Artist of the Month

Juan Manuel Cañizares

We are very excited to present Guitar Magazine's Artist of the Month for September: Juan Manuel Cañizares, one of the leading flamenco guitarists in the world.
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Juan Manuel Cañizares’ Highlights

  • 1966: Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 1972: Started learning guitar with his brother, Rafael Cañizares.
  • 1976: Enrolled at the City Conservatory in his hometown, later continuing his studies in Tarrasa and Barcelona.
  • 1981: Won the Spanish National Guitar Award.
  • 1982: 1st Prize at the National Guitar Contest of the “Peña Los Cernícalos” of Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain. From then on, he would collaborate with other outstanding flamenco and jazz artists such as Camarón de la Isla, Pepe de Lucía, Joan Manuel Serrat, Alejandro Sanz, Rocío Jurado, Al DiMeola, Mike Stern, Peter Erskine and Michael Brecker, among others.
  • 1989: Joined the Solo-Duo-Trio band — together with Paco de Lucía and José María Bandera, and the Paco de Lucía Septet. He would collaborate with Paco de Lucía for the next ten years, including his participation in the live album Concierto de Aranjuez with the Cadaqués Orchestra / Edmon Colomer (PolyGram, 1991), and in the musical documentaries Sevillanas (1992) and Flamenco (1995) by filmmaker Carlos Saura.
  • 1997: Released his first solo album, Noches de imán y luna (Nuevos Medios).
  • 2000: His second solo album, Original transcripción de Albéniz (Nuevos Medios, 1999), became a milestone in the history of flamenco, receiving his first Flamenco Hoy Award from the Spanish National Flamenco Critics. He also released the album Punto de encuentro (EMI).
  • 2003: Was appointed Professor of Flamenco Guitar at the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC) in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2004: Participated in the official Athens 2004 Olympic Games album, Unity (Capitol Music), in The Official Torch Relay Theme.
  • 2005: Carnegie Hall New York debut, in a successful one-on-one with the classical guitarist José María Gallardo del Rey. The same year, he played at the Spanish Pavilion at the World Expo in Aichi, Japan.
  • 2008: His album Suite Iberia: Albéniz por Cañizares (Sony BMG Music Entertainment, 2007) received the Music Award from the Spanish Academy of Music Arts and Sciences, in the category of Best Classical Music Performance. Also, he participated in the album Wall of Light — Music for Sean Scully (Kairos) by Mauricio Sotelo, in the piece Como llora el agua for flamenco guitar.
  • 2010: Released the album Cuerdas del alma (Sony Music).
  • 2011: Performed Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle at the Royal Theatre in Madrid, Spain. His album Goyescas: Granados por Cañizares (Sony Music) received the Flamenco Hoy Award for Best Solo Guitar Album.
  • 2013: Released the first two volumes of his Falla por Cañizares album trilogy on his own label (JMC Music Productions): El sombrero de tres picos and La vida breve, winning his third Flamenco Hoy Award for Best Solo Guitar Album.
  • 2014: Released his third and last volume of Falla por Cañizares: El amor brujo, and the album Sonatas: Scarlatti por Cañizares (JMC Music Productions).
  • 2016: World premiere of his Flamenco Concerto “Al-Andalus” for guitar and orchestra — composed in memory of Paco de Lucía and commissioned by the Spanish National Orchestra, with this orchestra and the conductor Josep Pons at the National Auditorium in Madrid. In addition, this year, he participated in the musical documentary Jota by the filmmaker Carlos Saura, performing Francisco Tárrega’s Gran jota.
  • 2017: Released his Granados por Cañizares album trilogy: Danzas españolas, Valses poéticos and a re-release of Goyescas (JMC Music Productions).
  • 2019: His album El mito de la caverna: Cañizares flamenco (JMC Music Productions, 2018) won the MIN Award for independent music in Spain, in the category of Best Flamenco Album. Besides, he released his album Aranjuez, ma pensée & Preludio al atardecer: Rodrigo por Cañizares (JMC Music Productions), premiering and recording for the first time Rodrigo’ Preludio al atardecer.

 

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