Renown classical guitarist Virginia Luque has been touring, recording and directing for decades, and has earned a worldwide reputation as a guitarist, conductor and educator. I am honored she chose to play my flamenco guitar in her upcoming concert on Friday, May 2nd, 2018, held at the Marylhurst University.
“ Your guitar is excellent, great tone and deep sound with a perfect tension for a flamenco guitar. A true flamenco sound . “
In addition to the concert, KQAC 89.9FM (our local Classical Station) aired an interview with Ms. Luque, including a preview of her concert program. She played one of her original flamenco compositions on my guitar. Officially, this is the first time my guitar has been on the air!
Virginia Luque, Guitarist
Virginia Luque plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style, combining
extraordinary technical virtuosity with beautiful tone and musicianship.
Ms. Luque has recently recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the London Symphony
Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. She has been awarded First Prize at several international
competitions, including the “Manuel de Falla” Competition for Classical Guitar in Granada,
Spain, and has received the Lincoln Center Scholarship among other awards.
Concerto performances have included the Concierto de Aranjuez with the New York Virtuosi
Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra,
Riverside Symphony, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Izmir Symphony Orchestra,
Antalya Symphony Orchestra and she has premiered her own concerto with the Alexandria Symphony.
Recitals have included Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Frick
Collection in New York City, and numerous concert halls throughout the United States.
She was also invited by Christopher Parkening to do a special guest recital at the Christopher Parkening International Master Class at Montana State University.
A native of Algeciras (Cadiz), Spain, Ms. Luque began playing the guitar when she was four,
started formal training when she was six, and gave her first concert at the age of seven.
After hearing her play, Ms. Luque was invited by the legendary Spanish guitarist Andres
Segovia to study privately with him.
She received her Master’s degree in Spain and at Segovia’s suggestion came to America
where she also received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York City.
Ms. Luque’s other pursuits have garnered her a First Prize in the International
Competition of Poetry based in Puerto Rico and she has also graduated as “Chef” from the
French Culinary Institute of New York.