Rene Izquierdo’s effortless musicianship makes him one of the most admired guitarists of his generation. Recognized in Cuba from an early age as an extraordinary talent, Izquierdo began his education in Cuba, graduating from the Conservatorio Guillermo Tomás, the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán and the Superior Institute of Art in Havana. Izquierdo came to the United States to continue his studies at Yale, where he earned a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree.
In a rapid ascent from student to seasoned performer, Izquierdo has appeared as a soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba and Europe. He has shared the stage with such greats as guitarist Eliot Fisk, flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, and saxophonist Paquito d’Rivera. Renowned composers such as Jorge Morel and Carlos Rivera have dedicated works to him.
Izquierdo is the winner of many competitions in the US and Europe, including the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition, the Extremadura International Guitar Competition, the Schadt String Competition, and the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition. He is currently professor of classical guitar at the Wisconsin State University.
Izquierdo has created a special program for his concert on the John E. Marlow Series, devoting first half of the program to classical repertoire, and the second half to Cuban music, including classical arrangements of many of the country’s most famous popular songs.
Concert is Saturday November 19 at 8pm, at the Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD, with the John E. Marlow Guitar Series.
Izquierdo will teach a master class on Friday November 18, 5pm at Montgomery College Rockville Campus. The class is open to the public.
For more information, call (301) 799-4028 and/or tickets, visit the Marlow website www.marlowguitar.org