|Manuel Barrueco (ð. 1952)
Manuel Barrueco is recognized internationally as a leading figure in the guitar world today. His artistry has been continually described as that of a superb instrumentalist and an elegant musician, possessing a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts.
His international tours take him to some of the most important musical centers in the world each season. Recent appearances have included New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Munich, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Copenhagen, Athens, Seoul, Taipei, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Manuel Barrueco also has completed nine tours of Japan.
Highlights of the upcoming season include concerts in Spain, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Hungary, appearances with the Baltimore Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, and a European tour with the Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
Manuel Barrueco has made well over a dozen recordings for EMI. His most recent, “¡Cuba!,” was called “an extraordinary musical achievement” by the San Francisco Chronicle, while his recording of Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with conductor/tenor Plácido Domingo and the Philharmonia Orchestra, was mentioned as the best recording of that piece in Classic CD Magazine. His “Nylon & Steel,” is a collection of duos with guitar greats: Al Di Meola, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), and Andy Summers (The Police), further demonstrating Barrueco’s outstanding versatility and imaginative programming. This past spring, “Concierto Barroco” was released by EMI in Europe and Koch International in the USA, containing world premiere recordings of new works for guitar and orchestra by Roberto Sierra and Arvo Pärt, as well as two guitar concertos by Antonio Vivaldi.
In addition to performing works by the aforementioned composers, Mr. Barrueco’s commitment to contemporary music and to the expansion of the guitar repertoire has led him to collaborations with distinguished composers such as Toru Takemitsu, Steven Stucky, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra and Arvo Pärt.
His performances have been broadcast by television stations such as NHK in Japan, Bayerische Rundfunk in Germany, and RTVE in Spain. In the United States, he has been featured in a Lexus car commercial, on “CBS Sunday Morning”, A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts”, and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
Manuel Barrueco began playing the guitar at the age of eight, and he attended the Esteban Salas Conservatory in his native Santiago de Cuba. He emigrated with his family to the United States in 1967, later completing his advanced studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.