Damien Lancelle was born in France to a music lovers family, where his musical taste was first shaped by the classical records his parents played at home. He first learned to play the violin before turning to the instrument that had most attracted him: the guitar.
After graduating with honours from the Versailles conservatory, he looked to continue his musical education in the city of music: Vienna (Austria) where he earned a Masters degree from the University for Music and Performing Arts under the guidance of Brigitte Zaczek. He has also benefited from the teaching of Judicael Perroy, Alvaro Pierri, Paul O’Dette and Hopkinson Smith.
Between 2010 and 2015 he was awarded numerous prizes in international guitar competitions, among which the first prizes at the Heinsberg International Guitar Competition (Germany) and International Competition „Ciudad de Coria“ (Spain), second prizes at Tokyo International Guitar Competition and Forum Gitarre Wien, third prize at the Guitar Foundation of America Concert Artists Competition.
In addition to his soloist activity, he is a member of the ensemble Spirituosi, whose debut album „Souvenir Latino“ featuring his compositions and arrangements has been awarded the gold medal in three categories from the Global Music Awards.
He is regularly invited to perform in the most renowned venues and music festivals, such as the Moscow International House of Music, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna or the Kiev Philharmonic Hall, as well as the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, the Zagreb Guitar Festival, the Kutná Hora Guitar Biennial, or the Asia International Guitar Festival among others.
His first solo-album Le Romantique, performed entirely on the 8-string guitar, was released in 2019 at Baros Records.
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