In October 1981, at age 17, Paul Galbraith took part in the 1st Segovia International Guitar Competition, in Kent, England ; he was the youngest of 50 competitors from 14 countries. The Jury, presided over by Segovia himself, presented the silver medal to Galbraith, who went on to play concerts in Rome and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with the English Chamber Orchestra.
“Paul is magnificent. He will be a great artist”, was Segovia’s comment to the press after the competition.
Six months later, Galbraith entered BBC television’s “Young Musician of the Year” competition, winning the string section. Broadcast on TV throughout Great Britain at peak viewing time, his performance of Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, launched his solo career. “The most mature artist, and the one most capable of moving an audience was Paul Galbraith” stated the critic from “The Guardian”.
“After these Competitions I started concertising fairly intensively, and I soon began to feel I’d taken on too much too soon. It wasn’t easy for me to organize my life so as to be able to continue studying properly”, reflects Galbraith, who consolidated his reputation as a major talent through concerts at some of the most prestigious halls and with front-rank orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

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