NOMINATED LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS 2003, 2006, 2010 / BEST FLAMENCO ALBUM
If Juan Carmona had to write the book of his life, the title would be « La Belle Histoire »,
as Claude Lelouch’s movie for which he performed the soundtrack in 1992.
The Carmona family had emigrated from North Africa to France after the exile of the
beginning of the 1960s. Juan, born in Lyon, was just ten years old when his father offered him his first
guitar. His passion for this instrument and his abilities did not contradict over time and his virtuosity,
quickly spotted by professionals.
After becoming an accomplished guitarist, he will head to the opposite direction, Spain,
experiencing the need to join the land of his ancestors to reconnect with his roots and learn from the
source of flamenco, in Jerez de la Frontera. His talent and the originality of his art will be quickly
recognized there, considered as the cradle of flamenco.
For 9 years, absorbing their knowledge in the purest flamenco tradition, he was surrounded by
the biggest names of flamenco such as Joaquín Grilo, Agujetas, Duquende, Antonio Canales,
Chano Domínguez and many others. He recorded his first albums and won international awards
including the prestigious guitar competition International de Jerez, finalist of the competition of the
Union of Cordoba and the great prize Paco de Lucia.
At his long list of prizes and rewards, it is necessary to add a unique feature: a final triumph in
Spain, a consecration for this Gypsy from France. His return to France, he made different musical
collaborations with: Sylvain Luc, Larry Coryell, Marcus Miller, Jan Garbarek, Trilok Gurtu,
Subramanian, Baden Povell... Each new meeting expands his sound palette.
Creative and curious, his eagerness for learning seems unquenchable and brings him to what
he is today: one of the most beautiful guitars on the international scene. He writes his music with his
memory, his ears, his heart and his passion. A self-taught musician, he can take pride of having
composed his Sinfonia Flamenca and Orillas, today performed by many orchestras in the world as the
St Louis Symphony Orchestra (USA), the Russian Philarmony (Russia) or even the Orchestra
National of Lyon (France).
On tour with his musicians around the world (United States, China, Canada...), his albums
Alchemya, Orillas, Sinfonia Flamenca and El Sentido del Aire were nominated at the Latin
GRAMMY Awards, category « Best Album Flamenco of the year ». Winner of the Grand Prize
Charles Cros 2015, UNESCO awarded him also the Grand Prize Zyriab of Virtuosos. His new
opus Perla de Oriente (September 2016), recorded during his last tour in Asia, reports the magic of his
Praised by the leading figures of flamenco, Juan Carmona wanders on the airways of the
duende. At the intersection between musical modernity and the oldest and liveliest flamenco traditions
of Andalusia, Juan Carmona is an innovator, one of the most valiant of his generation.