Carlos Piñana. Suite for Flamenco Guitar and Symphony Orchestra (premiere)
The virtuouso guitar player Carlos Piñana belongs to a family of great flamenco tradition; he is the grandson of Antonio Piñana, the patriarch of the oldest flamenco songs, cantes mineros whereas his father is the renowned guitar player Antonio Piñana (son). "I've breathed flamenco since childhood. My father's and grandfather's knowledge and incredible gift for it made me love flamenco and especially the flamenco guitar even more. I became aware of my vocation very early, and it has led me through my whole life," says the famous guitarist.
Today Carlos Piñana is not only one of the most interesting flamenco composers and performers, but also an important figure in the flamenco movement. Tonight with partners including the celebrated Spanish percussionist Miguel Ángel Orengo and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra led by Césaro Álvarezo, Carlos Piñana presents his brand new composition – a suite for flamenco guitar and symphony orchestra, which was released in June 2017.
Apart from his versatile activity as a performer, Carlos Piñana also teaches flamenco at the Murcia Conservatory of Music, Spain, runs a flamenco school, is the artistic director of an international flamenco festival and the founder of a guitar competition. The outstanding guitarist boasts an impressive collection of awards: he is a laureate of numerous international flamenco festivals and competitions. One of the foremost ambassadors for flamenco worldwide, Carlos Piñana has seven solo albums to his credit whereas his concert tours have taken him to all parts of the world, from New York to Paris, from London to Tokyo, from Cuba to Delhi and elsewhere. "Flamenco helps me to express the full spectrum of emotions – love, joy, sorrow – and it fills me with unique vitality. Over time I've managed to develop my own style of performance, which is like a language rooted in tradition, but forward-looking, combining flamenco and classical guitar," says the musician.