Göran Söllscher

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Göran Söllscher (born 31 December 1955) is a Swedish award-winning virtuoso classical guitarist known for his broad range of musical interpretations, ranging from Bach to the Beatles. Söllscher's international career began during his years of education at the Royal Conservatory of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark when at the age of 23, he won the Concours International de Guitare in Paris, 1978. He was signed by German record label Deutsche Grammophon, the largest label featuring classical guitarists. As of 2005, Söllscher had released 19 records which altogether have sold over a million copies.

Early life[edit]

Söllscher was born in Växjö, on the south-east Swedish mainland, and grew up in Kalmar. He started playing a musical instrument from the age of seven.

Career[edit]

Söllscher has regularly played with most Scandinavian orchestras, and has toured North America, Europe, Japan, and China. He has played with the Camerata Bern, the New Japan Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.[1] Söllscher has been described as the grand old man of guitarists.[2] He is especially known for playing lute music by Baroque composers such as Weiss and J.S. Bach on a custom-made 11-string Alto guitar.

In addition to performing, Söllscher is also a professor of guitar at the University of Lund, Sweden.[3] His students include guitarists Georg Gulyás and Mattias Jacobsson.

Personal life[edit]

Today, Söllscher lives in Vitemölla, a small village on Österlen on the east coast of Skåne, not far from Kivik, where the annual Kivik's market takes place. He has a wife, Kerstin Söllscher, and two children, Anna and Johan. In addition to his musical achievements he is also a capable golf player, with a handicap of four, and reportedly a good table tennis player as well.[citation needed]

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