Celso CanoTallahassee, FL
Guitarist/composer Celso Cano has captivated audiences in concert halls throughout the North and South America and Europe. The Aamulehti in Finland described him as “an artist with temperament, the model of good sound.” He has received numerous prizes and awards including the Segovia International Guitar Competition and the D’Addario Foundation Fellowship. Recently, his piece for solo guitar Souvenirs was a finalist and awarded the Ignacio Cervantes Prize in the 2019 Leo Brouwer International Composition Competition.
His composition projects include a soundtrack composed for the feature film Minotauro (Flor Linda Films). In 2008, his piece for cello, guitar and percussion, Eclipse, was composed and premiered in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City as part of a multidisciplinary collaboration of photography, music, film and dance.
After moving from Peru to the U.S. with his family, he began his musical studies with Lou Mowad. He later received a full scholarship to study guitar performance with Tom Patterson at the University of Arizona where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. While living in Barcelona, he studied guitar with Iliana Matos and shortly after began composing. He was fortunate to be mentored by the composer Leo Brouwer during his time in Spain. In 2012, he earned his Master’s of Music degree in Guitar Performance from Florida International University where he studied with Rafael Padrón and Mesut Özgen.
He has been faculty of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science at Nova Southeastern University, Bronx Conservatory of Music, and Bloomingdale School of Music. Currently, Mr. Cano is pursuing his doctorate degree at Florida State University under the direction of Bruce Holzman.
From “Souvenirs” for solo guitar, II. Montpellier by Celso Cano performed by the composer. This movement is part of a four movement suite for solo guitar. Live concert performance.