Francisco González

Guitar and voice

Francisco González was born in Columbia. His introduction to music came from his father, Francisco González and also Olga González. Later he travelled to Mexico where he made an ethno-musicological study of the music of Veracruz. He then entered the National School of Music of Mexico’s National Autonomous University where he studied composition with Juan Antonio Rosado. He also participated in composition workshops by Rodolfo Halffter and Federico Ibarra Groth while at the same time studying classical guitar after meeting Abel Carlevaro.

In 1982, he settled in France where he studied composition with Katori Makino and classical guitar with Francis Verba in Paris.

Francisco González has published many articles in specialised magazines such as Les Cahiers de la Guitare and has often held conferences on the guitar and Latin American music. He has made many recordings, especially with the Russian violinist Sasha Rozhdestvensky and the group Ambar, Alexis Cardenas and the Recoveco Ensemble but also Roberto Alagna, Arielle Dombasle, Lila Downs, Marthe Keller, Jorge Lopez, Alondra de la Parra, etc. His compositions are published by Les Éditions Henry Lemoine and Les Éditions Robert Martin.