Spanish guitarist for Hifa

HARARE - Acclaimed classical guitarist Rafael Serrallet from Valencia, Spain will perform at the Harare International Festival of Arts’ Cabs Classical Weekend to be hosted by St George’s College from today to May 1.

Serrallet, who will perform on Sunday, was brought to Harare by the Embassy of Spain as part of the global celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Cervantes and Shakespeare.

The Spanish guitarist’s programme will include compositions by Granados, Manuel de Falla, Tárrega, John Dowland and dances for guitar by Gaspar Sanz.

Serrallet was trained by José Tomás who was a disciple of the famous Andrés Segovia.

Hailed as a guitarist of profound artistry, he is internationally recognised as an extraordinary musician.

After studying with the great maestro Tomás, Serrallet continued his career and attained a doctorate in music from the University of Valencia. He also teaches music at universities throughout the world.

His performances have been broadcast on radio and television all over the world and he has several records to his name.

In October 2010, he was awarded the Xirivella Prize in recognition for his international career.

Serrallet has also pioneered many social projects and leads the Iberian International Music Institute, a musical project initiated by the Spanish Cooperation and Development Organisation to foster and

develop music education in the world.

Tickets for the concert cost $10 and are obtainable from the Hifa stand in Avondale Shopping Centre and from April 29 at St. George’s College.

On Monday May 2, Serrallet will hold a workshop for classical guitarists at St. George’s College as part of the Hifa festival.

The Cabs Classical Music Celebration will also feature South African group Coda Africa, fronted by vocalist Zami Mdingi, which combines the violin, cello, saxophone as well as DJ Coda who will share the stage with fellow South African group Urban Strings led by vocalist and violinist Larah Eksteen.

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