At the age of eight years, I began my guitar studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My musical education continued in Scotland, then the Republic of Ireland, where I received guitar lessons with John Feeley at the College of Music in Dublin and with whom I studied for the Licentiate (guitar teaching) and Fellowship (guitar performance) diplomas from Trinity College, London. In 1988 I graduated from the South East Technological University, Waterford, Ireland, with an honours B.A. degree in music under the direction of the composer & organist Dr. Eric Sweeney. It was during this period that I discovered a love of music composition, particularly works for solo classical guitar & ensembles that include the guitar. In 1991 I completed and received the Higher Diploma in Education at Trinity College, University of Dublin.