Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) was one of 50 artists to receive a United States Artists Fellowship. USA Fellowship grants of $50,000 each are awarded annually to outstanding performing, visual, media, and literary artists.
Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Petrit Çeku (GPD ’11, Guitar), a student of Manuel Barrueco, won first prize in the Maurizio Biasini International Classical Guitar Competition, held Oct. 10–16, in Bologna, Italy. The competition concluded with a concert with orchestra in the final round. The first prize consisted of a cash award and the opportunity to perform two concerts in Bologna and in Basel.
The latest album by faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75), Tárrega!, has been nominated for a Latin GRAMMY award in the category Best Classical Album. Produced by Asgerdur Sigurdardottir, the album was mixed and mastered at Peabody with faculty member Ed Tetreault. The Latin GRAMMY awards will be broadcast on Nov. 10.
Marija Temo (MM ’94) performed in September at the International Guitar Festival in Paraguay. She also performed with Zac Brown and presented two solo concerts on a cruise. She played “Toes in the Water” (Zac Brown’s Grammy award winning number), presented an intro, and created a flamenco/classical adaptation to the piece.
Baltimore Magazine‘s 2011 Best of Baltimore listing of Top 10 Bands and Musicians includes faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75) and specifically mentions his recently released album Tárrega!. The magazine calls Barrueco “one of the greatest classical guitarists in the world.”