Eliot Fisk, a born risk taker and charismatic virtuoso, has brought an entirely new dimension to classical guitar performance. He is known world-wide for his imaginative and innovative approach and for expanding the scope of the classical guitar legacy he inherited from his legendary mentor, Andrés Segovia.
Through numerous works written for him by leading composers, Eliot Fisk has created a fresh and exciting modern style all his own. At the same time, as reflected in his innumerable transcriptions of the great composers of the past (including Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Granados, Albeniz and more), he continues to indulge a lifelong love affair with the great tradition of Western art music.
Eliot Fisk actively seeks out contemporary composers to expand the repertoire of the guitar. Among the works dedicated to Eliot Fisk are Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XI for solo guitar, premiered by Mr. Fisk in 1988, and Chemin V for guitar and orchestra, premiered in Bonn, Germany in September of 1992 with Mr. Berio conducting the Orchester der Beethoven Halle. In concert with Pro Arte on May 20, 2007, he will present the premiere of his guitar transcription of Mark O’Connor’s Winter from The American Seasons.
Mr. Fisk is founder and director of the Boston Guitar Fest, an annual event held in the month of June at the New England Conservatory. This workshop is dedicated to exploring new and exciting technical and musical possibilities for the guitar within a broadly international cultural context. Eliot Fisk was the last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia and also studied interpretation under the legendary harpsichordist, Ralph Kirkpatrick at Yale University where he graduated summa cum laude in 1976. Called by one New York Times critic “a fiery missionary unconverted,” Eliot Fisk devotes considerable energy to his teaching. He is Professor at the Universität Mozarte in Salzburg, Austria, where he teaches in five different languages and in Boston at the New England Conservatory. His students come from all corners of the earth and many have gone on to become important performers and teachers in their own right.
Mr. Fisk has performed to dazzling critical acclaim in most of the great concert halls of the world and in 1996, gave a command performance in the Palacio de los Cordova in Granada, Spain for then U.S. President Bill Clinton and King Juan Carlos of Spain and their families. In June 2006, by order of King Juan Carlos, Eliot Fisk was awarded the Cruz of Isabel la Cátolica for his service to the cause of Spanish music. Earlier recipients of this rarely bestowed honor include Andrés Segovia and Yehudi Menuhin.
Eliot Fisk’s numerous recordings for the Musical Heritage Society, DGG, Arabesque, and EMI have elicited unqualified praise and have even entered his name into the Billboard charts list as a best-selling recording artist. He continues his forays into unconventional musical territory whenever possible while living in Boston, Salzburg and his beloved Grenada, Spain, with his internationally acclaimed guitarist wife, Zaira, and their five-year old daughter, Raquel.