Following classical training and studies in musicology and jazz, Sébastien Llinares was noticed at the International Music Academy of Cagliari (Sardinia). As a result, he received a scholarship to join the class of Rafael Andia at the École Normale Supérieure de Musique in Paris. Further supported by the Zalesky Foundation, he quickly obtained his Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste. At this stage his professor commented that “Sébastien has a unique talent that puts him on a par with the greatest. A limitless technique allied with a remarkable sound give his music uncommon strength. He shows such facility that one never notices any effort, which is rare even among the greatest guitarists”. Today Sébastien Llinares explores the repertoire with the intention of creating a new contemporary guitar style, where formal clarity, historical consciousness and spontaneity are allied in a dialogue between styles and epochs. He plays a modern concert guitar by the luthier Graham Caldersmith and a Baroque guitar by Charles Besnainou.
Sébastien Llinares regularly gives recitals in France and abroad, notably at the Salle Cortot in Paris, in the Jacobin Cloisters in Toulouse, at the Institut Cervantes (Paris and Toulouse), at the Téatro Lirico of Cagliari (Sardinia), and at the UNESCO House of Paris, Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Château de Penthes (Genève). He has also been invited to festivals such as the Festival Radio France et Montpellier, the Novelum Contemporary Music Festival, the baroque festival Passe ton Bach D’Abord!, and the Notti Musicali (Italy).
Chamber music and ensemble music are major components of Llinares’s work. He collaborates with various artists such as singers: Omo Bello, Elise Chauvin, Sarah Laulan, Orianne Moretti; cellist Maitane Sebastian; classical guitarist Nicolas Lestoquoy; jazz guitarist Noel Akchoté; flamenco guitarist Serge Lopez. He recently began collaborating with the Toulouse Chamber’s Orchestra.
He is very involve in contemporary music. He plays and creates some pieces from today composers such as Éric Pénicaud, Dominique Preschez, Tristan Murail, Jérôme Combier or Karol Beffa.
Between 2009 and 2011 Sébastien Llinares published a monthly column for the Parisian magazine La Terrasse. Since then has regularly published articles, essays and musical editorials, notably for the French magazine Guitare Classique.
Sébastien Llinares teaches at the Paris’s Conservatoire Erik Satie in the 7th Arrondissement in Paris. He also teaches a class at the Conservatoire International de Musique in Paris.
Llinares’ recordings on the Paraty label were warmly received by both the press and the public.
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