more music.
2. Regret: Not having an infinite lifetime to do this even better.


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

Enric Madriguera:
Contribute to the pedagogy and scholarship of the guitar and related instruments, and add to the historic legacy of the guitar in some way.


Question: What is embarrassing for you?

Enric Madriguera L
eaving scores on an airplane – which were then lost. Luckily I was with Kathryn Evans, as I performed with her the last time I was in Rust. She saved the day and I copied her scores – but that was both a shock to not see the scores and an embarrassment as well. I learned a good lesson there.


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

Enric Madriguera:  Better to be a doer!


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

Enric Madriguera:
Endless advertisements promoting medications which in some cases  seem to have,  in addition to their benefits, some dangerous side effects –


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

Enric Madriguera:
The philosopher Seneca


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

Enric Madriguera:
Anwer to question – “so far, so good!”


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

Enric Madriguera:
Ninguno!!..none of us!!.....Segovia blazed his own path – we need to find our own path in this respect.


Thank you very much Enric for this interview.

Jovan Pesec



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