Here’s the amazing George Sakellariou playing Tarrega’s Gran Vals on that great 1862 Torres. For those of you unfamiliar with Antonio de Torres, he’s considered the father of the modern guitar and, like Stradivarius violins, Torres guitars are still considered by many to be the standard that any guitar aspires to.

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17 Responses to “George Sakellariou – 1862 Torres”

  1. Grace & Skip Nevell says:

    George is fabulous. So enjoyed listening to him play. See you soon, George .

  2. ronjazz says:

    Amazing consistency between 1st and 2nd string, the F#s are indistinguishable from each other! Great playing as well.

  3. zara mekertin says:

    Wish I could buy the guitar

  4. Jerry J Bloodworth says:

    I would like to know if this is the same guitar in the Tarrega poster that I purchased from GSI?

    • Kai says:

      The guitar that Tarrega plays in that famous photo is known as SE 114 (the 114th guitar of his second epoch) and it is from 1888 so this guitar is significantly earlier, though the proportions do look very similar.

  5. Another beautiful example of treble and bass working together to promote a beautiful piece.

  6. Mike D says:

    beautiful!…and not so easy with that string spacing…I give him a whole lot of respect

  7. Such a sweet tone and excellent playing!

  8. Drumcious says:

    I would love to spend a couple of hours with this guitar. Lucky George!

  9. John Mahoney says:

    What precision, clarity, and musicality. It is always a pleasure to hear the Maestro play!

  10. Gerald Wilson says:

    My wife and I saw George in concert in Calgary some 25 or 30 years ago. He is still a superb musician. Wonderful to see him again.

  11. David Schramm says:

    My first classical guitar concert was George Sakellariou in the 1980’s. My favorite guitarist! Come see him at Fresno City College March 5th, 7:30pm!

  12. Ulfberht says:

    No reflection on George’s playing, which is wonderful. And no reflection on this guitar, which is wonderful… But I wish someone would buy it!

  13. Zack says:

    I’m pretty sure I played this guitar at work. Amazing guitar.
    Sounds great plays great and scary to play lol

  14. John Barr says:

    Absolutely wonderful playing. The recording is beautiful. Can you share how it was recorded? microphone, placement of the mic, medium to record, EQ, reverb, compression etc. Whoever recorded this did an excellent job.

    Thanks to Mr. Sakellariou. He gave a master class in which I participated, and performed around 1980 in New Orleans at Tulane. Something happened to his guitar and he had to borrow one for the concert. Played wonderfully even with a strange instrument. Glad to see you are still playing so beautifully.
    Thank you!

    John Barr

  15. Dave McLellan says:

    Beautiful. I had not heard George for a very long time. very nicely done.

  16. Frank Clark says:

    Great playing, George. I passed this and the earlier video on to your old buddy Phil de Fremery, my teacher and good friend. He’s going to get in touch with you.


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