Love plucked her heartstrings

FRENCH guitarist Ingrid Riollot moved to Australia in 2018 to marry guitar maker Damon Smallman and the couple now reside in rural Esperance. 

It’s a pretty unlikely location for a world-class guitarist who’s criss-crossed continents while wowing audiences and scooping up a multitude of awards; likewise for the workshops of luthiers Smallman & Sons, whose instruments are played by the likes of John Williams, Craig Ogden, to Perth’s own Jonathan Paget. 

Riollet will be the international artist-adjudicator for the 2022 WA Classical Guitar Ensemble Festival in Carine on August 20-21, but meanwhile will be holding a masterclass at the WA Academy of Performing Arts on Thursday August 18 at 4.30pm which will feature performances by several up-and-comers, as well as a demonstration of hubby’s unique guitars. 

She’s also performing a concert for the Classical Guitar Society of WA at WAAPA’s Richard Gill Auditorium on August 19 at 7.30pm. 

Tickets from https://events., while info about the masterclass can be found at

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