About Maestro Rafael Cañizares
University degree in flamenco guitar and instructor at the Escuela Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) for over a decade.
When he was 15 he debuted with Manolo del Río at the flamenco tablao Bodega del Toro. Soon after, at the age of seventeen, he became part of the artistic cast at the El Cordobes tablao where at the time greats such as Camarón de la Isla, Lole y Manuel, Farruco, and others played.
Three years later he was hand-picked by flamenco expert Carlos Almendros to take part in the prestigious International Jerez de la Frontera Flamenco Guitar Contest, where, at eighteen years old he won his first award.
Since then he has become one of the most sought-after guitarists to accompany vocalists at prestigious flamenco festivals held in Barcelona.
In 1986 he moved to the United States, where he lived for several years. When he arrived, he performed at the Spanish Embassy in New York City. There he was introduced to Maestro Sabicas and become friends with Maestro Mario Escudero. During his stay in New York, Rafael Cañizares performed at the historical flamenco Chato Madrid tablao, no longer in existence today. In this period he shared the stage with most of the Spanish and American artists of the day. It was while he was in New York and Miami that he launched his flamenco guitar teaching career.
In 1992 he returned to Barcelona and joined the group of his brother, Juan Manuel Cañizares, and performed with him at numerous festivals across Europe.
In 1993 he received the First National Bordón Minero Flamenco Guitar Award, at the 23rd Las Minas festival held in La Unión, Murcia. That same year he was invited by the famous British musician Mike Oldfield to join him as a guest artist on his Spanish tour.
He has also collaborated on projects with musicians like Carlos Benavente, Jorge Pardo, Salvador Niebla, Albert Pla, Ze Eduardo and many, many more.
In 1992 in Sabadell he founded the first School of Flamenco Guitar of Catalonia, the school that bears his name and where he currently gives classes.