This brilliant American Flamenco virtuoso has evoked standing ovations on four
continents. He has been acclaimed in Mexico City for performances, "equal to
those on any Flamenco stage in Madrid, Seville or Andalusia." His Carnegie
Recital Hall and Kennedy Center concerts were enthusiastically received, but
perhaps the highest tribute comes from Madrid: "He has duende, the Spanish
equivalent of soul!"
A protégé of the legendary Carlos Montoya, Radford lived and traveled in Spain
where he immersed himself in the musical wisdom of the Gypsy Flamenco guitar
masters Diego del Gastor, Pepe de Badajoz and others. In addition, he had master
classes with Andres Segovia, Pepe Romero and Jose Thomas. He is the only individual
to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain in Flamenco guitar.
His international tours have taken him to fifteen countries from Australia to
Switzerland and from Canada to Panama. He toured for the U.S. State Department
as a Musical Ambassador in Mexico, Guatemala and other Latin American
countries. He is currently on tour to colleges and concert series across the
United States, and his exciting CD, Viva Flamenco! and DVD Live Your Passion!
are available world-wide.
This gifted artist takes you far beyond the usual guitar concert. Radford
complements his masterful technique with an illuminating narration which
recreates the very essence of this ancient folklore, Flamenco - the heartbeat
Radford was born in California, grew up in Oklahoma and now lives in St. Louis,
Missouri (USA) where he continues his career as one of the most successful
ambassadors of Flamenco music in the world.
Mr. Radfords Flamenco expression has been described by noted guitarist Oscar
Ghiglia this way: "It is rare, even for a Gypsy, to have the gift to lead one
into the somber, unforgettable world of sounds of the real Flamenco, and yet
he - an American - is among the few who have given me this artistic
The great Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero recently wrote: "I am deeply impressed
with Ronald Radford's genuine ability to transmit the essence of flamenco as an
art and as a philosophy for living to an audience who may never have had the
opportunity to be in direct contact with this fantastic culture and energy.
He does it in such a way that takes away the fears and misgivings from the audience -
allowing them to participate in this mysterious and powerful flamenco culture.
He gains the trust of his listeners and guides them on a magical journey."
Ron uses the
LaBella 2001 Medium Tension
Concert Series Classical Guitar
strings exclusively. Ron says,
"I love the tone, brilliance
and friendly feel of these
strings which are perfect for
my guitar. I recommend trying
all five different tensions to
discover the best
guitar and your style.
"The right strings make
LaBella Guitar Strings
plays a 1983
'Negra' Flamenco guitar.
A concert model Flamenco
guitar that uses
rosewood on the sides
and back, which
creates a richer tone
and greater volume
as well as more
tonal variety. This is
the same model used
by Paco de
Lucia and other top
players. Visit Conde