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by Alberto Ponce
CATCH-UP: Alberto Ponce (1935 to 2019) was a Spanish classical guitarist and teacher. Alberto Ponce was born Alberto Gonzalez Munoz in Madrid, Spain, on March 13th 1935. His first teacher was his father, after which he entered the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona at a younger age than normal. Here, in addition to guitar, he studied piano, harmony and chamber music, and left the establishment with both a diploma and an Honorable Mention. The Catalan musicologist and scholar Emilio Pujol then advised him to enter the Lisbon Conservatory in Portugal. After three years of study with Pujol, Ponce went on to perfect his technique at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena in Italy, where he increased even further his knowledge of the music of the "Spanish Golden Age". In 1962, he won first prize for musical interpretation at the Concours de Guitare competition in Paris (organised by radio broadcaster 'ORTF'), then in the same year was asked by Alfred Cortot, the director of the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, to teach there, and from that year he permanently lived and taught in France. Across his lifetime, Ponce enjoyed an almost unprecedented pedagogical career, having single-handedly moulded one of the most prolific schools of contemporary guitar during his time in Paris. As a guitarist himself, for many years he had been one of the few to dedicate himself continuously to both early and contemporary music. He influenced numerous other guitarists such as Maurice Ohana, Chayne, Dyens, Ravier, Antonio Ruiz-Pipo and Yoram Zerbib, and taught at both the National Conservatory of Paris and the Cachan Conservatory of Music in Val-de-Marne. Alberto Ponce died in Paris on July 26th 2019, aged 84. [ Translated from: ]
Posted: 21st September 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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