Lovers of classical guitar will be treated to a return performance by Misael Barraza-Diaz at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (May 2) at 11:30 a.m.
Barraza-Diaz’s concerts at the Academy are always eagerly anticipated, as this award-winning guitarist dazzles with his virtuosity and fine musicianship. Tuesday’s program will feature Fernando Sor’s Introduction and Variations on a Theme of Mozart, a Keyboard Suite of Handel transcribed for guitar, Joaquin Rodrigo’s Sonata Giocosa, and pieces by the contemporary composers Ronald Miranda and Diego Pujol.
Hailing from Sonora, Mexico, Misael Barraza-Diaz is in the forefront of Mexican guitarists of his generation. He 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 UA under Thomas Patterson.
Misael, as he likes to be called, recently appeared as solo guitarist in the “Gala Importantes” in Alicante, Spain, and also performed at the first “Dia de la Guitarra Espanola en Alicante.” Locally, he was the featured solo guitarist for the world premiere of “Passionately, Piazzolla!”—a collaboration between the Tucson Desert Song Festival, Ballet Tucson, and the Tucson Guitar Society.
His 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 UA’s Fred Fox School of Music.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer