Although largely self-taught, Brian Farrell (Ireland) began his classical guitar studies with Barry Lawlor who was undoubtedly one of Ireland’s finest guitar teachers. Barry not only became a close friend but also nurtured and steered his career to successfully set him on the path he is still on today.
Brian took masterclasses with many of the world’s leading classical guitarists including David Russell, Carlos Bonell, Costas Cotsiolis, Paul Gregory and Vladimír Mikulka. He holds a Licentiate in teaching with Trinity College of Music London, a Performance and Associate Licentiate with the London College of Music and a Music Diploma and BA (Hons) degree with the Open University.
Winning all major Irish music competitions Brian’s performing career has taken him through many mediums such as television and radio. He has played in many countries as far as Greece with many solo and ensemble performances.
After teaching music in Castleknock College (Ireland) for 6 years, Brian decided to setup his own guitar studio in Dublin and has been successfully running this for the past 30 years. He is also an examiner for the RIAM (Royal Irish Academy of Music).
In 2010 Brian was presented with a work dedicated to him by composer Dr. Benjamin Dwyer Four Japanese Prints for Amplified Flutes and Piano. This was given its world première in the National Concert Hall, Dublin with Susan Doyle (flutes) and Izumi Kimura (piano).
Brian has written a small number of compositions but is recognised mainly for his successful arrangements of popular songs for guitar.
Brian no longer performs in public however, after a 15 year break from the guitar he decided to return to the recording studio and produce 6 CD’s all within a 2 year period! Luminoso, True Colours, SixDancers, Sevilla, Copper Lines and Irena are all available from brianfarrell.eu. True Colors and Copper Lines contain many of his own arrangements which are also available in score and tablature from his website.
- Brian Farrell - Music Teacher - Performer -Composer