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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 lEcole 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 lAcadémie Charles-Cros, both in honor of the major Brasilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.

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 is an exceptional guitarist... A member of the very small club of those who are outstanding in all three areas - improvising, interpreting and composing - as Leo Brouwer was."  John Duarte, Guitar International Magazine

". . . lmagine Keith Jarrett playing the guitar. . ."  Gendai Guitar

...there is no one out there to equal his delicacy and sensitive range of control and expression. &one of the few individuals worthy of the mantle of master. &an artist of the highest calibre for his instrument. One of the guitar-worlds guiding lights."  Tim Panting, Classical Guitar Magazine

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