DAVID PEÑA DORANTES PIANIST & COMPOSER
Descended from one of Spain's most prestigious Andalusian musical families, David Peña Dorantes was born with a passion for flamenco. A graduate of the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Seville, he has gone on to create a new and unique music, and is now regarded as one of the most creative and innovative flamenco pianists of our time. Drawing on a diversity of musical styles for his compositions, he gracefully combines classical, jazz, Celtic and Brazilian ideas into his sound, and earned a myriad of accolades and awards.
“Dorantes and his flamenco group from Seville, Spain, gave the most thrilling performance of a packed weekend. Accompanied by virtuoso caliber electric bass and percussion, Dorantes proved that piano can be as expressive and emotional a vehicle for flamenco as the traditional guitar." LARRY KATZ, THE BOSTON HERALD
“The classically trained pianist is in the vanguard of those trying to adapt the music's guitar-based forms to the keyboard. He showed Friday that he's more than up for the challenge. Replicating the rhythmic strumming and rapid runs of flamenco guitar, Dorantes raced around the keyboard with an unrelenting intensity ...”
PETER HADEKEL, THE GAZETTE (MONTRÉAL)