Erik Stenstadvold


Professor Emeritus


Piano, Accompaniment, Guitar and Accordion Department



Research / Working Group



Phone: 23367114
Office: 428

Research Areas / Expertise

  • Guitar
  • Historical guitar instruments
  • History of the guitar
  • Performing practice, specifically 19th century
  • Research in music history, specifically the early 19th century guitar


  • The guitar and other guitar related subjects
  • Historically informed performance


Erik Stenstadvold is professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he has been teaching since 1973. In addition to a career as a performing guitarist, he is a noted guitar historian and authority on nineteenth-century guitar music and its performance practices. His research has led to the rediscovery of several lost or forgotten guitar compositions from that period. He has played a prominent role in the revival of the French guitarist-composer Antoine de Lhoyer (1768-1852), and has edited the three-volume critical edition of Lhoyer’s Collected Guitar Duos and recorded two CDs with the composer’s duos. Stenstadvold has authored a number of articles in various guitar and musicology journals (see list below). His Annotated Bibliography of Guitar Methods, 1760-1860 has become a standard reference work on early guitar tutors.

For his musicological research, Erik Stenstadvold was awarded the Chitarra d’Oro prize at the 2008 Alessandria International Guitar Competition in Italy. In 2010 he was appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture for his ‘commitment to the promotion of French music, in particular the work of Antoine de Lhoyer’. Stenstadvold is a founding member of the Consortium for Guitar Research at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, UK.

Stenstadvold has performed in Europe, North and South-America, and China, both as a soloist and in various chamber-music groups. He has recorded several CDs devoted to early nineteenth-century music, played on period instruments. Stenstadvold has also collaborated with some of his country’s leading composers to enlarge the Norwegian repertoire for guitar.

Erik Stenstadvold studied the guitar with John Williams at the Royal College of Music, London, and the lute with Eugen Dombois at the Schola Cantorum, Basel.


Selected Discography

  • Norwegian Guitar Music (1989, VEPS CD)
  • Music from 19th century Vienna for Guitar and Fortepiano (1993, SIMAX CLASSICS) (with Brenda Blewett, fortepiano)
  • Antoine de Lhoyer. Music for Two Guitars (1994, SIMAX CLASSICS) (with Martin Haug, guitar)
  • Antoine de Lhoyer. Music for Two Guitars. Vol. 2 (1999, SIMAX CLASSICS) (with Martin Haug, guitar)
  • Haydn – de Fossa. The complete 9 String Quartets arranged for two guitars, vol. 1-2 (2003, Apex) (with Jukka Savijoki, guitar)

Selected Articles

  • ‘Coste’s Contribution to the “20 Studies by Sor”.’ Soundboard, vol. 11, no. 2, 1984
  • ‘Giuliani’s Sixth Finger – Further Facts about Facs.’ Guitar International, August 1985
  • ‘Mauro Giuliani und der Daumen der linken Hand.’ Gitarre und Laute, vol. 9, no. 2, 1987
  • ‘The Bother over Broken Chords – Another Historical Perspective.’ Classical Guitar, vol. 5, no. 9, May 1987
  • ‘The Guitar Methods of Dionisio Aguado: One Mystery Solved?’Classical Guitar, vol. 8, nos. 8-9, 1990
  • ‘Antoine de Lhoyer (1768-1852): riscoperta di un chitarrista-compositore trascurato.’ il Fronimo, no. 100, 1997
  • ‘A Bibliographical Study of Antoine Meissonnier’s Periodicals for Voice and Guitar, 1811–27.’ Notes, vol. 58, no. 1, 2001
  • ‘Antoine de Lhoyer (1768-1852).’ Soundboard, vol. 29, no. 3, 2003
  • ‘The Evolution of Guitar Notation, 1750-1830.’ Soundboard, vol. 31, no. 2-3, 2006
  • ‘Compositores y editores en tiempos de Sor: ideales artísticos y realidades comerciales.’ Roseta, no. 2, 2009
  • ‘Étouffé o apagado: ¿A qué se referían Sor y sus contemporáneos?’ Roseta, no. 5, 2010/11
  • ‘“The Worst Drunkard in London”: The Life and Career of the Guitar Virtuoso Leonard Schulz.’ Soundboard, vol. 38, no. 4, 2012
  • ‘“We hate the guitar’: prejudice and polemic in the music press in early 19th-century Europe.’ Early Music, vol. 41, no. 4, 2013
  • ‘Fernando Sor on the Move in the Early 1820s.’ Soundboard Scholar, no. 1, 2015
  • ‘Mariano Castro de Gistau (d 1856) and the Vogue for the Spanish Guitar in Nineteenth-Century Britain.’ Nineteenth-Century Music Review, May 2017 []
  • A Newly Discovered Letter of 1827 by Fernando Sor.’ Soundboard Scholar, no. 3, 2017


  • An Annotated Bibliography of Guitar Methods, 1760-1860. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2010

Musical Scores

  • Øistein Sommerfeldt: Norwegian Landscape, op. 61. Norsk Musikkforlag, 1982
  • Johan Kvandal: Sonata for Guitar, op. 65. Norsk Musikkforlag, 1985
  • Antoine de Lhoyer: The Complete Guitar Duos. Critical Edition, 3 vols. Chanterelle Edition, 2008
  • Leonard Schulz: The Collected Guitar Studies. Critical Edition. Chanterelle Edition, 2011