Saturday, June 16, 2018.
The MCGO was created by Carlos Molina in 2014 as part of a concert of the Miami Classical Guitar Society The group is formed by graduates from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), the only professional group in Miami who have pursued successful careers as soloists, duets, orchestras, and professors. They all work in the Miami area contributing to our community’s cultural development.
CARLOS MOLINA, Conductor
Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos Molina is lauded as founder of the Cuban School of Guitar. He began his performing career in 1969, after graduating from the Superior Level in Cuba, concurrent with a Law degree from the School of Law at the University of Havana. In 1970 he won First Prize at the National Guitar Competition in Cuba.
Molina has performed in prestigious halls including the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Opera House, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Dvorak Hall of Prague, Ateneo of Madrid, Chopin Hall of Warsaw, Zeneakademia of Budapest, Hall of Mirrors at Palatial Palace in Bratislava, Conservatoire d’Orleans, Sala Carlos Chávez in Mexico, Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Cuba, and many others. He has been soloist with symphonic orchestras, including the National Symphony of Cuba, Sinfónica de Oriente, Marianske Lazne Symphony, Miami Beach Symphony, Santo Domingo National Symphony, etc. He has shared concerts with Alirio Díaz, Leo Brouwer, Turibio Santos, Benjamin Verdery, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Nikita Koshkin and Ricardo Gallén.
Molina has been dedicatee of many works, including the Canticum by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in 1968, the duo Return of the Winds by Russian composer Nikita Koshkin in 2002, and others. He began teaching at the National Conservatory of Havana, Cuba in 1969 and in 1976; he created the guitar department at the Superior Institute of the Arts. Since 1983, Molina has been on the faculty of Miami Dade College. In 1987, he initiated the guitar program at Florida International University.
In 2007, Molina was awarded with a Lifetime Award: Premio Chitaristico Citta di Fiuggi, Italy, together with Alirio Díaz, Leo Brouwer, and Carlo Carfagna. In 2009, he was honored with the Order Maestro Alirio Díaz, the highest guitar award in Venezuela.
MARISA MOLINA, soprano
Born in Greenville, South Carolina, soprano Marisa Molina began her musical studies with the piano at an early age. In Cuba she received a scholarship with the acclaimed soprano Iris Burguet at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana, where she met her husband. Once in the US, Marisa continued her voice studies at Miami-Dade College with mezzo-soprano Diane Mauch, and later with Cuban tenor Cesar Antonio Suárez and his wife Geraldine Suárez-Novack, graduating from Florida International University in 1996.
Marisa has participated in different vocal groups including the University of Miami’s Civic Chorale, the Greater Miami Opera Choir, and St. John Neumann Festival Choir signing at Saint Peter’s Basilica and others in Rome. Following her graduation, she performed the role of Micaela in excerpts from Carmen at the Merrick Festival of Coral Gables.
In 1999, Duo Molina had their first duo performance in Europe at the Conservatoire Britten of Périgueux, France. In 2001, they performed a concert in Miami dedicated to Joaquín Rodrigo’s music for voice and guitar, honoring his 100th birthday. They have been featured at the international festivals of Vélez-Málaga, Coria, Hondarribia, and Aranda del Duero in Spain; Rome, Cassino, Ceccano, Fiuggi, Potenza, Bisceglie, Pescara and Nuoro in Italy, Universidad de Veracruz, Mexico, Eastfield College in Dallas, and the Miami Classical Guitar Society Series. In recent years, the Molina Duo were guest artists to the Alirio Diaz International Festival in Carora, Venezuela, Serate Musicale in Sardinia, and the Festival “Due Citta” in Rome, Italy.
José Alfredo Fernández: Born in Havana, he graduated in classical guitar and musicology in 2000 and has given concerts in Mexico, Spain, Portugal and Italy. He was director of the guitar orchestra in Holguín and taught music history, harmony and counterpoint. He has received master classes from Manuel Barrueco, Joaquín Clerch, Leo Brouwer and Roberto Aussel. He teaches at the Miami Conservatory.
Felix Puig: Born in Camaguey, graduated in 1985, he founded the Guitar Faculty of the ISA in Camaguey. He has worked with all levels teaching guitar and music history. Has performed throughout Cuba, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Germany, and France. He has been a soloist of the Florida Chamber Orchestra.
José Armando Guzman: Born in Camaguey, graduated in guitar and composition in 1991. He is an orchestra conductor and performs with symphony orchestras. Guzmán was conductor of the Orquesta de Música Moderna of Camaguey and the Musical Theater of Havana and has taken master classes with Antonio Lauro, Leo Brouwer and Alirio Díaz. He teaches in the “Arts for Learning “school.
Teresa Madiedo: Born in Havana. A student of Carlos Molina, graduated in 1983, she has given concerts in Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Miami. Very active as a duo with her husband in Cuba, Madiedo has given concerts in Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Argelia and Miami and has performed with symphony orchestras in Matanzas, Havana Chamber Orchestra and Baja California. She teaches at MDC.
Ana L. Baez, Guitar Player, Arranger and Professor, born in Camaguey, Cuba, 1985. Bachelor Degree in Music, Superior Ins&tute of Arts, Cuba, 2008. Performed as a soloist as well as with numerous ensembles like ‘Sonantas Habaneras’ under Jesus Ortega. Participated in several fes&vals such as the ‘Habaneras Festival’ in Cadiz, Spain, 2009. Has participated in 4 major recordings throughout her career as well as performed in the most important venues in Ivet Riscart Born on Villa Clara, Cuba, at the age of 9,studied at the Vocational School of Arts of Villa Clara. In 2002 she started at the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba, where she studied with Joaquin Clerch, Leo Brouwer and Esteban Campuzano. graduating in 2006. and continued at the University of Arts until she moved to Dubai. Founder guitarist of the Guitar Orchestra of Villa Clara.
Alberto Puerto: Born in Havana, Cuba. Graduated from the ISA in 2010. Studied with Eduardo Martín and Jesús Ortega. He was concertmaster of the Guitar Orchestra “Sonantas Habaneras”. Participated in international guitar competitions in USA, Peru, Boliva and Cuba, obtaining several prizes.