NIRSE GONZÁLEZ (b 1981 )
The talented Venezuelan guitarist Nirse González has been praised by audiences and critics alike for his rich musical sensitivity and excellent technique. He studied music with a focus on classical guitar in Venezuela, Spain and Germany. At the age of fifteen, he performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the ‘Vicente Emilio Sojo’ Orchestra. He soon developed into an internationally sought-after artist performing at numerous festivals worldwide as solo artist and with chamber orchestras and ensembles.
Nirse González has won numerous awards: in 1996, he won first prize at the Concurso Nacional de Guitarra Antonio Lauro where he also received a special prize from Yamaha. In the same year, he was awarded first prize at the Concurso Nacional de Guitarra Raúl Borges, and received a special prize for the best interpretation of music by Raúl Borges. Subsequently, he received an invitation to perform a solo recital at the IX Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Raúl Borges 1997, alongside many other renowned guitarists. Third place at the Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Alirio Diaz 1998, second place at the Concurso Joven Solista and third place at the Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Julián Arcas in Almería in 2005 were to follow. In 2006, he won one of the most important guitar competitions: the XL Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Francisco Tárrega in Benicàssim, Spain.
In August 2007, he released his first album featuring classical pieces for solo guitar on Naxos. The CD Classica Venezolana was released in September 2010 by Dabringhaus und Grimm.