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Sat. October 13th 2007 Alix Goolden Performance Hall (All Ages)
8 pm
$20 / $18
Saturday October 13, 8:00 pm
VCM Presents, international guitar legend Roland Dyens

DATE/TIME: Saturday October 13, 8:00 pm
EVENT: VCM Presents, international guitar legend Roland Dyens
VENUE: Alix Goolden Hall 907 Pandora Ave
TICKETS: $20 / $18 at the VCM 386-5311
INFO: 386-5311

NOTES: Born on October 19, 1955, French interpreter, composer, arranger and improviser Roland Dyens began guitar studies at the age of nine. Four years later he became a student of Spanish Master guitarist Alberto Ponce and, in 1976, was awarded the Licence de Concert de l’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.

While learning his instrument, Roland Dyens also studied composition with the renowned teacher, composer and orchestra director Désiré Dondeyne under whose guidance he was awarded the first Prize in Harmony, Counterpoint and Analysis.

Among the most distinguished awards obtained during the early years of his career, Roland Dyens received the Special Prize at the International Competition Citta di Alessandria (Italy) and the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles-Cros, both in honor of the major Brasilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.

As a performer, Dyens is known for his extraordinary capacity for improvisation. His guitar music draws on many elements of folk music and jazz, and has become popular with players. Tango en Skaï (1985) is by far his best-known piece, but the more extended Libra Sonatine (1986), written after Dyens had suffered a heart attack, is also widely played.

At the age of 25 he became a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. Eight years after this, he was recognized as one of the “100 Best Living Guitarists” in all styles by the French magazine Guitarist.

He currently teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he is Professor of Guitar.


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