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“Absolutely poetic and mesmerizing playing. A truly wonderful evening.” Claudia Dumschat, Organist and Choirmaster, Church of the Transfiguration, NYC. Colombian-born guitarist Francisco Roldán is a very active performer, playing solo and chamber music nationally and internationally. He has performed in Portugal, Greece, Russia, Spain, Colombia, Lithuania, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, and Paraguay. He has also played throughout the United States for Lincoln Center Local Live in NYC, ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for Latin American Cultural Week in NYC, at Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall and CAMI Hall in New York, Symphony Space, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Harmony Hall in Maryland, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, for the Philadelphia Guitar Society, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Puffin Gallery, the Colombian Consulates in New York and in Boston, the Smithsonian Library in Washington, D.C., the Museum of the City of New York, Round Top Music Festival, the Spanish Institute, Gracie Mansion, the Americas Society, and various universities and libraries. In the summer of 2007 he participated in a recital as an Invited Artist at the Interpretation of Spanish Song Festival in Granada, Spain. He was invited back to the 2008 Festival in Granada as a Guest Artist to teach and play a concert and he was invited to play a solo recital in southern Spain in the city of Berja. In 2008 he also played a concert at the Mannes 2008 Guitar Festival in New York City with his quartet, Zigzag. During the summer of 2006 Mr. Roldán played a recital in Bogotá at the Fernando Sor School of Music and was immediately invited back to teach in their annual Guitar Festival in November, 2006, and to perform another recital. He has played various concerti and has participated in numerous chamber music recitals with choruses, singers and instrumentalists. He accompanied acclaimed flamenco dancer Pilar Rioja at the Repertorio Español theatre in NYC for 8 seasons. In 1999 he was invited to perform Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez in two performances with the Celebrate! orchestra under the direction of Laurine Fox and was received with much public and critical acclaim. In the 2000 season he played a solo recital at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall under the auspices of the Aranjuez Guitar Strings Series. In 1996 Mr. Roldán was invited to play a recital at the United Nations for the Colombian Consulate Independence Day Celebration. In 2010 he released 2 recordings: Interweaving, with soprano Gretchen Farrar, and ZigZag Quartet, with his ensemble. In 2005 he released his second CD titled Almost All Bach in which he interprets the music of Bach and Scarlatti. His first CD of solo music, titled Latin Guitar (in which he interprets the music of Barrios, Lauro, and which contains the World Premiere recording of the Dominican composer Rafael Landestoy's complete works for guitar), was released in 2003. His new recording, Instruments of the People (with percussionist Danny Mallon) will be released in fall, 2015. They can all be heard and purchased at cdbaby.com.

Francisco Roldán has been entertaining audiences since his early years at the Mannes College of Music. He received annual scholarships and attained the Master's Degree in Performance from the Mannes College of Music. Mr. Roldán subsequently supplemented his studies by playing in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, David Russell, and Paul Odette. In the spring of 1993 he gave a solo New York debut recital at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall that launched his career as a soloist.

Francisco Roldán is currently on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Extension and Preparatory Divisions, New Jersey City University and at Lehman College, City University of New York.

(Pictures here and in "contact" taken by Richard Blinkoff)
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