Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”, Pierre Bensusan's name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented.
Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, when France was decolonizing its Empire, Pierre's family moved to Paris when he was 4. He began formal studies on piano at the age of 7 and at 11 taught himself guitar. Influenced in those early days by the folk revival blooming in Britain, France and North America, Pierre began first to explore his own diverse musical heritage and then moved to the horizons beyond. At 17 he signed his first recording contract, and in 1976 his first album "Pres de Paris" won the Rose d’Or Grand Prix du Disque upon his debut at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland.
Voted Best World Music Guitar Player by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (2008) and winner of the Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album "Encore" (2014), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time.