Canizares (Juan Manuel Cañizares) is a guitarist, musician and composer. Winner of the prestigious “Premio Nacional de Guitarra” (1982) and “Premio de la Música” (2008) awards.
Canizares was the first and only flamenco guitarist to be the guest of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin. In its European Concert, Canizares played “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the Orchestra directed by Sir Simon Rattle in Madrid’s Teatro Real.
Canizares collaborated with Paco de Lucía for 10 years and also joined great artists on the stage and in the recording study, including: Enrique Morente, Camarón de la Isla, Serrat, Alejandro Sanz, Mauricio Sotelo, Leo Brower, John Paul Jones, Peter Gabriel, Michael Brecker, Mike Stern, Al Di Meola, Peter Erskine and The Chieftains, among many others.
As a composer, Canizares created the music for the Spanish National Ballet Company. He has also written the soundtracks for films such as “La Lola se va a los puertos” with Rocío Jurado and Paco Rabal, and “Flamenco” by Carlos Saura.
With the Official 2004 Olympic torch relay theme as a highlight, Canizares has collaborated on more than 100 albums. As a solo artist, he has published 6 albums of his own.
Besides his recording career and concerts, Canizares spends a great deal of his time investigating and teaching flamenco. He has taught Flamenco Guitar at the Escuela Superior de Musica de cataluña (ESMUC) since 2003.
Canizares has recently toured the entire world, performing at the greatest venues in countries such as: U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Montenegro, Finland, Israel, Turkey, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Japan, among others.