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. This competition is the most prestigious guitar competition in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts competitors from all over the world. In 2017 Isaac toured Malaysia performing in concerts such as the 8th Malaysian Composers Concert Series and the Classical Music Society Sel/KL Malaysia Concert. 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.

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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.


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

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Finalist – Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition





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.”

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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.



Sons de Carillhoes

Sounds of bells by Brazilian composer Joao Pernambuco. This piece is a prime example of the Brazilian choro style that Pernambuco founded.

One Day in November

One Day in November is a piece by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. It was written for the film Un Dia De Noviembre which tells the story of a young man who fights in a revolution against his country’s leader.


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

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