For release, April 25, 2011
For press information, contact Carol Morse (901) 678-2279
Performances by virtuoso classical guitarists Lily Afshar, Edoardo Catemario, and
Ernesto Tamayo will highlight the Second Annual Memphis International Guitar Festival
at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The event, which will be held June 3-5, 2011
will include concerts, student showcase, master classes, and a competition. The festival
is sponsored by the Augustine Foundation and hosted by the Rudi E. Scheidt School
Participants in the classical guitar competition will perform on two days and will
be judged by the event’s guest artists.The winners of the competition will receive
cash prizes. Competition entry fee is $20.
All events will be in Harris Concert Hall, 3775 Central Avenue on the U of M campus.
The 3-day pass to all events is $75; a 1-day pass is $30.
General admission to the evening concerts for individuals not registered for the festival
are $20. Concert tickets are not available online and must be purchased at the box
office. For ticket information, call (901) 678-1651.
For a complete schedule of events, visit the Memphis International Guitar Festival website.
About the Artists
Festival Director Lily Afshar, professor of classical guitar at the University of
Memphis, is “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” according to Public
Radio International. Honored with the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Award as Best Female
Classical Guitarist, she has also won the Aspen Music Festival Guitar Competition
and was Artistic Ambassador to Africa for the United States Information Agency.She
is head of the University of Memphis guitar program where she received the Board of
Visitors Eminent Faculty Award and the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching and
Research Award. Her four CDs and DVDs have attracted critical acclaim.
Afshar will performat the U of M on June 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Edoardo Catemario passes from the romantic repertoire to the baroque, to contemporary
music with ease. A native of Naples, Italy, he has won several national and international
competition first prizes including the prestigious “Andres Segovia” guitar competition
in Almunecar (Granada) and the Alessandria International Competition. He performs
in concerts, broadcasts and major festivals in countries throughout the world with
orchestras such as the Wiener Akademie, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta de
Andorra, Accademia Bizantina, Orchestra della Toscana, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana
and Orchestra di Stato del Messico.
Catemario will perform at the U of M on June 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Ernesto Tamayo has toured extensively throughout North and South America, Asia and
Europe. He is one of the most accomplished guitarists of his generation and is often
praised for his brilliant technique, artistry and his exceptionally warm tone and
expressive interpretations on the guitar. He has participated in the Fourth International
Guitar Festival in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the Sixth International Guitar Festival in
Long Island, New York and the "Classical Guitarists of the World" concert series in
Fullerton, California, among others. He has performed in numerous concert series and
with orchestras in the United States and abroad. He recently completed his 6th CD,
which features his compositions for guitar and orchestra.
Tamayo will perform at the U of M on June 5 at 7:30 p.m.