The classical guitar plays an important part in the history of music. Present throughout the ages in formal classical music as well as popular music, its solo repertoire is exceptionally rich and distinctive. The guitar programme is mainly focused on learning the repertoire, but a variety of other lessons are also offered.

The principal subject lessons are taught by Gabriel Bianco, who supervises the classical guitar section. Each student receives one lesson per week, in addition to the technique and performance group class. Chamber music and sight-reading lessons are offered by Izhar Elias. Courses on pedagogy are given by Marion Schaap. 

As the guitar is such a versatile instrument, four specialisations are available.

Modern classical guitar
The current forms and aesthetics of the modern classical guitar have developed in many historical stages, therefore knowledge of the music and instruments of the past is necessary in order to better master their technique and interpretation. There are two elective courses:

Renaissance and Baroque
The first course tackles an introduction to early music specific to Renaissance and Baroque lutes as well as their related instruments with a study of the different types of tablature. This course will be taught by Fred Jacobs.

Baroque and Romantic
However, although the lute is very similar to the guitar, it is not necessarily its direct ancestor. This explains why the second course will concern historical guitars, and more precisely the technique and repertoire of baroque and romantic guitars. The teacher of this course is Izhar Elias. 

Flamenco is highly associated with the Spanish derived classical guitar repertoire. Due to the minimal difference between the instruments traditionally used by both flamenco and classical guitarists the two styles are naturally interrelated. The flamenco lessons are offered by Eric Vaarzon Morel.

Electric guitar
Furthermore, in modern times the guitar is highly associated with popular culture. It is therefore considered important that students gain a basic knowledge of electric guitar in popular styles and jazz, for the purpose of broadening the opportunities and understanding the student has of the instrument at large. This is particularly known to be useful when it comes to a teaching situation, whether private or institutional. The electric guitar course is given by Hans Kunneman. 


Admission requirements
Audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a video recording, to be submitted digitally via the application form before February 1st. The video repertoire consists of a diverse selection from the required audition repertoire of maximum 15 minutes.

Audition repertoire

The entrance exam includes:

  • 20-25 minutes of music of different periods and styles. This must include the set piece: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) - first movement, 'Allegro con Spirito', from Sonata omagio a Boccherini
  • a short interview regarding the candidate’s previous studies and the possibility of admission to the CvA

Please note: all works should be played from memory.

The student will concentrate on the further mastering of all aspects of guitar playing. After two years, the student will be ready to enter the professional music world at the highest level as a soloist and as a chamber player.

Admission requirements
Audition candidates will be selected on the basis of a video recording to be submitted digitally via the application form. Recordings must be received by February 1st at the latest. The video repertoire consists of a diverse selection from the required audition repertoire of maximum 15 minutes.

Audition repertoire

1. The candidate will perform a programme consisting of 25-30 minutes of music of different periods and styles. This must include the set piece: Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), Sonata K.1 (L.366) - Arrangement free of choice. All pieces are to be played from memory

2. The candidate must submit a list of repertoire with a proposed programme for the entrance examination to the CvA study secretariat before February 1st. This programme will include a variety of musical styles. The admissions committee will evaluate the proposed programme and make any necessary changes. Programme guidelines and requirements may be obtained from the representative of the section.

3. If the student chooses a specialization, it must be noted in the admissions examination programme. Such specializations may include:

  • contemporary repertoire
  • historical performance
  • chamber music

Gabriel Bianco principal subject
Izhar Elias early guitar, chamber music
Fred Jacobs lute, Remaissance guitar
Eric Vaarzon Morel flamenco
Hans Kunneman electric guitar as a subsidiary subject
Marion Schaap methodology