Guitarist and composer Cañizares is arguably one of the most important and influential flamenco artists worldwide but is just as comfortable with classical repertoire and his own compositions.
With a career spanning over four decades, Cañizares is the first and only flamenco guitarist to perform with the Berliner Philharmoniker — he played Concierto de Aranjuez with the orchestra directed by Sir Simon Rattle in Madrid’s Teatro Real. He has collaborated on over 100 albums and as a solo artist he has published 10 albums of his own.
Winner of the prestigious awards such as ‘Premio Nacional de Guitarra’ (1982), ‘Premio de la Música’ (2008), and ‘Flamenco Hoy’ (2000, 2011, 2013). Cañizares collaborated with Paco de Lucía for ten years as well many leading artists — Enrique Morente, Camarón de la Isla, Serrat, Alejandro Sanz, Mauricio Sotelo, Leo Brouwer, John Paul Jones and Peter Gabriel.
As a composer, Cañizares is constantly creating. His compositions to date range from works for the Spanish National Ballet Company and soundtracks for films including La Lola se va a los puertos with Rocío Jurado and Paco Rabal, and Flamenco by Carlos Saura.
Owing to the importance of the event, it is necessary to emphasize the world premiere of the Flamenco Concert entitled ‘Al-Andalus’, for guitar and orchestra; ‘Al-Andalus’ was dedicated to the memory of Paco de Lucía and took place in the National Auditorium of Madrid. This work was commissioned by the Spanish National Orchestra and Choir (SNOC), and was performed for three consecutive days (27, 28 and 29 May 2016). The ONE accompanied, and Josep Pons provided musical direction. In the words of the renowned composer and critic Tomás Marco: “The work was received with universal public acclaim”.
Recent and upcoming highlights include performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo (under Juanjo Mena), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (under Josep Pons) and Cadaqués Orchestra, performances with Orchestre National de Lille, Mauricio Sotelo’s “El Público” at Teatro Real in Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Palau de Música de Catalana, Auditorium di Milano, Festival de Granada, Festival Radio France de Montpellier and La Folle Journée.
Besides his recording career and concerts, Cañizares spends a great deal of his time investigating and teaching flamenco. He has taught flamenco guitar at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) since 2003 and enjoys giving masterclasses as part of his engagements.
“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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