A classical guitar performance of the highest caliber is coming to the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Aug. 21) when Misael Barraza-Diaz returns for a solo recital at 11:30 a.m.
An award-winning guitarist, Barraza-Diaz always dazzles with his virtuosity and fine musicianship. Tuesday’s program will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Rinaldo Miranda, Leo Brouwer, Mauro Giuliani, Joaquin Rodrigo and Miguel Llobet.
Barraza-Diaz first began studying guitar in his native Sonora, Mexico, and is now among the top Mexican classical guitarists of his generation. He has studied with internationally renowned artists including David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Ignacio Rodes, and Sergio and Odair Assad.
His awards and honors are numerous, including his most recent successes this summer. In June, he won the First International Classical Guitar Competition of Finland 2018. His prize winnings included a European tour with the young stars program “EuroStars,” an upcoming CD recording with Alba Records, and a new guitar made by Keijo Korelin, one of the top luthiers in Finland.
And just two weeks ago, he won the Concurso Nacional de Intérprete de Guitarra Clásica in Mexico. His professional level prize winnings included a monetary award, diploma, a concert guitar made in Paracho, a performance at next year’s Winner’s Concert, and an audio/video recording with “Sesiones en Vivo Fi Sound.”
Past awards have included 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 University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music.
With two master’s degrees – one from the Master Guitarra Alicante in Spain, and the other from the University of Arizona – Barraza-Diaz is currently completing a doctoral degree in guitar performance at the Fred Fox School of Music under Thomas Patterson, for whom he has served as teaching assistant since 2012.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer