Robert Michaels
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Robert Michaels

| Established. Jan 01, 2014

Established on Jan, 2014
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May
02
Robert Michaels @ Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

Chagrin Falls, OH

Chagrin Falls, OH

Sep
13
Robert Michaels @ National Arts Centre

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Aug
08
Robert Michaels @ Italy Tour 8/9/2013 - 8/29/2013

None, None, Italy

None, None, Italy

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"At the Frick Art & Historical Center, Robert Michaels and his band dazzled the early summer audience with their virtuosity in a positively dynamic and compelling performance. The program was perfect for the Frick's outdoor setting." - Frick Art & Historical Center


"A Juno winner and a three-time Juno nominee, this artist prefers to march to the beat of his own guitar. His unquestionable skill, combined with his ability to blend diverse musical styles, is the very foundation of his unique sound." - Whats On In Vaughan


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

To see where Robert came from is to look at a fourteen year-old boy growing up in Toronto wanting, more than anything in the world, to learn how to play guitar. Initially his parents doubted his dedication and refused to buy him one. Undaunted, he picked up a piece of wood, drew on some frets and nailed six pieces of plain string onto it. He then sat in his room for hours on end practicing silent chords. Eventually his parents relented and bought him his first guitar and from that day he soared.

Today, Robert is Canada's foremost Spanish Flamenco style guitarist, a JUNO winner, platinum-selling recording artist, and master of the flamenco and classical guitar. The Ottawa Sun called him "Flamenco's version of Led Zeppelin axe-god Jimmy Page...he just plays his six-string with dazzling flourishes of macho color and, on occasion, with alarming speed."

Through his tireless schedule of concerts and television appearances, Robert's independently released debut album Paradiso, in 1996, went on to achieve Platinum status in Canada, selling more than 100,000 copies - an incredible feat for an instrumental musician. That success led to a second album, Arizona, which earned Robert a 1997 JUNO nomination for Instrumental Artist of the Year. His following release, Allegro, won the JUNO for Best Instrumental Album in 2003. Robert admits, "It's all been word of mouth, really. Every time we did a show, people came up to us and asked where we were playing next and if they could buy an album. Then they'd show up and bring their friends and it just grew from there."  Robert has now exceeded gold and platinum sales on his six CD releases.

Many of Robert's earlier pieces were described as flamenco-jazz but these new songs have a much broader musical palette. Robert explains, "From the beginning I didn't play flamenco or Latin jazz in any traditional way. I had experience playing so many other styles that I merely incorporated all of the influences. My style was never planned. I arrived at it spontaneously while playing in front of the audiences."