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8th Annual Guitar Festival and Competition

Youths in the Strings Program - Latino Arts

Congratulations to all of the competitors and participants of of the Eighth Annual Virtual Guitar Festival Competition!

First Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Advanced Category:

First Prize for Outstanding Achievement in the Intermediate Category:
Himanck Chhaya


Sign up for the Youth Competition and Master Classes today!

The Latino Arts Strings Program is delighted to invite classical guitarists of all ages and enthusiasts of classical guitar music to the 8th Annual Latino Arts Strings Program (LASP) Guitar Festival and Youth Competition.

We are excited to inform you that the LASP 8th Annual Guitar Festival and Youth Competition will take place VIRTUALLY this year! This will give us the opportunity to find reach even more young guitarists worldwide!

 The festival will be divided into three Saturdays:

  • Competition Video Submission Deadline: 2/13/2021
  • Master Classes and Workshops: 2/20/2021
  • Virtual Concert Performance: 2/27/2021 

    * To purchase tickets to the CONCERT ONLY, Click HERE

Meet our featured performers:

Rene Izquierdo
Rene  Izquierdo, a native of Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. Mr. Izquierdo earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music where he studied with Benjamin Verdery.
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 and other artists including vocalists Lucy Shelton and David Jolley. He is the winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004 and the Schadt String competition, among others. He is currently a professor of classical guitar at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Alfonso Moreno
One of the greatest interpreters known to the world of Classical Guitar, Alfonso Moreno performs guitar with a symphonic approach. In 1968, Mr. Moreno received first prize a the Paris International Guitar Competition, launching his career, resulting in performances at Carnegie Hall, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, among many others.
Moreno's versatility gives him the freedom to alternate his musical activities into giving master classes, performing solo or chamber ensemble recitals or as a soloist with world renowned orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Santiago de Chile, to name a few. Mr. Moreno's latest tours have taken him to China, the United States and Mexico. 

Rafael Padrón
Cuban born guitarist, Rafael Padrón, began studying guitar at the age of eleven. He attended the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba, where he completed his studies with Argentinean teacher and performer, Victor Pellegrini.
He has been featured in festivals including the International Festival of the Guitar in Havana, Cuba and The Festival Iberoamericano de Guitarra in Tenerife, Spain and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S. He is currently the Program Director of Classical Guitar at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

Ivan Resendiz

Originally from Mexico City, Ivan Resendiz began his study of classical guitar at age 16 at La Escuela Superior de Musica del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico with teacher Alejandro Mendez. Mr. Izquierdo has participated in numerous national and International guitar competitions alike, receiving top prizes in more than 13 competitions including South Carolina Guitar Competition and Boston Guitar Fest, to name a few. Ivan has performed in Mexico, France, Spain, Europe and the U.S. in festivals including Musica en Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and Festival del Museo Nacional del Virreinato in Mexico.
In 2011, Ivan Resendiz founded the First Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago. The festival offers concerts, workshops and conferences to the Latin American Community in Chicago and continues to achieve its goal of bringing classical music to the immigrant community of Chicago.

Daniela Rossi

Daniela Rossi is an exciting classical guitarist from Argentina. She studied under Eduardo Gonzalez Velasco at the Conservatory of Bahia Blanca, her hometown, where she graduated in 2006. Her orchestral debut was at the age of 21 in México, performing the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo with the University of Hidalgo Symphony Orchestra.  She went on to perform Rodrigo's Concierto in Argentina with the Bahía Blanca Symphony Orchestra , in Chile with the Chile Symphony Orchestra, and in London’s Kings Place with Newham Philharmonic. Currently based in Cambridge, UK, Daniela regularly performs in Latin America, Europe and the UK in solo recitals, duets and ensembles. Daniela is comfortable with music from all periods. She is particularly interested in the music of romantic composer Guilio Regondi, and as a result, has recently recorded a CD featuring Regondi's works, including the Etudes.

Competition Registration Information

- Download the 2021 Competition Letter

- Download the 2021 Competition Guidelines and Judging Procedures



"We have really felt welcomed and enjoyed participating in the guitar festival for the past two years. It has also been a privilege to experience what you are doing for your community and the arts. Your love and dedication to both are evident. It was easy to see an atmosphere of mentoring, teaching, support, and caring by all the staff we encountered. It is not hard for us to imagine the impact on the community at large."

- Family of previous festival participant

"The Latino Arts Strings Program mission is at the core of what any community needs to build a strong foundation. Children are the future and we must provide the opportunities for them to grow and experience life in a way that was not perhaps possible with any of us. The LASP Guitar Festival brings joy and pride to them and the city of Milwaukee!"

- Rene Izquierdo, Classical Guitar Professor, Area Head, Guitar, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee