West Sussex Guitar Club

Charity No. 1124762

Patrons: Gary Ryan & Fabio Zanon

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Morgan Szymanski

Born in Mexico City in 1979, Morgan Szymanski studied at the Royal College of Music and Conservatorium van Amsterdam, graduating in 2004 with first class honours. He immediately went on to become the first solo guitarist to be selected by YCAT and was the first guitarist to be awarded a Junior Fellowship at the RCM, where he completed his Masters with distinction.

A top prize-winner at international competitions, in 2002 Morgan won first prize at the prestigious National Guitar Competition in Mexico. Abroad, performances as a soloist and with orchestras have taken him to Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Mexico, Guatemala and the USA.

Over the last year Morgan has given recitals at major venues and festivals throughout Europe including three return visits to Wigmore Hall and concerts at the Bridgewater Hall, St. Georges Bristol, the Bath, Lake District, Cheltenham, Newbury, Chelsea, Salisbury, Lichfield, Buxton, Warwick and Ripon International Festivals. In May 2007 he made his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Joaquin Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjuez'.

He is a founding member of "Machaca", an international ensemble consisting of some of the UK's finest musicians including Ruth Rogers (violin), Gemma Rosefield (cello), soprano Laura Mitchell and the ODuo amongst others. Their first recording "Mano a Mano" was released in April 2007 in London's Purcell Room during "La Linea": London's Latin American Music Festival. Morgan's previous CD "The Unicorn in the Garden", was released in 2005 to critical acclaim.

This year he took part in two world premieres by Alec Roth - a guitar quintet especially commissioned for him with the Sacconi Quartet and a collaboration with Vikram Seth called Songs in Time of War. Other collaborations include duo recitals with Carlos Bonell, the Cervantes Choir, Luzmira Zerpa and Vietnamese accordion player Phuong Nguyen. In 2006 he composed the original soundtrack to the award winning Mexican documentary "Toro Negro".

Future performances include solo recitals for the Oundle, Stratford Lake District, North Norfolk, Chester, Exeter and Salisbury festivals, the London International Guitar Festival and concertos with the Orchestra of the Swan, Royal Philharmonic and Halle Orchestras. Website