Guitar Festival

Saturday, February 11th

Morning - Youth Competition: Intermediate & Advanced Divisions

Afternoon - Master Class featuring Rene Izquierdo & Isaac Bustos and workshops

7:30 p.m. - Concert with Rene Izquierdo & Isaac Bustos & Competition Winners

The Latino Arts Strings Program is inviting classical guitarists of all ages to participate in the fourth annual Guitar Festival. A panel of local and international classical guitarists will select one winner from each level: Intermediate and Advanced. Competition winners will perform with our guest artists during that evening's concert.



Guitar students interested in registering for the competition and/or master class:

For more details about the competition, download the invitation letter and judging requirements and procedures form.

Participation in the competition is $25 per guitarist, which includes the competition, master class, and a concert ticket. General admission to the concert plus enrollment in the master class is $10 per person. Registration is open online through February 1st. 

For other general information or to request a fee waiver, contact Naeim Rahmani at



Classical guitarist, pedagogue and educator Dr. Isaac Bustos, enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him to Canada, Central America, Europe and all over the US. Bustos has made several Radio and Television appearances and is in demand as clinician and master class teacher invited to perform in some of the most prestigious festivals around the globe including the Guitar Foundation of America Annual Convention, Panama Guitar Festival, Festival Internacional de Guitarra Monterrey and Festival del Noreste in Mexico. Isaac has also appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain, The Baytown Symphony Orchestra, The Nicaraguan National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro JoAnn Falletta.


Dr. Bustos has acquired an impressive number of top prizes in over 12 major international competitions, 7 of which are first prizes.  In the fall of 2008, Isaac released his debut CD titled Caprichos y Sonatas and is a featured artist for the Vgo Recordings and MSR Classics labels. Additionally, Isaac has premiered new guitar works by composers Nico Muhly, Blas Atehortúa, Samuel Zyman, Frank Wallace, Mark Cruz and Joe Williams II. In the Spring of 2016, he released the world-premiere recording of Peter Lieuwen’s Sonata for Guitar – a work commissioned and dedicated to Isaac.


Chamber music collaborations have included performances with the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Grammy Award-Winning Conspirare Choir, the Turtle Creek Chorale and legendary Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto. Isaac is also a founding member of the award-winning Texas Guitar Quartet. Their critically acclaimed debut album titled “RED” was released in the spring of 2012.


Isaac holds a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of

New Hampshire, where he was the only guitarist to ever hold a full scholarship, a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin where he also completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman.


As an educator, his commitment to teaching is reflected in the success of his students whose prize-winning performances have included victories in the Eastfield Guitar Festival and competition, Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition, “Classical Minds” Guitar Competition, Houston Young Artist, East Carolina University Competition, Rosario Competition, Appalachian State Competition, Boston Guitar Fest International Competition and Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition. Since 2005, Dr. Bustos serves on the faculty at Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies where he is head of guitar studies and artistic director of the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition. 



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Rene Izquierdo, a native from Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, Izquierdo earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degrees 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 Olivie 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.

Izquierdo is a recipient of numerous awards. He is a winner of JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition, Schadt String competition, 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. Izquierdo 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.



This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds
from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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