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John Fillmore began playing the Flamenco guitar at the age of 12 after hearing a neighbour playing a beautiful 'Taranta' for his sick wife. So enthralled with the sounds the guitarist was making, begged his parents for a guitar. Finally they agreed to get him one and John got started with lessons, going onto make his first public performance with a Flamenco dance troupe at the age of 14.

 After studying with various guitar teachers in London, John went to Spain to study further at the Centro Flamenco in Cordoba. Being encouraged by the teachers and students there, John went on study at the Rotterdam conservatoire for six years, becoming the first graduate teacher and performer of Flamenco guitar.

 He has gone on to play concerts all over the world with Flamenco companies, duos, trios, and as more over as a soloist, performing regularly at international guitar, jazz and world-music festivals. John was finalist at the 'Concurso National de Arte Flamenco' Cordoba in 1998.