GuitarSarasota 2013 International Concert Season
General Event Information
JORGE CABALLERO IN CONCERT at 7:30pm
Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award, one of the most prestigious and coveted awards given to performers of any instrument, and comparable to the Pulitzer Prize for musicians. He is known for his dazzling virtuosity, his intense musicality and his spellbinding performances. He is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation.
Mr. Caballero has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic and the Presidential Symphony of Ankara, Turkey, among others. His recital appearances include performances at New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress in Washington (in the historic Great Performers Series), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles and other venues in the United States and internationally. Recent performances include recitals at the Santo Tirso Guitar Festival in Portugal, as well as concerts in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico.
A native of Lima, Peru, Mr. Caballero comes from a musical family. His mother is a well-known singer in Peru and as a child he spent many evenings sitting backstage at her concerts. He learned to play guitar from his father, but he had already absorbed much knowledge about the instrument from listening to his father give lessons. Growing up at a time when terrorists in Peru bombed electrical stations, he became an expert at practicing in the dark. He began his professional training at the National Conservatory in Lima, studying with Oscar Zamora. He later studied in the United States, where he attended the Manhattan School of Music.
A superb young guitarist with a deft, powerful technique and a soft-spoken interpretive persona.
- ALLAN KOZZINN, NEW YORK TIMES, USA
Peruvian guitarist Jorge Caballero was a dazzling, magical soloist in Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez”. His playing in the slow movements was the stuff of gossamer lightness, evoking vanished historical glories in phrasing ….. In the outer movements, Caballero, who is in his early 20s, was amazing in his virtuosic ease.
- CHRIS PASLES, LOS ANGELES TIMES, USA
Every so often a young guitarist of exceptional talent appears on the concert circuit and the word “prodigy” makes the rounds. Sometimes it is justified; often it is questionable; many times it is simply not true. When used (as it so often is) in regards to Jorge Caballero it is an understatement.
- KRISTOFFER RICAT, GUITAR REVIEW, USA