“Ravishing, musical imagination that refuses to sit still” The Irish Times
“Guitar playing so far above average as to approach the supernatural” New York Times USA
“Bensusan virtually defies category…unique.. brilliant” LA Times USA
Pierre Bensusan’s style has been described as “a signature vocabulary” that incorporates elements of Celtic music, American folk, Middle Eastern music, Latin and Jazz.” His live performance is “a must have experience” Los Angeles Times and “An Orchestra of One.. absolutely stunning” The Kent Messenger.
Brought up in Paris, Pierre Bensusan began playing music at age 7. Formal studies on the piano were quickly followed by self taught guitar. By 17 his first album “Pres de Paris” won the Grand Prix du Disque at the Montreux Festival. Pierre’s professional career is legendary. International tours and innovative recordings have established him as, in the words of pianist George Winston “one of the truly gifted musicians of our time – he plays the guitar as if it were the very soul of himself.” Leo Kottke describes: “Pierre’s music gives me the shakes …sophistication, accessiblility and downright joy…his music only needs ears to be enjoyed” and singer songwriter Suzanne Vega adds “Pierre’s music is a true inspiration.”
In 2002 his album “Intuite” won the AFIM Best Acoustic Album award and his 2005 release “Altiplanos” has just built upon this amazingly talented musician and composers already stellar reputation. “Exuberantly recommended” by Jazz Review “beautiful, mood capturing” Acoustic Guitar magazine - a must have album.
With 10 recordings and 100’s of worldwide concerts every year, Pierre’s rich feast of excitement, drama, intriguing melodies, rich ornamentation and sheer joy and entertainment consistently impresses contempories, music critics and fans alike. Each performance is brimming with passion and grace, along with some of the most dazzling fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing on the planet.
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