Monday, November 26, 2007

Atahualpa Ferly (b. 1974) Guitarist of African Descent, Performs in Les Nuits Caraïbes

Atahualpa Ferly is a native of Guadeloupe (b. 1974) and is a highly accomplished classical guitarist and educator of African descent. He first studied the guitar with his father at the age of 8 and has subsequently taken master classes with such prominent classical guitarists as Leo Brouwer and Costas Cotsiolis. His website is:

The website indicates that Ferly studied classical music at Ecole Nationale de Musique (ENM) [National School of Music] of Aulnay and is now in his 4th year at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) [National Higher Conservatory of Music] of Paris in the class of Roland Dyens. The site goes on to say that he is the winner of several contests, such as the Inter-Caribbean Competition of Martinique and the Montdidier and Rennes competitions, and has been invited to the Festival of Bair-Mahault Guadeloupe.

The website reports Atahualpa was a unanimous 1st Prize winner at ENM and upon admission to CNSM won the 1st Prize for Guitar for 2002 in the class of Roland Dyens. It also notes he won the 2nd Prize in the Bardonechia Chamber Music Competition in Italy, and was a finalist in the 2004 International Guitar Competition of Coria, Spain. We are told further that Ferly gives regular concerts in France and abroad, all the while teaching at Ecole de Musique du Havre [School of Music of Le Havre] in Normandy. Interested in cultural exchange, he has made a concert tour in West Africa with the singer Jacques-Greg Belobo.

The 6th Annual Festival de Musique Classique des Nuits Caraïbes [Caribbean Nights Festival of Classical Music] will take place from February 23 to March 7, 2008 on Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Information is available from Bernadette Beuzelin,

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