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Published on Feb 7, 2009
Alec O' Leary (M.Mus., B.Mus., Dip. Inst. Teaching).
"Easily one of Ireland's most talented and accomplished classical guitarists" Hotpress.
"Alec is a highly accomplished guitarist with a very natural touch on the instrument. He has a refined and developed musical sensibility." John Feeley .
Widely regarded as one of the foremost guitarists of his generation, Alec first learned guitar from his father and subsequently went on to study from an early age with Irish virtuoso John Feeley at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama. He has had personal tuition from some of the world's most distinguished musicians, including Manuel Barreuco, Scott Tennant, Sergio Assad, Roberto Aussel and Roland Dyens. He has also studied in Naples with Maestro Aniello Desiderio aided by the Arts Council Travel and Training Award. Alec is founder and director of one of Europe's most prestigious guitar festivals, the Waltons Guitar Festival of Ireland. Along with a busy performing schedule, festival commitments and teaching posts, Alec is equally dedicated to making guitars with his father, renowned Irish luthier Michael J. O'Leary. He plays regularly both as a soloist and in ensemble and has performed many times on both national radio and television. He plays both spruce and cedar guitars made for him by Michael J. O'Leary.