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Manolo Sanlúcar

  • Manolo Sanlúcar © Fernando Ruso / EL MUNDO

    Manolo Sanlúcar © Fernando Ruso / EL MUNDO



Flamenco, Music



Date of birth

Nov 24, 1943

Date of death

Aug 27, 2022

"Composer, soloist and flamenco guitarist. Along with Paco de Lucía and Serranito, he is one of the leading figures in the evolution of flamenco guitar from the second half of the 20th century."

Manuel Muñoz Alcón, known as Manolo Sanlúcar, was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz) in 1943. At the age of seven his father introduced him to the world of flamenco guitar. He studied with Javier Molina. He debuted in 1957 with Pepe Marchena's company in Campillos (Malaga). In 1972 he performed at the Atheneum in Madrid, where he definitively established himself as one of the greatest guitarists in the country. His style alternates between the purity of his roots and the avant-garde, in a permanent quest to integrate flamenco and symphony music. He has composed works for guitar and orchestra, such as 'Medea' for the Spanish National Ballet. He died in Jerez de la Frontera in 2022.


National Guitar Award from the Flamenco Chair of Andalusia (1972).
Medal of Andalusia (1990)
Compás del Cante Award (1991)
National Music Award (2000)
Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2014)

Essential works

  • 'Mariana Pineda' © EFE

    Mariana Pineda. Ballet para guitarra y orquesta de cámara

    Sara Baras traces the most important episodes in the life of the heroic freedom fighter Mariana Pineda.

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Other highlighted works

  • Aljibe
  • Fantasy
  • Medea
  • Locura de Brisa y Trino

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