Manuel BarruecoGuitar

Manuel Barrueco

Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 7pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information
San Francisco


The Guitar Series is presented in association with the OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts


LUIS DE NARVÁEZ: Three Pieces from the Renaissance
HÉCTOR ANGULO: Yoruban Chants from Cuba
JULIÁN ORBÓN: Prelude and Dance
ENRIQUE GRANADOS: La Maja de Goya, Tonadilla; A la Cubana, Op. 36
ISAAC ALBÉNIZ: Selections from Suite Española, Op. 47
F. TÁRREGA: Three Transcriptions (Jota de los Ratas, from the zarzuela “Le Gran Via”; La Paloma, Habanera; and Tango de la Cadera, from the zarzuela “El Ratón”)


SCARLATTI: Sonata in B minor, K27
GRENET: Drume Negrita

About This Performance

Manuel Barrueco has a long and close relationship with SF Performances and our audiences as a frequent performer and former artist-in-residence. His program is steeped in Spanish and New World musical traditions.

Performer Biography

The legendary 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 Takemitsu’s To the Edge of Dream. In addition, he appears regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and with San Francisco Performances.

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

He has also performed as a guest soloist with other international orchestras, such as the Russian State Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Auckland Symphony in New Zealand, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo (OSESP), in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the radio symphonies of Munich and Frankfurt.

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, Jonathan Leshnoff, Gabriela Lena Frank, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Jonathan Leshnof, and Toru Takemitsu, whose last orchestral work Spectral Canticlewas a double concerto written specifically for Manuel Barrueco and violinist Frank Peter Zimmerman.

Manuel Barrueco began playing the guitar at the age of eight, and he attended the Esteban Salas Conservatory in his native Cuba. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1967, as political refugees. Later, he completed his advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he now shares his love for music with a small number of exceptionally gifted young guitarists from all over the world.

Manuel Barrueco is the recipient of the United States Artist Fontanals Fellowship for Artistic Excellence.