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Troubadour Series brings international performers

Monday, February 13, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Internationally renowned guitarists Martha Masters, Juan Falu and Marcos Diaz will perform in solo appearances at Wofford College in the upcoming weeks as part of the Troubadour Series.

These concerts are free and open to the public. All are held at 7 p.m. in the Papadopoulos Building.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, Martha Masters, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation, will perform. Masters has been described as “artful, virtuosic and sophisticated.” In 2000, Masters, who is on the guitar faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, won the Guitar Foundation of America International Solo Competition and the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition in Linares, Span. She also was a finalist in the Alexandre Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities in Lodz, Poland. She is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Mauel Barrueco, and she completed the doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Southern California as a student of Scott Tennant.

Juan Falu will appear on Monday, March 6. In his dual role as composer and guitarist, Falu is a cornerstone of Argentinean folk music. He obtained the prestigious National Music Award in 2000 and has been named “outstanding artist” repeatedly by the music press in Argentina. The world’s premier classical guitarist, Eduardo Fernandez, has called Falu “a real-time composer.” Falu has toured Central America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He directs the festival of Guitars of the World, considered the largest international event of it genre. He also teaches in the Mauel de Falla Conservatory in Buenos Aires, where he has created the first curricula for folklore and tango.

On Wednesday, April 12, Marcos Diaz will close out the Troubadour Series for the season with his performance. Diaz began his guitar studies at the age of 8 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At age 11, he studied with the great Uruguayan guitarist Isaias Savio, professor at that time at the Conservatorio Dramatico Musical de Sao Paulo. Diaz, who performs concerts internationally, is a professor of guitar at the Conservatorio Profesional de Musica de Ourense.