Rhisiart Arwel - etifeddiaeth | herencia | heritage
A native of Denbigh, North Wales, Rhisiart studied the guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester with John Arran, and Gordon Crosskey. Returning to Wales to commence his professional career, Rhisiart was awarded a scholarship by the Welsh Arts Council for further study with Ricardo Iznaola in Madrid and in London with John Duarte.
Rhisiart has performed extensively in recitals throughout Wales and the UK – including an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in London – and has appeared regularly on radio and television.
Rhisiart has worked as a guitar tutor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and has appeared as a soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on numerous occasions in concertos by Vivaldi and Rodrigo.
In 2015, during the 150th anniversary celebrations commemorating the establishment of the Welsh Colony in Patagonia, Rhisiart performed a series of concerts throughout Wales and Argentina, collaborating with many distinguished musicians from both countries.
Rhisiart’s repertoire includes music from all parts of the world, with special emphasis on music from Spain and South America. His personal relationship with Patagonia, Argentina is reflected in the inclusion of several works by notable Argentinean composers such as Ariel Ramirez, Abel Fleury and Jorge Cardoso on this CD.
Rhisiart has composed an arranged numerous works – including Welsh folk songs and hymn tunes – and this disk includes several examples of his work.
It gives me great pleasure to present this selection of popular music for the guitar. The pieces represent the ones I’ve enjoyed performing over the years. I sincerely hope that the same pleasure will be experienced in the listening.
I’m indebted to Myfyr Isaac for his patience, experience and wise words of advice during the production of this CD. Thanks also to Sandra (De Pol) for her invaluable comments and for the Spanish translations. I’m also thankful to Gwenan Gibbard, of Sain Records for her perseverance and patience.
Lastly, I’m eternally grateful to Hanzel Davies (Gaiman, Patagonia and Buenos Aires) for introducing me to the truly inspirational music of Abel Fleury.