Manuel Barrueco, guitar

Manuel Barrueco

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Sunday, April 6, 2014




A major artist with remarkable musicianship and a world of technique…simply and consistently—awesome.

—Los Angeles Times

Variations on a Theme of Mozart


BACH: Suite No. 1 in G Major (trans. D minor) (trans. Barrueco) for solo cello, BWV 1007
SCARLATTI: Five Sonatas (trans. Barrueco) (Sonata in C minor (trans. E minor), Allegro K11/L352; Sonata in D minor, “Aria” K32/L423; Sonata in B minor, Allegro K27/L449; Sonata in E-flat Major, Andante cantabile K474/L203; and Sonata in E Major, Allegro K531/L430)
TURINA: Sonata, Opus 61 Alle gro And ante Alle gro vivo
ALBÉNIZ: Preludio from España, Opus 165


F. TÁRREGA: La Cajita de Música/The Music Box
M. PONCE: Scherzino Mexicano

About This Performance

The New York Times described Manuel Barrueco’s playing as possessing, “a warmth and a singing quality that would undoubtedly have made Segovia smile.” An SF Performances audience favorite and former Artist-in-Residence, the Cuban-born guitarist has done a tremendous amount to open the world of the guitar to Bay Area audiences and communities. The intimacy of the new SFJAZZ Center will be an ideal setting for his engaging and unpretentious artistry.

Artist Biography

Manuel Barrueco is internationally recognized as one of the most important guitarists of our time. His unique artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and a superior and elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts.

His career has been dedicated to bringing the guitar to the main musical centers of the world. During three decades of concertizing, he has performed across the United Sates from the New World Symphony in Miami to the Seattle Symphony, and from the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to New York’s Lincoln Center. He has appeared with such prestigious orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Boston Symphony under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, in the American Premiere of Toru’s Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream.

His international tours have taken him to some of the most important musical centers in the world. Highlights include the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall in London, Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona. In Asia he has completed a dozen tours of Japan and made repeated appearances in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Barrueco’s tours of Latin America have included performances in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Puerto Rico.

Barrueco's commitment to contemporary music and to the expansion of the guitar repertoire has led him to collaborations with many distinguished composers such as Steven Stucky, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, Arvo Pärt, Gabriela Lena Frank, Toru Takemitsu, and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky.

This coming season includes solo recitals in the US, Canada, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Italy and Iceland, and he will appear in trio with his protégés the Beijing Guitar Duo in Ann Arbor, MI. Other scheduled performances include a tour with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano in Italy, and he will appear as an Artist-In-Residence for the Conservatory of Music in Puerto Rico.

Manuel Barrueco has appeared on a wide array of television programs including CBS Sunday Morning, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on PBS. He was featured in a Lexus car commercial, and his work in music inspired Michael Lawrence’s biographical documentary: Manuel Barrueco: A Gift and a Life* which has been aired by PBS stations around the United States. Barrueco’s performances have been broadcast by television stations around the world such as NHK in Japan, Bayerische Rundfunk in Germany, and RTVE in Spain.

Barrueco’s recording catalogue includes over a dozen recordings for the EMI label. His recording of Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with conductor and tenor Plácido Domingo and the Philharmonia Orchestra was cited as the best recording of that piece in Classic CD Magazine. His Koch Classics release, Concierto Barroco, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and conductor Víctor Pablo Pérez, received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Classical Recording.” His early recordings, available on VOX, have become a classic amongst guitar recordings.

In 2007 Manuel Barrueco received a Grammy nomination for the “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance” for his Solo Piazzolla, which was the first recording to be released on the exclusive Manuel Barrueco Collection on Tonar Music. Tango Sensations and Sounds of the Americas came out subsequently in collaboration with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the latter received a Latin Grammy Award for Inca Dances by Gabriela Lena Frank for “Best Classical Contemporary Composition.” Virtuoso Guitar Duos was released in 2009 and includes the most breathtaking guitar duos from the Spanish and Latin-American repertoire. In 2010 he released a solo recording, Tárrega!, which includes works and arrangements of the Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega.


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