The Spanish Embassy in Kuwait in co-operation with the Dar al-Aden al-islamiyyah presents a recital titled ‘Concierto de Guitarra Española’ performed by famously talented Spanish guitarist ‘Francisco Bernier’ on Sunday, 8 February at 7 pm. The event will happen at the Amricani Cultural Centre in the Historic Americani Hospital Buildings (Gulf Road, Kuwait City, near the National Assembly).
Francisco Bernier is a highly celebrated artist and is regarded by the critics as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. He began his musical studies at the Conservatory of Music in his hometown with teachers and Serafin Rivera Juan Carlos Arriaza finishing them at 17 with honors. He subsequently moved to the Ecole Normale "Alfred Cortot" in Paris under the direction of Maestro Alberto Ponce to get a Higher Diploma in Soloist Performance.
He has developed a very successful career, receiving awards and performed in 35 countries across Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Moreover, his talent has been applauded in prestigious venues such as the Théâtre Mogador in Paris, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Kyoto Concert Hall, Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Teatro Maestranza in Seville, among many others.
His repertoire includes a soloist performance with orchestras such as the Camerata St. Petersburg, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Mediterráneo, National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and San Francisco’s Berkeley Symphony conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano.
He won the First Prize in the prestigious International Guitar Competition "Michele Pittaluga" in Alessandria (Italy), and was a finalist in the Concert Artists Guild of New York as well as a winner of 20 international awards.
He had the distinguished honor of being the Creative and Artistic Director of the Guitar Festival of Seville "Spanish composers" and Contrasts Records.
Francis Bernier is also a laureate of honor from Emma Contestabile Foundations (Italy), Fundación "La Caixa" (Spain), as well as from the French Beracasa Foundation, Meyer Foundation and Foundation BNP-Paribas.