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The following information is intended to present the life and work of the duo



As far as Ida Presti is concerned, you can find additional information in the following biographical book by Editions Berben: 


  • 1929: Born in Alexandria, Egypt, of a Greek father and Italian mother.

  • At the age of eight he began his musical studies and learned

  • the guitar as a self-taught guitarist

  • 1942: Gives his first concert at the age of 13.

  • 1949: Last concert in Alexandria

  • 1950: Leaves Egypt for France.

  • 1950: Performs at the famous cabaret "Le lapin Agile" in Montmartre

  • 1951: Meeting with Ida Presti

  • 1952: Marriage and formation of the duo Presti-Lagoya

  • 1953: Birth of his son Sylvain

  • 1960: First Master Class at the International Summer Academy

  • from Nice until 1988 

  •  1st tour in the USA

  • 1964: Awarded twice by the USSR government

  • 1965: Commander of Cultural and Artistic Merit. 

  • 1967: After the death of his wife and partner, he returned to a brilliant solo career.

  • 1969: Appointed Professor at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris.

  • 1972: Knight of National Merit.

  • 1974: Knight of the Arts and Letters.

  • 1983: Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

  • 1994: Knight of the Legion of Honour.

  • 1999: Died in Paris at the age of 70.



  • 1924: Birth in Suresnes of a French father and an Italian mother.

  • At the age of six, she learned to play the guitar under the loving guidance of his father.

  • 1934: First Ramirez guitar called "la Lionne".

  • 1935: First major recital, Salle Chopin-Pleyel in Paris.

  • 1938: Film "Le petit chose" by Maurice Cloche.

  • 1944: Birth of her daughter Elisabeth.

  • 1947: 1st Frenchwoman of "l'Aranjuez" by J. Rodrigo.

  • 1951: Meeting with Alexandre Lagoya.

  • 1952: Start of the duo and marriage of Ida Presti & Alexandre Lagoya.

  • 1953: Birth of her son Sylvain.

  • 1955: Last solo concert at Salle Gaveau in Paris

  • For several years the duo Presti-Lagoya has hosted a programme on France Musique every Thursday afternoon.

  • "Notes on the guitar."

  • 1960-1966: Teaching at the International Summer Academy

  • in Nice and Mont Orford, Quebec.

  • 1964: Awarded twice by the USSR government

  • 1965: Commander of Cultural and Artistic Merit. 

  • 1967: Died in Rochester (USA) at the age of 42. 





 Julían Gómez Ramírez

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Le Petit chose de Maurice Cloche 1938




We hope to be able to count on you to collect as many archives as possible that are sleeping in your cases..... (newspaper clippings, photos, films, audio recordings) to make it possible to bring the Duo to life and revive it. Your documents will allow for a more complete website.

Thank you for your dynamism.

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