Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo graduated from the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana, where he studied with renowned guitarist Jesus Ortega. After his arrival in the United States, he graduated from Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery and obtained a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degree in 2001 and was awarded the Eliot Fisk Prize to an outstanding guitarist. He has studied with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, David Starobin, Eduardo Fernandez, and Jorge Morel.
Izquierdo has been awarded several competition prizes and has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Cuba, Spain, France and Italy. He has shared the stage with many prestigious guitarists including Eliot Fisk, Jorge Morel and Benjamin Verdery.
“His natural and instinctive interpretations are second to none: his virtuoso technique allows him absolute command of the instrument giving him the independence of subtle phrasing, dazzling speed, beautiful tonal control… everything.” Classical Guitar Magazine, May, 2010.
There will be an introductory performance by the great young musician Francesca Boerio at 7:15pm. Please make sure to be seated by then, the doors will be closed during the recital. Francesca Boerio, age 16, was the first place winner in the 2016 US International Music Competition and the SF Bay Classical Guitar Competition. She was also the first place winner in the 2015 Sierra Nevada Guitar Competition. She performed as a soloist in the 2016 Junior Bach Festival. With the California Conservatory of Guitar Advanced Ensemble, she played at the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Ensemble Showcase and the 2015 Junior Bach Festival. She started guitar at the Hartt Suzuki Institute before moving to the Longay Conservatory of Guitar and its successor, the California Conservatory of Guitar. She is currently studying under Chris Mallett. Outside the guitar, Francesca is a junior at Sacred Heart Prep. She is very involved in service learning activities. For the last two years, she has organized guitar fundraisers for the St. Charles Parish Mexico Mission trip.