Guitar virtuoso heads to UNO

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April 6th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – A guitar-playing virtuoso takes the stage at the University of Nebraska-Omaha this week.

Ricardo Iznaola, author of several guitar teaching guides, will perform at UNO Friday, April 8th (Photo courtesy University of Denver)

Ricardo Iznaola is a Cuban-born musician, who studied for several years in Spain under maestro Regino Sainz de la Maza. Iznaola has recorded numerous original compositions and interpretations of classical composers.

Haven Hadley, a faculty member in UNO’s Department of Music, who helped organize the concert, describes him as an “articulate” musician. “There’s a lot of clarity in his playing,” he said. “It’s not an overbearing style of playing, it’s very clear.” Hadley added his Cuban influences also make his style “very rhythmic.”

“He’s also from a generation of romantic guitarists that, even though it’s very clean and clear and rhythmic, he’s also a very passionate player.”

Iznaola is the Chair of the Guitar and Harp Department at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. He is also the author of several guitar-teaching textbooks that Haven said are widely used on University campuses. Kathologus: The Path to Virtuosity forms foundational reading for many musicians.
“His teaching style isn’t just, well, put your finger here and do x, y and z. He really guides the student, even technically, through a journey.”

Iznaola will perform a four-section composition at UNO Friday. Three sections will begin with a Bach Lute Suite, and the set will include Spanish and South American pieces, as well as Frederic Chopin’s Grand Waltz Brillante, and Robert Schumann’s Prophetic Bird.

Haven said the collection of pieces is more about textures and motives than key relationships. The show starts at 7:30 pm Friday, April 8th at UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The event is a fundraiser for the department’s guitar program.

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