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Annual Guitar Festival and Competition

Youths in the Strings Program - Latino Arts

sixth annual Guitar festival and youth COMPETITION

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

The Latino Arts Strings Program invites classical guitarists under the age of 18 to participate in the Sixth 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 the evening concert.

Alfonso Moreno: 

 One of the greatest interpreters known to the world of classical guitar, Alfonso Moreno performs guitar with a symphonic approach, with an inexhaustible variety of dynamics, timbres and colors that give the listener the sensation of listening to a full orchestra. Beyond his prodigious technique, his interpretation transports his listeners with the sweetness, depth and sincerity of each of his over 9,000 performances throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

Moreno’s versatility gives him the freedom to alternate his musical activities with giving Master Classes, performing solo or chamber ensemble recitals, or as a soloist with world renowned symphony orchestras. Moreno’s repertoire ranges from the composers of antiquity to modern day legends. Among his most important transcriptions for guitar and orchestra is Niccolo Paganini’s Concerto in D Major for violin and orchestra, as well as A. Dvorak’s Concerto in B minor for cello and orchestra.

In 1999 Moreno founded the Latin American Guitar Quartet with guitarists Eugenia Rodríguez from Chile and Marcela Sfriso and Walter Ujaldón from Argentina. In 1995, Moreno founded and became Artistic Director for the Xalapa Guitar Orchestra. Under his direction the ensemble has toured through Mexico, Poland, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Russia and China. Moreno is, by far, one of Mexico’s most beloved classical guitarists.

Oman Kaminsky:

From Mexico City, Oman Kaminsky, is one of Mexico's leading guitarists. He received his bachelor's degree in Mexico City and continued his studies in The Netherlands, earning a Master’s degree in music with Zoran Dukic, studying at the Koninklijk Conservatory in The Hague. Kaminsky is the winner of numerous competitions around the globe, including in Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Mexico, USA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, and Serbia.

Kaminsky is regularly invited to give master classes and is frequently performing in Europe, the USA, and Mexico at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City or the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In 2014 Kaminsky went back to Mexico City and is currently a guitar professor in two of the countries preeminent music schools.

Iván Resendiz: 

Originally from Mexico City, Iván Resendiz began his study of classical guitar at age 16 in La Escuela Superior de Musica del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico with teacher Alejandro Mendez. In 2006, Resendiz immigrated to the United States to continue his study of music, taking private lessons with Norman Ruiz and Denis Azabagic, professors of distinguished universities in Chicago: Columbia College and Roosevelt University. Resendiz has participated in numerous national and international guitar competitions, receiving top prizes in more than thirteen competitions. 

Resendiz has been invited to participate in various radio and television programs in Chicago such as Vocalo Radio, Chicago Public Radio, CAN TV y Hoy Univision. In December of 2011, Iván Resendiz founded the First Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago. The Festival offers concerts, workshops and conferences to the Latin American community in Chicago, as well as for the students of such universities as Columbia College and Northeastern University.

Elina Chekan:

A Native from Minsk, Belarus, Elina (Ella) Chekan holds Master of Music degrees in Orchestral Conducting, Pedagogy and Classical Guitar Performance from the Belarus Academy of Music and a Master of Music degree from Yale University.

Combining active performance and teaching careers, Elina performs as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. Some of her recent appearances include Iserlohn Guitar Festival, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; The Volterra Project, Italy; Guitar Festival in Lanciano, Italy; Series of Concerts in the Camino de Santiago, Spain; Festival in East Carolina University; Barrios Festival in Manaus, Brazil; Brussels Royal Museum of Musical Instrument, Belgium; Yale University; Guitar Festival in Mannes College, New York; Tucson Classical Guitar Society; Guitar Festival in Salamanca, Mexico, among others.

Competition Registration Information

- Download the 2019 Competition Letter

- Download the 2019 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