Four Guitarists - One Great Concert!

MCGS welcomes four talented guitarists to Madison on April 11th for a diverse program of solo works.

Sergio Hernandez began to show musical aptitudes at age 15 when he had join an estudiantina class in Hanna High School under the direction of Raul Molano. In 2011, in the search for a more refined craft, Sergio began private guitar studies with Dr. Jonathan Dotson. That same year, Sergio participated in the UTPA Solo Guitar Competition where he received first place in the high school division.

Sergio received his Undergraduate Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Quantz and Dr. Jonathan Dotson. While there he was a member of the One O’clock Guitar Ensemble and achieved notable performances with this group. During his four years with the One O’clock ensemble Sergio performed at a national and international level including the Schönbrunn Palace and the U.S Embassy Amerika Haus in Vienna, Austria.

In 2015, Sergio was invited to participate in the International Classical Guitar Workshop in Carrion de Los Condes in Palencia, Spain where he had the opportunity to work with virtuoso Rene Izquierdo. In there, Sergio was able to perform for new audiences and give concerts for the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Sergio is currently studying Masters in Classical Guitar Performance degree in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the tutelage of virtuoso Rene Izquierdo. Sergio is a recipient of the Chancellor’s award scholarship and the Agah Classical Guitar Endowment.

Simon Farintosh is a promising young guitarist from the west coast of Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at The University of Victoria where he was a student of Dr. Alexander Dunn, and is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studies with Rene Izquierdo. Simon has won top prizes at several competitions, including 1st Place at the 2018 Northwest Guitar Festival, and is a three-time recipient of the British Columbia Arts Council Award. He plays a 2015 Glenn Canin guitar.

Bo Peng, a native from China, has recently graduated from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a Master in Music. She was trained and practicing in classical guitar since a very young age. She was a classical guitar prodigy with great potential and was awarded several times in local and national competitions. After high school, she chose to pursue a degree in economics and later acquired a master degree from the Southeast University. The logical training during her study in economics has reflected to her guitar performance, especially her interpretation of the complexity of masterpieces composed by J. S. Bach. With her passion for the classical guitar, she became a professional soloist after leaving her economist job. She started to study with Professor Rene Izquierdo since 2015. During years of dedication to her performance, she studied from guitarists and professors including Qing He, Kenneth Kwan and Jiajiong Li and master classes with maestros including Paul O’Dette, Ronn McFarlane, Łukasz Kuropaczewski, Álvaro Pierri, Jérémy Jouve, Raphaella Smits, Sharon Isbin, Timo Korhones, Judicael Perroy, Giampaolo Bandini, and Shin-Ichi Fukuda.
Ms. Peng has shared stage with Prof. Rene Izquierdo and Prof. Elina Chekan as a guitar trio. She is currently an active performer as a soloist. Her solo repertoire includes works from J. S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Fernando Sor, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz and Leo Brouwer.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Carlos Serrano has completed a masters degree in Classical Guitar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During his undergraduate degree, Carlos became aprize winner of the 19th Annual FIU Concerto Competition. He completed a Bachelors Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Florida International University. His commitment to the guitar and talent have enabled him to perform in master classes given by guitar virtuosos such as Shin-Ichi Fukuda, Aniello Desiderio, Ricardo Gallen, David Russell, Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Dimitri Illarionov, Adam Holzman, Andrew York, Xuefei Yang and Baroque music specialist Anthony Newman.

Carlos Serrano has performed in several events presented by organizations such as The Miami Classical Guitar Society, Marcus Theaters, Perla de Esperanza Foundation and Florida Guitar Foundation. Besides these events, Carlos has performed with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra FIU Miami Guitar Orchestra, FIU Jazz Guitar Ensemble and the FGF Guitar Ensemble. Carlos Serrano has studied with virtuoso Rene Izquierdo, Federico Bonacossa, Rafael Padron and guitarist/composer Mesut Ozgen.