Artspree presents guitarist on March 7

UALR’s Artspree, the University’s performing arts series featuring diverse and celebrated artists and musicians from around the world, presents Gabriel Bianco on guitar at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday, March 7 in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall of UALR’s Fine Arts Building.

Tickets are $20 for the main floor, $17 for the balcony, $10 for non-UALR students, and free for UALR students. Group discounts are available. All UALR faculty and staff will receive a free companion ticket with a purchase of an individual ticket. For more information, call 569-3288.

Having performed concerts regularly for the last five years, Gabriel Bianco has earned first prize in multiple competitions in Austria, Germany, France, Poland, and Portugal. His most recent win at the 2008 Guitar Foundation of America Competition has earned him the coveted 50-concert tour in the United States, Mexico, and Canada with additional concerts in China, Colombia, and Brazil.

Bianco has performed in over 30 music festivals across the world in France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Slovakia, and Thailand. At the age of 12, he performed for French television and later appeared on Romanian television.

Born into a family of musicians, Bianco received an early start on the guitar, receiving lesions with his father at age 5. A few years later, he began his studies in Paris with Ramon de Herrera at the Conservatoire National de Region, Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, and later at the Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse de Paris where he received the highest performance distinction under the teaching of Olivier Chassin. Since 2005, Bianco has studied with French virtuoso Judicael Perroy.

Bianco’s first major recording was released in 2009 by the Naxos label.

For tickets and more information, call Artspree at 569-3288.

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