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Artistic Achievement - Roland Dyens (2017)
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 ROLAND DYENS (1955-2016)

 Roland Dyens shared the joy of his musical talent while performing, composing  and teaching throughout the world. This tri-dimensional offering provided the  basis for the phenomenal success of this unique musician and his musical  evolution. His concerts unfolded for his audience as a personal experience of  emotional awakening. Deeply inspired in this arena of musical unity, audience  members would often later use the impact of the artist’s virtuosity and  creativity in their own perception of music. For those of Roland Dyens’  audiences who are unfamiliar with the contours and nuances of classical guitar  performance, they often witnessed an inspirational discovery of the  instrument and its musical potential. Roland Dyens had a sensitive and colorful  approach to the guitar – an unfailing open-mindedness which brought together all forms of music to each of his recitals. His stage presence, his improvised openings and his unique relationship with the listeners, undeniably positioned him at the forefront of guitar performance.
       His music was and continues to be an integral part of the instrument’s repertoire, placing him at the heart of a select group of contemporary guitarist/composers who enjoy such a privileged position. Roland Dyens' compositions and arrangements are highly acclaimed and widely performed. They provide a new breath of life for the guitar as this player and composer never ceased challenging the limitations of his instrument.
       The huge number of participants and auditors in Maestro Dyens’ Masterclasses was surely due to the depth of his presentation which was rich in innovative themes. With a keen sense of quality and emotional strength, his natural ability to communicate with guitarists of younger generations transformed the formality of a Masterclass into a joyful encounter.
       Roland Dyens taught at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 2000 to 2016.
       Born in 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 many distinguished awards obtained during the early years of his career, he received the Special Prize at The International Competition “Citta di Alessandria” and The Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles-Cros, both in honor of the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.
       When he was 25 years old he became a Laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.
       At the young age of 33, he was recognized as one of the 100 Best Living Guitarists in All Styles by the prominent French magazine “Guitarist”.
       In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious Chitarra d’Oro 2006 (Golden Guitar-2006) for his lifetime contributions to composition, by the Presidency of International Guitar Competition "Città di Alessandria”, Italy.
       The Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) chose Roland Dyens to compose the Mandatory “set piece” for their 2007 International Guitar Competition. This composition, titled Anyway, continues to receive enthusiastic world-wide reviews.
       The Winnipeg Free Press, established in 1872, awarded “Five Stars” in their review of his recital in 2007. This was only the second time this daily newspaper has given this high praise.
       In 2008 International Guitar Festival of Fiuggi, Italy recognized him with their Lifetime Achievement in Composition Award.
       In 2010, one hundred guitarists were invited to perform in Paris in homage to the great Django Reinhardt for the Centenary of his birth. Of the 100 guitarists, only one classical guitarist was invited - Roland Dyens.
       Roland Dyens is ranked highest in the "Top 100" list of most recorded original works for the guitar, by living composers. Furthermore, three of Dyens' works are part these 100, according to the remarkable book by the Canadian musicologist Enrique Robichaud, "Guitar's Top 100: Classical Guitar's Most Recorded Music" published in 2013.
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