Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ernesto Tamayo

Ernesto Tamayo – Classical Guitarist

FIRST PRIZE WINNER of the 1995 NGWS in New Milford, Connecticut, Ernesto Tamayo has toured extensively throughout North and South America and Europe.
He is one of the most accomplished and sought-after guitarists of his generation. Ernesto is often praised for his brilliant technique, artistry, and his exceptionally warm tone
and expressive interpretations on the guitar. Born in Havana, Cuba, Ernesto began studying the guitar with his father when he was five.
He made his television debut at the young age of nine.
Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Classical of Mexico enabled Ernesto to come to the United States where he received a full scholarship for advanced studies at
Peabody Conservatory with well-known guitarist Manuel Barrueco. In Cuba he studied with Antonio Alberto Rodriguez (Biki), and Leo Brouwer.
Since his arrival in the United States, Ernesto has performed in numerous concert series' and with orchestras in the United States and abroad. In September of 1999,
he made his Carnegie Hall debut with a sold-out performance. Past engagements at guitar festivals include appearances at the Fourth International Guitar Festival in
Cuernavaca, Mexico, the Sixth International Guitar Festival in Long Island, New York, the "Classical Guitarists of the World" concert series in Fullerton, California
and the Connecticut Guitar Summer Workshop. Ernesto has also given solo recitals for the classical guitar societies of Baltimore, Miami, Reno, Cheyenne and
Northern Colorado, among others.
Ernesto has recorded four albums, Ernesto Tamayo Plays Bach, Melodias Cubanas, The Cuban Guitarist, and Classical Persuasions. The Cuban Guitarist album features
two world premier recordings, “The Havana Suite” by Cuban guitarist and composer Aldo Rodriguez, and “Five Inspirations” composed by Ernesto himself. The Classical Persuasions album was released in September of 2006 where he feature works by Borges, Canonigos, Lauro, Weiss, Sor, Brouwer, Albeniz, and Rodrigo.
Ernesto is a recipient of career development grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Bossak/Heilbron Foundation.
He is sponsored by Bacardi Foundation, Del Mar Foundation, La Bella Strings and performs with a David Daily, and Thomas Humphrey guitar.
When not playing the guitar, like most Cubans, Ernesto enjoys playing chess, and sipping Cuban coffee with friends.

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