5. Josep Viñas i Diaz 
(Barcelona 1823 -1888)

20. Graciano Tarragó Salamanca 1893-Barcelona 1972

19. Domingo Prat Marsal 
1886  Barcelona 1944 in Buenos Aires

9. José Ferrer
Girona 1835-Torella de Montgi 1916

14. Francisco Tarrega Vilareal 1852 Barcelona 1909

22. Gloria Villanueva Barcelona 1953 Please peruse her website and purchase scores there or here https://www.trito.es/ca/compositors/30341/gloria-villanueva 

17. Daniel Fortea i Guimerà (Benlloch, Spain; 28 April 1878 – Castellón de la Plana, Spain; 5 March 1953

2. Dionisio Aguado y García (8 April 1784 Madrid – 
but mainly worked in Paris 
29 December 1849 Madrid ) 

mark hilliard wilson

Lessons with mark are available upon request

lessons are $40 per 30 minutes 

lessons are $75 an hour every other week

Or $70 an hour every week for 

$280 per 4 or month

7. Josep Costa i Hugas

Torella de Montgri 

no scores available at this point and very limited information on him 

Composers from Barcelona that did not play guitar but wrote for it.
Frederic Mompou/Federico Mompou; 16 April 1893 – 30 June 1987
Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970 Spain-UK)
Joaquim Homs i Oller August 1906 – 9 September 2003)
Carlos Surinach, (1915-1997 Spain-USA)
Leonardo Balada Ibáñez (born September 22, 1933, in Barcelona)
Salvador Brotons born 1959 

6. Juame (Jacques) Bosch I Renard 
(Barcelona 1826 - Paris 1895)

15. Antonio Alba/ Joan Antoni Hava i Ferre
Reus 1873-Chile 1940 

4. Bonaventura Bassols i Soriano 1812 Figueres, 1868 no available scores at this point 

21. Jaume Torrent 1953 please peruse his website and purchase scores there. http://jaumetorrent.com

6. Tomás Damas Seville? 1825 ? 1890 Damas, is purported to have studied with Tarrega, but a cursory look at the birth date and the body of work of Señor Damas, shows that he accomplished a lot in writing and I assume playing the guitar in the almost 23 years before Tara was born, much less, grew as an accomplished guitarist and teacher. Indeed, Damas's compositions are quite nice and should be explored much more.  

12. Juan Parga, El Ferrol, La Coruña 1843 Malaga 1899

13. Miquel Mas i Bargalló 
(Reus 1846 - Barcelona 1923) currently no scores

Guitar in Catalonia $800

October 15 though 19,  2018
Play, Listen, Experience the Guitar in Spain


Enjoy a 5 day workshop where you will learn about one of the most important regions to contribute to the rise of the classical guitar, Catalonia. You will stay in a 14 room three story 16thcentury villa nestled by hills populated with medieval monasteries. The view from the villa, called Mas Costa, look over a verdant valley to the Pyrenees. 

Each day will feature;

1. a mix of short coffee talk/lectures about the history of the region and the composers who were born in the surrounding towns, 

2. instruction on how to improve on the guitar with technique classes, 

3. opportunity to play simple arrangements of pieces by some of the local composers who became world famous, such as Padre Antonio Soler, Isaac Albeniz, Francisco Tarrega and Miguel Llobet.

4. amazing meals from the garden outside and quite possibly wild boar from the hills above Mas Costa. 

5. concerts and participate in a recording at the end of the week of a simple ensemble piece recorded in a medieval setting in Besalu.


Many people know that it was maestro Andres Segovia who championed the classical guitar and through his hard work and perseverance many people have followed, whether amateur or professional, to learn and love the classical guitar. But where did Andres Segovia come from? Did he just emerge a great artist or did he come from a culture of guitar, or a great culture of guitar? 

I invite you to the beginning; 

to the birth of the modern classical guitar; 

to walk the same streets that the composer of Leyenda,Isaac Albeniz, walked as a young man; 

to eat and drink the same types of wines and cheeses that feature the unique volcanic terrior of the Garrotxa region, the region that the great harpsichordist and composer Padre Antonio Soler came from; to work on simple approaches to your practice and playing of the guitar in order to improve your playing and to join in the comeraderieof fellow guitarists and enthusiasts; 

to experience the story of the guitar in Spain.

Many of us know the great composers Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados and their celebrated compositions for the piano, but made more famous as transcriptions on the guitar. 

The Guitarden of Eden is a 5-day workshop that features a rich tapestry of experiences built around learning the classical guitar in Catalonia This region in Spain established in the world's imagination that the guitar is a Spanish instrument. Classical guitarist and educator, Mark Hilliard Wilson, has established a course of study on solo and ensemble music from Catalonia that will enrich your playing of the guitar and provide the opportunity to play with other guitarists. You will also experience local cuisine and discover the history of the region and walk some of the same streets as our heroes of the guitar did long ago. 

James Miller and Kaire Alvet are the dynamic duo behind one of Seattle's most respected bakeries. For over 20 years lines would appear in the early hours of the morning and last into the afternoon as people lined up for what is arguably the best croissant and quiche, (among other delights) in Seattle. 

In 2017 James and Kaire decided to embark on upon a new adventure and sold their bakery and purchased a 16th century villa in Spain's northeastern region known as Catalonia. They moved to their bakery's namesake, the medieval village of Besalú. Now days consist of hanging out with their daughter, harvesting food from their garden, baking, and working on repairs on their 14 room 16thcentury villa, among many other things. It is a life filled with the birdsongs of the country and the neighs of the donkeys that came with the villa. Come join me in retreating from the hussle and bustle of city life for a week of guitar, food and stories. 

Catalonia is rich with history of composers and guitarists who established in the worlds imagination that the guitar is a Spanish instrument. The region is equally rich with cheeses and wines that have unique and lovely quality due to the volcanic soil of the Garrotxa region. Add to this a fascinating history of once great kingdoms and walled villages and abandoned abbeys and you have a opportunity to experinece the guitar in Spain like no other

8. Julián Arcas (1832 – 16 Maria, Algeria February 1882 Antequera, Malaga, Arcas may have taught Francisco Tarrega, but was so active touring it may have not been for long. It is curious to find that the compositions the Sicilian Vespers and the ​Gran Jota have been attributed to Tarrega, despite publications under Julián Arcas name 


Goethe is purported to have described great architecture as “frozen music”. It is a compelling turn of phrase that has influenced how I look at a written page of music as something similar. It is a moment in time that has been suspended, the intangible idea of sound captured and only released when the performer reads the page, but more importantly, interprets the information given.

Starting the journey of music is relatively easy, and can be done on one's own with the help of a video or a book explaining the rudiments of musical notation or a good ear can guide you. Indeed, these days, one can get quite far with all of the videos available on various websites. The range of information available in video tutorials is quite broad and it is nice to be able to stop and replay the lessons.

We live in a glorious age where we have what seems to be unlimited access to information about anything we desire to know. That said, I have noticed that people often confuse the access to information with an understanding of this information. I believe that learning is not instantaneous but cumulative.

Where does a teacher fit in this new paradigm?

My teaching is not that different from the teachers of the past, in that I have a curriculum that addresses the rudiments of music in terms of reading and writing and composition. In general, my goals are to ask my students what is the simplest thing they can do and then how can they improve that? My goal is to build a firm foundation of understanding the most efficient way to move ones' fingers on the guitar, to navigate a composition so that it doesn't seem to be a Herculean effort to play, and to celebrate the qualities that make the composition or study unique to the period of history it comes from.

I depart from the “sage on the stage” posturing of the pedagogy from the past.
I have spent my life with music and have studied with great musicians and worked to play with great musicians in great places, but none of that means anything unless I can listen carefully and respond accordingly with the best of my knowledge and wisdom.

I want to bring the best music out of my students. I want this because I believe it makes the world a better place, one where music cleanses the detritus of the politics of the day or renews a sense of wonder. We do live in a wonderful world full of astonishing innovations but sometimes the world can be too fast, and too busy. It is in our lessons and music making that we can slow time down, literally, and enter into music and create at our own pace.

Guitar composers from outside of Catalonia that influenced music coming from Catalonia 

5. Antonio Cano 1811 Lorca, 1897 Cano has had the famous theme Spanish Romance  or the theme to the movie jeux interdits, ​attributed to him 

1. Fernando Sor 
Barcelona 1778 Paris 1839 

16. Miguel Llobet
October 18, 1878 Barcelona Feb 22, 1938 Barcelona

10. Felip Pedrell  February Tortosa 1841 – Barcelona 19 August 1922

the father of Spanish Nationalism and research into Early music in Spain 

3. Josep Brocá I Codina 
(Reus 1805 - Barcelona 1882)

18. Emil Pujol Granadella, Lleida 1886 Barcelona 1980