Marco-Antonio Diaz-Tamayo, Mag. Priv.-Doz.

Lecturer in Guitar

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg
The Cuban-born guitarist with Austrian citizenship, winner of several major international competitions like the Andres Segovia in Granada and the Michele Pittaluga, Cita di Alessandria, in Italy.
He was a pupil of Antonio Alberto Rodriguez and Leo Brouwer in Cuba, and in Austria studied with Eliot Fisk (guitar), Reiner Schmidt (violin, from Hagen quartet), Anthony Spiri (charpsichord), Nikolaus Harnoncourt, among others, recorded several albums for the Naxos Label, and since 2001 teaches Classical Guitar at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, also at the Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt, both in Austria. He received his "venia docendi" on the 21st of March 2006, given by the Mozarteum University of Arts in Salzburg, Austria.
Marco Tamayo, praised by the Italian newspaper La stampa as "Il Re della Chitarra", has being acclaimed for his expressive interpretations and his technical capacities. His book named "Principles of the classical guitar performance" was published by Chanterelles in 2009.
Tamayo has extensively toured the globe, around all Europe, Asia, USA, South Africa and Mozambique, also performing concerts with famous orchestras and conductors like Kurt Redel, Paolo Ferrara, Damian Iorio, Phillipe Bender, Leo Brouwer, Alexis Soriano, Rail Gutierres, among others, and orchestras like the Chamber orchestra of Aix en Provence, Philharmonic of Torino, Chamber orchestra of St. Petersburg, Philharmonic of Havanna, Philharmonic of Tampere, Philharmonic of Oulu, both in Finland, TransArt Orchestra of Salzburg, Ars Musicae from Klagenfurt, Sinfonica de UANL in Monterrey, Mexico, etc.
Tamayo performed his debut at the Chopin-Pleyel Hall in Paris, is sponsored by the Savarez Strings, and is the founder of the Salzburg Guitar Society. He also received the "Mauro Giuliani Prize" from the hand of the Giuliani Family for the finest interpretation of the music by the Italian composer.
Marco Tamayo is regular Juror of International Guitar Competitions as the Michele Pittaluga Int. Guitar Contest in Italy; Int. Volos guitar contest in Greece; Luys Milan Int. guitar contest; Lubljana Int. Music Competition for all disciplines of classical music; Villa de Petrer Int. guitar contest in Spain; Krycniza Int guitar contest in Poland; International Guitar Festival of Belgrade, among others, and teach regular master classes at international guitars festivals and Universities like the Seoul University for Arts-Korea, San Francisco University, CA-USA, Monterrey-Mexico, Volos-Greece, Barcelona-Spain, etc.
He is also a regular invited artist at festivals like the Belgrade Int. Guitar Festival, Oulu Int. Orchestral Music season in Finland, San Francisco Int. Guitar Festival, Aix en Musique Int. Music Festival in Aix en Provence, France, Uppsala International Guitar Festival, etc. In September 2006 Marco Tamayo received the "Citadinanza Onoraria", Citizen of Honour of the City of Alessandria, in Piedmont, Italy, and works together with Alirio Diaz and Ms. Micaela Pittaluga for the artistic direction of the Int. Guitar Competition Michele Pittaluga, Cita di Alessandria, where he won the first Prize in 1999. Tamayo is also co-artistic director together with Ms. Pittaluga, of the Music Festival Chitarra dal Mondo that takes in the Italian city.
Marco Tamayo records for the Naxos Classical and has among them, an album dedicated to the music of Cuba, the music by Mauro Giuliani and also one dedicated to the music for guitar of Niccolo Paganini.