Gerard Cousins offers a classical guitar concert with a difference: His unique balance of repertoire and sense of improvisation has seen him widen the appeal of the nylon strung guitar. His new CD of original compositions has seen his music spread to the mainstream with plays on Sky TV, BBC Radio 6, Radio 3 & an hour long special on BBC Radio Wales. He was a recently a classical finalist on Sky TV’s ‘Guitar Star’ programme where his music was seen by a whole new audience.
A graduate of the University of Leeds and Enschede Conservatorium (Netherlands), Gerard Cousins is a highly trained musician with a meticulous eye for detail combined with a composer's analytical insights, yet his performances demonstrate a freedom and sense of improvisation which clearly communicates his love of music and the beautiful sound of his guitar.
He has performed in many festivals and concert halls around the world, from the Purcell Room and Milton Court in London to Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has released 4 CDs on his own record label, each one focusing on a different area of music from traditional Spanish repertoire to his original compositions and unique re-imaginings of traditional Welsh music.
His compositions have featured in films and TV and are performed by other guitarists all around the world. His latest guitar arrangements of choral works by grammy award winning composer Eric Whitacre are due to be published by Chester Music soon.
"It is obvious that Cousins is a formidable player...hair raisingly difficult arpeggio patterns...hypnotic arrays of patterns and harmonies...beautiful and different...wonderful creations...yet the music sounds effortless which proves what an excellent musician Cousins is. " Classical Guitar USA
Gerard Cousins is a rare beast, a classical player who has broken free from the bounds of his training to make new music. He is technically remarkable… His nylon strings are played with precision and verve…the beauty of the tune and the playing are all that matters. HiFI+
"we were intrigued...impeccable technique....a unique edge" Guitarist
"beautifully played with a clean and fluid technique...this whole album is very calming and extremely fulfilling listen" Guitar Techniques
"expertly played and unlike some unfamiliar music, instantly appealing." Chester Guitar Circle
"Gerard Cousins displays his acute artistic and technical prowess...passionate, profound...with a great range of tone from his instrument"
Classical Guitar UK
"Gerard Cousins is a rare guitar player. A master of the classical idiom and the range of techniques which it demands. Cousins has reached a rarefied point where his stunning playing is matched by his artistic vision."