Born in Leningrad, Russia in 1981, Mijael Kharash's musical origins started with the violin at a very young age. It wasn't long however before he first heard the sound of the classical guitar and became fascinated with its tonal possibilities, falling permanently in love with the instrument to this day. After the collapse of the USSR, his family moved to Israel and after leaving school, he did military service, then held a variety of odd jobs including construction worker, cook, cabinetmaker and fisherman!
In 2007 after two unsuccessful attempts to build a decent classical guitar, Mijail traveled to Spain looking for an apprenticeship, asking in many of the workshops throughout the country. By luck he met Carmelo Gonzales in Ronda who generously shared his craft with Mijael. In 2009 he moved to Granada and for six years lived in a cave while building guitars in SCO "15 Gatos", Camino de Ronda 190. His friendship with the local guitar community led to him receiving excellent advice from his colleagues Felix Moya Ibarra, John Ray and Jose Vigil to whom he is specially indebted. His work is completely in the traditional manner, using hand tools, making is own original rosettes, and doing French polish with a muñequilla. Mijail Kharash was awarded second-prize at the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition
held in Granada, Spain in October, 2019.
Completely hand-made in Granada, Spain by Mijail Kharash, this is our first classical from him and he pulled out some of his more exotic materials for this instrument - most notably the beautiful "green ebony" for the back and sides. The spruce top gives it a very focused and responsive tone with a nice, quick attack. It has plenty of power and refinement of tone - a great choice for concert performance and recording alike. Set-up is superb and the attention to detail is impeccable. The detailing is beautiful with a second-epoch Torres "chain-link" motif in the inner and outer bands of the rosette that is matched in the top purfling but with inverse colorings. Instead of using paper, Mijail engraves his labels on wooden plaques with the iconic Alhambra featured in the artwork. An extremely well-priced instrument from one of Granada's up-and-coming, award-winning builders.
Photos of this guitar taken during construction.