Michael Christian Durrant is one of the most exciting English classical guitarists of the current generation. He is widely recognised for presenting beautifully varied concert programmes, his gripping stage-persona and his ability to summon forth a huge variety of tone-colours from the guitar.
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Durrant studied classical guitar performance under the supervision of Peter Batchelar at the Leeds Conservatoire of Music, graduating with first-class honours. On graduation from the conservatoire, Durrant was decorated with awards. He was presented with The James F Cardno Prize for Academic Achievement in Higher Education for the highest marked academic portfolio across all higher education courses. He was also presented with The Michael Grady Memorial Prize for Composition, for the highest marked composition portfolio across all higher education courses. Later, he continued his studies with the world-renowned classical guitarist, maestro Carlos Bonell at the Royal College of Music, London and privately with the internationally esteemed musicologist and classical guitarist Graham Wade.
Durrant has also participated in public masterclasses with many of the world’s most revered classical guitar players and pedagogues, including; Michael Lewin, David Russell, Edoardo Catemario, Martha Masters, Fernando Espi, Ricardo Gallen, and the lutenist Robin Thodey. Durrant has won first prizes for performances at many competitive music festivals, including the best string soloist in the Harrogate music festival 2011. Durrant is also increasingly in demand as a teacher, regularly giving masterclasses internationally. In 2012-13 he taught classical guitar masterclasses at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, Italy and has led courses in France, Andorra and the UK.
Durrant performs extensively in England’s most beautiful venues, and can often be heard playing concerts throughout the country.Durrant has performed concerts internationally, most recently in Spain, Italy, Andorra, and France. He has performed live on BBC Radio and recorded several discs, including his recently released album, Romantico: Romantic Solos for Classical Guitar. The album is a collection of beautiful melodies and diverse moods, including guitar classics by Albeniz, Tarrega and Rodrigo.