Eliot Fisk

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Eliot Fisk (* 10. August 1954 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania ) is an American guitarist of classical music .


Fisk attended Yale University , where he studied under the harpsichordists Ralph Kirkpatrick and Albert Fuller (1926-2007). In 1974 he met the legendary guitarist Andrés Segovia , whose last student he is considered to be, and occasionally took private lessons from him for several years. When asked about Fisk, Segovia replied: "One of the most brilliant, intelligent and gifted guitarists of our time." In 1976 he completed his studies summa cum laude . Immediately after graduating, he was asked to set up a guitar department at Yale .

In November 1982 Professor Fisk took over the guitar class at the Cologne University of Music . Fisk currently holds a professorship at the Mozarteum in Salzburg , where he teaches in five languages. He is also a teacher at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He also gives master classes including 1st Grenada (1998), 2nd Grenada (1999) and 3rd Grenada (2000). Fisk teaches people who would otherwise not be able to get such access, for example in prisons, old people's homes and churches.

Particularly noteworthy are his transcriptions of Paganini's 24 Caprices and concerts by JS Bach for the guitar. In addition to his solo appearances, Fisk has appeared in duets with well-known musicians such as the flautist Paula Robison , the violinist Ruggiero Ricci and the guitarist Joe Pass .

Eliot Fisk owns the copyrights to Segovia's pieces, which were given to him by Segovia's widow, Emilia Segovia. Fisk is married and lives with his wife Zaira and daughter Raquel in Salzburg and Boston.

Prizes and awards

  • Among other things, Fisk is the winner of the 1980 International Guitar Competition.
  • On June 10, 2006 he received the Orden de Isabel la Católica , the highest honor in Spain , for services to the country's music.

Selected recordings

  • Guitar Music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Kapp, Conductor The Shanghai String Quartet Musical Heritage Society
  • JS Bach The Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
BWV 1014-1019 · Transcribed by Eliot Fisk for Violin, Guitar, and Cello · Benjamin Hudson, violin · Eliot Fisk, guitar · Gyorgy Vognar, violoncello · GOOD International
  • Mountain Songs with flutist Paula Robison
Robert Beaser's Cycle of American Folk MusicMusicMasters 67038-2
  • The Artistry of Eliot Fisk
Two-disc sampling of previous recordings (various composers) Musical Heritage Society
  • Vivaldi Concerto in D Major for Lute, RV. 93, Largo
  • JS Bach The Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin
Two disc set: BWV 1001 - 1006 MusicMasters
  • Canciones Latinas with Paula Robison, flute
Works by Villa-Lobos, Ponce, Peramo, Casals, Piazzolla, Ginastera and Ovalle plus traditional folk melodies of Latin America · MusicMasters 67193-2
Premiere recording of original compositions and arrangements by Andres Segovia MusicMasters 67174-2
  • JS Bach Trio Sonatas with Albert Fuller, Harpsichord
The 6 Trio Sonatas BWV 525-530 transcribed for guitar and harpsichord MusicMasters 67182-2
24 Violin Caprices transcribed for solo guitar MusicMasters 67092-2
  • Bell'Italia: Four Centuries of Italian Music
Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, Locatelli, Fiorillo and others
  • Scarlatti Sonata in A Major (originally in F Major), K. 274, Andante
MusicMasters 67079-2
  • Scarlatti 18 Sonatas
Harpsichord sonatas arranged for solo guitar by Eliot Fisk · VGo Recordings VG 1003
  • For Eliot
Scarlatti, Martin, Ponce, Paganini, Relly Raffman · GSP 1008
  • The Best of Eliot Fisk
Paganini, Sagreras, Barrios-Mangoré, D. Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Mozart, JS Bach, Rochberg, Beaser and others · MusicMasters 67151-2
  • Sequence!
Berio, D. Scarlatti, Paganini, Mendelssohn, Beethoven & middot MusicMasters 67150-2
  • George Rochberg Caprice Variations
50 Variations on Paganini's 24th Caprice MusicMasters 67133-2
  • Vivaldi Concerti
Vivaldi Concerti and Other Works with the Orchestra of St. Luke's · MusicMasters 67097-2
  • Eliot Fisk Plays Guitar Fantasies
Mozart, Couperin, Sor, Poulenc, Weiss, Dowland, JS Bach and others MusicMasters 67008-2
  • The Latin American Guitar
Ponce, Sagreras, Sojo, Lauro and Barrios-Mangoré MusicMasters 67127-2
  • Eliot Fisk Performs Works by Baroque Composers
JS Bach, Frescobaldi, Scarlatti · MusicMasters 67130-2
  • Virtuoso Guitar
JS Bach, Scarlatti, Froberger · MusicMasters 67128-2
  • The Classical Guitar
Mozart, Haydn, Paganini, Soler · MusicMasters 60034-2
  • Two American Virtuosi with Carol Wincenc, flute
Giuliani, Gossec, Ravel, Milhaud, Godard, Poulenc and Bartók MusicMasters 60059-2
  • Latin American Guitar Music
Ponce, Barrios-Mangore and others Angel Records 47760-2
  • Eliot Fisk Plays Villa-Lobos, Sojo, Morel, Barrios-Mangoré
EMI Classics 14 6757-1
  • Eliot Fisk
Dowland, Philips, Howett , Holborne, Britten and Others EMI Classics 27 0217-1
  • The Spanish Guitar
Granados, de Falla, Turina · EMI Classics 27 0216-1


  • Peter Päffgen: "... You don't have to find everything I do good - but you should find it interesting ..." Interview with Eliot Fisk. In: Guitar & Laute 3, 1981, 4, pp. 14-17.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. "Out of the ghetto ..." Peter Päffgen spoke to Eliot Fisk. In: Guitar & Laute 10, 1988, 2, pp. 31-35; here: p. 32 (Eliot Fisk: "maybe eight or ten hours in total")
  2. "Out of the ghetto ..." Peter Päffgen spoke to Eliot Fisk. In: Guitar & Laute 10, 1988, 2, pp. 31-35; here: p. 31 (and 29)