Guitarist and composer Cañizares is arguably one of the most important and influential flamenco artists worldwide, and he is just as comfortable with classical repertoire and his own compositions.
Cañizares’ career spans over four decades playing with top orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Staatskapelle Dresden, NHK Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España and Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona amongst others.
Highlights on 2019/2020 and beyond includes his debut Orchestre National de France with Josep Pons, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vassily Petrenko and Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Gustavo Gimeno.
A celebrated composer, Cañizares received unanimous recognition after the premiere of his first Flamenco Concerto for guitar and orchestra “Al-Andalus” by the Spanish National Orchestra and Josep Pons in 2016. Since then, the concerto has been performed by Orquesta La Verdi, Orchestre National de Lille at Paris’ New Philharmonie, Moscow City Symphony Orchestra and will have this season the UK Premiere with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vassily Petrenko.
Following the great success of the concerto, he premiered his second Concerto “Mediterraneo” last season with Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and Kazushi Ono conducting. Cañizares’ work as a composer includes works for the Spanish National Ballet Company and soundtracks for several movies, including “La Lola se va a los Puertos” with Rocío Jurado and Paco Rabal, Flamenco and “La Jota” by Carlos Saura.
He has participated in over 100 albums and has released 14 CDs as main artist.
Besides his career as an interpreter, Cañizares spends a great deal of his time investigating and teaching flamenco. Since 2003, he has been teaching flamenco guitar at the prestigious Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC).
Cañizares has won many prestigious awards, including ‘Premio Nacional de Guitarra’ (1982), ‘Premio de la Música’ (2008), Premio de la Música Independiente (2019) and ‘Premio Flamenco Hoy’ (2000, 2011, 2013). For ten years Cañizares was a close collaborator of Paco de Lucía, and he has also worked with many other leading artists — Enrique Morente, Camarón de la Isla, Serrat, Alejandro Sanz, Mauricio Sotelo, Leo Brouwer, John Paul Jones and Peter Gabriel, among others.
“One of the most important events in the world of classical guitar since the world premiere of Concierto de Aranjuez”
“Juan Manuel Cañizares is currently at the peak of excellence for flamenco guitar (…). Cañizares has a beautiful sound, a great technique and wonderful taste. He has dedicated this concerto to his mentor Paco de Lucía and brings us three movements influenced by deep flamenco in which his wonderful solos and a fantastic orchestration makes a great mix”.
“Juan Manuel Cañizares is a phenomenal guitarist”
Sir Simon Rattle, Interview for Revista Audio Clásica Year XIV, No. 166
“Cañizares is a fascinating guitarist with a huge profile”
Gerard Mortier, Interview on TVE “Los Oficios de la Cultura” 2011
“The standing ovation lasted for several minutes…”
El Imparcial, May 2011
“… Everything had just the right amount of personality, without too much sensationalism, highlighting secret details, with an air of Discovery. The musicians and the director applauded the guitarist…”
El Pais, 2011
“… Cañizares rose to the challenge very well. Rattle, who used a larger tan usual orchestra, accompanied him with care and the result was magnificent… ”
Tomás Marco, El Mundo
“Concierto de Aranjuez played by a flamenco guitarist with great dignity, freshness and personality, miraculously accompanied by Rattle and the Orchestra, which played like the best chamber ensemble you could imagine…”
Fernando Herrero, El Norte de Castilla
“…Cañizares, one of the best guitarists in Spain, is the first flamenco musician to play with the Berlin Philharmonic.”
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