April 2014 Meeting: Rene Izquierdo

Technique and Performance

This workshop will provide self-study tools and solutions on performing music accurately, helping the participants overcome some of the difficulties encountered in guitar performance. The main objective is to help advance and develop their skills to the best of their abilities, and expand the relative and absolute sense of touch. Technique is made up of a limited number of procedures with an unlimited number of applications. A technical methodology is the one that identifies and trains the essential mechanism, which makes the procedure possible. The approach is based on the cooperative movements between the human body and the ergonomics of guitar performance, looking for freedom of expression, great variety of sounds, and greater speed and expressive potential, so that one can enjoy a lifetime of performance.

The presentation will be followed by open-mic playing time for members. Sign up in advance to play — see the Member Events page for details. NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests, and are supported by a generous grant from the D’Addario Music Foundation.

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:00 PM

Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center
311 West 43rd Street, 8th floor, between 8th and 9th Ave. (map)
New York City

Rene Izquierdo, a native of Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, Mr. Izquierdo earned a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery. While at Yale he represented the university in an exchange program with the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse du Paris and worked with guitarists Olivier Chassain and Roland Dyens. Rene has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Cuba and Europe. He has shared the stage with prestigious guitarists including Eliot Fisk, Benjamin Verdery and Jorge Morel, as well as renowned flutist Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, David Jolley and Paquito d’Rivera. Renowned composers such as Jorge Morel and Carlos R. Rivera have dedicated works to him.

Mr. Izquierdo is a recipient of numerous awards. He is a winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, the Extremadura International Guitar Competition, the Schadt String competition, and the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition, among others.

He is currently a professor of classical guitar at the Wisconsin State University in Milwaukee and an active solo performer and chamber musician. Rene has studied with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Eli Kassner, Pepe Romero, Angel Romero, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, David Starobin, Eduardo Fernandez, Jorge Morel, Robert Beaser, and Anthony Newman, among others.