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Andrés Segovia Torres

  • Andrés Segovia Torres © EFE

    Andrés Segovia Torres © EFE






Date of birth

Feb 21, 1893

Date of death


" Classical guitarist to whom credit is given for the entrance of the guitar in concert halls. He investigated and worked with luthiers to improve the instruments natural amplification."

Andrés Segovia Torres was born in Linares (Jaén) in 1893. He began to play the guitar when he was only four years old, and gave his first public recital in Granada, at the age of 16. In 1913, he played his first concert in the Ateneo de Madrid, interpreting transcriptions for the guitar by Francisco Tárrega and other pieces by Bach that he himself had transcribed. His significantly contributed to advancing guitar technique with studies that attempted to provide a solution to problems in finger agility, strength and power. In 1924, he made his debut in Paris with Manuel de Falla among the audience. Contemporary composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos and Joaquín Turina have written works for him. In 1981, the King of Spain granted him the title of Marquess of Salobreña. He died in Madrid in 1987.


Great Cross of Isabella the Catholic (1958)
National Music Award (1980)

Highlighted works

  • English Suite by John Duarte
  • Suite Compostelana by Federico Mompou
  • Concert for Guitar in D Op. 99 by Castelnuovo Tedesco
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