For release: March 18, 2013
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843
Performances by virtuoso artists Lily Afshar, David Mozqueda, and Daekun Jang will
highlight the Annual Memphis International Guitar Festival at the University of Memphis
Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The event, which will be held April 5-7 in Harris
Concert Hall, 3775 Central Avenue, will include three concerts, a competition and
Artistic director of the Festival, U of M professor Afshar has been called “one of
the world’s foremost classical guitarists” by Public Radio International. She was
honored with the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Female Classical Guitarist
and has won the Grand Prize at the Aspen Music Festival Guitar Competition. Her collaborations
have resulted in premieres of new works by many contemporary composers, and her four
CDs and DVD have attracted critical acclaim.
Afshar was “Artistic Ambassador to Africa” for the United States Information Agency.
She is head of the University of Memphis guitar program. She is a recipient of the
U of M’s Board of Visitors Eminent Faculty Award and the Alumni Association Distinguished
Teaching and Research Award.
Critics have called Daekun Jang “… one of the best guitarists of his generation who
can bring life into the musical notes through his magnificent techniques and full
poetic feelings." Jang has won more than 20 prizes at various guitar competitions,
among them first prize at the Luys Milan International Guitar Competition, the Kukulcan
International Guitar Competition, and the Zarautz International Guitar Competition.
A noted solo and chamber performer, Jang has given recitals throughout Europe and
Asia. He has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as Orquesta Clásica Santa
Cecilia, the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra, the Europea Mediterranea Symphony Orchestra,
Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra, Millennium Symphony
Orchestra, KBS Philharmonic Orchestra and Arco Diavolo Chamber Orchestra. He has published
three CD’s: “Songs of the Guitar,” “Impressions of Spain” and “Azahar.”
For two years, David Mozqueda won first place in classical guitar in the “Concurso
Cultural para la Niñez” in México City. From 1982 to 1987 he won first place in four
international competitions organized by Fine Arts National Institute in México. In 1993 he took second prize in the “The Great Lakes Classical Guitar
Competition” and in 1994 won second prize in the “Concurso Internacional de Guitarra
Manuel M. Ponce.
Mozqueda has performed as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, Orquesta
Filarmónica de Michoacán, Orquesta de Cámara del Conservatorio de Las Rosas, Orquesta
Filarmónica de Guanajuato and others. He has played in festivals including the Festival
Chitarriztico, festivals in Rörsrat, Dortmund and Köhln, Festival Internacional de
Guitarra in Cuernavaca and Kingstone Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island.
He has recorded CD’s with the “Cuarteto Concertante,” ensemble “Ars Antiqua” and his
solo CD, “MEMORIAS.” He is currently recording his second solo CD.
The schedule of events is as follows:
April 5 7:30 p.m. Lily Afshar
April 6 7:30 p.m. David Mozqueda
April 7 7:30 p.m. Daekun Jang
Master Class Schedule
April 5 1 - 6 p.m. David Mozqueda
April 6 1 - 6 p.m. Daekun Jang
April 7 1 - 6 p.m. Lily Afshar
April 5 9 a.m. First Round
April 7 9 a.m. Finals
For admission to multiple events, a 3-day pass to all events is $75, and a 1-day pass
to all events that day is $30. Tickets to evening concerts only will be sold at the
door; their cost is $20 for the general public, $10 for seniors and non-U of M students,
and free for U of M students, faculty and staff. More information is available by
The Festival is sponsored by the Augustine Foundation, which sponsors the study and
performance of classical guitar.
More information about the festival is available online at www.memphis.edu/guitarfest, or from Lily Afshar at 901-678-3788 or email@example.com