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Virginia Luque Biography
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      Virginia Luque is rightfully being hailed as the “next great guitarist.” A native of Cadiz, Spain, Ms. Luque gave her first concert at the age of seven. The great Spanish guitarist, Andres Segovia, recognizing Ms. Luque’s immense talents, asked her to study privately with him waiving all fees. This student/teacher relationship lasted for six years, until Segovia’s death in 1987. She received her Master’s degree at the age of 17 in Spain, and at Segovia’s direction came to America where she also received a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York.

      Ms. Luque has received First Prize at several international competitions, including the “Manuel de Falla” International Competition for Classical Guitar in Granada, Spain, and was awarded the Lincoln Center Scholarship, among others. Further recognition has come her way from the great American guitarist Christopher Parkening who, upon seeing her play, invited her to do a special guest recital at the Christopher Parkening International Masterclass at Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana in the summer of 1996. Her recent St. Louis debut concert was praised as “as great a response to an artist as anyone we’ve ever presented.” Other performances have included the Concierto de Aranjuez with the “New York Virtuosi” Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony, as well as recitals at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, and international tours of Germany, Spain and South Korea.

      Virginia Luque plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style rarely heard today, combining extraordinary technical virtuosity with hauntingly beautiful sound and musicianship.



"Virginia Luque...played a concert...that was stunning both for its technical fireworks and its musical warmth."
New York Times
"...among the best guitarists I've ever seen..."
Jorge Morel
"...Tremendous virtuosity...She knew no fear...Luque dazzled her audience...breathtaking..."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"...Enormous facility..."
Washington Post
"I just returned from a fabulous concert by the young Spanish guitarist Virginia Luque. I was amazed. Not only does she possess the most speed and facility I've ever seen, her dynamic and tonal shading was a revelation."
Dr. James Greeson, University of Arkansas
"...Virginia Luque...wove a magical spell over a near-capacity audience... The epitome of a Spanish seņorita..."
The Brunswick News

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