Guitarist

Isaac Mangano

About Me

Born in Fremantle, Western Australia, Isaac is recognised as one of the most exciting emerging classical guitarists of his generation. Isaac was a finalist in the 2016 Adelaide International Guitar Competition and in recent years has won the Solo Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18 categories of the Fremantle Eisteddfod. In 2012 and 2013, Isaac was awarded first place in the North of Perth Eisteddfod Classical Guitar Solo Under 16 category and winner in the Joondalup Eisteddfod Classical Guitar Solo AMEB Grade 7/8 category in 2013. Among competitors from Europe, North America and Asia, Isaac was awarded third place in under 16 category of the Thailand International Guitar Festival in Bangkok in November 2013.

Isaac won the “Theo’s Music Award for the Most Outstanding Junior Instrumental Item” at the 2013 North of Perth Music Festival. This award recognises excellence across all instrumental categories including piano, strings, classical guitar, woodwind and brass. Isaac also went on to win the overall “Theo’s Music Award for the Most Outstanding Junior Performance”. This is awarded to the most outstanding performer from all categories including vocal, instrumental, drama and speech. Isaac became the first classical guitarist in 25 years to win this coveted award.

  • slide1 About Me
  • Slide2 About Me
  • slide3 About Me
  • Slide4 About Me

Isaac began playing guitar at age eight and is a student of Craig Lake. In early 2013, Isaac began aural and music theory studies under Micheál McCarthy. Isaac currently studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Isaac’s performing highlights include playing for renowned artists such as Pavel Steidl, Anthony Field, Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan, Karin Schaupp, Peter Constant, Scott Tennant and Craig Ogden.

 

Trophy About Me

Winner – North of Perth Music Festival 2013
Theo’s Music Award for the Most Outstanding
Overall Junior Performance.

NOPF About Me

Winner – North of Perth Music Festival 2013
Theo’s Music Award for the Most Outstanding
Junior Instrumental Item.

 

Awards

 
 
 

Testimonial


I have included only one testimonial on this website. It comes from someone I have never spoken to. Unfortunately, I don’t even know the person’s name.

It is a small handwritten note left in my guitar case while busking at Fremantle Markets. In only a few words, this note sums up exactly what I want to achieve as a performer.

It reads:

“Hello. Your skilful and sensitive rendition of ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ has made my day. I hope you go far with your music.”

Note About Me

 

Equipment

My Guitar

I play a 1981 Richard Howell (#61) guitar. It has a cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides. Richard Howell has a reputation as one of the finest traditional classical guitar makers in the country. Richard built my guitar in Adelaide, but now lives in Mornington, Victoria. He builds his guitars one at a time and uses traditional hand tools and finishes.

My Strings

I have been experimenting with strings for some time now. I now use Augustine Regal (1st string), Savarez Alliance KF 542J/543J High Tension (2nd/3rd strings) and D’Addario EJ46 Pro Arte Hard Tension (Bass Set). These strings provide an excellent combination of responsiveness, tone and projection.

 

Other Stuff

I cart my guitar around in a Presto fibreglass case. These cases are manufactured in Western Australia and are custom made for each guitar. The case is a little heavier than I’d like, but it is extremely tough and hard-wearing. Most importantly, it looks really smart.

I have recently started recording some of my practice sessions so that I can evaluate how things are progressing. For this recording, I use a Zoom H2n Handy Recorder. This is a nice little unit which is easy to use. The sound quality is excellent.

 

Music

Here are a couple of my recent recordings. Something old and something new. Hope you enjoy listening to them.
 

Prelude BWV 998

bach Music The first movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro in E-flat major, BWV 998 composition. Written for lute or clavier sometime between 1740 and 1745.

Koyunbaba Presto

koyunbaba 150x150 Music The fourth movement of this modern classic composed by Carlo Domeniconi in 1985. The name is Turkish and literally translates as “sheep-father” (koyun-baba) or “shepherd”.
 

Contact

''Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.'' - Malcolm Arnold



Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Subject

Your Message


captcha

Please Enter the characters shown in the image above