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Guitarrero-Luthier Daniel Gil de Avalle

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Daniel Gil de Avalle crece en una familia numerosa en la que su hermana mayor, soprano, y su cuñado, director de orquesta, ejercen una gran influencia en su amor por la música. Comenzó estudiando, piano en el Centro Artístico y violín en el Conservatorio de Granada, y después en el Conservatorio de Madrid, comenzando aquí su vinculación con la luthería.

En los ’80 comenzó a construir guitarras con un maestro guitarrero y trabajaron juntos durante más de 15 años. En su taller de Plaza del Realejo se ha dedicado desde entonces a la construcción de guitarras, lo que implica, por un lado, la satisfacción de sus clientes guitarristas y, por otro, el reconocimiento a nivel internacional siendo hoy en día un reconocido constructor de guitarras clásicas y flamencas.

PREMIOS Y RECONOCIMIENTOS MAESTRO ARTESANO (Junta de Andalucía).

DISTINTIVO “ANDALUCÍA, CALIDAD ARTESANAL” PREMIO NACIONAL DE ARTESANÍA 2016, (FUNDESARTE, Gobierno Español).

FINALISTA MEJOR PRODUCTO ARTESANO 2011 (COLECCIÓN DE GUITARRAS CLÁSICAS Y FLAMENCAS PREMIUM Y ÉLITE): (FUNDESARTE, Gobierno Español). PREMIO DELLA ROBBIA A LA LABOR ARTESANA (Sevilla, España) 2013.

EXPOSICIÓN PERMANENTE EN EL MUSEO CAJAGRANADA, Granada, desde 2009.

EXPERTO REDACTOR DEL CERTIFICADO PROFESIONAL DE INSTRUMENTOS DE CUERDA: “Mantenimiento y Reparación de Instrumentos de Cuerda”.2012

PARTICIPANTE COO EXPERTO PROYECTO INTERNACIONAL WOODSICRAFT WOODMUSICK (Proyecto que combina fuerzas para incentivar la investigación de instrumentos musicales de madera con el fin de preservar y difundir el conocimiento sobre instrumentos musicales a través de una investigación interdisciplinar).

PREMIO “ANADALUCÍA SI .es Calidad”: mejor logística 2013. Desde los años ’80 el MAESTRO GUTIARRERO Daniel GIL DE AVALLE se ha dedicado profesionalmente a la construcción de guitarras, lo que implica, por un lado, la satisfacción de sus clientes GUITARRISTAS y, por otro, el reconocimiento a nivel internacional como CONSTRUCTOR DE GUITARRAS ESPAÑOLAS.

Imagine we don’t’ know anything about it… can you describe your profession?

 

A wonderful, creative and artistic profession that joins arts and craft, music and luthery

 

What materials do you use?

 

Basically wood

 

Who is you “ideal client’s profile?

 

Those who appreciate and love music and craftsmanship: guitarists, music lovers, conservatory students, concertists.

 

You chose to be a craftsman. How did this decision appear to be an evidence to you?

 

I was born in a very creative and artistic family. My older sister, soprano and her husband, orchestra conductor introduced me into this world from early ages.

 

Would you define your job a passion? What is the best moment you had in your job?

 

Definetely a passion. My best moment is the time an instrument a guitar is finished being born from my hands or I restore an historic instrument and know its historical background and constructor. What role do “talent”, “know-how” and “creativity” play in your profession? 30% 50% and 20% respectively.

 

And what about innovation, what are the changes since you started? Do you use new materials, tools, processes, marketing. What’s the impact of innovation on your performances? How could your profession be more innovative?

 

As an artisan I innovate and learn every day. The more you work the more you know there is still a lot to be discovered. From the point of view of the modernity and new technologies, my opinion that a 5% of my time has to be dedicate to exist in the world of technology and transmit my knowledge by mean o conferences, participation projects, etc. 

 

Where and how long did you train before you were ready for creating your business? Imagine that you want to invite young generations to choose your profession, what would be your message to them?

 

Fortunatly, throughout family transmission. I inherited it from my family and also working for more than 15 years with a master. I would invite the new generation to really learn from a master or appropriate training centers for a long time and never think that one knows everything, but being in constant learning. 

 

In Conclusion, describe a meaningful experience or a personal reflection that you would like to share with us and explain why.

 

I think craft professions are wonderful but also quite innate. In my opinion, being much patient and curious, respectful with other jobs and in constant learning for a long time. Knowning a piece of history, analysis of historic instruments, musical knowledge and adaptation to new technologies. But overall, a taste for doing a good job.

 


Please describe your profession.

What materials do you use?

What specific know-how and technical skills do you need in your profession?

What is your “ideal” client’s profile?

When and how did you decide to be a craftsman?

Where and how long did you train before you were ready to create your business?

What role do “talent”, and “creativity” play in your profession?

How could your profession be even more innovative?

What is the best way to learn your profession?

Your message to young generations:

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