French native born on the island of Mauritius, "I'Isle de France" as it was formerly called, Didier began learning to speak English at seven and playing the guitar at eight (coming from a long line of accomplished classical composers and pianists on his paternal side, the latter came to him much more easily). His self-taught forays began casually at first, after moving to the U.S., until he was introduced to the likes of John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Allan Holdsworth, all of whom he studied intensely. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after high school and began studying guitar for the next ten years with virtuoso Marc Bonilla (who has worked with such luminaries as Ronnie Montrose, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple). Bonilla has since moved to L.A. to pursue an impressive career as a film and T.V. composer, while Didier stayed on in the Bay Area as full time working guitarist, studio musician, composer and teacher.
His ability to play so many styles of music has led him to many diverse studio and performance projects. His playing has been repeatedly featured with the world-renowned vertical dance troupe Project Bandaloop in San Francisco, Oregon, and at the Banff Center for the arts in Alberta Canada. His fiery and passionate acoustic guitar work is heavily featured on the newly released CD, "Despi A Alma" by internationally acclaimed Portuguese fado singer, Ramana Vieira. To further challenge his improvisational skills, he performed many seasons with San Francisco's longest running theater improv troupe, Flash Family. Although he has made special events his specialty, his musical flexibly has in the recent past afforded him work with Latin jazz, Caribbean (soca), contemporary flamenco, hard rock, and blues bands all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, he is playing with a funk-jazz quartet that performs, among other things, funky and creative renditions of Miles Davis, John Coltrane.
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