About Dan Jones 

 

Dan studied at the Royal Welsh College College of Music and Drama, under the guidance of the celebrated concert guitarist John Mills and Patrick O' Brien. He also undertook masterclasses with John Williams, David Russell, Simon Dinnigan, Robert Spencer, Ray Burley, Stephen Dodgson and many others. Whilst at college he won the year prize on four occasions, the composition prize, the Ernest and Doris Haigh Memorial prize and a silver medal from The Worshipful Company of Musicians. He gained a first class honours degree and a Master degree with distinction. 

 

As a soloist, his performing career has taken him to many countries including Hungary, Brunei, Japan and France. He appeared in Saint David's Hall Cardiff for a performance of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and has also toured with Welsh National Opera. Now he performs regularly in chateaux, churches and concert halls in France.  


Although acclaimed as a solo performer, Dan thrives on teamwork and collaboration. Whether as part of a duo, trio, quartet or band he transitions seamlessly from solo classical performing to a supporting or equal role in a jazz quartet. He plays with his wife, Kirsty, in a classical violin/guitar duo, a trio with violin and accordion/saxophone, an instrumental jazz quartet and The Dottie Bart Jazz Quartet. With his rich and expressive tone and interpretive style, he embraces many different genres of music. The Spring and Summer seasons in the Dordogne, France, bring many weddings to the beautiful chateaux. Dan feels priviledged to be part of these special days by providing music and ambience. He is able to make unique guitar arrangements of virtually any music requsted by the bride or groom.


As a keen composer, arranger and writer Dan has composed and directed music for eight RWCMD plays. Of his many works for solo guitar, his Tango Laurentais won the Free-Scores.com composition competition in 2014. His piece for guitar ensemble Icebreakdance was premiered by the  Cambridge Guitar Orchestra in 2003 and published by Cadenza Music. For flute and guitar he has composed Prelude Sonata and Postlude and Living Water. Commissioned by the High Wycombe Music Centre Guitar Consort, Dan has composed a series for five guitars beginning with Perigord en Hiver. He has since written Perigord en Printemps and in 2017 will complete the cycle of seasons in anticipation of a recording later in the year.


To relax, Dan enjoys arranging music. Inspired by a family holiday to Brittany he arranged Three Breton Folk Songs for four guitars, published by Lathkill Music. His arrangements for guitar duo are published by Corda Music and include Trois Gymnopedies by Erik Satie and Two Suites by Henry Purcell. Passionate not only about performing, composing and teaching but being involved in the local community, Dan has arranged numerous pieces for guitar groups, student ensembles and his village big band, Mozaic.


Whilst working at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Dan taught several visually-impaired students. In 2008, HRH Prince Charles visited the RWCMD and made a special request to meet Dan and learn more about this project. Later, Dan wrote and published an audio tutor,  In Touch With Guitar,  a five CD set. In 2009, to fantastic reviews, his tutor book Reading Jazz Chords, A Guide for Classical Guitarists was published. He also saw a need amongst his classical guitar students for help with sight reading and in 2014 composed a book of 160 sight-reading exercises Prima Vista published by ESG Music.


In addition to his performing, composing and writing career, Dan is passionate about sharing his love for music and the guitar. He taught at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Academic, Guitar and Junior departments until 2010, when he moved to France with his family. He continues to return as a visiting tutor and examiner. He now teaches music at Bordeaux International School and is a much loved teacher of classical, electric and jazz guitar at L'Ecole de Musique, Saint Laurent des Hommes. He also has a thriving private teaching practice.


Dan lives in Saint Laurent des Hommes, a small village in South West France with his wife Kirsty, their two youngest children - Florence and Sammy, as well as their goats, hens, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. They also run a small cattery from their home. Last summer, 2016 was very special for Dan. It was marked by a series of concerts in collaboration with John Mills and Cobie Smitt. They played a sell-out series of concerts for guitar trio.


Beyond his musical talents Dan's poise, professionalism and more have earned him consistent respect and admiration from musical collaborators, audiences and students. His natural, warm stage presence and creative musical executions combine with a sense of his own personality and charm that readily appeals to all generations. 

 



 




 

 

 






Dan Jones

Guitarist, composer, teacher

danplucks@aol.com

La Croix de Barillon, 24400, St Laurent des Hommes, France.

0033 (0)553 81 03 85

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