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Francesc de Paula Sole

Known as "The Poet of the Guitar", FRANCESC DE PAULA SOLER's extensive international activity as a performer has brought critics to hail him as one of the most notable names in the guitar world. His concerts have been broadcasted on radio and television both in Europe and the United States. He has received numerous prizes and awards, including special recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives (2001 & 2002) for his artistic merits.

The Washington Post wrote: "Soler showed himself to be unusually sensitive to color and the rhapsodic rise of the phrases... He played dazzling solos with his left hand on the fingerboard, unleashed a battery of right-hand percussive effects on the body of the guitar, and engaged in some creative pitch-bending on blues-tinged melodies."

Born into a well-known Spanish artistic family, Soler began to study guitar at age 11, receiving highest honors at the prestigious "Conservatorio Superior de Música" of Barcelona, Spain. He continued his postgraduate studies with Andrés Segovia and also received guitar instruction from Narciso Yepes, as well as from some of the most important Latin-American guitarists.

For more information, visit www.telefonica.net/web2/fpsoler.

The exact date of this concert is not known, but it occurred in the marked year around this time.