Born in Granada, Spain, Ramon Ruiz is UK's leading Flamenco Guitarist. At the age of seven he started taking piano lessons. Five years later, inspired by his father's passion for flamenco, Ramon shifted his interest to flamenco guitar and has never looked back since. By the age of twenty he was performing alongside Spain's most renowned flamenco guitarists and dancers including Ramon Amador and Israel Galvan. furthermore, he performed for four years in ‘Los Gallos’ ranked as the best and most authentic flamenco club in Seville.
After acquiring a solid foundation in flamenco dance and song accompaniment, Ramon permanently relocated to England where he furthered his career and musical collaborations. He performed in London's most prominent theatres including the Royal Albert Hall and the Purcell Room. In 2009 he was offered his first recording contract by Naim Audio producing the CD, Flamenco Havana, a blend of flamenco and Cuban music featuring Jose Amador, Segundo Falcon and Anita La Maltesa. In 2010 he participated in the production of a second album, Alcazaba, an interesting musical fusion blending flamenco with Middle Eastern and Asian sounds. Furthermore, he was collaborating in many other recordings including Born, the debut album by the sultry string quartet Bond and Days Distinctive by the acclaimed oud player Attab Haddad, one of this year's list of best world music releases.
His interest in classical Spanish composers such as Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albéniz lead him to obtain a LTCL diploma in Classical guitar at the Trinity College, London. In addition to his musical career Ramon obtained a BA (Honours) in Music Education with QTS in the London Metropolitan University and is currently a registered flamenco guitar tutor at Kingston University, London.
His latest musical ventures include the collaboration with the singer/dancer Anita La Maltesa in a duet that incorporates flamenco guitar, dance and Latin American songs. Following the previously recorded CD Alcazaba, Ramon is currently planning to record a second album with Attab Haddad. Furthermore he is in talks with the virtuoso violin player Sebastian See-Schierenberg about the recording of a flamenco/classical fusion album.
In essence, what makes Ramon's music so special, apart from his musical gifts and background, is the warmth and spirituality he brings to all his musical and personal encounters.
2010: Musician/Actor in the the West End Musical at the Garrick Theatre, London.
2009: Presentation of the Zorro the Musical at Royal Variety Show, London.
2005: Performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London with a variety of prominent flamenco performers including El Cigala and Tomatito.
2002: Olympia Exhibition, London “Viva Espana”
1998: London Weekend Television, UK.
1997: Edinburgh Festival, Just Pour Rire, Canada appearing with the flamenco/comedy group Ole'.
1994: Canal Sur Andalucia TV and Jardines Alcazares de Sevilla accompanying the renowned flamenco dance El Mimbre.
Keen sportsman: tennis, karate (black-belt), rugby (Italian National junior team in 1986). Also speaks fluent Spanish, English, Italian and French. Interested in music technology and production, he has evident singing skills and plays other musical instruments including piano and cajon.