Classical guitarist Francisco Correa was born in Colombia, but moved to Europe to study in 2006. He graduated in 2015 from his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he is now enjoying a busy and varied freelance career. He also holds a Masters degree from Barcelona, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Bogotá.
A prize winner in many classical guitar competitions in Colombia, he has also been awarded the "Médaille d’Or", as well as the "Prix de Perfectionnement" from the Conservatoire de Saint Germain en Laye, and d´Aulnay-sous-Bois both in France where Francisco studied with Judicael Perroy.
Francisco has performed many concertos with orchestra, both in England and Colombia, and has appeared on Colombian radio and television as a soloist performing the Aranjuez Concerto with the Bogota Philharmonic under the direction of Irwin Hofman. He is a regular recital soloist, and is often invited abroad to perform in festivals (most recently in Mexico, France, and Colombia).
As well as his solo career, Francisco is an enthusiastic chamber musician: he performs regularly with flautist Samantha Pearce as the Alba Duo (www.albaduo.com). He also has performed on an ad-hoc basis in England, France and Colombia with his wife, flautist Emily Andrews, and with multiple prize-winning sopranos Charlotte Schoetters and Lorena Paz.
Francisco also works regularly as a multi-instrumentalist in orchestras, including playing guitar and mandolin in various performances of Mahler 7, and Hawaiian guitar in Shostakovich's Jazz Suite, and guitar, banjo, mandolin and steel-stringed guitar in the musical "A Man of No Importance". Throughout the Autumn season 2015 he performed guitar on stage with Glyndebourne On Tour in their production of Don Pasquale. Francisco is looking forward to working with Glyndebourne On Tour again this upcoming Autumn 2016 performing the mandolin solo in their Don Giovanni production.
Francisco's passion for folk music inspired him to tour Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Czech Republic and Poland as a multi-instrumentalist with the folk ballet of Tundama, as well as Scotland with Colombian family folk group "Familia Correa".
As part of his upcoming projects Francisco is preparing to record and release his first CD, a collection of original guitar music from young Colombian composers.
Fluent in three languages, Francisco is an experienced guitar teacher having taught in schools in Bogota and Paris and currently he is guitar teacher at Woodside Academy in Walthamstow, and at Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire.