Pau Figueres (Spanish guitar)
Born in 1989 in Barcelona, Spain. Pau is a guitarist who tackles music from multiple interpretative angles using different concepts, understanding and studying the guitar as a versatile cross-over instrument. Both a brilliant performer of his own music and a highly required sideman, he’s immersed in varied musical genres and styles, always trying to produce high quality guitar sounds and creative ideas in every different musical situation he finds himself in. From classical music to modern jazz and pop, he feels great respect and admiration for each one of these genres. His original compositions mirror his unique approach to the guitar and to music.
He started working as a live and studio guitarist at the early age of 16. Since then he has taken part in various recording sessions and has collaborated with artists that vary greatly in terms of style and musical context (listed below). He has performed as a classical guitar soloist, as a soloist with an orchestra, in chamber music ensembles, in rock bands, backing singers (both solo and being in a band), in jazz, world music and pop bands, and many other types of ensembles. He has played with a large number of the most acclaimed musicians in Barcelona and has performed and recorded all over the world (U.K., Spain, Germany, France, U.S., Canada, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Finland, Russia, Portugal, Estonia, Italy, Greece, Austria, Andorra, Switzerland, Luxembourg…).
He began to study classical guitar at the age of 8 and went on to do his Bachelors Degree in the Superior School for Music in Barcelona (ESMUC) under the guidance of Zoran Dukic, one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of our time. He finished in 2011 obtaining the highest qualifications. Hence, his technique has been carefully developed and is skilful and confident. In the classical guitar field he has also studied with Vicenç Mayol, Laura Young, Àlex Garrobé and Feliu Gasull. In 2007 he won the Top Prize in the Professional Conservatory for Music of Badalona, in 2005 the First Prize in the Sant Anastasi Competition in Lleida and in 2009 he won both the Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the renowned classical guitar competition Certamen Llobet in Barcelona. As well as having received the best possible academic education, Pau has dedicated a lot of time to learning from other musicians and as a result of painstakingly listening to music, is highly selftaught in many aspects of his musicality.
He has studied flamenco guitar with Rafael Cañizares, Juan Manuel Cañizares, Anton Jimenez and Diego del Morao, and in the modern music field he has studied jazz guitar with great guitarist Dani Pérez and learnt directly from Horacio Fumero, Carme Canela, Gorka Benítez, Bob Reynolds, Andreu Zaragoza, Ben Monder, Jaume Llombart, Adam Levy and Wayne Krantz among others. His technique is a mixture of the Classical and the Flamenco techniques (also embracing fingerpicking, the pick and the slide). He has a deep knowledge of the guitar as an instrument and of the art of making it sound.
Pau plays a 1987 Faustino Conde, Stephan Schlemper 2004, synth-equipped Rafael Romero 2016, PRS Guitars, Fender & Guild.