Born in Mexico City in 1979, Morgan Szymanski studied at the Royal College of Music and Conservatorium van Amsterdam, graduating in 2004 with first class honours. He immediately went on to become the first solo guitarist to be selected by YCAT and was the first guitarist to be awarded a Junior Fellowship at the RCM, where he completed his Masters with distinction.

A top prize-winner at international competitions, in 2002 Morgan won first prize at the prestigious National Guitar Competition in Mexico. Abroad, performances as a soloist and with orchestras have taken him to Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico and the USA.

Over the last year Morgan has given recitals at major venues and festival throughout Europe including three return visits to Wigmore Hall and concerts at Bridgewater Hall, St. Georges Bristol, the Bath, Lake District, Cheltenham, Newbury, Chelsea, Salisbury, Lichfield, Buxton, Warwick and Ripon International Festivals. Further afield Morgan appeared at the Milan Guitar Festival and gave concerts in Paris, Madrid, Lisbon, Guatemala, Zimbabwe and Mexico.

During the 2006/07 season Morgan returns to Mexico, gives a series of recitals in Switzerland with O Duo and tours throughout Ireland with soprano Laura Mitchell, under the auspices of Music Network. He has recently recorded a second CD of chamber music with O Duo, the Sacconi Quartet, Laura Mitchell (soprano) and Ruth Rogers (violin), due for release in 2007. His previous CD of classic Latin American Music and works especially written for him was released in 2005 to critical acclaim.

As a concerto soloist Morgan’s work has included performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (under the auspices of the Concordia Foundation) and Bridgewater Hall, and appearances as soloist with the Scottish Sinfonia, Haverhill Sinfonia, Reading Symphony and Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestras. He has continued to give recitals up and down the country as part of the Tillett Trust Young Artists Platform series, the Munster Trust scheme and for ‘Live Music Now!

Morgan’s repertoire ranges from classical, Spanish and Latin American music to the twenty-first century and includes a wealth of repertoire, both as soloist and as a duo with flute, violin or voice. This year he took part in two world premieres by Alec Roth – a guitar quintet especially commissioned for him with the Sacconi Quartet and a collaboration with Vikram Seth called Songs of War.