Eliot Fisk

Biography

Born: August 10, 1954; Philadelphia, PA  
In article after article, the one thing that is always mentioned in addition to Eliot Fisk's skills as a guitarist and transcriber is his commitment to music as a changing force in peoples' lives. He firmly and enthusiastically advocates more teaching of music in schools and more active community involvement by musicians. He himself gives recitals at schools, prisons, retirement homes, and other community institutions whenever his concert and Read more teaching schedules allow it. This dedication is credited to his upbringing in a Quaker home. His father bought both a banjo and a guitar for seven-year-old Fisk, hoping that Fisk would like one of the instruments. Fisk settled on the guitar and virtually taught himself to play, spending hours practicing each day as a teenager. He took a bachelor's and master's degree in music from Yale, where he studied with harpsichordists Ralph Kirkpatrick and Albert Fuller. His guitar teachers included Oscar Ghiglia and Alirio Diaz, but his mentor was Andrés Segovia. Fisk's talent was so admired by Segovia that the latter's widow gave Fisk the exclusive first rights to perform and record some of Segovia's compositions that were found in the mid-1990s. That album, Segovia -- Canciones Populares, became one of Billboard's Classical Chart best-sellers. What makes Fisk stand out as a performer are his passionate, intense playing, whether it be Bach or Scarlatti, Berio or Rochberg, and his transcriptions that remain true to the original works' musical intentions, but are idiomatic of the guitar. His recording of the Paganini's Caprices (24) was called "daring" and also became a best-seller. Many of his transcriptions are of Baroque works, but he has also performed the music of Mozart and Haydn. In addition to the works dedicated to him by Berio and Rochberg, Fisk has also premiered new works for guitar by Ernesto Halffter, Robert Beaser, and Leonardo Balada. Fisk performs as much chamber music as he does concerto or solo music, most frequently with flutist Paula Robison, but also with string quartets, flamenco guitarist Paco Peña, vocalist Ute Lemper, and Turkish music specialist Burhan Öçal. Shortly after graduating from Yale, Fisk was asked to help establish that school's guitar program. He has taught at the Cologne Hochschule für Musik, and in 1989 started teaching at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the New England Conservatory since 1996. Read less
Browse 1-22 of 22 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779565 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Sophie Cherrier,  Frédérique Cambreling,  Luisa Castellani,  Florent Boffard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain members
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  • 2.
    Rochberg: Caprice Variations / Fisk
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2566 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Rochberg
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
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  • 3.
    Beaser: Mountain Songs / Paula Robison, Eliot Fisk
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2560 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward MacDowell,  A. Richards,  Stephen Foster,  Armando "Chick" Corea  ... 
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk,  Paula Robison
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    Tribute To Andres Segovia / Fisk
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2551 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrés Segovia
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
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    Mario Castelnuevo-tedesco: Guitar Works / Eliot Fisk
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2536 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shanghai String Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
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    Mountain Songs - Beaser, Macdowell, Richards, Foster, Corea / Paula Robison, Eliot Fisk
    Label: Pergola   Catalog: 5173217 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Beaser,  Edward MacDowell,  A. Richards,  Stephen Foster  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Robison,  Eliot Fisk
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  • 7.
    Vivaldi: Concertos & Other Works / Fisk, Hand, Schulman
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2515 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk,  Albert Fuller,  Frederic Hand,  Louise Schulman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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  • 8.
    Paganini: 24 Caprices Transcribed For Guitar / Fisk
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2505 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
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  • 9.
    Best Guitar 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15241 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Ernesto Bitetti,  Manuel Barrueco,  Dario Rossetti-Bonell  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbà,  Jeremy Lubbock,  Elmer Bernstein,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra members  ... 
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  • 10.
    Eliot Fisk: Latin American Guitar Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47760 Release Date: 05/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Julián Aguirre
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
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  • 11.
    Milken Archive - Deluxe 50 CD Boxed Set
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Joseph Rumshinsky,  David Schiff,  Raymond Goldstein,  Hugo Chaim Adler  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Bloch,  Nell Snaidas,  Simon Spiro,  Zhou Jin  ... 
    Conductor:  Elli Jaffe,  Neil Levin,  Timothy Koch,  Rodney Winther  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Coro Hebraeico,  Carolina Chamber Chorale  ... 
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  • 12.
    Halffter: Sinfonietta, Etc / Eliot Fisk, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1092 Release Date: 03/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Halffter
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 13.
    The Most Relaxing Guitar Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 46809 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Sir William Walton,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  Sharon Isbin,  Manuel Barrueco,  Pierre Laniau  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Jeremy Lubbock,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Françaix, Ponce, Rodrigo: Guitar Concertos / Fisk, Et Al
    Label: Ess.a.y Recordings   Catalog: 1088 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Françaix,  Manuel Ponce,  Joaquin Rodrigo
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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    Bach: The 6 Trio Sonatas / Eliot Fisk, Albert Fuller
    Label: Musicmasters   Catalog: 67182 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Albert Fuller,  Eliot Fisk
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    Milken Archive - Adolphe: Ladino Songs, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559413 Release Date: 01/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bruce Adolphe
    Performer:  Nathaniel Watson,  Erie Mills,  Lucy Shelton,  David Jolley  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Rodney Winther
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony
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    Guitare Passion
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 585267 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Isaias Alvarado,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Alirio Diaz,  Eliot Fisk,  Angel Romero,  Oscar Ghiglia  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spanish National Orchestra
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    Milken Archive - Introducing American Jewish Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559406 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Ernst Toch,  Bruce Adolphe,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Meyer,  Richard Clement,  Eliot Fisk,  Lucy Shelton  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Neil Levin,  Elli Jaffe,  Joseph Cullen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Scarlatti: 18 Sonatas / Eliot Fisk
    Label: Vgo Recordings   Catalog: VG1003 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
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  • 20.
    Balada: Piano Concerto No 3, Etc / Serebrier, Fisk, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555039 Release Date: 08/21/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonardo Balada
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk,  Magdalena Martinez,  Rosa Torres-Pardo
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Für Eliot / Eliot Fisk
    Label: Gsp Recordings   Catalog: 1008 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin,  Niccolò Paganini,  Relly Raffman,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Eliot Fisk
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  • 22.
    20/21  Berio: Sequenzas / Ensemble Intercontemporain
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457038 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Christian Wirth,  Teodoro Anzellotti,  Pascal Gallois,  Eliot Fisk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain members
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