Years Performed: 2014
A Cuban native and United States resident, Edel Muñoz is one of the most acclaimed and sought-after players in the classical guitar scene. Edel is the first prize winner in more than 20 international guitar competitions including the Boston Guitar Fest, the Miguel Llobet International Competition in Barcelona, the Montreal International Guitar Competition and the Havana International guitar Competition. He was only 13 years old when Maestro Leo Brouwer described him as "perfect" and a "professional" in every sense of the word.
As a concert artist, Edel has performed in major theaters and recital halls throughout the world including Carnegie Hall in New York, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Teatro Municipal de Viña del Mar in Chile, Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico, Zitarrosa Theater Uruguay, Salle Gothique del Hotel de Ville de Bruxelles Belgium, Goethe Institute Santiago de Chile, IFT Theater Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Teatro Nacional de Cuba among others both as a solo recitalist and chamber musician with orchestras such as Barcelona Sinfonietta, Miami Symphony Orchestra and Cuba' s National Symphony Orchestra.
Also an increasingly sought-after teacher, he has been invited to give master-classes in universities and conservatories. Edel has performed in more than 25 countries around the world including Canada, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Venezuela, Uruguay, France, the United States and many others.
Edel Muñoz began his guitar studies at the age of seven at the "Vocational School of Art" in his native town of Matanzas and graduated from the "National School of Music" in Havana, Cuba on 1994. Edel has studied with Arsenio Diaz, Maria Victoria Oliver, Martha Cuervo, Victor Pellegrini, Jesús Cantero, Isaac Nicola and Leo Brouwer. After leaving Cuba, he continued his studies with Eduardo Isaac in Argentina, Luis Orlandini at the University of Santiago de Chile, and Alex Garrobe in Barcelona Spain. He also performed in master classes for some of the greatest guitarists of the day.
He has performed in Liege Guitar Festival in Belgium, Guitars of the World Festival in Argentina, August's Festival in Venezuela, International Guitar Festival of Barcelona, Toronto Guitar Society - Symposium, Guild of American Luthiers Convention / Exhibition, Tacoma, Washington. Paracho's Guitar Festival in Mexico and Havana's International Guitar festival among others.
Edel Muñoz plays a guitar made by Richard E. Brune and uses Savarez strings.