The spanish guitar virtuoso
Over the last three decades , spanish guitar has undergone a most remarkable transformation . The traditional techniques inherent in this iconic instrument have been influenced and strengthened by an ample variety of schools , trends and styles .
The indisputable pioneer of this revolution is paco de lucía (1947-2014). The legendary spanish guitar master paved the way for other guitarists who have ceaselessly shaped contemporary spanish guitar into the uniquely rich and complex musical art of our days .
Javier conde is the utmost current representative of this young vanguard .
Known as a musical child prodigy , he began his training at the age of four with his father , seasoned guitarist josé antonio conde . javier conde then continued his studies under the guidance of andrés batista .
Conde began performing at the early age of six and has since conquered an impressive series of awards . among some of the most renowned ones are :
The 1998 young promises of spanish guitar award (los cernícalos flamenco group , jerez de la frontera , cádiz ),
The 2002 córdoba athenaeum award ,
The 2003 city of jaén award ,
The 2004 bordón minero award (cante de las minas international festival , la unión , murcia ), with conde as the youngest honoree in the history of the festival ,
The 2013 miguel acàl national award of flamenco critique , which conde received from the spanish guitar master antonio fernández díaz‘fosforito’,
The first award in the 2016 III alcobendas flamenca new talents international guitar competition ,
The especial 2016 award of the association of spanish artists and performers (aie, sociedad de artistas intérpreteso ejecutantes de españa )
Conde has collaborated with important artists such as andrés batista , manolo sanlúcar , víctor monge ‘serranito ’, gerardo núñez , rafael riqueni , Enrique de melchor and the prestigious filmmaker carlos saura . he has also worked along artists from other musical genres suchas john paul jones (led zeppelin ) and elíades ochoa (buena vista social club ) in the 2009 africa express festival and the 2009 womad festival (london , uk).
Conde has taken partin shows sabicas and retrospectiva (‘retrospective ’) by gerardo núñez . He has also collaborated with flamenco dancer carmen cortés in mujeres de lorca (‘l orca’ swomen’) and la gitanilla (‘the little gipsy girl’) (2015). Moreover , he featured in carlos saura ’s flamenco india as first guitarist as well as in the famous madrid flamenco stage café de chinitas .
Conde has created two exquisite shows : maestros yestilos (‘masters and their styles’) and el flamenco y su vibrante mundo (‘flamenco and its vibrant world’).
He has held concerts in spain , usa, canada , brasil , costa rica , cuba , italy , france , croatia , czech republic , united kingdom , germany , sweden , ustria , the netherlands , belgium , hungary , romania , japan , lebanon and north africa .
He currently has four records as a guitar soloist : homenaje a los grandes de la guitarra flamenca (2000,‘a tribute to the great spanish guitar masters ’), envivo desde el festival de la danza de lyon (2008,‘live from lyon dance festival ’), temas andalucesy flamencos by the spanish master andrés batista (2014,‘andalusian and flamenco themes ’) and sabikerando (2015), a tribute to sabicas .
Moreover , he has collaborated in a dozen of records along several artists from a variety of musical genres.