Francesc de Paula Soler: He was born into a well-known Spanish artistic family, and started his musical studies at the age of 6, when he began his piano studies. At age of 11 he began to study guitar and received highest honors in the prestigious "Conservatorio Superior de Música" of Barcelona, Spain. After that he continued his postgraduate work with Andrés Segovia and also received guitar orientations from Narciso Yepes and of the most important Latin American guitarists.
Some important composers have written guitar works and concerts for him. He has broadcasted for several radio & T.V. stations in both Europe and the United States. GHS Strings Corporation, has chosen him for his international promotion. He has recorded the CD Guitar Collection of Francesc de Paula Soler for Mel Bay Publications (US), and has published with Mel Bay and “Casa Beethoven Publicacions”, “Catalana d’Edicions Musicals”, “Clivis Publicacions”, “Editorial Tenora” and “Editorial Boileau” (Spain).
He has received numerous prizes and been conferred many awards, including the title of the Honorary Citizen of Dallas (1988); Medal of St. Vladimir from the Russian Orthodox Church (1988); Plaque of the Catalan Catholic Church Council (1995); Membership in the Royal Order of Christopher Columbus (1999); the Golden Key and Honorary Citizen of the city of Corpus Christi, Texas (2000); Medal and Diploma of the “US Military Academy of West Point” (2001); Tribute to Francesc de Paula Soler of the US House of Representatives (2001, 2002 and 2004); Honorary Membership in the “Viva la Musica Club”, Washington State (2003) and Honorary Membership in the Spain Association of the Pacific Northwest (2005), in recognition for his artistic merits.
The Washington Post provided the following review: “Soler showed himself to be unusually sensitive to color and the rhapsodic rise and fall of the phrases” adding: ”he played dazzling solos with his left hand on the fingerboard, unleashed a battery of right-hand percussive effects on the body of the guitar, and engaged in some creative pitch-bending on blues-tinged melodies”