Rafael Aguirre’s Highlights

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International Journal of Music. (March 1, 2021). Rafael Aguirre’s Highlights. International Journal of Music. Accessed July 25, 2024. https://ijm.education/guitar/rafael-aguirre/

  • 1984: Born in Málaga, Spain.
  • 1993: First guitar lessons.
  • 2001: Wins his first guitar competition in Seville, Spain, and makes his first international tour with Málaga Youth Symphony Orchestra performing Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
  • 2002: Graduates from Málaga Conservatory.
  • 2004: Moves to Düsseldorf, Germany, to study with Joaquín Clerch.
  • 2006: Berlin, Germany, debut.
  • 2007: Wins Tárrega Competition in Benicasim, Spain.
  • 2008: Records first albums in Madrid, Spain (RTVE), and Toronto, Canada (Naxos), and makes his USA debut in New Orleans. Madrid debut.
  • 2009: Paris, France, debut at Cité Universitaire.
  • 2010: Carnegie Hall in New York, USA, Los Angeles, USA, and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Russia, debuts. First South American Tour in Chile.
  • 2012: Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK (Prof. Michael Lewin). Austria debut at Konzerthaus Vienna. Starts duo project with cellist Nadège Rochat. Gasteig Munich and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Germany, debuts.
  • 2013: London debut at St. John’s Smith Square.
  • 2014: First chamber music recording La vida breve with Nadège Rochat, cello (ARS Produktion).
  • 2016: First orchestral recording with Lorenzo Palomo’s Fulgores, together with Ana Valderrama, violin, and Jesús López Cobos conducting the Castile and León Symphony Orchestra (Naxos). Verbier Festival, Switzerland, debut. First Asian tour in Japan and South Korea.
  • 2017: Debuts with KBS Symphony Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center, South Korea, and Orchestre National de Lyon, France. Debut at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2018: Elbphilharmonie Hamburg debut. Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez at Aranjuez Palace, Spain, with RTVE Symphony Orchestra.
  • 2019: Teatro Real in Madrid debut. Bruckner Orchester Linz in Sankt Florian, Austria. Japanese orchestral debut with Kyushu Symphony Orchestra.
  • 2020: Recording with Fatma Said, soprano (Warner). Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Spain, and Tokyo Symphony, Japan, debuts.

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