On November 30 and December 1 and 2, guitarist Juan Manuel Cañizares will perform the Mediterranean Concert in memory of Joaquín Rodrigo at L'Auditori, which will mark the world premiere of this work commissioned by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. The concert was written by Cañizares himself and will feature music from the ballet Dante by Enrique Granados and The Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla. Kazushi Ono, principal conductor at the OBC, will direct the programme.
The premiere of the Mediterranean Concert will go hand in hand with the donation of a Cañizares Model guitar, made by luthier Vicente Carrillo, to the Museu de la Música. This instrument will become part of the Museu guitar collection, which is one of the most highly regarded at an international level.
Juan Manuel Cañizares and the OBC
The relationship between the OBC and Juan Manuel Cañizares is long-standing. The last time he collaborated was in 2016, when he performed Joaquín Rodrigo´s Concierto de Aranjuez. Apart from being one of the best flamenco guitarists on the contemporary scene, L’Auditori´s commitment to promoting Catalan artistes is once again reaffirmed with their decision to feature Juan Manuel Cañizares.
Born in Sabadell, Cañizares was awarded the National Guitar Prize (1982) and the Music Prize for Best Classical Music Performer (2008). In 1989, he collaborated primarily with flamenco and jazz musicians: Enrique Morente, Camarón de la Isla, María Pagés, Pepe de Lucía, Joan Manuel Serrat, Alejandro Sanz, Rocío Jurado, Peter Gabriel, Al Di Meola, Mike Stern, Peter Erskine, Vince Mendoza, Michael Brecker, Marc Almond, La Fura dels Baus and The Chieftains among others. In 1989, he toured with the pop group El Último de la Fila.
In the same year, Cañizares joined Paco de Lucia’s group, where he stayed for ten years and performed in several countries. He also participated in the recording of Paco de Lucia’s Concierto de Aranjuez album. Cañizares has collaborated on a large number of recordings and has released six solo albums.
In 2011, Cañizares performed the Concierto de Aranjuez under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in its European Concert held at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Since 2003, he has been a flamenco guitar teacher at L'Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (Catalonia College of Music).
Aleix Palau | 27 November 2018
Juan Manuel Cañizares premieres a guitar concert with the OBC and donates an instrument to the Museu de la Música
Commissioned by the OBC, the Mediterranean Concert in memory of Joaquín Rodrigo will feature Cañizares himself and will be conducted by Kazushi Ono. The soloist will donate a Cañizares Model guitar made by luthier Vicente Carrillo to the Museu.