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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.

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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. 

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