Cuban born guitarist, Rafael began studying the guitar at the age of eleven. In 1986, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Advanced Institute of Art in Havana where he received the “High Achieving Student” award. Rafael graduated from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he completed his Graduate Performance Diploma on a full scholarship, under the tutelage of world-renowned guitarist Manuel Barrueco. Rafael attained his Masters Degree Diploma at the University of Miami in December 2005. Rafael has won top
prizes in many national and international competitions and has been featured in many international guitar festivals throughout the world. He has also performed both solo and with orchestras in various cities in Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Japan, Spain and in the United States of America. Rafael has been part of the faculty in music schools and universities such as the University of Costa Rica, National University of Heredia, Costa Rica, and the Calcaño Foundation of Caracas, Venezuela. He is currently a part of the Faculty at the Miami Conservatory of Music, Florida International University and the University of Miami.

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