Classical guitarist Virginia Luque performs in concert in Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center, on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, N.J., Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and can be obtained by calling 973-290-4378 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luque plays classical and flamenco music in a Spanish romantic style. She has recently recorded Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. She has been awarded First Prize at several international competitions, including the “Manuel de Falla” Competition for Classical Guitar in Granada, Spain, and has received the Lincoln Center Scholarship, among other awards.
Her concerto performances have included the Concierto de Aranjuez with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the NorthWest Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Izmir Symphony Orchestra, and Antalya Symphony Orchestra. She also premiered her own concerto with the Alexandria Symphony.
She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, The Frick Collection in New York City, and other concert halls throughout the United States. She was also invited by Christopher Parkening to do a special guest recital at the Christopher Parkening International Master Class at Montana State University.
A native of Algeciras (Cadiz), Spain, Luque began playing the guitar when she was four, started formal training when she was six, and gave her first concert at the age of seven. After hearing her playing, the legendary Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia invited her to study privately with him. She received her master’s degree in Spain and at Segovia’s suggestion came to America, where she also received a master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey, the College of Saint Elizabeth enrolls more than 2,100 full- and part-time students in more than 25 undergraduate, 10 graduate and one doctoral degree programs. For information on other activities or programs, visit the College of Saint Elizabeth web site at www.cse.edu.