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Declan Zapala

Based in the South of England with over half a decade of professional experience Declan is a concert guitarist, session guitarist, and classical guitar teacher.

Declan was born into a musical family in Watford, England, in 1985. Throughout his childhood Declan dedicated himself to a diverse array of musical pursuits, including mastering the drums, saxophone, keyboard, and steel drums, and later exploring the art of classical sound recording. Throughout all these pursuits he always maintained a close relationship with the classical guitar. He was taught for over 10 years at Watford School of Music by the classical guitarist Lee Sollory and, at the end of his time there, was awarded the Senior Guitar Prize in 2004.

Fresh out of college, Declan graduated with a distinction from London’s Royal College of Music in 2012 after completing a Master’s degree in Performance. It was there he studied with the eminent guitarists Gary Ryan, Craig Ogden, Chris Stell, and Carlos Bonell. Prior to studying at the Royal College of Music Declan pursued a long-held interest in classical sound engineering alongside his studies of the classical guitar at the University of Surrey, and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Music & Sound Recording from the internationally acclaimed TonmeisterTM course. During his time there he studied the classical guitar with Richard Wright and guitarist/composer Professor Stephen Goss, and gained recognition for his compositions and recordings centred around the classical guitar. He got through to the final of UniS's Joyce Dixey Composition Competition in 2006 where he received Special Commendation for a concerto he composed for guitar trio and string ensemble, and was awarded the prestigious AMS/Neve Prize for Most Natural Sounding Recording by the University when he graduated in 2008.

Declan has since gone on to win a number of other prizes including First Prize in BacklineTM's 'The Big One 2010' in Guildford, and Third Prize in Rhythm of London 2011. Declan is now in demand as a concert guitarist for the P&O and Cunard cruise liner companies, after he signed to the Piha-International cruise agency in 2011, and is busy asserting himself as a serious concert guitarist on- and off-land.