The Miami Classical Guitar Society, in collaboration with Miami International GuitArt Festival, proudly present MOLINA DUO
, formed by guitarist Carlos Molina
and soprano Marisa Molina
The MOLINA DUO
first performed in 1999 at the Conservatoire Britten of Périgueux in France. In 2001, they presented a concert in Miami dedicated to Joaquin Rodrigo’s music for voice and guitar, honoring his 100th birthday. They have also been featured at the international festivals of Vélez-Málaga, Coria, Hondarribia, and Aranda del Duero in Spain, Rome, Cassino, Ceccano, Fiuggi, Potenza, Bisceglie, and Pescara in Italy, Universidad de Veracruz in Mexico, Eastfield College in Dallas, and the Miami Classical Guitar Society Series. In recent years, the Molina Duo were guest artists to the Alirio Diaz International Festival in Carora, Venezuela, Serate Musicale in Sardinia, and the Festival Dupre Citta in Rome, Italy.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos Molina is lauded as founder of the Cuban School of Guitar. He began performing in 1969, after graduating with a degree in Guitar Performance from the National Conservatory in Cuba, and a Law degree from the School of Law at the University of Havana. He finished his music studies at the Superior School of Music, Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). In 1970 he won First Prize at the National Guitar Competition in Cuba, and his first tour of Europe followed.
Celebrating a performing career that expands 45 years, Molina has performed in prestigious halls such as the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Opera House, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Major Hall, Dvorak Hall of Prague, Ateneo of Madrid, Chopin Hall of Warsaw, Zeneakademia of Budapest, Hall of Mirrors at Palatial Palace in Bratislava, Salle du Conservatoire d’Orleans, Sala Carlos Chávez in Mexico, Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Cuba, and many others.
He has been soloist with symphonic orchestras, including the National Symphony of Cuba, Sinfónica de Oriente, Sinfónica de las Villas, Marianske Lazne Symphony, Miami Beach Symphony, Miami Chamber Symphony, Florida Lakes Symphony, etc, and has shared concerts with Alirio Díaz, Leo Brouwer, Turibio Santos, Benjamin Verdery, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Nikita Koshkin, as well as toured worldwide as solo guitarist of principal ballerina Alicia Alonso and the Cuban National Ballet.
In 2007, Carlos Molina was honored with a Lifetime Award: Premio Chitaristico Citta di Fiuggi, in Italy, together with Alirio Díaz, Leo Brouwer, and Carlos Carfagna; and in 2009 received the Order Maestro Alirio Díaz, the highest guitar award in Venezuela.
Molina has been featured in 56 international guitar festivals, and since 2001 has been performing with his wife, soprano Marisa Molina, as a duo. Parallel to his concert career, Molina gives master classes and has juried 36 international guitar competitions; including seven times at the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA). A tireless promoter of the instrument, Molina has directed and produced nine guitar festivals, starting with the First Guitar Festival of Cuba in 1976, Panorama de la Guitarra, and the First International Guitar Festival of Cuba in 1978, Encuentro de Guitarristas de América Latina y el Caribe. In 1987, Molina founded the Miami Classical Guitar Society. In 1991 and 2002, Molina was selected to direct and produce the GFA’s International Convention and Competition in Miami. In 2004, Molina created Miami's First International Guitar Competition, through the Miami Classical Guitar Society.
Molina has been dedicatee of many works, including the Canticum by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in 1968, the duo Return of the Winds by Russian composer Nikita Koshkin in 2002, as well as works by Olivier Chassain, Gerard Drozd, Roberto Fabbri, Jon Nelson, Orlando García, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Antonino Hernández Lisazo, Armando Rodríguez, Teresa Madiedo and Molina's brother, Luis Manuel Molina, amongst others.
For more info, please visit: Carlos Molina, Bio
MARISA MOLINA - Soprano
Born in Greenville, South Carolina, and raised in Havana, Cuba, vocal soprano Marisa Molina began her musical studies with the piano at a very early age. In 1967, she received a voice scholarship with the internationally acclaimed soprano Iris Burguet at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana, where she met her husband Carlos Molina. Once in the US, Marisa continued her voice studies with mezzo-soprano Diane Mauch, and later with renowned Cuban tenor Cesar Antonio Suárez and his wife Geraldine Suárez-Novak, and graduated from Florida International University, also with a minor in French Language.
Marisa has participated in different vocal groups in Cuba and the US, including the University of Miami’s Civic Chorale, the Greater Miami Opera Choir, and St. John Neumann Festival Choir. Following her graduation, she performed the role of Micaela in excerpts from Carmen at the Merrick Festival of Coral Gables. Shortly after, she began performing together with her husband, offering unique renditions of music for voice and guitar.
In 1999, Marisa and Carlos had their first duo performance in Europe at the Conservatoire Britten of Périgueux, France. In 2001, they performed a solo concert in Miami dedicated to Joaquín Rodrigo’s music for voice and guitar, honoring his 100th birthday. Together they have been featured several times at the international festivals of Vélez-Málaga, Coria, Hondarribia, and Aranda del Duero in Spain; Rome, Cassino, Ceccano, Fiuggi, Potenza, Bisceglie, and Pescara in Italy, Universidad de Veracurz, Mexico, Eastfield College in Dallas, and the Miami Classical Guitar Society Series. In recent years, the Molina Duo were guest artists to the Alirio Diaz International Festival in Carora, Venezuela, Serate Musicale in Sardinia, and the Festival “Due Citta” in Rome, Italy.
Florida International University
Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199 MAP
INAUGURAL CONCERT: Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 8:00 PM
The Miami Classical Guitar Society proudly presents the first concert of our 28th Season Guitar Masters and Laureates Series, featuring young virtuoso EKACHAI JEARAKUL
from Thailand, First Prize Winner of the prestigious 2014 Guitar Foundation of America, International Competition!
is considered one of today’s most outstanding classical guitarists on the international scene. In 2014, he became the first Asian guitarist to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America
International Concert Artist Competition. This prize entails a fifty-concert tour in North and South America, including a Carnegie Hall debut in New York City sponsored by the D’Addario Foundation, a Mel Bay publication, and recordings on the Naxos and GHA labels with worldwide distribution.
Ekachai has earned an impressive list of honors, which include twelve first prizes at prestigious international guitar competitions in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has performed in over sixteen countries, including Thailand, China, France, Korea, Russia, Greece, Japan, Austria, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Indonesia, Spain, Singapore and the United States. In 2011, he commissioned new arrangements and made a recording of the music of the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej. Ekachai has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as JoAnn Falletta and Bundit Ungrangsee, and has appeared with orchestras around the world, including the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Orchestra of Italy, the Unity Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ensemble of Soloists “Kiev Camerata,” the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute Orchestra (Thailand), the Orquesta Sinaloá de los Artes (Mexico), and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (USA).
Born in 1987 in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, Ekachai Jearakul started guitar studies at the age of thirteen. His professional training as a full scholarship student began at Mahidol University College of Music, where he completed a Bachelor in Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance with Dr. Paul Cesarczyk. Subsequently, Ekachai went on to earn a Master’s degree in Guitar Performance at Salzburg’s Mozarteum with Prof. Marco Tamayo. Since 2007, Thai Bev “Sangsom” Thai Talent has sponsored Ekachai, and in 2013 he became a Yamaha artist.
St. Bede Episcopal Chapel of Coral Gables, at U.M.
1150 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 MAP
Located on the University of Miami Campus.
Parking is Free.
$30 at the door.
(Discounts: $20 for members, seniors, students with ID).
Children under 12 are free. No Reservations needed.
The MCGS is a 501c3 non-profit cultural organization, brought to you with support from our SPONSORS - 28th Season: 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, Bacardi USA, Harvey & Margie Willensky. In Collaboration With: Guitar Foundation of America, USA; Ciudad de Coria International Guitar Festival, Extremadura, Spain; Miami International GuitArt Festival; Miami Dade College.
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