Frank Wallace

  • Sunday, November 06, 2016
  • 3:00 PM
  • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA


  • Tickets will be available at the door.
  • Tickets will be available at the door.
  • Tickets will be available at the door.

On stage, Frank Wallace is known for his “elegant virtuosity” (Classics Today) on the solo guitar, lute and vihuela and is also a master of self-accompanied song. Of his most recent CD Four Extraordinary Spanish Guitars, Al Kunze says in Soundboard,“…[he is] a powerful player, possessed of an unfailing musicianship…an almost symphonic range of colors and articulations…” Wallace tours internationally, performing music from the 16th - 21st century both as a soloist and with mezzo-soprano Nancy Knowles as Duo LiveOak. Wallace is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in guitar performance and is self-taught as a composer. American Record Guide calls Wallace’s compositions “exciting, unpredictable, and fresh.” Fanfare magazine has dubbed him a composer with “an authentic expressive voice” and a “high standard of musical interest” who performs with “flawless technical proficiency”. Wallace’s complete recordings and compositions are available at, a site rich with information and samples of sheet music and audio.

MORE INFORMATION on Frank's website HERE


These three Spanish guitars are part of a small collection of guitars I acquired in the mid 1990’s. When I bought these guitars, I had been a vihuela player exclusively for more than a decade and as I returned to the guitar I was captivated in particular by the lighter structure of 19th century guitars and what I perceived as a “woodier” tone than modern guitars - having more personal character. I must say that I was stunned at the power and freshness of the older instruments as well.

Each one of these guitars has captivated me at some point as being “the best.” It is foolishness, but human nature I presume, to rate our experiences. Needless to say, each is a like a child, not a spouse, having their own qualities and I love them all equally. Is it the old wood itself or the magic of the builder? No doubt it is a combination of these factors along with my intimate knowledge of each that make these fine instruments speak to me.

With the exception of my own compositions, the music in this program is appropriate to the period of each instrument on which it is played. Gutierrez had a shop on the same street that the great Antonio Torres worked in the 1850-60’s and they no doubt shared ideas and inspiration. Manuel Ramirez represents the next generation of builders following the same genealogy and is also quite perfect in relation to Tárrega’s music being played on it. It’s sound is stunning especially given it’s relatively shallow body and short 630mm scale. Ignacio Fleta and his two sons established one of the most desired high-end guitar shops in the world by the mid 1950’s. Fleta had built other string instruments earlier, but when Segovia and his protege John Williams began playing his instruments, they became one of the most sought after guitars in the world.

More information on the builders can be found at Makers-of-Sevilla/. Thank you James Greenberg for making this information accessible.

Tickets will be available at the door prior to the event.

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Address: 2038 Sansom street - Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: +1 (215) 567 2972

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