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    Colombian-born guitarist Francisco Roldán has performed in Russia, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Paraguay, Portugal and throughout the United States.  He has played various concerti with orchestra and has participated in numerous chamber music recitals with singers and instrumentalists. He has five recordings available: Almost All Bach, in which he interprets the music of Bach and Scarlatti; Latin Guitar, in which he performs music of Barrios, Lauro and Landestoy; ZigZag, with his ZigZag Quartet, with music of Boccherinni, Bolling, Gnattali, Landestoy and Piazzolla; Interweaving, with soprano Gretchen Farrar, with music from the Renaissance to today’s music. All of these are available and can be heard at cdbaby.com, amazon.com and iTunes.  His newest recording, Instruments of the People, with percussionist Danny Mallon, came out in 2016.  www.instrumentsofthepeople.com

    Francisco Roldán is a concert artist and a teacher and loves what he does.  He is currently on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division, Lehman College - City University of New York, and New Jersey City University.  His website is www.franciscoroldan.com


    Reviews

    “(Mr. Roldán)…is an excellent musician, an exciting soloist and sensitive accompanist…”
    -- Soundboard

    “Absolutely poetic and mesmerizing playing.  A truly wonderful evening.”
    -- Claudia Dumschat, Organist and Choirmaster, Church of the Transfiguration, NYC

    “Francisco Roldán played them (Ernesto Cordero’s detailed, constantly moving, rhythmically vital guitar parts) with enough energy to draw the ear, but not so much as to overwhelm the sing-ers.”
    -- The New York Times

    "Francisco Roldán interpreted the Aranjuez with a maximum display of technique and securi-ty...showing exquisiteness and dominion."
    -- La Voz Hispana

    "Mr. Roldán gave a performance of the Krenek Suite as good as I have ever heard...his In-vocación y la danza was played with technical dominion..."
    -- Soundboard

    "Mr. Roldán is a virtuoso and interprets the music with a magical tone..."
    -- Noticias del Mundo

    "Mr. Roldán is clearly a virtuoso and an asset to the Colombian community..."

    -- Noticiero Colombiano e Hispano

     

    Current Courses:

    Preparatory Instruction

    Lesson 1 hour

    Lesson 3/4 hour

    Lesson 1/2 hour

    Lesson 3/4 hr/4 wks

    Lesson 1/2 hr/6 wks

    Brass Ensemble

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