MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL PERFORMING ARTISTS
Lily Afshar has been called “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” by
Public Radio International. She was honored as the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Award for
Best Female Classical Guitarist and has won the Grand Prize at the Aspen Music Festival
Guitar Competition. Her collaborations have resulted in premieres of new works by
many contemporary composers and her six CD’s and DVD’s have attracted critical acclaim.
She has published two books “Essential Bach” and “Five Popular Persian Ballads” with
Mel Bay editions.
Dr. Afshar 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. She is Artistic Director of the Festival.
Aaron Larget-Caplan comes to Memphis from Boston. He is a graduate of New England
Conservatory and is on faculty at the Boston Conservatory and University of Massachusetts
Boston. He gives regular recitals and master classes throughout the country and premiers
new woks written for the guitar.
Aaron has released two solo CD’s and has received grants and awards from the New England
Foundation for the Arts, American Composers Forum, Denver Classical Guitar Society,
D'Addario Foundation, Mu Phi Epsilon and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).
He has performed and studied at festivals in Italy, Spain, Canada, and the United
Rene Izquierdo, a native of Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan
Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the United States, Mr. Izquierdo
earned a Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School
of Music. Rene has appeared as a guest soloist and in chamber music concerts throughout
the United States, Cuba and Europe. He has shared the stage with prestigious guitarists
including Eliot Fisk, Benjamin Verdery and Jorge Morel, as well as renowned flutist
Ransom Wilson, soprano Lucy Shelton, David Jolley and Paquito d’Rivera. Renowned composers
such as Jorge Morel and Carlos R. Rivera have dedicated works to him.
Mr. Izquierdo is a recipient of numerous awards. He is a winner of JoAnn Falletta
International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition,
Schadt String competition, Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition among others.
He is currently professor of classical guitar at the Wisconsin State University in