In September 1982, Paul Galbraith began studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating four years later. He meanwhile continued giving concerts on a regular basis throughout Britain and Europe. “He is the best guitarist of his generation”, affirmed “Classical Guitar” magazine, after Galbraith’s performance at the 1983 Esztergom International Guitar Festival, in Hungary.
However, such praise didn’t diminish the dissatisfaction that Galbraith increasingly felt in relation to his technical development during that period, especially through feeling unable to adapt to guitar certain teachings of the Greek pianist and conductor George Hadjinikos, who gradually became his musical mentor.
“One important point that George frequently made is that in music, the essential thing is not merely the quality of sound per se, but what comes before; the movement which gives rise to sound. It’s like in sports: it isn’t just the ball itself that’s the focal point, but more importantly, the direction you want it to go in”, says Galbraith, who came to consider the possibility of exchanging guitar for the piano, inspired by his teacher’s unique brand of pianism. “He’s a tremendous pianist and everything always seemed so easy when he played”.
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