Misael Barraza-Diaz, guitar
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Classical guitarist Misael Barraza-Diaz returns to the Arizona Senior Academy to dazzle us with his virtuosity, always striving to bring new and different programs to entice us. The May 14th recital will give us a preview of one of Misael’s forthcoming CDs, including a French Ouverture by Johann Sebastian Bach, a set of variations by Patrick Roux called “The Road of Hope,” and the 3-movement work by Sergio Assad, “A Bouquet for Julia.” The upcoming CD comes about as a result of Misael’s first-place prize in the 2018 1st International Guitar Competition of Finland.
A native of Sonora, Mexico, Barraza-Diaz was the featured guitarist for the world premiere of the musical Passionately, Piazzolla!, a collaboration of the Tucson Desert Song Festival, Ballet Tucson, and the Tucson Guitar Society. His many competition prizes in the past year include three separate CD recording contracts to be completed in 2019. He is perhaps proudest of the prizes earned in his native Mexico, most recently the 12th Culiacán International Competition, the most prestigious international competition in Mexico, where the first-place prize included a concert next year with the Sinaloa Orchestra along with the recording contract. In 2018 he won the XLIII Concurso Nacional de Interpretes de Guitarra Clásica, Advanced Category, which is the most important national competition in Mexico.
Misael has performed as a solo artist throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. In Alicante, Spain, he performed at the “Gala Importantes,” and the first “Dia de la Guitarra Espanola en Alicante.” He also was featured in the concert series of the Danish Guitar Society, performing at the historic Rundetaarn Tower. Here in Tucson, he has been honored with the Fred Fox School of Music’s David Russell Bach Prize and has had the distinction of winning numerous University of Arizona competitions.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer