Bensusan 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, Bensusan 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 one year later his first album “Pres de Paris” won the Grand Prix du Disque upon his debut at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland.
Winner of the Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore” (2014), “Rose d’Or” of the Montreux Festival for his first album, “Près de Paris” (Switzerland, 1976), “Best World Music Guitar Player “ by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of the time.
Bensusan has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes.
The event will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 pm, at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main Street.
Tickets are $20. To purchase a ticket visit www.hookerdunham.org/pierre-bensusan or call (802) 254-9276.