Maestro Rafael Cañizares’ School of Flamenco Guitar
A true specialist
The school is directed by Rafael Cañizares, winner of the National Bordón Minero Flamenco Guitar Award (Festival de la Unión) in 1993. At the age of 18, in 1974, he was a finalist in the National Flamenco Guitar Competition in Jerez de la Frontera. He holds a university degree in flamenco guitar and has been a professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) for over a decade.
The maestro has accompanied great flamenco vocalists like Fosforito, La Niña de la Puebla, Chocolate, Curro Malena, Naranjito de Triana, Luis de Córdoba, Diego Clavel, Manuel Gerena, and many others. He was a member of the group of his brother, Juan Manuel Cañizares, for over 20 years and also accompanied Mike Oldfield in his tour of Spain in 1993 as a guest artist.
The school offers private classes to students of all ages and levels who want to improve their skills as a hobby or receive professional instruction. To this end, the flamenco guitar school uses its own method developed by Rafael Cañizares, ‘Slowly and in Time’, to simplify understanding the guitar and improve students’ skills.
Testimonials of the students
Some opinions about the experience that students of different levels
have had over time.
After finishing my superior studies of the classical guitar, I found a way to approach flamenco and decided to begin with the maestro Rafael and take his intensive flamenco course. The experience couldn’t have been better. Rafael understands the virtues and the defects of the classical guitar and he has been able to adapt to my necessities and has satisfied my doubts totally. Of course, always supporting of this with his profound knowledge of the technical, harmonic, and esthetic ways of the flamenco guitar. The classes are very intense, full of joy with inexhaustible material and with all the passion and heart that the Maestro puts in it. This makes him stand out from the rest. I will definitely repeat the course as soon as I can, without a doubt. A big hug Maestro, till we see each other again!Pablo Castro Nieto
In the years I took classes at the Rafael Cañizares School of Flamenco Guitar I received a rigorous and methodical education in an environment that was always cheerful. The way the content was adapted to the needs and skills of each student was especially good. This is something Rafael is able to do in a friendly and fun way. Thanks to the way he teaches and his in-depth knowledge of the guitar I was able to combine the classical and flamenco guitar techniques and enrich my understanding as a musician. I can now say that the two disciplines have a lot more in common than people generally believe.Javier Martínez