The classical guitar is also known as the Spanish guitar. And indeed, Spain is guitar crazy. Imagine a warm summer evening somewhere in an Andalucian village or town. You’re enjoying the easiness of a Spanish evening, sipping wine from the glass, eating olives, manchego and jamon. A young guy is practicing the sounds of some famous Spanish guitar players on his guitar. Time stops. Peace and joy starts. This is the intense sound of Spain.
The classical guitar as we know it today is an invention of Antonio Torres de Jurado. It inspired many guitar players worldwide. The typical Flamenco guitar sound has its origins in Andalucia, tending to be brighter, drier and more austere than a classical guitar’s sound. Other genres of guitar music such as classical and jazz are well represented in Spanish music culture. But who are the most important Spanish guitar players? Here’s is a very enjoyable top 10 list famous Spanish guitar players!
Top 10 famous Spanish guitar players
- Sabicas (1912-1990) – a flamenco guitarist, of Romani origin. Highly accredited by Chet Atkins
- Fernando Sor (1778-1839) – Spanish classical guitarist and composer. Inspired many Spanish players
- Jose Luis Encinas – born in Salamanca, Encinas combines a variety of styles and genres. Famous for his album ‘Duende’
- Vicente Amigo (1967) – inspired by Paco de Lucía, Vicente Amigo is a leading flamenco composer and virtuoso guitarist
- Miguel Llobet (1878-1938) – Catalan classical guitar virtuoso. Close friend of Segovia. Toured Europe and America extensively
- Paco Peña (1942) – a great flamenco player, famous for his Requiem for the Earth. Also a notable teacher of the flamenco genre
- Juan Martin (1948) – was voted one of the best flamenco guitar players in the world by Guitar Magazine. Also published flamenco guitar method books
- Paco de Lucía (1947-2014) – considered to be the greatest guitarist of the flamenco genre
- Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909) – famous for his “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” and many more
- Andrés Segovia (1893-1987) – the giant of the 20th century. Renowned for for his expressive performances, phrasing and style
this list obviously reflects the authors choice and is of course debatable