Lovers of classical guitar will be delighted that virtuoso guitarist Misael Barraza-Diaz is returning to the Arizona Senior Academy, this time in a joint recital with flutist Diana Schaible. The concert begins at 11:30 am on Tuesday (Jan. 9) with a program featuring music by Jacques Ibert, Joan Tower and Astor Piazzolla.
Hailing from Sonora, Mexico, Barraza-Diaz has studied with internationally renowned artists including David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Ignacio Rodes, and Sergio and Odair Assad. With two master’s degrees – one from the Master Guitarra Alicante in Spain, and the other from the University of Arizona, he is currently completing a doctoral degree in guitar performance at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music under Thomas Patterson.
Misael’s awards and honors are numerous, including first place in the David Russell Bach Prize, Chihuahua International Guitar Competition, Indiana International Guitar Competition, and the Montreal International Guitar Competition. He was also the first recipient of the Northern Trust Distinguished Graduate Student Award at the Fred Fox School of Music.
A native of Idaho, Diana Schaible’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Idaho, where she studied flute and classical guitar and won prestigious regional prizes in guitar performance. She received her master’s degree in flute performance at the University of Arizona, where she was a member of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet and played principal flute in the Arizona Symphony and UA Wind Ensemble.
Schaible has performed on both flute and guitar in Canada, Mexico, Ireland, and the United States. She currently teaches at various music academies in Tucson, works as an instrumental teaching artist for the Tucson Unified School District, and maintains a private music studio.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer