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David Leiva

Born in Almería but raised in Barcelona, David Leiva has a degree in Musical Pedagogy, Classical Guitar and Flamenco Guitar from the Conservatori del Liceu. As a concert soloist, he has performed in different theatres, festivals and halls of great international importance. He has received offers to perform in Japan, China, Russia, the United States and Dubai. His experience as an accompanying guitarist has led him to share the stage with great figures of singing and dancing. In 2012 ,he released his first album Fuente Victoria, an album with which he received very good reviews by specialists of the genre.


With the company Flamencolive, he has launched his own brand of strings, Leiva Strings, and with Juan Montes the Montes – Leiva guitars. In addition, he collaborates in specialized flamenco magazines by writing different articles about flamenco guitar and flamenco singing. Since January 2014, he is the official transcriber of the work of the master Paco de Lucía. At the end of 2014, he published the first book of the Antología de falsetas de Paco de Lucía (Anthology of falsetas by Paco de Lucía), an official collection of 24 books divided between styles and periods. David Leiva has continued with the official books of the great maestro Paco de Lucía, also bringing out the long-awaited Siroco book at the end of 2014.

Currently, David Leiva has published 60 books (including books and DVDs) and some of them are very successful in flamenco education. The methodology Método de Guitarra Flamenca Desde el Compás is the first contemporary flamenco guitar method, a reference manual for current teaching. He was the first author to produce a musical method on flamenco singing and dancing, entitled Método de cante y baile flamenco y su acompañamiento, Book + CD and Tratado del acompañamiento al cante, Book + DVD. These collections are considered some of the best methodologies of flamenco. This success is not the only one he has obtained as an author: the books Camarón guitar tab and Enrique Morente guitar tab are the first books in music about some themes of these two great singers.

As a teacher, he is currently the coordinator of flamenco at the Taller de Músics Escuela de Música and coordinator of the flamenco department at the Taller de Músics Escuela Superior de Estudios Musicales. He is also the director and founder of the Flamenco Institute of Barcelona, and for 15 years he has been teaching flamenco guitar and accompanying singing and dancing at the Conservatori del Liceu. Besides, David Leiva has given conferences and masterclasses in conservatories and universities in different parts of Spain, Europe and America, and has been in the news on radio, press and television.

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