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PEDRO SANZ (El Cantaor) was born in Madrid into a family not connected to the world of flamenco, but this did not prove to be an obstacle to his success. At age 16 he made his debut at Madrid’s Teatro Alcazar, soon undertaking vocal training with the Argentine singer Olga Manzano. Despite being basically self-taught in flamenco, Sanz entered Madrid’s flamenco circles, making contact with both great masters and fans of the art. Soon after, he made debuts in various tablaos flamencos, winning the 1995 Cante Flamenco “La silla de oro” in Madrid.
Singing the antique forms and following the more traditional schools of flamenco, Sanz has shared the stage with notable flamenco artists. His CD Yunque, martillo y estribo received favorable reviews, and he also collaborated in the recording of the educational CD/book Cante por cante and on a recording with Axivil Aljamia, a group specializing in ancient Andalucian music. With El Flamenco Vive, he collaborates on festival presentations and DVDs for children. With flamenco critic Manuel Moraga, he participates in the conference series titled “Introducción al sentir Flamenco” (Introduction to Flamenco Feeling). Recently Sanz appeared in Switzerland’s Gypsy Festival, sharing the stage with Gypsy Queen Esma of Macedonia. He regularly appears in Falla’s La vida breve under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos in North America and Europe.