U.S. Classic Guitar President William Jenks is thrilled to present Spanish Guitar Virtuoso Virginia Luque in all three U.S. Classic Guitar Venues including Hawaii on January 12, Portland on January 17, and Los Angeles on January 18 (click on each event date to purchase tickets for that concert). Virginia’s program will include five U.S. premiers by composers Leo Brouwer, Jorge Morel, two of her own compositions, as well as works by Albeniz, Granados, Piazolla and more. Her masterclass takes place on Sunday January 19 from 11am-1pm, and like all remaining masterclasses in the Los Angeles Series, will be held at Guitar Salon International – 1455 19th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404. Check out Masterclass info and schedule on the U.S. Classic Guitar page.

Virginia Luque plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style, combining extraordinary technical virtuosity with beautiful tone and musicianship. Ms. Luque has recently recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. She has been awarded First Prize at several international competitions, including the “Manuel de Falla” Competition for Classical Guitar in Granada, Spain, and has received the Lincoln Center Scholarship among other awards.

Concerto performances have included the Concierto de Aranjuez with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Antalya Symphony Orchestra and she has premiered her own concerto with the Alexandria Symphony.Recitals have included Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Frick Collection in New York City, and numerous concert halls throughout the United States. She was also invited by Christopher Parkening to do a special guest recital at the Christopher Parkening International Master Class at Montana State University.

A native of Algeciras (Cadiz), Spain, Ms. Luque began playing the guitar when she was four, started formal training when she was six, and gave her first concert at the age of seven. After hearing her play, Ms. Luque was invited by the legendary Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia to study privately with him. She received her Master’s degree in Spain and at Segovia’s suggestion came to America where she also received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York City.

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One Response to “U.S. Classic Guitar opens new season with Virginia Luque concert & GSI masterclass”

  1. David Hunter says:

    Virginia Luque played a concert in Hartford, CT about fifteen years or so ago. Her performance was technically astonishing and musically magnificent (and very much in the “romantic style” rarely heard today and sorely missed). But beyond this there was a very special moment that will live with me forever. During a quiet passage of her own “Memories of My Homeland” I observed tears running down her cheeks and dripping onto her guitar…as she played on. Thank you Virginia for being so open and touching me so deeply.
    David Hunter


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