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Gary Ryan

Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. He has been captivating audiences with his exceptional virtuosity and creative genius for over a decade, winning universal critical acclaim for his formidable blend of flawless technique, profound musical artistry and highly varied concert programmes.

Gary Ryan and I have been working together for 12 years and this collaboration has resulted in the successful development of my Lattice model guitars now known amongst players as the ´Gary Ryan model´!

”I have the pleasure of owning 2 cedar top Stephen Hill guitars and have been exclusively using his instruments in concert since 2001. They are truly remarkable guitars with fantastic projection and an amazing range and depth of colour. They also feel so nice to play and look beautiful. People are always coming up to me after recitals and asking about them. Stephen is a great maker to work with and I would highly recommend him to anybody.”

Declan Zapala

Described by BBC Radio 3’s Max Reinhardt as “virtuosic and committed, with stunning sonic awareness”, ­Declan Zapala was born into a musical family in Watford in 1985 and first started learning the guitar at the age of 10. In his subsequent 20 years as a guitarist, he has performed on BBC Four television, as well as BBC Radio 3, and has performed internationally, achieving great success as a solo artist for his unique and innovative classical & percussive guitar concerts. Declan regularly performs at international Fringe festivals, and has received numerous ★★★★★ reviews worldwide for his sell-out solo shows.

Declan plays 2 Hill guitars, a 1a Concert guitar in Cedar and Madagasgar rosewood and a !a Fusion spruce and Cocobolo.

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