It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to Roland Dyens whose compositional genius, pedagogical generosity, and genuine relational warmth have a left an indelible imprint on me. Classical guitarists will continue to talk about him and plumb the depths of his artistry a hundred years from now.
I had the privilege to learn from him in the past and am forever grateful not only for his teaching but for his sweet and gentle demeanor. He taught not as a guitarist but as a composer and often reworked fingerings and tonal colors on the spot. The lesson was experimental in nature and he would enrich the students playing vocabulary by providing multiple alternatives to playing a certain passage. He never did so heavy-handed but graciously respected the students preferences and interpretive choices. In memory of the great maestro, here is a performance of his Tango En Skai.