Misael Barraza-Diaz, one of the most talented rising stars of the classical guitar world, returns to the Arizona Senior Academy to perform in concert at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (May 17).
The program will feature a broad spectrum of works by Joaquin Rodrigo, Johann Sebastian Bach, Napoleon Coste, Leo Brouwer, Francisco Tárrega, and Augustin Barrios Mangoré.
Born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Barraza began his study of both the Flamenco and classical guitar at the age of 11 and demonstrated an immediate aptitude for the instrument.
His continuing proficiency won him a month’s study in Spain where he also participated in an international Flamenco competition, placing third. Upon his return Barraza won a full academic scholarship in the University of Arizona’s classical guitar studies program.
He has earned two master’s degrees, one at the Master Guitarra Alicante in Spain and the other at the University of Arizona. During his studies, Barraza has won many first-place prizes in guitar competitions in both the U.S. and Canada, providing him with opportunities to study with a number of world-class guitarists including David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, and Sérgio and Odair Assad.
Since his 2015 appearance at the Arizona Senior Academy, Barraza has performed in concerts in Spain and Denmark and more recently entered graduate level competitions resulting in winning the David Russell Bach Prize and the Steven Schulman award given to the highest ranking student guitarist at the University of Arizona.
He also continues to study and perform Flamenco, recording two CDs of his own Flamenco compositions. Barraza is presently completing his doctoral studies in the Bolton Guitar Studies Program under its director, Professor Thomas Patterson.
Written by Richard Miya, Academy Village Volunteer