Diego Barber (Spain)
Wednesday, June 13
Diego Barber-Rioja was born in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain, in 1978. He completed his studies in the School of Music of Salamanca (Conservatorio de Musica Superior), where he received his degree of music. He later received guitar instruction from Costas Cotsiolis in the School of Music of Athens, Greece, and the Mozarteum University of Music of Salzburg, Austria, where he worked with Marco Tamayo for a period of two years. He received his post-graduate degree from the cited University in 2006. Diego’s mentor during his entire musical career has been Ricardo Gallen.
Diego Barber has been awarded First Prize in Leo Brouwer International Guitar Competition in the Canary Islands, Spain in 2003, and was First Prize Winner in 2005’s Miami’s 1st International Guitar Competition, organized by The Miami Classical Guitar Society.
As a result of Diego’s parallel training in classic music and jazz, he has been recognized for writing pieces for classical guitar that have been inspired by jazz. He currently lives in New York, where he is developing his musical career.
First Prize winner of Miami’s 1st International Competition,2005, Miami, FL
First Prize winner of Leo Brouwer International Competition 2003, Canary Islands