Roland Dyens

Roland Dyens (born October 19, 1955 in Tunisia) is a Tunisian-French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger.

Dyens studied guitar with the Spanish master guitarist Alberto Ponce and analysis with Désiré Dondeyne. He has won several prizes in competitions for classical guitar performance as well as for composition.

As a performer, Dyens is known for his extraordinary capacity for improvisation. His guitar music draws on many elements of folk music and jazz, and has become popular with players. Tango en Skaï (1985), is by far his best-known piece, but also widely played is the more extended Libra Sonatine (1986) written in three movements: «India», «Lento», «Fuoco», composed after Dyens had suffered a heart attack. Skaï is a french slang term for imitation leather, and here references the Gauchos of Argentina and Southern Brazil who are known for their distinctive leather outfits. Hence «Tango en Skaï» is a humorous, gaudy take on the tango. Dyens tours extensively and has performed at many music festivals and held master classes at many locations across Europe, the United States and Asia.


He currently teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he is Professor of Guitar.

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