Pasionate career

The comeback

The return of the musician

Around May 1999, three years later, the artist starts reconsidering going back on stage. “I wanted to relaunch my career but under the condition of playing only in great places, in big halls”. And since then reemerges the mature musician, without the avidity of the old days, but with delight and serenity. Maybe the audience can reproach that he’s not seen very often, but when he does, he creates such a special experience, that any possible reproach is forgotten.

With his comeback he takes up again an old project he has abandoned after the accident: recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London [See]. It’s something he started talking about in 1990 through the relationship with Yehudi Menuhin. In 2006 the contacts revive and ended in the recording of El Concierto de Aranjuez in December 2007 and three other projects. The baton was held in that moment by fuat Mansurov and Rolando remembers that he asked him how he wanted him to play a fragment of Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, one way or another. The conductor answered “Play it as you were singing it”. “What he meant is he wanted me to play it with freedom”.

And is this freedom he conserves in his performing, in his life, in his way of understanding music.

Dr. Pedro Guillén

Ironically, one of the most significant characters in the career of Rolando Saad does not belong to the world of music, but of science. This person is Dr. Pedro Guillen, one of the leading specialists in sports medicine, specialized in traumatology. He was the one who operated Rolando Saad after his accident and who enabled him to perform again and return his passion for the guitar.

In 2011 Rolando Saad performed in a presentation concert in the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid organized for the Foundation Dr. Pedro Guillen, which was created with the purpose of developing cell regeneration. That was Rolando’s way of showing his gratitude and support to a launch of a new project, as he perfectly knew how is to start from scratch again.

That memorable performance was attended by personalities from football, culture and business environment filling completely the concert hall.



Rolando Saad and Dr. Pedro Guillén at Teatro de la Zarzuela