Darren Loughran is a classical guitarist & guitar teacher hailing from Dublin. Growing up in a musical household, his father a traditional concertina player and his mother whom dabbled with the guitar, Darren was greatly encouraged and exposed to music from an early age.
Having started on wind instruments as a child with his school band, Darren had his first recording experience at the age of nine and performed with the band in numerous competitions and concerts across the country, mainly Irish music.
At the age of 14, Darren received his first guitar and in his teens studied with guitar teacher Tony Lee. Following this Darren completed a diploma in music performance and technology before moving on to study classical guitar with Alan Grundy at the Dublin Conservatory of Music (DIT) and was the first student to receive their Advanced 2 diploma. Darren has also received instruction on a number of occasions from world renowned classical guitarist Denis Azabagic.
Darren also has a great deal of experience as a performing guitarist with many different types of projects and artists such as accompanying the Indian singer and songwriter Mou Sultana on her Indian tour in 2013 as her lead guitarist.
Darren has been working recently with Irish composer Adam Cullen on 4 new works for the classical guitar which were premiered in February of 2019 at the 2nd international guitar symposium, in attendance were some of the world’s authorities in classical guitar and composition. Darren began recording these new works in the summer of 2019.
Darren plans to do a master’s degree in performance in 2020 with the focus being the relationship between the musician and composer.
In his down time Darren likes to spend a lot of time outdoors, reading and playing chess. In the past few years Darren has taken to the renaissance lute and aside from the guitar enjoys studying lute music of the Elizabethan period.
Darren is extremely dedicated to teaching the guitar as he feels his own musical education has had a affected his life in a profoundly positive way.