Benjamin Bunch (1947 - 2015)
Benjamin Bunch was born July 17, 1947, in Statesville, North Carolina, USA. He began playing the classical guitar under the tutelage of Robert Guthrie. Further studies were at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem with Jesus Silva, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, with Oscar Ghiglia and at the Musik-Akademie in Basel, Switzerland with Konrad Ragossnig. As a young musician, he had master classes with Segovia.
Mr. Bunch performed extensively as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles throughout Europe and the United States. In February 2001, he gave the first USA performance of the Concertino for guitar and orchestra by Alexandre Tansman. He appeared on national radio and television in the USA (PBS), Germany (ZDF), Austria (ORF), Switzerland (DRS and RSI), Poland and Italy among others.
In April 2002, he was invited to speak and perform at the First World Symposium on Heitor Villa-Lobos in Paris, France. In June of the same year, he was interviewed by BBC Radio about his program Manuel de Falla and Friends.
Mr. Bunch was Professor of Classical Guitar at the Musik Akadamie in Basel for over 30 years.
Over his career, he released several recordings: Piezas de Oro (Pieces of Gold) (Etcetera KTC 1240), Heitor Villa-Lobos and Friends (Etcetera KTC 1241), Manuel de Falla and Friends for soprano and guitar, Orpheus with His Lute (Texts by Shakespeare) for tenor and guitar and An Homage to Heitor Villa-Lobos for soprano and guitar.
In addition to his performing and teaching, Benjamin Bunch arranged over 200 works for guitar solo and guitar with other instruments.