Annalisa Ewald Biography
Annalisa started playing Classical Guitar at the age of 10, but it was the French guitarist Ida Presti who inspired her to pursue a career on the instrument. At age 13 she was invited to study with Sophocles Papas, a prominent colleague of Andrés Segovia, who took her on as his protégée. At that time, Papas and his Guitar Shop were the epicenter of the classical guitar world in the United States and Annalisa was exposed to Julian Bream, Andrés Segovia and many other artists who made a point of stopping in and paying homage to Papas when they performed in the DC area.
Annalisa graduated from high school early to attend St. John’s College in Annapolis, a liberal arts school known for its Great Books program, later studying classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory, and Bard College where she completed her B.A in Classical Guitar Performance.
She also studied with the versatile Karl Herreshoff (of the Paul Winter Consort), concert guitarist Turan-Mirza Kamal and early music and hand anatomy specialist, Patrick O’Brien, for nineteen years until his death in 2014, revising her technique and learning continuo accompaniment on baroque plucked string instruments (baroque guitar, theorbo, cittern.) Her teaching style is a combination of all their influences and her Suzuki training.
Annalisa is widely embraced and at home with fans of rock, blues, bluegrass and other mainstream genres; a great part of Annalisa’s attraction among diverse audiences is that she shares intriguing secrets from the guitar’s rich and diverse history.
Her solo album “Annalisa Ewald Live At The Factory Underground” placed at No. 8 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart. Critics said :“…played with polish and panache. Not only does ‘Live at The Factory Underground‘ show her joy in the music, it makes that joy contagious.”— Jack Goodstein, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“All in all a delight.” —Brian Arsenault, International Review of Music.
She is a favorite performer at festivals including the Boston Early Music Festival, Santa Barbara Bach Festival, Laurel Festival, Mantiou Festival, Bruce Museum Art Festival, the Norwalk and Stamford Art Festivals. NYSCA awarded her performance grants for five concert series to under-served audiences. She is the former Guitar Chairman of the Schubert Club’s Young Musicians Festival, and was responsible for revising its syllabus. She was the founder of the Darien Music Center and her own SoNo Guitar Studio in Norwalk, where she continues the tradition of teaching to a select group of dedicated students.