Apollo Music Productions

John Marsh Bigelow


Master eleven-string classical guitarist and Renaissance lutenist, John Marsh Bigelow has delighted audiences in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. His debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall with his partner and wife, Lorraine Saltre won critical acclaim.

John has studied with masters of the classical guitar and Renaissance lute including:

  • Maestro Rodrigo de Zayas of Spain (lute and vihuela)
  • Miguel Abloniz (classical guitar)

He has a Bachelor in Arts degree from Franconia College, Mannes College of Music in New York City.

John Marsh Bigelow has performed in concert, television and festival appearances for corporate, public and private sponsors with many return engagements. He has also performed as soloist and ensemblist with the Mannes Guitar Ensemble and University of Vermont String Quartet.

John has provided classical guitar instruction at these prestigious Northeast colleges - Middlebury College, University of Vermont, Trinity College, Johnson State College of Vermont, and Franconia College.


"Mr. Bigelow, both as soloist and accompanist, negotiated difficult music with style and security" -- New York Times, Carnegie Recital Hall appearance review

"Mr. Bigelow is a talented and sensitive guitarist. His technique covers a wide range of musical expressions from the English lutenist and Spanish vihuelist of the 16th century up to the classical and contemporary repertoire. I highly appreciate Mr. Bigelow's dedication, talent and musicianship." -- Julian Orbon noted New York City Composer

Selected Appearances:

  • JAPAN: "World Festival" at Nagasaki's "Holland Village;" Tokyo
    • Nice, France: Private reception for H.R.H. Prince Andrew and officers of NATO ship H.M.S. Brazen
    • Avignon, France: Papal Cathedral (Notre Dame) - Mas with the Papal Cardinal Representative commemorating the former Seat of Avignon
  • Carnegie Recital Hall Debut, New York City
  • Spanish Institute of New York City
  • Saint Ignatius Church Concert Series, New York City
  • Capitol Hill Restoration Society Benefit Evening, Washington, DC
  • St. Mark's Church - with the Dupont Circle Consortium, Washington, DC
  • Museum of Fine Arts Boston - Arts Benefit Gala, The Boston Company
  • University of Tallahassee, Florida; Middlebury College; University of Vermont
  • Irish Ambassador to Canada, Celtic Roots Festival, Goderich, Ontario

Recordings (Click for expanded descriptions and sample sound clips HERE):

  • "FANTASY" John Bigelow, Soloist: (CD/Cassettes) All-Instrumental recordings of duet and solo pieces for Eleven-string classical guitar, Renaissance lute, small harp of Bach, Dowland, deMilano, O'Carolan, and contemporary works.
  • "INVITATION": (CD/Cassettes) Instrumental and vocal Soli and Duetti of Classical and Traditional works of Handel, Bach, Dowlad, Weiss, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo including Irish, Scottish and French folk repertoire.
  • "THE FIRST NOWELL" Christmas Album: Medieval to 19th Century Christmas pieces including: instrumental soli, duetti and trio pieces with arrangements for voice, lute or guitar, viola and percussion.

Concert-Festival Programs and Master Artist Lccture-Demonstrations Fees*:

  • $1000-$500 Master Artist Lecture-Demonstration
  • $500-$400 Nonprofit Community Center or Library Performance
  • $2000-$500 Concert and Festival Performances
  • $2000/day School or University Residencies
  • $5000-$2000 Commissions

 *Additional travel and lodging expenses not included

Eleven String Classical Guitar: Altabasso or ArchGuitar

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John Marsh Bigelow. wanted more depth of expression, sonority and applicable range for the guitar. He worked with luthier Walter Stanul, who made multi-stringed vihuelas and other instruments, to develop a proto-type for a unique, expanded range eleven-string classical guitar. It was further developed by the world-renown luthier, Manuel Velazquez. This instrument of 4 1/2 octaves, with a unique high A string and four additional bass strings, accommodates arrangements which permit fuller realization of repertoire often inaccessible or necessarily compressed on the traditional six-string classical guitar. Pieces originally written for harpsichord, organ, piano, and accompaniments to voice (operatic arias and modern songs) are now realized with greater freedom of expressio. Mr. Bigelow also performs on the Renaissance Lute and Small Harp, augmenting programs of specific or varied themes appealing to all audiences.

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Apollo Music Productions

PO Box 200343, Boston, MA 02120

Telephone: 617-731-3257

Email: Jonlorpro@aol.com

Web site: http://www.bigsalt.com

Copyright © 2007 by Apollo Music Productions and Saltre-Bigelow