Danza de Diciembre
Born in 1952 in Argentina, José Luis Merlin begins his studies of the guitar at the age of 5 with Maestro Vincente Degese. In paralell, he studies harmony, counterpoint and morphology with Leonidas Arenda and after he improves his technique with Abel Carlevaro. Since the age of 9 he performs in public concerts in Argentina, Europe, North and South America and also in Australia. At each concert, he is highly praised by the critics and they recognize in him an excellent representative of the Latin-American culture and they underline his excellent technique. José Luis Merlin gives recitals; he often plays in duet guitar-flute; he can also be heard as soloist with chamber or symphonic orchestra. In addition to the traditional repertory, he naturally privileges works of South American composers. José Luis Merlin animates musical workshops open to students as well as professionals. In those workshops he teaches the technique of the guitar, the rythms of Argentinian folk and the work of South American composers. José Luis Merlin already recorded a large number of CDs of which Traversia was named for the first price 1993 by the Association of Musical Critics. Danza de Diciembre also shows his talents as composer and arranger. José Luis Merlin plays a guitar model JOSE LUIS MERLIN build by MELCHIOR RODRIGUEZ Etienne Plasman was born in 1964 in Belgium. He entered the Conservatoire Royal de Musique of Brussels at the age of 18. His studies were crowned in 1987 by the superior diploma of flute with the greatest distiction and, in 1988, by the superior diploma of chamber music. At the same time, he strikes out on several occasions: First price at the National Contest 'Young Belgian Soloists' in 1984, prize winner of the National Contest of the Belgian Radio and Television in 1987 and Fist Price at the Contest of International Festival of Flanders in 1988. From 1985 to 1989 he worked with the Orchestra of the Belgian Radio and Television, than at the age of 24(!) he entered the Philharmonic Orchestra of Luxembourg as first flute solo. Immediately after his studies, Etienne Plasman turned to teaching: He was professor-assistant successivly at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique of Brussels and the Musikhochschule in Mannheim. Since 1998, he is part-time lecturer at the conservatoire Royal de Musique in Brussels. Etienne Plasman plays a 14K gold flute by Brannen-Cooper. Danza de Diciembre shows in an impressive way the perfect harmony between these two outstanding performers.