Yvon Rivoal

Biography

Born in 1944 in Châteauneuf-du-Fou, Britanny, he is attracted very young by music and particularly by song. At the age of twelve, he starts a career of accompanist and teacher. In parallel with his interest for popular music - which brings him from song to jazz through traditional Britain music - he get enthusiastic over classical guitar which teaching he will expand since 1960 in Nantes' district. ln 1968, he meets Turibio Santos with whom he will work during many years.
In 1971, he starts playing in concert. He plays in duo with Patrice Girardière, and they will record together Cirandinhas by Heitor Villa-Lobos, in a transcription for two guitars by Oscar Cacérès. He also performs in solo with Pays de Loire's Philharmonic Orchestra and participates in broadcast for France-Musique. ln 1987, he is invited to sit on the jury of the IVth International Competition of Guitar "Heitor Villa-Lobos" in Rio.
He was for many years director of the National Music School of Saint-Nazaire.