About Me

About

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I was born in Hungary and finished my Music School in Debrecen at the Simonffy Emil Music School in 2005 while also attained a Geography degree there. I started to teach classical guitar back in 2002 and then when I moved to Bristol I joined the teaching staff of the Bristol Spanish Guitar Centre in 2008. Here I spent a good 10 years up to the time when it had to shut down, because of the unfortunate illness of its founder, Chris Gilbert. I was honoured to be called his friend by him.

While teaching there I joined the Bristol Classical Guitar Society in 2009 too and I became the Musical Director of it until 2012. Since the closure of the Bristol Spanish Guitar Centre in 2017 I am teaching privately. Right now, I am also a student of the Béla Bartók Institute of Music in Miskolc, Hungary, where I am doing my Master of Arts in Music Education.

I am a classical guitar specialist and would be delighted to teach you how to play the classical or Spanish guitar, as well as blues.

Music Qualifications & Achievements:

  • Music School degree from Hungary, 2005
  • Geography degree from Hungary, 2005
  • Language examination, komplex B2, 2018
  • Holding an SIA licence and I am also DBS checked
  • Trinity grade 8 practical examination diploma
  • TV recordings and concerts from Hungary and from England

My masters were Ferenc Szabolcs a jazz and blues musician in Ózd, Hungary, Ádám Bálint a teacher of the Emil Simonffy Music School in Debrecen and the member of the Debrecen Guitar Quartett, Péter Katona the member of the famous Katona Twins. Right now I am a student of Sándor Papp the Director of the Béla Bartók Institute of Music in Miskolc, Hungary.

Zoltan Certificate

Zoltan Recommendation

Location

Brentry, Bristol BS10 6NT

Geolocation

51.5115112,-2.6020379

Instrument(s) Taught

Guitar

Where do lessons take place?

Teacher's Location, Online

Instrument

Guitar

Lesson Type

In-Person, Online

Lesson Prices

60 mins

£45.00

45 mins

33.75

30 mins

£22.50

Other Lesson Prices

Current fees for tuition:

Private tuition, one-off 30 minutes………..£25.00

Private tuition, one-off 60 minutes…………£50.00

4×60 minute lessons …………………………£180.00

4×30 minute lessons ……………………………£90.00

4×30 minute lessons (shared) …………….£140.00

Payment Plans

Block Bookings, Monthly

Payment Options

Cash, Online Bank Transfer

Cancelation & Rescheduling Policy

I require a minimum of 2 days of notice for any cancellations, or missed lessons will be charged for.

-I am also giving you 2 days of notice for any cancellations, or missed lessons are going to be given free, at your allocated time

Contact Me

Get in Touch

Levels & Ages

Skill Levels Taught

Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Professional Musicians/Teachers

Ages Taught

7-

Lesson Sizes

One-to-One, Group Lessons

Graded Exam Preparation

ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), Trinity College London

Performance Opportunities, Performance Coaching & Accompaniment Services

While I was the teacher of the Spanish Guitar Centre I used to organize concerts by my own pupils on all levels, from beginning to diploma standard.

Over the years I have prepared so many pupils for exams, please take a look into the reviews.

Genres Taught

Genres Taught

Blues, Classical Music, Country, Rock, Traditional Music

Sub-Genres Taught

Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Tango

Languages

Languages Spoken

English, Hungarian

Reviews

Reviews

Rated 5.0 out of 5
August 27, 2023

Dear Mr Farkas,

I wanted to personally say thank you for your guitar performance to our

pupils today. Sadly, I couldn’t be there as I had training but Rich and the

children tell me that it was a wonderful enrichment activity. The children

gain so much from visiting musicians, thank you very much. We look

forward to inviting you into school next year!

Best wishes, Komilla Datta (Head Teacher)

Komilla Datta
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 24, 2023

I have now been having lessons with Zoltan for more than a year; my background is that I have played guitar for some fifty years, to around Grade 6 or 7 standard. Zoltan has patiently helped me to improve my technique and has vastly improved my understanding of music. His focus is always on bringing out the music in a score, and on helping me to develop my ability to do this.

In addition, I attend his ensemble workshops which are relaxed and very enjoyable, with an emphasis on understanding the music and using that understanding to perform it and make it sing.

I have no hesitation in recommending Zoltan to any guitarist, from beginner to accomplished performer; if you let him, he will help you play more musically and with an improved understanding of what the composer had in mind. Oh, and he is a seriously impressive performer as well!!

Philip Sheldrake
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

Zoltan Farkas was an eminently talented guitar student at the Simonffy Emil School of Music in Debrecen, Hungary, where he studied under Adam Balint.

During six years of exceptional academic and performance success, Zoltan gave many acclaimed solo recitals in Debrecen and Ozd. His talent as a guitar teacher was widely acknowledged in Debrecen, which led to his participation in Educational School Programmes and he was well known for his work in the Institute of Physically and Mentally Handicapped Children and with children suffering from leukemia.” – Music School from Hungary

“We are delighted to have a guitarist of Zoltan’s ability joining the teaching staff at the Spanish Guitar Centre, where he has presented concerts featuring his pupils of all abilities – from elementary to diploma standard. In recognition of his stature, the Bristol Guitar Society has appointed him their Musical Director.

Bristol Spanish Guitar Centre
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

Zoltan had been my daughters’ guitar tutor and supported tgem with accessing tgeir Trinity College grades for years. They achieved great results and always had a sense of achievement following their exams thanks to Zoltan’s systematic way of preparation. He is a hundred percent reliable, well-organized and an extremely knowledgeable Musician!

Reka Szantho
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

Zoltan is a fantastic, reliable and the most amiable guitar tutor I have ever had! I have been attending his lessons for about two years now (I am a grade 7 guitarist); there are no words to express the amount of improvement my technique, musical understanding and performance skills have gone through! I always look forward to his lessons, as I know I’ll come out of the room feeling a thousand times better than before. Zoltan is also very supportive: he prepared me for my grade 7 Trinity exam and for the Rotary Young Musician of the Year.

I can’t recommend him enough!

Bori Gunyits
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

Zoltan is a stunning musician as well as a first class guitar tutor. He is easy going, friendly and above all patient…which with me he needs to be! He pays great attention not just only to technique and musical understanding but also to the different expression of feelings that can be found within a musical composition, and how to bring these alive.

Just a truly great teacher.

Ian Williamson
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

I was referred to Zoltan via the now defunct Bristol Spanish guitar centre. I had no previous experience of playing the guitar or indeed any other instrument nor could I read music. Zoltan was incredibly patient of my initial stumbling steps to become acquainted with the instrument. Always encouraging but nevertheless determined to ensure that I attained good basic technique before allowing me to move on. His joy when I managed to get something right was palpable.

His enthusiasm never dwindles.

Zoltan is also a fabulous player and listening to his playing is always a motivation to continue to learn.

Martin Pettingell
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

Zoltan has been my teacher for the last 8 years or so, and while I’ve been playing for around 30 years (since a 6 year old child), having had several other teachers, my technique and musical understanding has vastly improved since becoming Zoltan’s pupil. Technically, classical guitar is very challenging, with much potential for developing bad habits, strain, and even injury, without proper guidance. Zoltan is highly skilled and experienced at communicating the technical concepts, and judging the right approach for each individual at all levels. At the same time, Zoltan is ultimately driven by the musical material, and working to develop instincts of musical judgement and appreciation of structure in his pupils. Both technique and musical appreciation are essential to enrich our playing, and many teachers neglect one or other of these. It’s only Zoltan’s rare ability to teach both aspects so effectively that has allowed my playing to progress.

Billy Greenan
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

Zoltan is an enthusiastic, meticulous and remarkably patient tutor. He had been my son’s giutar teacher for almost 3 years. His sound theory knowledge and technical skills make him an excellent teacher.

I couldn’t recommend him enough regardless you are a beginner or you wish to improve your playing.

Gabriella Toth
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

I have been taught by Zoltan for several years now and he has taken me on a journey into a new world of pure enjoyment. This journey has covered both the technical aspects of playing the instrument and at the same time a deep appreciation of musical awareness. His experience, knowledge, patience and passion is incredibly motivating and keeps me moving in the right direction. He has a meticulous attention to detail which means bad habits are caught and carefully un-learnt so I can be the best I possibly can. He has ensured my confidence continuously improves so I can still enjoy the true pleasure of finding pieces and exploring them with the instrument. I look forward to the future lessons with Zoltan where I know I shall continue to improve and to discover the challenging but beautiful instrument.

Mark Phillips
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

Great guitarist and great teacher. Zoltan’s passion for the guitar is infectious and inspirational. Whatever your technical level Zoltan will provide a development plan to suit you and your ability.

He also has a huge knowledge of the guitar repertoire and encourages your musical interpretation to really add to your playing and enjoyment.

A lesson with Zoltan is a real musical experience and I thoroughly recommend him to anyone who wants to improve their playing or is taking up the guitar for the first time.

Kevern Jenkin
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

Zoltan is a great teacher. I feel he uses the right levels of encouragement and criticism of my playing to help me progress. He is open to whatever music I bring to the lessons whether it be blues, jazz, bossa nova as well as the classical style. He will make you view the guitar in far greater detail and show you how the achieve that level of detail. He’s is also a really nice guy!

Dan
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Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 29, 2021

Zoltan is very skillful guitar player, enthusiastic musician and a great teacher. He will guide you through your journey step by step. I have a great experience learning with him. He is the best guitar teacher I can recommend by far.

Alex Nagy
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