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PhD Candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
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Alfonso Aguirre is full time faculty at the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas School of Music (Mexico), and chair of the guitar department (2008-2014) of the same institution. He is also professor of guitar in Progreso Musical: Centro Superior de Enseñanza Musical in Madrid, Spain. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Performer Certificate from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, NY; and a Master of Music degree from Yale University, where he studied under a full tuition scholarship. Alfonso is currently a PHD candidate in music performance at the Univesidade de Aveiro (Portugal). He has been soloist with orchestras in Mexico, Spain and the United States, and is regularly invited as a guest artist, master-class teacher and jury in international guitar festivals, universities and institutions of music education. Alfonso has been a prizewinner in numerous classical guitar competitions including First Prize in the Apalachian GuitarFest & Competition (USA), and First Prize in the Concurso Nacional de Guitarra de Paracho. He was a recipient of the honorary Pedro Sarquis Merrewe Award in the division of Arts. He has made professional recordings as a soloist of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Austin Boudreau, and with Duo Ditirambo, a viola & guitar ensemble formed along with his wife, Noelia Gómez. With the duo they have premiered works by composers Mario Gosálvez Blanco, Fernando Buide del Real, Leonardo Coral, Flores Chaviano y Claudia Herrerías. Recently, he has begun formal activities in the field of artistic research, participating with the lecture and article "Guitarra, Gesto & Movimiento" in the international congress PERFORMA´15.
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