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Florida's pioneer Classical Guitar nonprofit organization, the Miami Classical Guitar Society initiated and developed a guitar movement in Miami since 1987, establishing South Florida as a hub of international importance for the instrument. Dedicated to enriching our culture, MCGS promotes art, awareness, and education of Classical Guitar through world-class performance, innovation, and vision.

The MCGS has created and organized over 200 concerts featuring world-renowned guitarists and local talent, founded Miami's International Guitar Festival & Competition, Miami's Guitar Ensemble Festival, and the Miami Classical Guitar Orchestra, as well as directed two of the most prestigious International Guitar Festivals in the country through the Guitar Foundation of America in 1991 and 2002. A strong advocate for music and guitar education, MCGS actively works with school music programs yearly, visiting young musicians and highlighting student guitar ensembles and performers as part of our series.

Through our yearly cultural programming including world-class concerts, master classes, lectures, lecture-recitals, guitar courses, ensembles, and international competitions, MCGS founder Carlos Molina is a tireless promoter of the instrument, dedicated to offering guitar lovers, performers, teachers, and students the opportunity to enjoy wonderful performances and further develop their talents.

We look forward in continuing with our cultural endeavor to share and foster the love for this beautiful instrument within our community and beyond. Join us!

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Miami Classical Guitar Society is a Florida 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization.

29th Season Sponsors
Brought to you with the generous support from our wonderful Sponsors: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, Savarez Strings, The D'Addario Music Foundation, Anita and Morris BROAD FOUNDATION, MAD Design Studios, Societa Dante Alighieri, Country Inns and Suites, Vitalini Corazzini PA, Harvey & Margie Willensky. In Collaboration With: Guitar Foundation of America, USA; Ciudad De Coria International Guitar Festival, Spain.

Ricardo Gallen (Spain)
Ricardo Gallen

Closing Concert
Saturday, June 16

8 PM


RICARDO JESUS GALLEN GARCIA
(Spain)


Ricardo Jesus Gallen Garcia studied guitar and ancient music at the Universities of Salzburg (Mozarteum) and Munich with the Masters Fisk, Eglhuber, Spiri, Gilbert, Huebscher and Clerch, graduating in 1999 in the Master Class from the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich, Germany, with Joaquin Clerch.

He has given recitals and played in concerts under the direction of well-known conductors such as Maximiano Valdes, Juan Jose Mena, Monica Huggett and Seirgiu Comisiona throughout Europe and America, including Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, the United States, Russia, Norway, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel in important concert halls like Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Schostakovich Hall in Saint Petersburg, and Tchaikowsky Hall in Moscow.

Gallen Garcia has recorded many works for the state radio and televisions in Spain, Finland, Belgium, Romania, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Chile, South Korea, Hungary and Bulgaria. Presently on the market are his first four records recorded for NAXOS, in which he performs music by Giuliani, Brouwer, Takemitsu, etc., as well as all of the concerts for guitar and orchestra by the Spanish master Joaquin Rodrigo. His first recording was among NAXOS’ 50 top-selling records for 2001, and received sensational reviews in the specialized press.

He was featured on the cover of the August, 2000 issue of “Classical Guitar Magazine” in which he was interviewed by Cecilia Rodrigo, Joaquin Rodrigo’s daughter. His biographical information has been included, among others, in the fifth edition of The Classical Guitar: It’s Evolution, Players and Personalities since 1800, written by the director of the Ashley Mark Publishing Company, Maurice J. Summerfield. He is presently Professor at the University of Extremadura in Spain and Profesor Assistant of Prof. Fisk at University Mozarteum in Salzburg. Ricardo Jesus Gallen Garcia has received over twenty international prizes, including:

• 1st Prize at the 32nd Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition 1997, in Markneukirchen, Germany.

• 1st Prize and a Special Prize for the best interpretation of the works of Enrique Igoa at the 14th Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition 1998 held in La Herradura, Granada.

• 1st Prize at the 4th Alhambra International Guitar Competition 1998.

• 1st Prize and the Special Audience Prize at the 33rd Francisco Tarrega International Guitar Contest 1999.

• 1st Prize and five Special Prizes (Best Interpretation of a Cuban work, the Leo Brouwer Special Prize, the Cuban National Union of Writers and Artists Musicians Association Prize, the Music Recording and Publishing Company Prize and the Cuban Radio and Television Institute Prize) at the 11th International Guitar Competition held in Havana, Cuba in 2002.

“…flawless interpretation and charisma…exquisite technique and particularly beautiful sound,…”
Jose M. Moreno, Diario de Cordoba, 2003







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