Marco Diaz Tamayo

Marco Diaz Tamayo


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Marco Díaz Tamayo was born in La Havana, Cuba. He began his musical education at the age of three under his father's tuition. At the age of six he began to study at the Municipal House of Culture. Tamayo was featured soon on various national television programs and was winning youth competitions. At the age of ten, he performed his first recitals in Bulgaria and the former East Germany. He then went on to study at the National School of Arts and Music of Cuba under the guidance of Antonio Rodríguez.

After receiving his diploma from the National School in Cuba, Tamayo studied at the Music University with Víctor Pellegrini. At the same time he continued taking lessons from the Cuban master Leo Brouwer. He won the University's annual guitar competition as well as the most important national prizes. These prizes led to an extensive tour in Cuba and abroad. In 1995, Tamayo enrolled at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg to study with the great guitarist Eliot Fisk. He simultaneously enrolled at the University of Munich in 1997 to continue his studies with Joaquín Clerch. In 1999 he received his degree from the Munich University and in 2000 completed his studies with distinction at the Mozarteum. He worked also with Anthony Spiri (harpsichordist and former assistant of Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Salzburg), Kenneth Gilbert (harpsichordist), Jürgen Hübscher (lutenist) and Rainer Schmidt (member of the Hagen string quartet).

Tamayo has performed Leo Brouwer's Concerto de Toronto with the Havana Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the composer. He has also performed as concert soloist with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under Hanu Lintu in Finland, in St. Johann im Pongau (Austria), with the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra under Paolo Ferrara in Alessandria, and with several other orchestras. In the year 2000 he performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Camerata of St. Petersburg under Damian Iorio and works by Giuliani and Händel with the Chamber Orchestra of Bolzano. In March 2000 he embarked on his first Italian concert tour, giving ten concerts in the region of Piedmont, in Milan, Turin, Alessandria, Piacenza, and elsewhere. "La Stampa" called him "the King of the Guitar."

The artist has given recitals in Spain, Mexico, Germany, England, Latvia, France, and elsewhere. In Paris he made his official debut at the Chopin-Pleyel hall in December 1999. He has performed at various festivals and concert halls, as at the "Nikita Koshkin International Guitar Festival" in Rust, Austria, the 5th "International Festival Musical Olympus," the· "International Guitar Festival in Volos", Greece. He won also different international first prizes, as in 1999 the "XXXII International Guitar Competition Michele Pittaluga/Cittá de Alessandria" (Italia) and the International Guitar Competition Paco Santiago Marín/A. Segovia .