Andrés Segovia

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Andrés Segovia Torres
BirthplaceLinares, Jaén, Spain
Classical guitarist
Known for Establishing the guitar as a classical concert instrument Massive importance in the history of the guitar

Segovia, Andrés


Born Feb. 21, 1893, at Linares, Jaén Province. Spanish guitarist. Now residing in Geneva.

A self-taught musician, Segovia began giving concerts in Europe and America at the age of 14. He first appeared in the USSR in 1926. His playing is distinguished by exceptional virtuosity and profound interpretations. By expanding the technical and expressive capacity of the guitar and incorporating into his repertoire both classical and contemporary works—many in his own adaptations—Segovia raised guitar playing to a high artistic level. Composers who wrote works for, and dedicated to, Segovia include J. Turina, J. Manén, A. Roussel, M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, C. Scott, H. Villa-Lobos, and A. Tansman.


Vaisbord, M. “Andres Segoviia v Moskve.” Muzykal’naia zhizn’, 1971, no. 20.
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