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Roland Dyens

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If recitals by Roland Dyens are always events, they can be veritable jolts for some people, or, in the words of some Americans, “very inspiring experiences” for others. Some listeners, less familiar with the instrument, even talk about a pro-found “reconciliation” with the classical guitar... His music, long part of the established repertoire of the instrument, makes him a member of the small club of contemporary guitarists who share that privilege. His compositions and arrangements are played today around the world, winning unanimous favor and bringing new inspiration to the guitar, which he constantly pushes to its limits.
Master classes with Roland Dyens bring together more and more members of the public, thanks to his rich and innovative commentary, and to the warm sincerity he brings to the younger generation of guitarists. Roland Dyens is currently a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

Born on October 19, 1955, French performer, composer, arranger, and improviser Roland Dyens began studying the guitar at nine years of age. Four years later, he became the student of the Spanish master Alberto Ponce; he later studied with the composer and conductor Désiré Dondeyne, including classes in composition. He has received many major awards since the beginning of his career, includ-ing the special prize of the international competition Città di Alessandria (Italy), as well as the prestigious Grand Prix du disque of the Académie Charles-Cros; both of these were given in recognition of homages to Villa-Lobos. Roland Dyens was listed at the age of 33 as one of the best guitarists in the world, including all styles, by the Guitarist Magazine; he is also a laureate of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. On Sept 20, 2006, at the International Guitar Competition of Alessandria in Italy, he was awarded the Chitarra d'Oro prize.

Roland Dyens
May, 2007