Detmar Breuker, Founder of Online Flamenco

Detmar's story

The beginning

I’ve been passionate about flamenco guitar for more than two decades, ever since I first heard this amazing instrument for the first time in a concert in the Netherlands at the age of 14.

However, I soon found out that it’s quite difficult to learn this art through books or videos and probably even more so to find a good qualified teacher.

My first flamenco course

At the age of sixteen I found myself in a specialized flamenco store in Amsterdam watching a didactic video course of Paco Serrano. Blown away by his playing I was more motivated than ever to realize my dream to learn to play the flamenco guitar.

My first flamenco method: Paco Serrano's course out of the legendary Encuentro-series (1993)

My first steps in Spain, living in the Albaicín, Granada, back in 2000

Flamenco experience in Granada

After finishing high school I worked for half a year saving money so that I could travel to Granada to find a teacher that could help me realize his goal.

Once in Spain, I met various amazing guitar players, but unfortunately they were not so amazing when it came to teaching.

Somewhat disappointed, after nine months I went back to the Netherlands to study business administration.

Conservatory in Barcelona

However, the desire to understand and play the flamenco guitar was always there... For this reason I decided to move to Spain. This time in Barcelona where I met Sergio Dorado, who turned out to be an excellent teacher. With his help, I entered the Liceu music conservatory in Barcelona to study with maestro Manuel Granados for two years and I got my professional intermediate-level flamenco guitar qualification.

Meeting Paco Serrano

A few years earlier in 2007 my dear friend and coworker Donald van der Werff personally met Paco Serrano at the Guitar Festival in Cordoba, and I was astounded not just by his playing, but also by his teaching skills. Therefore, after finishing the music conservatory in 2010, I decided to move to Cordoba to study with the maestro. Those classes were a true revelation to me because never before had I met any teacher that was able to so clearly explain this beautiful, but also difficult art.

Donald van der Werff, Paco Serrano and myself at the Guitar Festival in Córdoba in 2007

The idea of Online Flamenco

One day a good friend suggested that with my experience I should help others since I had been on my flamenco journey for so long and this is when I came up with the idea of creating Online Flamenco. When I talked about it to Maestro Paco he told me he had the exact same idea! Immediately we decided to join forces and build a website so that anyone could have learn from the maestro and this is how Online Flamenco started.

With Paco Serrano in Córdoba, 2013

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