Guitar virtuoso heads to UNO
April 6th, 2011
Omaha, NE – A guitar-playing virtuoso takes the stage at the University of Nebraska-Omaha this week.
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 UNOâ€™s Department of Music, who helped organize the concert, describes him as an â€œarticulateâ€ musician. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of clarity in his playing,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s not an overbearing style of playing, itâ€™s very clear.â€ Hadley added his Cuban influences also make his style â€œvery rhythmic.â€
â€œHeâ€™s also from a generation of romantic guitarists that, even though itâ€™s very clean and clear and rhythmic, heâ€™s also a very passionate player.â€
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.
â€œHis teaching style isnâ€™t just, well, put your finger here and do x, y and z. He really guides the student, even technically, through a journey.â€
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 Chopinâ€™s Grand Waltz Brillante, and Robert Schumannâ€™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 UNOâ€™s Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The event is a fundraiser for the departmentâ€™s guitar program.
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