Guest Recital – Isaac Bustos, guitar | 7th Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition
7th Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition
Isaac Bustos, guitar
Rojas/Pedreira: Guajira a mi madre
Sor: Grand Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 22
Rodrigo: Un tiempo fue Itálica famosa (1981)
J. S. Bach: Partita in C Minor, BWV 997
Koshkin: Introduction and Vivace (2004)
About the Artist
“Soulful and virtually flawless” [Caprichos y Sonatas] hails the Portland Oregonian, and the Boston Globe writes, “In warm, round tones, the notes of Bach cascaded from the guitar, every note correct and played without hesitation.” Classical guitarist, pedagogue, and educator Isaac Bustos enjoys an extensive performing career that has taken him to Canada, Central America, Europe, and all over the U.S. Bustos has made several radio and television appearances and is in demand as clinician and master class teacher invited to perform in some of the most prestigious festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America annual convention, Portland Guitar Festival, St. Joseph International Guitar Festival, Southwest Guitar Festival, Brownsville Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Festival, Festival Internacional de Guitarra Monterrey, Festival Ramón Noble and Festival del Noreste in Mexico. Bustos has also appeared as soloist with the Orchestra of New Spain, The Baytown Symphony Orchestra, The Nicaraguan National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro JoAnn Falletta.
Bustos holds an impressive number of top prizes in over 12 major international competitions, seven of which are first prizes. In the fall of 2008, Bustos released his debut CD titled Caprichos y Sonatas which Soundboard magazine described as “…one of the best…it has everything one could want.” Bustos is a featured artist for the VGo Recordings label and has just released his second album, titled Canciones a mi Madre. The album contains Latin American guitar from Brazil, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Argentina. Additionally, Bustos has premiered new guitar works by composers Nico Muhly, Frank Wallace, Mark Cruz, and Joe Williams II, and he recently completed the world premiere recording of Peter Lieuwen’s Sonata for guitar on the MSR Classics label. Chamber music collaborations have included performances with the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Grammy Award-Winning Conspirare Choir, the Turtle Creek Chorale, and legendary Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto. Bustos is also a founding member of the award-winning Texas Guitar Quartet. Their critically acclaimed debut album RED was released in the spring of 2012.
Bustos holds a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of New Hampshire, where he was the only guitarist to ever hold a full scholarship, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman.
As an educator, his commitment to teaching is reflected in the success of his students whose prize-winning performances have included victories in the Eastfield Guitar Festival and competition, Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition, “Classical Minds” Guitar Competition, Houston Young Artist, East Carolina University Competition, Rosario Competition, Appalachian State Competition, Boston Guitar Fest International Competition, and Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition. Since 2005, Bustos has served on the faculty at Texas A&M University Department of Performance Studies, where he is head of guitar studies and artistic director of the Texas A&M International Guitar Symposium and Competition.