My teacher, Masakazu Ito completed his Master's degree with Ricardo Iznaola at the University of Denver's Lamont school of music.Masa Ito had his professional debut in Tokyo in 1987.Masa has won top prizes in seven major international guitar competitions,including the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition, the Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, and the Seto Ohashi International Competition.
He has recorded many CDs of both his own compositions and CG repertoire.He has concertised world wide since 1995 and is a member of the Lamont Guitar Faculty alongside Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood.
Ricardo Iznaola was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1949, and trained in Caracas under maestros Manuel P√©rez D√≠az and Alirio D√≠az, and in Madrid under
Regino Sainz de la Maza, while pursuing studies in Theory and Composition at Madrid's Royal Conservatory.He is well known worldwide for his path-breaking work as a concert and recording artist, composer, teacher, lecturer and writer.Iznaola has won top prizes in ten international competitions, including the Munich International Performance Competition, the Francisco T√°rrega Competition, the Alirio D√≠az Competition, the Stroud International Composer's Competition, the NATS Art Song Composition Competition and the Realize Music Challenge Orchestral Composition Competition, among others.
The University of Denver has recognized Professor Iznaola's achievements as a creative artist, scholar and pedagogue by naming him University Lecturer, in 1999, and Distinguished Lamont Faculty Artist in 1990 and in 2004 was honored with the 'John Evans Distinguished Professor in Music'.
Regino Sainz de la Maza was born in Burgos (Spain) on September 7 1896.
In 1906 he began his musical studies under professor Eugenio Rodr√≠guez Pascual.
In 1910, he continued his studies with professors Landache, Quesada and Pagola and later in Madrid with Daniel Fortea.
In 1920 he played for the first time at the Lara Theatre, Madrid with Manuel de Falla in a concerto for the National Society of Music. In 1921 he began his a concert tours of South America playing 90 concertos.During this tour the National University in Buenos Aires (Argentina) awarded him a gold medal.
He began his first concerto tours in 1926-1929 performing in France, Germany, England and South America.
On November 6 1935 he is nominated a professor in guitar at the Conservatory of Music in Madrid.
On November 9 1940 he premiered the "Concierto de Aranjuez" by Joaqu√≠n Rodrigo, in Barcelona, with the Philharmonic Orchestra under C√©sar Mendoza Lasalla.
He was a close friend of Miguel Llobet and the composer Antonio Jos√©.
One of the few disciples of Francisco T√°rrega, Daniel Fortea was born at Benlloch, Castellon de la Plana, Spain, April 28, 1878 and died there March 5, 1953. He commenced the study of guitar at an early age and eventually became a popular concert artist appearing in Madrid, Barcelona and other important cities in Spain. He was a prolific composer of lighter repertoire such as national airs and dances. He published his own works and soon established the firm Biblioteca Fortea, issuing over 700 hundred works for the guitar.
Francisco T√°rrega was born in Villareal, Spain on November 21, 1852. He was one of the most influential guitarists the world has ever known. T√°rrega transcribed numerous works from the great masters, Bach, Beethoven and composed many timeless works of his own. Francisco T√°rrega's music and style of guitar playing became strongly influential in the twentieth century. He was central to reviving the guitar as a solo instrument in recital and concerts.
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