Jan de Kloe, "Oscar Esplá in Belgium (1936-1949)."
May 31, 2017
As a young adult, Dutch born guitarist Jan de Kloe established himself in Belgium. He studied guitar at the Conservatoires of Brussels and Liège with Nicolás Alfonso and Jesús Gonzales Mohino. Later he followed summer courses with Julian Bream and Turibio Santos. Jan played solo recitals in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Russia, Poland, the United States and Canada. He made three long play recordings with baroque and Spanish music. He gave master classes on ornamentation technique in the U.S.A., Canada and the former Yugoslavia. His booklet on the subject appeared with Doberman-Yppan in Canada.
Jan lectured and published on guitar related issues and wrote articles and books about the composers and guitarists Juan Bermudo, Frank Martin, Oscar Esplá, Isaac Albéniz, François de Fossa, Vahdah Olcott Bickford, Domingo Prat, Boris Perott, Alice de Belleroche and Julian Bream.
The last quarter century, Jan de Kloe did note setting and editing for several guitar publishing houses. Among his music editions we find works by Leopold Sylvius Weiss, Frédéric Chopin, Fernando Sor and François de Fossa. The latter composer arranged many works for one or two guitars by Haydn, Berton, Dalayrac, Spontini, Rossini and Piccinni which Jan edited for publication with Editions Orphée of Columbus, OH. He received two Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence from the American Music Publishers Association. He also developed software utilities for the graphic music industry and indexing tools for publishers.
Outside the realm of music, Jan published the book ‘Cossack Warriors, a true story’ on Russian emigration. For details see www.dekloe.be