Cardiff Guitar Festival: Dan Jones
Dan studied at the Royal Welsh College College of Music and Drama, under the guidance of the celebrated concert guitarist John Mills and Patrick O' Brien. He also undertook masterclasses with John Williams, David Russell, Simon Dinnigan, Robert Spencer, Ray Burley, Stephen Dodgson and many others. Whilst at college he won the year prize on four occasions, the composition prize, the Ernest and Doris Haigh Memorial prize and a silver medal from The Worshipful Company of Musicians. He gained a first-class honours degree and a Master degree with distinction.
As a soloist, his performing career has taken him to many countries including Hungary, Brunei, Japan and France. He appeared in Saint David's Hall Cardiff for a performance of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and has also toured with Welsh National Opera. Now he performs regularly in chateaux, churches and concert halls in France.
Although acclaimed as a solo performer, Dan thrives on teamwork and collaboration. Whether as part of a duo, trio, quartet or band he transitions seamlessly from solo classical performing to a supporting or equal role in a jazz quartet. He plays with his wife, Kirsty, in a classical violin/guitar duo, a trio with violin and accordion/saxophone, an instrumental jazz quartet and The Dottie Bart Jazz Quartet. With his rich and expressive tone and interpretive style, he embraces many different genres of music.
As a keen composer, arranger and writer Dan has composed and directed music for eight RWCMD plays. Of his many works for solo guitar, his Tango Laurentais won the Free-Scores.com composition competition in 2014. His piece for guitar ensemble Icebreakdance was premiered by the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra in 2003 and published by Cadenza Music. For flute and guitar he has composed Prelude Sonata and Postlude and Living Water. Commissioned by the High Wycombe Music Centre Guitar Consort, Dan has composed a series for five guitars beginning with Perigord en Hiver. He has since written Perigord en Printemps and in 2017 will complete the cycle of seasons in anticipation of a recording later in the year.
Running time: approx 1hour