Born in France of Spanish parents, Rafael ANDIA first studied the
violin. At the age of eighteen, after an identity crisis which led him to an awareness of
his own family musical tradition he decided to devote his life to the guitar. The Flamenco
that he first practiced yielded to the classical guitar after several years, but his
conception of the instrument remains durably fixed under that first influence. For
example, his pursuit of Hispanic influence in the field of classical music of the past led
him first to pioneer the development of the Spanish baroque guitar, deeply imbued with
popular dance. In the 1980s he then recorded several albums, using ancient instruments,
that are still anthologised to this day, such as the Robert de Visee integral.
In the same manner, when he incites a movement in favour of the modern
guitar among the composers of his acquaintance, it is always that quest to realize his
vision of the "true guitar" that guides his steps. He then edits and records as
premieres the works of the best of the French musicians: Jolivet, Ballif, Murail... This
"New Virtuosity" is to some extent then, part of the same concept of an
"Other" guitar, widely using non-classical techniques.
For several years now, Rafael ANDIA has become interested in writing
music and, faithful to his origins, his compositions lie in that in that little explored
realm that lies midway between the Flamenco tradition and the scholarly music of the
Iberian Peninsula. In furtherance of his research he recently founded the collection
"Guitarra Iberica" whose aims are to assemble all of the components of this
Rafael ANDIA has been teaching baroque and classical guitar in the
famous Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris since 1971.