WHO WAS IGNACIO FLETA?
Since the second half of the 20th century, this guitar maker, who always had his workshop in Barcelona, has been a reference in the construction of quality guitars.
His prestige led him to have waiting lists of more than 15 years to obtain one of his instruments, becoming a myth for any guitar lover.
Introduction to the work of Ignacio Fleta, by Antonio Manjón.
Talk - discussion with Gabriel Fleta, grandson and continuator of his legacy.
Recital with a Fleta guitar
Interpreter: (to be communicated shortly)
GABRIEL FLETA / Photo: Ana Jiménez Remacha
IGNACIO FLETA SHORT BIOGRAPHY
Ignacio Fleta was born in Huesa del Comun, Teruel, on July 31, 1897. He was the youngest son of the carpenter Francisco Fleta Plou. His two brothers also became luthiers: Bienvenido (1882-1971) and Francisco Manuel (1890-1981).
He began his training as a luthier at the age of thirteen in Barcelona with his brother Francisco Manuel, with whom he opened a workshop in Valldoncella street in 1915.
He continued studying with Etienne Marie (1867-1935) who had also been his brother's teacher, and later in France at the workshop of Philippe Le Duc.
In 1927, he returned to Barcelona and opened his own workshop for the construction of string instruments, double basses, violas, cellos, some of them for Pau Casals.
Between 1939-1945, the "Ars Musica" Musical Society commissioned him to reproduce a collection of ancient instruments including violins, gothic harp, vihuela, lute and modern guitar, with which he achieved a great reputation as a luthier.
The first time he heard Andrés Segovia playing, he was so moved that he decided to dedicate himself exclusively to building guitars. In 1957, he received the order for the first of three guitars he made for Segovia, by which he achieved worldwide fame.
With a production of only about 16 guitars a year, soon the Fleta's waiting lists became so long that it was practically impossible to get one of his instruments.
Some of the guitarists who played with Fleta's guitar were, in addition to Segovia, Alexandre Lagoya, Eduardo Falú, Carlos Bonell, Alirio Díaz, Alberto Ponce and John Williams.
Ignacio Fleta died in Barcelona on August 11, 1977, at the age of 80. His two sons, Francisco and Gabriel, who had learned the trade with him, continued in the workshop building guitars.
Currently, Gabriel Fleta, son of Gabriel and grandson of Ignacio, is the one who continues the family saga, maintaining the high quality of his instruments.