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We Love Ernesto Tamayo.

We Love Ernesto Tamayo.

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Today Art is a Way is celebrating the life of Ernesto Tamayo, a super talented guitarist and beautiful human being who is, very unfortunately, suffering from an advanced stage of brain cancer. In behave of all his friends, students, and people who have been touched by his music, I want to say:

Thank you, Ernesto, for dedicating your precious life to cultivating and teaching music. You have touched many people’s souls with your remarkable talent and sensitive heart. We all want to send you our love and appreciation. We hope that this modest, but heartfelt homage makes you happy, regardless of the difficult circumstances that you are experiencing at this time. Music is something magic and universal that connect us all. You are now and forever connected to many people on planet Earth.

22 We Love Ernesto Tamayo.

et We Love Ernesto Tamayo.

More about Ernesto Tamayo:

Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1971, Tamayo began studying the guitar with his father when he was five. He made his television debut at the young age of nine.

In 1995, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Classical of Mexico, enabled Tamayo to come to the United States. He received a full scholarship for advanced studies at The Peabody Conservatory with world-renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco. In Cuba, Tamayo studied with world-renowned composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer and with Antonio Alberto Rodriguez.

Since his arrival in the United States, Tamayo has performed in numerous concert series and with orchestras in the United States and abroad. In September 1999, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with a sold-out performance. Past engagements at guitar festivals include appearances at the Fourth International Guitar Festival in Cuernavaca, Mexico, the Sixth International Guitar Festival in Long Island, New York, the “Classical Guitarists of the World” concert series in Fullerton, California and the Connecticut Guitar Summer Workshop. He has also given solo recitals at the Kennedy Center as well as for the classical guitar societies of Baltimore, Miami, Reno, Cheyenne and Northern Colorado, among others.

The Cuban Guitarist album features two world premier recordings, The Havana Suite by Cuban guitarist and composer Aldo Rodriguez, and Five Inspirations composed by Tamayo himself. The Classical Persuasions album was released in September 2006. On it, Tamayo features works by Borges, Canonigos, Lauro, Weiss, Sor, Brouwer, Albeniz, Rodrigo, and Tarrega. Artistico was released on December 2, 2007.

Tamayo is a recipient of career development grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Bossak/Heilbron Foundation. He has being sponsored in the past by The Bacardi Foundation, Del Mar Foundation, La Bella Strings and performs and records with Thomas Humphrey, David Daily, and Stephan Connor guitars.

In 1997 Tamayo was appointed Chairman of the guitar department at The Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His students have been accepted into music schools such as the Peabody Conservatory inBaltimore, Maryland, and Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. 

31 Comments

  1. Querido Ernesto, tu musica es PRECIOSA, vivo en Australia y cada vez que la oigo me voy un rato a Venezuela y mis muchos años rodeada de la cultura latina que tanto extraño. Muchas gracias por darme eso. Te deseo lo mejor de lo mejor con todo corazon.

  2. You are a wonderful musician, what a talent!

  3. What a precious gift you have Ernesto! Bringing so much music and joy to me and so many others. Thank you thank you!

  4. it was a pleasure to listen to your music!
    Thank you Ernesto.

  5. Hello Ernesto. I am from Malaysia. I enjoy listening your music. You play like a harp. Hehehe… Thank you!

  6. your guitar is an extension of you, your music flows from your soul. Thank you for giving the world your wonderful gift

  7. Querido Ernesto, gracias por tu preciosa música!

  8. Un saludo de respeto, cariño y admiración desde Noruega.
    Es muy triste que te encuentres en esta situación, tan grave de cancer. Doy gracias a Elsa Mora por darme la oportunidad de escribirte unas frases.
    Eres realmente un gran maestro, Ernesto, y seguiremos escuchando a tus interpretaciones maravillosas.
    Querído Ernesto – te felicito y muchas gracias por todo <3

  9. Caro Ernesto, no nos conocemos pero tu música me llegó, aquí, en el fin del mundo, gracias a tu amiga Elsa Mora… que tampoco conozco pero admiro mucho. El arte es así – una cosa bellísima que no conoce fronteras y jamás pierde su fuerza. Gracias por tu música… inmortal / jose

  10. Ernesto-
    What wonderful soulful music, thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  11. Ernesto….Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift of music and joy of life.

  12. Listening to you play brings to life the beauty in this world. Thank you for following after your talent, because your creative light sparks a chain reaction. The beauty you have added was giving this world meaning through the beautiful echo of the eternal. From what I have read about you, you have also achieved the ultimate gift of being loved. I hope the love around you helps drowns out any pain. Thank you for all you are.

  13. Gracias Ernesto por la belleza de tu arte, por su fluidez y sutilezas, es una maravilla verte ejecutandolo. Te deseo claridad y entendimiento de que no estas solo. La retribucion de lo mejor que has dado a otros esta contigo y asi sera siempre. Eso es muy real y nunca falla.
    Recibe un fuerte abrazo.
    Alex

  14. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music with us Ernesto x

  15. The music you played will never leave this earth because your soul that you put into your music is going to be with all of us. Your music is an art. The art enriches our hearts and souls. Thank you, Ernesto for giving us this wonderful opportunity to hear your voice through the sounds of your guitar. Your legacy will continue to grow inside your students who you have taught and shared your talent with and some day they will be the one teaching to younger generation. Most importantly, we thank you millions to follow your passion in life.

    Warmly,
    Tomoe

  16. Dear Ernesto, your gifts carry radiance, your music is full of joy and full of duende. Gifts such as yours, passions such as yours, the generous wish to give to others through your performances, composing and teaching will be an endless progression, the way a pebble skipped over a wave will leap and leap and leap, and the ripples continue in the direction of the horizon. You can’t know where you have left a handprint on someone’s heart. Peace and love, go with God, Ernesto.

  17. As your music heals our heart, may you be healed by all the sincere blessings and brings back the loving melody once again.

  18. Enersto, maestero, you have dedicated your life to the most transient form of art, music. She is a goddess that that manifests herself in our souls with an essence of eternity. Thank you for your resounding joy in capturing this most beautiful muse in the strings of your guitar. May your soul play forever, as your music does in our ears and hearts.

  19. Dear Ernesto,

    Thanks for creating such beautiful music, it carried me to many precious memories, thank you.

    I also wanted to send a piece of music- that I hope you like. It’s played by a woman by the name of Annapurna Devi on a Surbahar which is a plucked string instrument from the tradition of Hindustani classical music. It is an old recording, you can listen to it here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqIX9Fl35zs

    With love,
    Japneet

  20. Ernesto, a traves de muchos amigos en comun conocí de ti y tu musica maravillosa. Gracias por tanta musica bella. Luz para ti.

  21. Ernesto, tengo la dicha de haber compartido contigo durante nuestra epoca de estudiantes en la ENA. Eres un orgullo para todos tus amigos y ademas una persona maravillosa. Gracias por tu musica….por iluminar el mundo. Tu amiga Gretel no te olvida.

  22. Querido amigo de siempre, muchas gracias por tu amistad y buenos momentos que compartimos en estos últimos años. Estas en nuestro pensamiento y oraciones…te queremos todos. Un abrazo con amor de hermano!

  23. Hola Ernesto. Aunque hace ya muchos años q no nos veamos se de ti y de toda la maravilla q has hecho con tu guitarra durante estos años. Soy una de tantísimos amigos y compañeros de la ENA y de todo sitio x donde has ido regando tu estela de simpatía humildad y aplastante talento q reza cada día porque estés bien. El cariño q emanas te tiene q llegar por cualquier vía y ésta es la que yo he escogido para mandarte un abrazo inmenso y toda la fortaleza q estas necesitando. Me hace feliz saber q siempre tienes una sonrisa. Espero q ésta nota q te escribo te traiga un buen recuerdo, q te llegue el saber q te recuerdo con muchísimo cariño y te llene ánimos y de todo lo mejor. Fuerza campeón!

  24. Tamayo, no puedo ver cuantos amigos y familiares puedan estar a tu lado en estos instantes… pero si puedo sentir la energía de todos aquellos que quieren lo mejor para ti. Una amiga hizo que sepamos esta noticia tuya y quiere que entre todos busquemos juntar la fuerza necesaria para que te sobrepongas a los momentos difíciles por los que estás pasando.
    No dejes de mirar y pensar que todos los que te conocemos, tus familiares y amigos, queremos que sigas luchando y seguir escuchándote; con esa guitarra que un día decidiste formara parte de ti.
    Un abrazo inmenso
    Kiki

  25. Querido Ernesto, soy Yamila espero me recuerdes, estudié guitarra en la ENA soy de Cienfuegos aunque vivo en España actualmente.Eres un tremendísimo músico y maravilloso ser humano. Te mando mis mejores vibras y deseos de que te recuperes y puedas estar bién pronto.Un abrazo muy fuerte y mil bendiciones y más admiración.

  26. Hola Ernesto, quiza no me recuerdes pero estuve en la ENA contigo, deseo que Dios te de mucha fortaleza en este momento y aleje tus temores, porque su santo Espiritu esta contigo. Esta palabra es para ti: “Busqué a Jehová, y Él me oyó, y me libró de todos mis temores” – (Salmos 34:4).
    El tiempo que más fortalecerá y enriquecerá su vida, será el tiempo cuando, con las manos vacías y armado sólo con el Espíritu Santo de Dios, va a enfrentar al rojo león del infierno, y va a prevalecer. Como Sansón, quien mató un león únicamente con sus manos, y luego comió la miel que había en su esqueleto. Cualquier cosa que esté acosando y amenazando tu vida ahora mismo,debes aferrarte a la Palabra de Dios, que promete liberación y esperanza, poder y fortaleza, sabiduría y guía. Mire más allá de la evidencia física, a las promesas espirituales de Dios. Los problemas son oportunidades para que el poder de Dios se manifieste en su vida.
    Un gran abrazo!!!!

  27. Ernesto,
    We are thinking of you and hoping that your music will bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. We have been very fortunate to know you and had the pleasure of you sharing your music with us. We have lost touch since your illness and hope we can somehow reach you and share our stories of the times we spent together. We love you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Miss you,
    Margie &Ed

  28. If possible, please let us know how we can reach Fernanda. Ernesto had been a flight student of Ed and we became friends and have spoke to him a couple of months before his illness. He had played guitar at our daughter Bethany’s wedding which we will never forget. We have tried to reach him by phone and mail. We realize is illness is serious and wish to see him.
    I found he was in hospice but is now residing in Silver Spring with his parents.
    We would greatly appreciate if you contact with any information.
    Thanks for your help.
    Margie & Ed

    • Dear Ed and Margie,
      Thank you for alleged love you provided to Ernesto and the good moments you shared. He cherished them a lot. I can be reached at fernarf@hotmail.com or 202-413-0970
      Best,
      Fernanda

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