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  • Francisco Roldan


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    Francisco Roldan


    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, and iTunes.  His newest recording, Instruments of the People, with percussionist Danny Mallon, came out in 2016.

    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

    His recordings can be heard on PandoraSpotify and other music streaming apps.


    “(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

    Lesson 1/2 hr/6 wks
    RAML 0750, Summer 2022

    Lesson 3/4 hr/4 wks
    RAML 0625, Summer 2022

    Future Courses

    Lesson 1 hour
    RAML 0300, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Lesson 1/2 hour
    RAML 0350, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Lesson 3/4 hour
    RAML 0325, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

    Preparatory Instruction
    RAML 0001, Fall 2022

    Past Courses

    Lesson 1 hour
    RAML 0300, Spring 2022

    Lesson 1/2 hour
    RAML 0350, Spring 2022

    Lesson 3/4 hour
    RAML 0325, Spring 2022

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