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Roland Dyens

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Born: October 19, 1955   Country: France  
Roland Dyens is recognized both as one of the most prominent classical guitarists of his generation and as an important composer and arranger of music for the guitar. He is distinguished from most of his rivals by his deft improvisatory skills. His music is quite accessible, often employing folk sources and jazz styles woven into a colorful fabric always suited to the unique sounds of the guitar. Dyens' 1985 piece Tango en Skaď is probably his Read more most popular, though Valse en skaď and Libra Sonatine have also enjoyed currency. Virtually all of Dyens' works involve the guitar: some are solo pieces, while others use several guitars or a combination of instruments (guitar and piano; guitar and string quartet, etc.), while others still use orchestral accompaniment. As a performer, Dyens' repertory is broad, taking in standards by Rodrigo, Sor, Moreno Torroba, Mangoré, and Brouwer. He also performs a number of his own transcriptions of works by Chopin, Villa-Lobos, Satie, and Weiss, as well as compositions he fashioned after themes by Mozart, Rossini, Brouwer, and others. Dyens has recorded for Gha Records, Atma Classique, Naďve-Auvidis, and L'empreinte Digitale.

Roland Dyens was born in Tunisia on October 19, 1955. He began studying guitar at nine and at thirteen became a student of guitar virtuoso Alberto Ponce. At the Paris-based Concert de l'Ecole Normale de Musique, Dyens studied both guitar and composition, the latter with Désiré Dondeyne.

Dyens won prizes at several guitar competitions, including at the 1979 International Competition Cittŕ di Alessandria in Italy. The aforementioned Tango en Skaď helped establish his reputation as a composer in the 1980s, but at the same time his performance skills were broadly celebrated: in 1988 the French music magazine Guitarist included him on the list of the world's top 100 living guitarists.

Dyens received a Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles-Cros for one of his earliest recordings, the Villa-Lobos Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra, issued on the Naďve-Auvidis. Throughout the 1990s and first decade of the 2000s Dyens garnered wide acclaim for his concert tours across the globe and for his recordings. In 2007 he composed on commission a performance piece for the prestigious competition of the Guitar Foundation of America, and the following year he was honored at the Cittŕ di Fiuggi Guitar Festival in Rome. Among Dyens' recordings is the 2008 release on Gha of pieces by Rodrigo, Brouwer, Buxtehude, and others. Read less
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    About Time / Tetra Guitar Quartet
    Label: Bgs (British Guitar Society)   Catalog: 124 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Stephen Goss,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roland Dyens  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tetra Guitar Quartet
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    Play / Jason Vieaux
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71287 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paulo Bellinati,  Julio Sagreras,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Stanley Myers  ... 
    Performer:  Jason Vieaux
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    Magellan's Playlist, Vol. 1: On Tour In China
    Label: Claudio   Catalog: 6019 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fazil Say,  John Duarte,  Lowell Liebermann,  Jean Françaix  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athens Guitar Duo
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    Label: Claudio   Catalog: 6019 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fazil Say,  John Duarte,  Lowell Liebermann,  Ren Guang  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athens Guitar Duo
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    Widening Circles - Pasieczny, Beirs, Reich, Dyens / Benjamin Beirs
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71285 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Steve Reich,  Marek Pasieczny,  Benjamin Beirs,  Roland Dyens
    Performer:  Benjamin Beirs
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    Anima Del Sur - Milongas & Tangos For Two Guitars / Castellani Andriacccio Duo
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 58020 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adrien Politi,  Marcelo Coronel,  José Rafael Cisneros,  José Luis Merlin  ... 
    Performer:  Joanne Castellani,  Michael Andriaccio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Castellani-Andriaccio Duo
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    Traveling Sonata: European Music For Flute & Guitar
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel,  François Borne,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Viviana Guzman,  Jérémy Jouve
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    New Works For Flute & Guitar / Arc Duo
    Label: Azica   Catalog: 71275 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roland Dyens,  David Leisner,  Judah E. Adashi,  Shafer Mahoney
    Performer:  Heather Holden,  Bradley Colten
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    Hidden Waters / ChromaDuo
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572757 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Goss,  Christopher William Pierce,  Roland Dyens
    Performer:  Rob Macdonald,  Tracy Anne Smith
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ChromaDuo
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    Pasion / Milos Karadaglic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001700002 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Carlos Gardel,  Osvaldo Farres,  Jorge Morel  ... 
    Performer:  Milos Karadaglic
    Conductor:  Christoph Israel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Filmphilharmonie Studio Orchestra
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    A Waltz For Maurice / Daniel Muller
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91194 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Kevin Callahan,  Roland Dyens,  Frederic Hand  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Müller
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    Widening Circles / Benjamin Beirs
    Label: Benjamin Beirs   Catalog: 65494 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marek Pasieczny,  Benjamin Beirs,  Roland Dyens,  Steve Reich
    Performer:  Benjamin Beirs
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  • 13.
    Felicidade
    Label: Clear Note   Catalog: 74301 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Alfonso Montes,  Roland Dyens,  Philip Houghton  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Robinson
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    A Christmas Feeling
    Label: Lakeside   Catalog: 63123 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Rex Willis,  Eduardo Sainz de la Maza  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Robinson
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    Per Suonare A Due
    Label: Bgs (British Guitar Society)   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roland Dyens,  Nikita Koshkin,  Dusan Bogdanovic,  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eden-Stell Guitar Duo
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    Echomythia
    Label: Clear Note   Catalog: 74466 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raphael Fays,  Django Reinhardt,  Marco Pereira,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  Dimitris Kotronakis
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    Guitar Favourites / Roland Mueller
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 791 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Domeniconi,  Leo Brouwer,  Yuquijiro Yocoh,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Mueller
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    Sirocco / Sylvie Proulx
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3053 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew York,  Roland Dyens,  Clark Ross,  Carlo Domeniconi  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvie Proulx
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    Brouwer, Scarlatti, Mertz, Paganini: Sonatas / Magdalena Kaltcheva
    Label: Nca   Catalog: 60164 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Kaspar Mertz,  Niccolň Paganini,  Roland Dyens  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kaltcheva
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    Spirit Of Brazil - Assad, Villa-Lobos, Gismonti / Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10512 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clarice Assad,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Egberto Gismonti,  Sérgio Assad  ... 
    Performer:  Rory Russell,  Vasilis Bessas,  James Jervis,  Michael Baker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
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    Xeque - Mate / Boris Gaquere
    Label: Vgo Recordings   Catalog: 5637231316 Release Date: 01/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clarice Assad,  Boris Gaquere,  Roland Dyens,  Sébastien Vachez  ... 
    Performer:  Boris Gaquere,  Odair Assad
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    Anyway / Roland Dyens
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126470 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Baden Powell,  Ariel Ramirez,  Roland Dyens  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Dyens,  Emmanuel Dyens
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  • 23.
    Savio: Music Box;  Brouwer, Tarrega, Lauro, Mangoré, Dyens, Etc / Zsófia Boros
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91154 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Wolfgang Muthspiel,  Francisco Tarrega,  Angel Iglesias  ... 
    Performer:  Zsófia Boros
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    No. 4 / Thibault Cauvin
    Label: Gsp Recordings   Catalog: 1032 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phillippe Cauvin,  Dusan Bogdanovic,  Olivier Chassain,  Roland Dyens  ... 
    Performer:  Thibault Cauvin
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    Tango Nuevo / Craig Ogden
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9674 Release Date: 07/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roland Dyens,  Gerald Garcia,  Nikita Koshkin,  Jorge Morel  ... 
    Performer:  Craig Ogden
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