Vicente Amigo (Guadalcanal, Seville, Spain, 1967).
Vicente Amigo grew up in Córdoba, Spain, where he still resides. It was there, when he was only 8, where he received his first Spanish guitar as a gift. Also in Córdoba he took his first steps as a musician supported by local guitarists El Tomate and El Merengue. However, his name started to gain recognition with Manolo Sanlucar’s influence, with whom he studied and worked for several years. In 1988 he decided to start his solo career. He entered the Festival Nacional del Cante de las Minas in La Unión, a flamenco contest where he won first prize in the guitar category. Later on he won the Concurso Internacional de Extremadura, an international music contest. He was established as a first-class artist in May 1989, when he unanimously won he Premio Ramón Montoya, an award given in the Concert Guitar category at the 12th edition of the Concurso Nacional de Arte Flamenco de Córdoba. From that moment, his career was powered by an unstoppable evolution and recognition both in Spain and internationally, not only in the flamenco genre but also in other musical areas. From the release of his debut album, “De mi corazón al aire” in 1991, winner of “Icaro” given by Spanish newspaper “Diario 16” and “El Ojo Crítico” given by RNE –Spanish National Radio- awards, to his next two albums, “Vivencias Imaginadas” 1995 and “Poeta” 1997, awards came one after another. The same happened with work proposals for Vicente to share a number of projects and live concerts with prestigious musicians such as John McLaughlin, David Bowie, Stanley Jordan, Al Di Meola, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Milton Nascimento, Joao Bosco, Phil Manzanera, Paco de Lucía and Camarón, among many others.
In 1991 he participated in the famous International Music Festival “Leyendas de la Guitarra” that took place in Seville, Spain, where he shared stage with Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paco de Lucia, Phil Manzanera, Joe Cocker, Jack Bruce and Richard Thompson. Also in the 90s, took place some of his best remembered performances in several Music Festivals in Paris, Cordoba, Navarra and Barcelona. He also toured in Japan, France, Italy and Portugal, and he entered the Bienal de Arte Flamenco in Seville, Spain, and participated in many other musical events in that decade.
Always interested in other music genres, Vicente Amigo played live with Stanley Jordan at the Carrefour de la Guitare music festival in Martinique island, with João Bosco in Córdoba, Spain, with Wagner Tiso and Milton Nascimento at the Heineken Concerts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1993, and with John McLaughlin at the Amiens Festival in France. Also in 1993, he played live with Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin at the Lisbon bullring in Portugal in the memorable concert "Mestres Da Guitarra".
“Poeta”, an orchestral concert based on the works by Spanish writer Rafael Alberti, was premiered in 1992, performed by the Cuban Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leo Brouwer. In October 1995, the guitarist released his second album "Vivencias Imaginadas", a record that widely surpassed the expectation developed by critics and audiences alike. On April 1997 brought the release of his third CD, titled "Poeta. Concierto flamenco para un marinero en tierra”, played by the Córdoba Orchestra, conducted by Leo Brouwer. With this album, he received two additional awards as Best Flamenco Author and Best Flamenco Composer. Both recognitions were given by AIE (Association of Spanish Performers) and SGAE (General Society of Spanish Authors-Spanish PRS) at the II Edition of Premios de la Música (Spanish Music Awards) in 1997.
That year he produced Remedios Amaya’s album “Me voy contigo” in which Vicente Amigo also composed the music for all of the songs. The CD set new sales records in flamenco music. In 1998 released “Del Amanecer”, the album by flamenco singer José Mercé. Composed and performed by Vicente Amigo on guitar, the record obtains an unprecedented success.
Thanks to his work on that album Vicente received an award as Best Flamenco Author in the Premios de la Música (Spanish Music Awards). In December, the National Spanish Ballet premiered his work “Poeta”, transformed into a ballet play.
In April 1999, he once again received two Premios de la Música awards as Best Flamenco Artist and Best Flamenco Composer. Vicente Amigo immersed in several concert tours, both in Europe (France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Denmark) and around the world (Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, United States, Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia, among other countries). One year later, he received the Medalla de Andalucía (Andalusian Medal of Honor), given by Junta de Andalucía, in recognition of his musical career. He released the album “Ciudad de las Ideas”, that brought Vicente Amigo wide international recognition, as he was nominated to Latin Grammy Awards as Best Album and he won the award as Best Flamenco Album in 2001 and an Ondas Award.
During 2003 and 2004 he starred international concert tours and collaborated in several recordings for artists such as Sting, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bosé and Eliane Elias, among others, while he continued working on a new album. In 2005 he released “Un momento en el sonido”.
He was invited to be part of the Official Spanish Artistic Delegation that participated at the Expo Aichi 2005 (Japan). After that, he started a concert tour which included performances in Japan’s main cities. That same year he offered several concerts in Russia, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Yugoslavia and Portugal. He also had tours in Mexico and Spain.
In 2006 he was nominated to the Latin Grammy Awards in the Best Flamenco Album category. Additionally, he started a new series of concert tours in The Netherlands and the United States, plus performances in the Kaluga Festival (Russia). In July, he played at the Nord Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Holland. The Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Vince Mendoza, premiered a new version of his greatest hits, orchestrated by a selection of prestigious composers. The jury of the Edison Awards (Holland) included Vicente Amigo as one of its candidates in the World Music category. 2007 was also a very intense year, with concerts all around the world and an exceptional presentation in Beijing during the “Year of Spain in China”, invited by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Later on, he played live in New York during the Latin American Conference, suggested by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He premiered his symphonic composition “Poeta” in Russia, at the Kaluga Festival, an event followedby a concert in Moscow and additional shows in Holland, France and other European countries.
In 2008 he continued his agenda out of Spain and he collaborated in the recording of the musical “A” by Nacho Cano and Niña Pastori’s new album. After a year of studio, production and composition work, he released his album “Paseo de Gracia” in May 2009. It included collaborations by some of the most important artists in Spanish current music scene, such
as Alejandro Sanz, Enrique & Estrella Morente and Niña Pastori.
Biography from flamenco-world.com