Interview with Classical Guitarist Samuel T. Klemke from Germany


CGA was given the opportunity to interview the amazing classical guitarist Samuel T. Klemke when he came to Malaysia in 2013.

He shared a lot of invaluable advice for inspiring classical guitarists.

A must hear for any serious classical guitarists.

Note: The video is 45 minutes long and the audio may not be as good as it should be. We apologize about this.

Video Main Minutes

0:07 How to pronounce his full name?
0:33 When did he started playing classical guitar?
2:18 Improving confidence in playing and overcoming nervousness in performing.
5:30 Why does he chooses classical guitar? Why not other instruments?
7:17 Does he play electric guitar?
9:06 Who are his guitar influences?
10:36 Has he met Julian Bream or John Williams?
12:04 Who is his favorite composer?
14:53 What is his favorite classical guitar piece?
16:42 Has he achieved his goals?
18:02 How does he sees himself in 30 years time?
19:47 How does he learn a guitar piece?
23:57 Why does he keeps a long hair?
24:31 He talks about his James Bond video theme song.…
26:21 Would he become an actor?
27:10 Two movies a guitarist should see.
28:26 What his advice for aspiring classical guitarists?
30:15 What future does he sees for classical guitar?
37:40 About his guitar.
40:27 What kind of guitar suitable for beginners?

About Samuel T. Klemke

Born in 1978 • First guitar lesson with his father at the age of 4 • Early success at national competitions, playing solo and also in a duo with his sister Laura • 1999 he started studying in Weimar in the guitar class of Prof. M. Rost, he accomplished the final exam with highest marks • Postgraduate study at the same unviersity in the guitar class of Prof. Müller-Pering • Master classes with Romero, Russel and Tannenbaum.

2004 he was awarded with the postgraduate scholarship of the Free State of Thuringia • During this time he studied the works of Toru Takemitsu and Hans Werner Henze • Prices at many national and international competitions such as the Stafford Classical Guitar Recital Competition • Concert tours abroad lead him to Martinique, Japan, USA, Southamerica and Southeastasia • Samuel T. Klemke is a very diverse guitarist, his repertoire reaches from old music till music of the 20. and 21. century • Together with his sister Laura he plays in the Guitar Duo Klemke, their first recording “Danza espanola” was released in 2005


This interview was organized by Tarrega Guitar House (M) Sdn Bhd.
No 25 & 27, Wisma TARREGA
Lorong Leboh Gopeng,
Off Jalan Goh Hock Huat,
41200 Klang, Selangor.
Phone : +603-3341 3239