Madrid, Spain – One of the greatest guitarists alive, Flamenco guitar innovator
Paco de Lucía has won the 2004 Prince of Asturias award of the Arts. This is the most important and prestigious award of its kind given in Spain. The other contenders were American rock musician Bruce Springsteen, French dancer Maurice Béjart and British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Paco de Lucía [Francisco Sánchez Gómez], was born in Algeciras, Spain. He incorporated new elements to flamenco guitar and led the way to a new generation of Flamenco guitars wizards. Some of his most important recordings include Entre dos aguas (1981), Solo quiero caminar (1981), Paco de Lucía Sextet Live on One Summer Night (1985) and Siroco (1986). He has received numerous awards in Spain, such as two Premios de la Música and the Premio de Honor (in 2002), the top prize given annually by the Academia de la Música to exceptional musicians.