Pedro Peñalver Guitars
He was born in Marmolejo in 1933 to a humble family.
At the age of nine and in the hardest post-war period, with no time for study, he began working as an apprentice in a carpentry workshop, in his few spare moments he devoted himself to arranging guitars and bandurrias for the residents of the town, since there was no make new ones, deteriorated by the passage of time, war and more than one serenade by farmhouses and by the landscape streets of Marmolejo.
So Jerónimo Peña becomes a guitar craftsman, currently recognized as the best in the world, with patience, tenacity and wisdom, which time and experience have given him.
His guitars today are all over the world and his awards and mentions are numerous, being for him the most notable mention is that his guitars have gone around the world.
His book «The Art of a Spanish Guitar Player» is an international benchmark, having been translated into German and published in this country.
Passionate about everything that surrounds the world of the guitar and more specifically by its genesis, Don Jerónimo Peña is one of the greatest and best exponents left in the art of carving this delicate instrument, having become, in his own right, a whole international benchmark.
He knows how to extract from his hands the talent for creating music, pampering the resonances of the noble woods to infinity to elaborate sound sages for a perfect and balanced vibration of the strings of this instrument.
The Spanish guitar and the concert guitar work. His works are part of collections of well-known guitar virtuosos such as Enrique Montoya, Luis de Diego, Manolo Franco, Manolo Escobar, Manolo San Lucas … even crossing borders and reaching Germany, USA, France, etc.
The art of a Spanish guitar player His hands are so much art that they can also be seen in the carving of two steps that process in Holy Week, just at dawn on Good Friday, bearing the images of Our Father Jesus Nazareno and Virgen de la Estrella, made in 1959 and 1990 respectively.
He has dedications in his album of personalities like Rita Hayworth, Istvan romer, Yugoslav concert pianist, winner of the «Andrés Segovia» Guitar contest, held in Palma de Mallorca.
The most esteemed guitar by Don Jerónimo is the one acquired by the teacher Andrés Segovia.
He currently coordinates guitar manufacturing workshops, launched by the Marmolejo City Council, where dozens of young people start this art every year, trying to ensure that their wisdom is not lost and that their tradition in Marmolejo is consolidated, with the noble intention to turn our town into a reference in the art of luthiers.
Website of the Marmolejo (Jaen) city council about the great guitar maker Jerónimo Peña
Web page of the great guitar builder Jerónimo Peña